Installing An Axle-Back Exhaust On The 2011-2013 Ford Mustang GT

For our second modification on our new project car we decided to try out Borla’s Atak axle-back exhaust system. Borla is one of the biggest names in domestic performance exhaust and it’s easy to see why when looking at the build quality and fit & finish on their systems. Their sturdy, lightweight construction is superb, and more importantly, the sound they produce is nothing short of stellar. Being an axle-back system we were expecting a mild sound, however this system really screams. Not in a bad way though, it really suits the new 5.0 very well. There is no rasp whatsoever, just a deep, powerful tone that screams Mustang 5 liter power! Even better than the sound when you’re on the throttle is the gurgling and popping you get when decelerating in gear. This axle-back is perfect for someone looking for a nice grunt on throttle, an aggressive deceleration pop and gurgle and when you’re just cruising around it’s very composed. Nothing that will annoy your neighbors or Johnny Law. Now on to the install guide. It took us about 2 hours to do the install with the car on jack stands. Please note that this guide is based on the new 2013 Mustang and the process may slightly differ from 2011 and 2012 GTs.

Tools Required:

13mm Socket

Socket Extension

Ratcheting Socket Wrench

The first step is to jack up the rear of the car and secure the rear of the car on jack stands. Never work under a car with a floor jack, always be sure to use jack stands and shake the car to make sure it’s safe to work under it.

After the car is safely in the air, the first bolt to remove is the bolt on the exhaust clamp that holds on the rear mufflers. This clamp will be re-used on the new axle-back system so be sure not to damage it. Once you remove the clamp bolt, be sure to retain all the factory hardware and set it aside so it can be used when installing the clamp on the new system. The clamp is welded to the stock system by a small tab that we will remove when the muffler is off the car.

Next, remove the muffler hangar from just behind the rear bumper.

Next, there are two bolts holding the hangars at the rear of the muffler tot he underside of the car. This bracket must be removed from the car and re-used on the new system. The image below shows the location of the 13mm bolts that hold the bracket to the underside of the Mustang.

Be sure to support the muffler when removing this bracket, once it is remove the mufflers will drop from under the car. We learned this the hard way! The photo below shows the passenger side muffler removed with the hangar bracket attached.

Follow the same steps on the driver’s side muffler. Remove the clamp hardware first and then the hangar right behind the rear bumper.

The driver’s side muffler has a slightly different hangar design, instead of using two 13mm bolts it uses three. After removing the three bolts in the locations shown below, the muffler will drop from under the car.

Below is a comparison of the stock muffler next to Borla’s Atak axle-back muffler. Notice how much smaller the Borla muffler is and the larger tip. It’s a fantastic looking system that fills the rear opening better as well as saves weight over the stock mufflers.

Now that both mufflers have been removed, it’s time to transfer the necessary hardware to install the new system. First remove the factory clamps from the stock mufflers. They are welded on by thin metal tabs. We simply moved them back and forth (sort of like breaking a paper-clip) until they broke free from the tabs.

The next step is to remove the hangar brackets and install them on the new mufflers. Make sure you install them in the correct orientation or the exhaust won’t bolt up properly.

Now you’re ready to bolt the new system under the car. Start by slipping the new hangar into the hangar bushing behind the rear bumper. After that’s in, bolt the hangar bracket at the back of the muffler to the underside of the car just as you removed it. Once all the hangars are in, simply reinstall the factory clamp and tighten it to complete the installation. Make sure the clamp is on straight to avoid an exhaust leak.

Repeat these steps for both sides and you’re done! Now it’s time to enjoy the new sound! The photos below show how the Borla Atak mufflers look from behind. Great fit and finish for an aftermarket system.

In conclusion, we definitely recommend replacing the rear mufflers on the new 5.0. From the factory they already sound good, but in order to really give the car that signature Mustang sound you can’t go wrong with an axle-back system. Not only are they affordable, they don’t make the car too loud. If you’re looking for something low key that will still turn heads, look great, not void your warranty and please your ears, you can’t go wrong with the Borla Atak axle-back system for the 2011-2013 5.0. You can find this system on our store by clicking the following link: Borla Atak Axle-Back Exhaust System for 2011-2013 GT & Boss 302

Installing StangMods’ Vinyl Lower Bumper Insert for 99-04

 

Mustang Vinyl Lower Rear Bumper Insert Installation

 Tools Required:

  • Squeeggee
  • Spray bottle
  • Liquid soap
  • Terry cloth or towel

First start off by making your soapy solution by combining three to four drops of dishwashing detergent with warm water

Next, you’ll want to thouroughly clean and prep the area for instalaltion. Use alcohol to clean any dirt or debris from the lower bumper area.

Once everything is nice and dry, you’ll now be ready for installation. Peel off the backing of the vinyl overlay. Be careful not to let it touch any surface other than the vehicle.

Spray the soapy solution over the entire lower bumper area.

Align the vinyl in place and use a squeegee to apply it to the vehicle.  Work from the center of the vinyl to the edges, slowly pushing any air bubbles and excess solution out from under the decal. It may take a few minutes until the vinyl begins to adhere to the vehicle.

Finish up by wiping off any excess solution from the body of your Stang.

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Installing Vinyl Mustang Bumper Inserts on 99-04 Mustangs

Installing Mustang vinyl bumper inserts is probably one of the simplest modifications that can be done to your 99-04 Mustang. We go over the rather quick process in this installation write-up.

Tools Required:

  • Spray Bottle
  • A couple of drops of liquid soap
  • Q Tip
  • Hair dryer or heat gun (optional)

You first want to make sure the letter area on your rear bumper is completely clean and dry. This is absolutely important to ensure the letters adhere to the bumper properly. After this is done, you’ll want to mix a warm water and liquid soap solution and put it in a spray bottle. Any liquid soap will work.

Next, take your water/soap solution and spray down the letter area on your rear bumper. It is better to work with one letter at a time. Here we are starting with the M.

Once the area is wet, take the vinyl bumper letter and peel off the thicker paper backing as shown below.

Now, line up the vinyl letter with the indentation on the bumper. Take your time and be patient as you want to make sure the letters are lined up correctly.

Once the letter is lined up with the indentation in the bumper, take your q-tip and begin smoothing out the letter onto the bumper.  Work from the center towards the sides. Try to get as much as the liquid solution out from the letter.

It is important to note that if you are working in temperatures below 60 degrees, you may want to use a hair dryer or heat gun to help warm up the vinyl. This makes it easier to adhere to the bumper.

Once the letter is firmly in place, you can peel off the transfer tape. Start peeling the paper away slowly. If the vinyl letter stays in place on the bumper then you can remove the rest of the transfer tape.

Repeat the above process for the rest of the letters. Take your time with the “G” as it is more difficult to line up correctly. After your done, you’ll be left with this:

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Installing Webelectric’s 05′-09′ Mustang Plug-In Sequential Turn Signals

In this writeup we will go over the installation process of our very popular 2005-2009 Mustang Plug in Sequntial kit. Installation is very simple and requires only a couple of basic tools.

Tools Required:

  • 7/16″ Deep Socket
  • Flat head screw driver

First you’ll want to remove the black trim panel from inside the trunk area. Start by removing the twist off screw and push pin as circled below. Use the flat head screw driver to gently pry out the push pin. Repeat on the other side of the vehicle.

Next use your flat head screw driver and remove the two push pins as shown below. Again, gently pry out the pins to avoid any damage.

Take your 7/16 deep socket and remove the three nuts located on the inside of the trunk as shown below. These nuts hold the tail lamp onto the vehicle.

Once you’ve removed all three nuts, you are ready to remove the tail lamp and harness from the vehicle. Depress the tab on the grey harness plug and separate the connectors.

Now, gently pull the tail lamp away from the body of the vehicle and work the harness grommet out of its location using the flat head screwdriver as shown below. Once its free, pull the entire tail lamp and harness completely out.

With the tail lamp out from the vehicle, place it on a flat work bench and begin removing the light sockets by turning them counter-clockwise. You must also remove the socket for the reverse lamp. Finally, the harness is attached to the tail lamp with a white push pin. Remove it gently and free the harness from the tail light.

At this point we are almost done with the first side. Pull the bulbs out of the OEM harness and plug them back into the sequential harness. Before you re-install the new sequential harness, it is important to note the correct position. Each socket is pre-labeled with the numbers 1,2,3. Socket 1 should be installed in the inner most lens, socket 2 in the middle lens, and socket 3 on the outermost lens.

The orientation for the driver’s side tail lamp is shown below:

The orientation for the passenger side tail lamp is shown below:

The new sequential harness contains the white push pin. Remember to place it back in to secure the harness to the tail lamp.

To finish up the installation, re-route the harness with the grey connector through the body of the vehicle and plug it back in. Then, secure the black grommet and re-install the tail lamp. Re-attach the (3) bolts holding the tail lamp to the vehicle. Once you have completed the installation on the opposite side, place the black trim piece in place and re-attach the plastic push pins to complete your installation.

Now you can dazzle everyone when you flick your signals on with this unique product from StangMods.com

How To Apply StangMods’ Vinyl Tail Light Tint Overlays

This write-up goes over the process of smoking out your tail lights with vinyl overlays. After attempting to use the “spray-on” tint, we found the vinyl overlays to be a much easier and better looking method to adding some style to the rear of your Mustang. Not only do vinyl overlays look better and offer a non-permanent way to tint your lights, our heavy-duty thick vinyl tint protects your lenses from scratches, rocks and clouding. It is important to note that the instructions below are the same regardless of which model year lenses you are applying the vinyl to.

Tools Required:

  • Spray bottle with warm water and three drops of liquid soap.
  • Squeege for installation (included with tints)
  • Windex or rubbing alcohol
  • Paper Towels

 

First off, you’ll want to thoroughly clean the surface of the lens in which you are applying the tint to. We recommend using rubbing alcohol or windex. Make sure each lens is clean and dry before attempting to install vinyl overlays.

Next, peel off the paper backing from the tint. Be careful not to touch the adhesive side with any foreign surface. Grease from your fingers or dust can cause bubbling.

Now generously spray the soapy/water solution onto the adhesive side of the tint film and the lens you are working on.

Once both surfaces are wet, align the tint overlay on the lens you are working on. If the film slides freely, there is too much solution. Wait for it to dry out for a few minutes.

Once you have the optimum amount of solution and the film is where you want it on the lens, use the provided squeege to smooth the film over the lens you are working on. Start at the center of the lens and move outwards with the squeege. The goal is to remove as much solution from underneath the film. If the tint becomes misaligned, you may peel it up and re-apply it.

Finish your installation by installing the remaining tint pieces for each lens and thats all there is to it! If you are looking for vinyl Mustang tail light tint, check out StangMods’ huge selection of vinyl overlays for Mustangs of all years by clicking the link below.

Vinyl Tint Overlays at StangMods.com

 

How To Install MRT’s Mustang Hood Strut Kits

In this write-up we go over the installation process of MRT’s hood strut kit. The paper instructions provided with the kit are helpful, but the black and white pictures are difficult to decifer. While installation is fairly straightforward, it is important to take notice of the orientation of each bracket. The pictures in the write-up aim to make the whole process a little easier.

Tools Needed:

  • 10mm Socket Wrench

The first step is to remove the bolt on the fender using your 10MM socket. There are two bolts in the same vicinity. Remove only the bolt that is circled below.

Keep in mind that we are working on the passenger side of the vehicle. Also, you should work on only one side of the vehicle at a time. Take the small bracket labeled RH and install it where you removed the bolt in the previous step. The correct orientation of the bracket will have the ball pointing in towards the engine bay.

Now, we will be removing the bolt holding the hood onto the stock hood hinge. Again, there are two bolts in close quarters. Remove only the bulb that is shown circled below.

Next, loosen the bolt (DO NOT REMOVE IT COMPLETELY) directly beneath the one you just removed in the previous step. We have it pointed out in the picture below.

Here we show the bolt loosened just enough to prepare for the installation of another bracket.

Now take the longer bracket also labeled RH (since we are working on the passenger side) and slide the open end down under the bottom bolt that was loosened in the previous step. You’ll want to line up the bracket before bolting it in place. Ensure that the top hole on the bracket is lined up with the hole on the hinge.

Once everything is lined up, re-install the top bolt but do not overtighten. This will fully secure the new long bracket to your hood. Take note of the orientation of the long bracket. The ball should be facing outwards as shown below.

You are now 99% complete done with the passenger side and you can repeat the steps above for the driver side. Remember that you are installing the brackets correctly when the ball on the small bracket faces in towards the engine bay and the ball on the long bracket faces out away from the vehicle.

Once you have the driver’s side brackets in place, you will be installing the struts to complete the installation. Starting on either side, attach the thinner portion of the strut to the lower bracket. You simply have to snap the open end onto the ball. Then, lift up the hood with your hand so that you can attach the thicker end of the strut onto the hood hinge bracket as shown below. Again, you just have to snap the open end of the strut onto the ball. Repeat the process on the other side and you are done!

The MRT hood struts will not only do away with the ugly hood prop rod, but you will also gain valuable working space underneath the hood of your Stang! You can purchase your hood struts by following the link at:  http://www.stangmods.com/MRT-Hood-Strut-Kit-p/00654.htm

Installing Ford’s Locking Gas Cap for 94-09 Mustangs

In this write-up we go over the simple installation process of adding a locking gas cap to your 1994-2009 Ford Mustang. Protect your car from gas thieves and pranksters with this simple, inexpensive modification. This install is very simple and straight forward. The only tool needed is a pair of pliers, total install time is less than 15 minutes.

Begin the install process by removing the OEM gas cap which is held onto the fuel door with a push pin. Take your needle nose pliers and gently pull out the push pin as shown below.

Once you have the factory gas cap freed, simply unscrew the cap as you normally would. The new gas cap is attached to the fuel door in the same manner as the OEM one. Simply take the push pin and use your finger to re-insert it into the hole on the fuel door as shown below.

Once the push pin is in, put the gas cap on and turn it clockwise until you hear it lock and you are done! IMPORTANT: It’s a good idea to keep a spare key inside your car as well as one on your keychain so you’ll be able to unlock the cap when you get to the gas station.

Thank you for taking the time to view our blog. If you are in the market for a locking gas cap look no further than StangMods.com. Everything ships free and customer satisfaction is our highest priority. You can find our selection of Ford locking gas caps here: Locking Gas Caps for 94-09 Mustangs