Boss 302 TracKey System

Shortly after the new Boss 302 was released Ford Racing Development came out with the innovative “TracKey” system. You purchase the TracKey, take your new key and your Boss 302 to Ford and they will set up a custom tune that improves throttle response, cam timing, and allows you to use a launch control system and much more. This is all pretty awesome, but where exactly is the TracKey? It’s been almost a year now and the key still isn’t available to the public. Luckily that’s all about to change. The delay was primarily brought on by California’s strict emissions laws which would make the use of the key illegal. Finally the state of California is giving the TracKey a green light, and Ford is to announce the sale of the TracKey system for sale to the entire US at SEMA 2011.

The TracKey itself will be available from your favorite Ford Racing retailer, however you will be required to take the key to your local Ford dealer along with your new Boss 302 for proper tuning. The tune effects over 600 engine parameters within the PCM (Powertrain Control Module) which increase driving pleasure, not just things you can feel, but also things you can hear. Since the release of the new Coyote 5.0 engine, tuners have realized the true potential of the new engine and the tuning possibilities. We are looking forward to some more detailed information about how real world 302’s are affected by the upcoming TracKey system, we have already seen how the launch control system works and how the tune makes for an aggressive cammed exhaust note, but considering how comprehensive this tune is supposed to be, there have got to be other improvements felt while driving the car with the special red key. Keep posted for more information in the next few months about the final release of the TracKey system!

In the mean time, check out this video courtesy of Ford Racing which shows the difference in exhaust note with the standard key and the TracKey.

Featured Ride – Robb’s Clean Green 97′ SN95

With so many Mustangs out there on the streets, it’s kinda rare to find one that’s put together really well. Every little mod counts, and when everything works together you get something special. In this case, it’s our friend Robb’s 97′ 3.8 SN95. Custom metallic green paint, anthracite Bullitt style wheels, and just the right amount of black bits here and there make for a really nice looking car.

It’s definitely not all show either, with a cold air intake, BBK throttle body, VAP intake spacer and upgraded radiator for extra cooling. The exhaust is a custom 2.5″ cat-back setup ending with Flowmaster’s Series 10 mufflers and 3.5″ Borla tips. Robb upgraded the car’s clutch and flywheel with SPEC units, as well as Ford 3.73 rear end gears and Motive bearings for a little more punch. The SCT X-Tune was dyno tuned by Excessive Motorsport, and the plugs, wires, and ignition were upgraded as well. On the block for install are a wealth of suspension goodies such as Ford Racing springs, KYB shocks and struts, and some Maximum Motorsports and Steeda bits to round it all out and get everything in spec and feeling tight. Brakes were upgraded with Powerslot rotors and ceramic pads for extra stopping force.

On the inside, an MGW short shifter cleans up the gear throws and a wealth of billett goodies adds from extra flare. White face gauges are a big improvement over the aged stock ones,  and a tad of carbon fiber goes a long way when used sparingly.

Outside is where most of the mods come together. A chin spoiler, black mesh grills and black Cobra style headlamps with 6000k HIDs add a menacing look up front, while Boss style vinyl follows back to black rear bumper inserts and updated emblems.  In the rear, custom tail light overlays add a unique look over the lights and trick sequential harnesses are there to command attention from other motorists. The lower valance was also blacked out to complete the car’s overall theme.

We are big fans of -clean- modified Stangs, you don’t need to spend tens of thousands of dollars to make a car look great or go fast, you just need an overall plan. Too often people will change things just for the sake of changing them, and you get something cluttered, something that doesn’t seem to “flow” properly. All the little things come together in the end, it’s really all in the small details. Great job Robb! Stay tuned for updated photos once the car is lowered on it’s new suspension setup!

Install Guide – 2010-2012 Mustang Front Side Markers

When it comes to changing the looks of your mustang, one of the first things that many people do is to start with the small things like lighting. One of the most popular looks with a mustang is to darken the lights around the car with tints or new lenses. Today I am going to install some new marker light lenses into the bumper of a 2011 Ford Mustang GT. The lenses I am changing are the ones on the lower font bumper of the car. Some people call these blinkers, but that is not what they are. The blinkers are built into the headlights on the 10-12 Mustangs and the lights on the bumper are simply running lights.

This installation will take you about an hour barring any issues and it makes things easier if you have someone to help you while you are under the car. You can do this install alone; the only part that helps to have a helper is so someone can hold the lens in the bumper while you put the little nuts back on the backside f the bumper. Let’s get to it!

1. The first thing you need to do is get the car up on ramps or jack stands. Never climb under the car with nothing other than a spare tire jack holding the car up. Once you get the car safely off the ground, move onto step 2.

2. You will need to remove the aero tray on the bottom of the car to expose the oil filter and the underside of the front bumper. If you have an 11-12, you only need to remove four screws on the rear of that tray to access the underside of the car. If you have a 2010, you will need to remove all the screws so you can remove the tray completely.

3. Once you remove that tray, you need to remove the bolt you see in this image between the front tire and the bottom edge of the fender well. You need to remove this bolt so you can pry the liner under the front bumper back enough to reach the turn signal lights.

4. Once you remove that bolt you can pry the fencer liner back enough to see the stock bumper light. It is the part surrounded by a red circle in the photo below. The light is held in with two nuts that were 9mm on the car I used, fasteners vary a bit sometimes so your mileage may vary. These screw off just like any other bolt even though they look like press-on fittings.

5. You need to remove the factory light socket from the light and you can take the bulb out at this point if you want.

6. Once you remove the factory lens, you are ready to slip the new Stangmods tinted or clear lens into the factory bumper hole. I have installed these lights on a 2010 and the factory hardware worked perfectly. On the 2011 GT you see here, the factory hardware was slightly too large to fit on with the wide part of the factory nut facing down as it was on the stock lenses. The fix is as simple as flipping that factory hardware over and tightening the bolts down. Don’t over tighten the bolts or you will break the tabs.

7. Once you have the factory hardware tightened up, you can insert your new amber bulbs, which allows you to stay street legal, and then reattach the factory wire. You will repeat the same process on the other side of the car and you are finished!

Install guide and photos by Shane G.

Customer Car Feature – 195k SN95 In Mint Condition!

Recently a customer of ours, Gary C. in CT came across this very special yellow 98′ 3.8 SN95 and couldn’t resist picking it up.  The car has a healthy 195,000 miles on the clock but looks as if it has no more than 10,000!  We don’t know much about the history of the vehicle, but the photos below show exactly what we mean.  It is in showroom quality from paint to interior as well as mechanically sound.  This is a great example of the SN95 Mustang in it’s prime even though it has weathered nearly two hundred thousand miles!

MAC’s New 2011 5.0 Stainless Axle-Back Exhaust System

We shot some photos of our new MAC axle-back exhaust for the 2011+ GT 5.0 in the studio today.  This is a brand-new system from MAC featuring polished angle cut 4″ tips and lighter-than-stock stainless steel construction. MAC’s chambered muffler design is not only attractive, but makes for an incredibly deep and aggressive exhaust tone that really lets your 5.0 Stang breathe. For ease of installation, this system simply bolts up using OEM hardware for a quick and easy job.  This is a truly beautiful system, the fully polished chambers with etched MAC logos let your opponents know you mean business as you leave them in your dust. Now on to the photos:


Customer Video From Germany, 2011 GT 5.0 On The Track

We love getting feedback from our customers, whether it be in the form of emails, comments, photos or even videos. The latter is rare, especially a video coming from a track event at Hockenheim racetrack in Germany! One of our overseas customers recently purchased a few suspension items from our online store in preparation for a track day. His black 2011 GT was fitted with Tokico D-Spec shocks and struts, H&R lowering springs and a wealth of other go-fast suspension parts that not only transformed his Mustang visually, but also in terms of it’s handling capabilities on the track. These modifications stiffened the car’s dampers and springs and lowered the ride height, reducing body roll during cornering and lowering the Mustang’s center of gravity. All of these parts work together to turn the 2011 GT from a daily cruiser to a weekend track toy. Below are a few photos and a video of his 5.0 after the suspension install and at the track. Enjoy, and happy modding!

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