Installing StangMods’ Mustang Shorty Antennas

Installing a shorty antenna on your 94-09 Mustang is a very simple process that takes less than 5 minutes. We go over the process in this write-up.

Tools Required:

  • 3/8 Inch Wrench (optional)

The first step is getting the stock fishing rod-like antenna off of the vehicle. We were lucky and able to remove the antenna by using our bare thumb and index finger. Turn it counter clockwise and it will come right off. If you cannot unscrew it by hand, use a 3/8 wrench to do the job.

After unscrewing the stock antenna…

Your new shorty antenna comes with one threaded adapter base. Screw the fatter end of the threaded base into the stock antenna location as shown below.

Now, simply screw on the new shorty antenna onto the adapter base in a clock-wise motion.

Your installation is now complete!

You can find our universal fit shorty antennas here: StangMods Shorty Antennas On StangMods.com

StangMods Headlamp Giveaway

To show some appreciation for all our loyal customers and fans we are excited to announce we are running a contest to give away a set of Mustang headlamps! The rules are simple, send us the best photo of your Mustang and our Facebook fans will vote on the best photo. We are accepting one photo per person,  the photo with the most “likes” wins! We have set up an album specifically for the contest, voting will begin March 15th and run until April 1st.

To participate, email your best photo (only one per person please) to rides@stangmods.com. The photo submission period is February 20th through March 10th. Only photos submitted between this period will be entered into the competition. On March 15th the photos will go live on our fan page and voting will begin. Tell all your friends, family, coworkers, anyone who will like your photo. Remember, the photo with the most “likes” wins.

The winner will choose which headlamps they would like to receive for their model year. All model years are included. For more detailed information on the contest rules, tips for good photos and how to submit your photo, visit http://www.stangmods.com/freeheadlamps

Installing StangMods’ Mach 1 Grill Delete For 99-04 Mustangs

In this write-up we will go over the installation of our three piece Mach 1 Grille Delete Package. Our kit uses Ford OEM parts for great fit and finish as well as long term durability. This is one of our most popular sellers along with the Mach 1 lip spoiler. You can find our grill delete packages here: StangMods Grill Delete Packages

Tools Required:

  • 7MM Socket
  • Phillips Head Screwdriver
  • Flat Head Screwdriver

First start off by removing the four plastic push screws from the top portion of the stock grille. After removing these four screws, you will see two more push pin screws on each side. (Do not break these as they will be reused). The easiest method is to use a flat head screw driver to gently pry them up from underneath.

Now you are going to remove the four bolts holding the factory grill in place. They are a little awkward to get to so we recommend pulling the stock grill forward enough so you can reach down and remove the 7MM bolts with a socket.

Take the top center section and install it using the two push pins at the lower section of the grille delete.  Next, you will install the “U” shaped section. Reinstall it using the two push pins that were holding the stock grill on at the top. Make sure the four bottom posts are inserted into the bottom portion of the bumper. Remove the backing off of the 3M tape and push securely against the bumper to ensure a flush fit.

Finally, mount the running pony with the two new bolts using the phillips head screwdriver. You are now done with the installation.

Installing The Mach 1 Chin Spoiler On Your 1999-2004 Mustang

Our latest write-up goes over the process of installing a Mach 1 style chin spoiler on a 1999-2004 Mustang. StangMods carries high quality ABS plastic Mach 1 style lip spoilers with an OEM style textured finish. Not the glossy finish many aftermarket companies sell. Each of our chin spoiler kits comes included with push pin fasteners for a tight fit. This chin spoiler will give the front of your 99-04 Mustang a clean yet sporty look. You can find our chin spoilers for 99-04 here – http://www.stangmods.com/Mustang-Chin-Spoiler-for-99-04-p/00084.htm and the same chin spoiler for 96-98 Mustangs here – http://www.stangmods.com/Mustang-Chin-Spoiler-for-94-98-Mustangs-p/00542.htm

Tools Required:

  • Duct Tape
  • Push Pin Fasteners
  • Drill
  • 1/4″ Drill Bit

First start off by securing the vehicle on a level surface. Make sure the car is in gear and the parking brake is engaged.

Raise the front of the car so that you may have adequate space to work underneath the front bumper.

Mock fit the chin spoiler to the front bumper. It is easier if two people are handling the chin spoiler.

When you get the spoiler positioned to your liking, use duct tape to secure it to the bumper. (Tape will be removed later)

Drill ¼” holes into the bottom of the front bumper at each Chin Spoiler screw location.

Finally, insert pushpin fasteners into the holes on the bumper to secure the chin spoiler.

The last step is to remove the duct tape you used earlier to secure the chin spoiler to the bumper.

This completes the installation process.

 

New 2013 Mustang Lineup From The 2012 Washington D.C. Auto Show

This past weekend in the Nation’s Capitol the 2012 Washington D.C. Auto Show took place with a huge turnout from fans and enthusiasts alike, all eyes were on the newly refreshed 2013 Mustang line. Huge crowds, even the President of the United States was in attendance to welcome the next generation of Ford’s flagship pony car. With big styling changes and mechanical updates for the new year, the Mustang is on it’s way to the top of the affordable sports car playing field, kicking *** and taking names.

On display were all flavors of the 2013 Mustang including the GT, Boss 302 Laguna Seca and the much improved Shelby GT500 with it’s new 5.8L engine. The 2013 GT500 features the most powerful production V8 Ford has ever developed for a road legal car. Featuring over 650hp and a new 2.9L supercharger and Ford GT camshafts, the new Shelby motor is sure to crush any competition Detroit’s best can throw it’s way.

All 2013 Mustang models feature the new GT500 inspired front end, as well as new headlight and hood designs. Out back the 13′ Mustangs have a new gloss black deck lid panels, black tail lamps with LED lighting technology and sequential turn signals off the assembly line. Mechanically there are few changes on the Boss 302, GT and V6 models, however the Shelby GT500 is host to new go-fast mechanicals that put it way ahead of the other offerings from Detroit.

We had a chance to speak with an actual worker from the Mustang plant in Dearborne, he was clearly proud of what Ford has to offer in the new Mustangs and made a good point; even though the competition is offering independent rear suspension, the Mustang is still able to outperform with it’s tried-and-true solid rear axle. Imagine what will be possible one Ford offers the Mustang with IRS again. The competition may not be ready for that. Offering an affordable alternative to more expensive performance cars on the market has always been the Mustang’s claim to fame. Nothing can beat a Mustang for the money.

Since the re-introduction of the 5.0 in the Mustang, yet again America’s favorite pony car is on the top of it’s playing field. Even those looking for something a little more frugal find plenty of enjoyment in the updated V6 powerplant which now makes over 300hp. Being lighter than the Camaro gives the Mustang a huge advantage in terms of handling, ride quality and straight line performance as well as fuel economy. It seems like Ford really has a winning combination with the new Mustangs and we look forward to see what the next generation has to offer.

The new 2013 Mustangs really provide the whole package. Updated materials and premium standard offerings like HID headlamps, LED tail lamps and vented hoods on even the GT really make the car a huge bargain in the performance car market. One good comparison is BMW’s M3, a car that costs close to $70,000, is outperformed by the 5.0 GT Mustang. Looking at the spec sheets of both those cars you’d never be able to justify spending nearly $40,000 more on the BMW.

All in all the 2012 D.C. Auto Show was a great experience and Ford had a huge turnout of fans and enthusiasts trying to get a sneak peek at the new 2013 Mustangs. Ford definitely didn’t disappoint with a huge list of new standard features that really make the Mustang a bargain premium sports car. We look forward to seeing these new Stangs on the streets and can’t wait to see what the new Shelby GT500 is capable of on the track.

Installing Bixenon HIDs in 99-04 Ford Mustangs

In this write-up we will be going over the installation of StangMods’ bixenon HID conversion kit for 1999-2004 Ford Mustangs. This kit will increase light output and offer a whiter light for added style.

Tools Required:

  • 8 MM or 5/16 Socket

First you’ll want to remove your stock headlamps from the vehicle. This process can be found through this link.  Once your headlamp lenses have been removed, lay your wiring harness along the battery area underneath the hood as shown below.

Run the longer end of the harness over to the passenger side area. It is not important to tuck it away neatlly at this moment.

Now move back over to the driver’s side. There are two O ring connections that need to be made. One is a power (red wire) and ground (black wire). Connect the red O ring terminal to the positive side of the battery. Next, connect the black O ring terminal to a good ground source. We chose the bolt on the inner fenderwell as shown below.

You’ll now be left with three connections to be made on the driver’s side. Tuck them down next to the battery and out through the opening behind the headlamp as shown below.

Route the passenger side harness as shown below.

You can connect the gound O ring for the passenger side to the bolt for the hood prop rod.

Now we will be preparing the bulb for installation. The bixenon bulb has a removable base that must be removed before installing it in the headlamp housing. Simply twist the base counter clockwise and it will be removed. Once the base is removed, place the bulb through the plastic locking collar as shown below.

You can now reattach the base and install the bulb in the housing as shown below.

The final step is to re-attach the plastic locking collar to secure the bixenon bulb in the housing as shown below.

There are three remaining connections to be made on the passenger side. They are all all a simple plug in procedure. Simply match up the corresponding plugs. The final step on the passenger side is to mount your ballast. We chose to mount it on the inner fender as shown below.

At this point, you can zip tie all of the passenger side connections in place. We chose to zip tie the harness directly underneath the radiator shroud as shown below.

 

Move over to the driver’s side to complete the installation. Plug the stock harness into the blue plug on the driver’s side as shown below. Keep in mind that the stock harness plug on the passenger side is not used.

Tuck the harness connection back through the opening as shown below. You can also tuck your driver’s side ballast back through this opening. It is not necessary to use mounting brackets to secure it as there is limited space for the ballast to move around.

Finally, complete your plug in connections as you did on the passenger side and tuck away the harness around the battery as shown below. Once you have the wires in their desired location, you can use zipties to secure them to existing OEM wires.

All thats left is to re-install your driver’s side headlamp and check the HIDs to ensure they come on.

You can find our selection of Mustang HID conversion kits here: http://www.stangmods.com/Mustang-HID-Lighting-s/61.htm