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.

Facebook Fan Page Store

Over the weekend we will be launching our Facebook Fan Page Store! Here you will be able to find a few of our most popular items at discount compared to on our website. Over the years we have gotten great feedback and support from our customers on Facebook, so to give back we are excited to offer these discounts to anyone who visits our Fan Page. Better yet, all of these items are In Stock and Ready To Ship!

To find the store on our Fan Page, click the “Social Store” tab on the left side of the page under our profile photo. Click Here to check it out now!

New StangMods 2010+ GT LED Running Lamps

We recently received these new LED running lamps for 2010+ GT Mustangs in! They are bright white in color and are very similar to an HID 6000k color temp.  A great way to class up the front of your GT and are a great add on to any HID equipped car. They are very bright and can be seen from great distances, they really transform the way the front of the GT looks. Make people wonder what’s coming up behind them in their rear view mirror…

Let us know what you think! These will be for sale on our site and come with all needed hardware for installation. LEDs use very little power and wiring is a simple splice job. They require three small holes on either side in the lower side grills of the  GT bumper, and fasten with locking washers and nuts. Each kit comes with a template so you know exactly where to drill the holes for the lights to mount.

The LED bars then slide into the holes you drilled. The wiring must also be fed through the third hole to ensure a clean install. We opted to remove the bumper to make installation much easier, but the install can be done without removing the front bumper, it just requires more time and patience.

On the back side of the bumper you will see the two threaded posts and the wire coming through. Using the included locking washers and 5/16th nuts fasten the bar to the bumper for a secure fit.

BBK Parts Now Available!

We are in the process of adding BBK’s comprehensive line of Mustang performance parts to our online store. BBK has been in the Mustang industry for over 20 years and manufactures in-house many exhaust systems, intakes, throttle bodies, and much more. All their parts are manufactured in the USA and are tested on cars to ensure maximum performance potential. Affordable, high quality, and durable for long lasting use on street or race applications. Check out our line of BBK parts in our BBK category.

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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!

How-To: Installing Headlamp Lenses & HIDs in 79-93 Foxbody Mustangs

With more and more cars on the road coming equipped with HID headlamps from the factory, older cars are really starting to show their age in terms of lighting technology. The foxbody Mustangs come standard with halogen bulbs and plastic housings that are prone to clouding over time, which is rather dangerous for night visibility. At StangMods we love lighting, so when we picked up our 93′ LX project car one of the first things we replaced were the headlamps. We opted for an OEM style 3-piece design. There are 1-piece lenses out there for the fox, but they don’t fit the same and look a bit tacky in our opinion. We wanted to keep the car looking as original as possible while improving light output and appearance. The image below shows the difference between the stock with halogen and the new lenses with our 4300k single-beam HID kit.

The install was rather simple, took about an hour and a half from start to finish. The most difficult part is removing the stock lenses, some of the nuts that hold the lenses in are hard to get to, but with patience and the right tools for the job it was well worth it. On each headlight, there are 7 nuts total. The image below with the lenses removes shows clearly where these mounting points are, circled in red. These nuts are 11mm, and we used both a socked and an open-end wrench, depending on the location.

These 7 nuts are located on the back of the headlights, the passenger side was a little easier to work on. On the drivers side there was one nut we had to access from the bottom through the front bumper, but again we stress that patience and an open-end 11mm wrench and socket will get the job done. We started with the passenger side corner lens, once you remove the two nuts holding the lens in place, rotate the bulb and free it from the lens.

The center lens, the actual headlight, has three 11mm nuts holding it in place. After removing these the lens slides out. Twist the bulb retaining ring and slide it back, the headlight bulb will come out easily. Make sure to keep this black locking ring, it is required and you will be re-using this on the new lens.

Next up remove the inner lens that houses the turn signal. We decided to replace the stock amber turn signal bulb with our 3157 chrome/amber bulbs. They look chrome when off but light up amber.

Back to the headlight lens, you will need to remove the three black clips holding the plastic bracket to the back of the headlight. These clips pop off and the bracket shown below will separate from the back of the stock housing. You will be using these three clips to fasten the stock bracket to the new lens, so be sure to keep these handy.

After removing the bracket, remove the rubber weather stripping shown below from the stock lens, as you will be using this on the new aftermarket lens. It is held on by clips on the side, it slides free easily.

Install the original headlight bracket onto the new lens and fasten it with the black metal clips. The rubber weather stripping also installs on the new lenses.

Install the new outer clear lens and side marker bulb.

After installing the new clear outer lens, find a safe and secure mounting place for the HID ballast behind the headlight, make sure none of the wires will be pinched. Feed the wires through the hole behind the headlight lens and connect the harness.

After the ballast is in place, install the HID bulb in the lens and feed the wiring through the locking ring. Install the locking ring and connect the bulb to the HID harness. Be sure to check power and make sure the HID bulb comes on before mounting the new headlamp lens to the car.

Last step is to reinstall the turn signal lens. After all the new lenses are installed, be sure to replace and tighten all 7 nuts behind the lights.

Repeat all the above steps on the other side. The install is simple, hardest part is getting the lenses out and locating the nuts holding the lenses in.

Below are some photos comparing the stock lenses to our aftermarket clear ones.