AutoModding Your 2015 Mustang: Intakes

2015 Mustang

We’ve cleared the path out behind your Mustang’s engine with an exhaust, and we’ve made sure you’re getting all the fuel you reliably can with a power programmer.  Now it’s time to make sure your engine’s getting enough air with a cold air intake.  You have a few options for your 2015 Mustang intake, whether you got an EcoBoost or a GT, and we’re laying them all out for you. Continue reading “AutoModding Your 2015 Mustang: Intakes”

AutoModding your 2015 Mustang: Power Programmers

2015 Mustang

Here’s how this works.  Your 2015 Mustang, as you probably know, is fuel injected, which means there’s an electronic system, a computer function of your ECU, that detects how much fuel you need and injects it into your engine.  Ford put these programs, called fuel maps together in order to give you the most power they could while remaining efficient, keeping your throttle comfortable, and balancing many other factors that make a car meet environmental regulations and help it remain accessible to the average American carbuyer.

But you only really care about the first of those factors: Power.  Performance.  So you want to adjust that computer to give you the most performance you can get within the reliable parameters of your engine.  That’s what a power programmer will do for you.  They’re safe for your engine, extremely easy to install, and provide measurable results.  You have two brands to choose from when plugging into your 2015 Mustang: DiabloSport and SCT.  Each has two different tuners, so we’ll break each down to help you make the right decision, and we’ll start with the big guns. Continue reading “AutoModding your 2015 Mustang: Power Programmers”

AutoMods: 2015 Mustang Exhaust Upgrades

Mustangs always sound good.  Even V6s.  But while the tone is there, the volume is often not.  How many times have you seen a Mustang coming toward you but couldn’t hear it until it was going away?  Your Mustang does not have to be one of those cars.  Below you’ll find some perfect options for getting a killer sound, and even more power, out of your 2015 Mustang, with an aftermarket exhaust.  We’ll start, as always, with the little guy.
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A ’61 VW Beetle Just Won AutoMods!

Coty's 1961 VW Beetle

A massive congratulations to reader Coty, who just won a $100 gift card for his suggestion of a classic Volkswagen Beetle!  We’ve always said we wanted to mod common cars, and the Beetle is the most common car in history, but it’s no less loveable or iconic for it, and can be a great performer on the road or in the dirt.  Coty actually owns two Beetles, his ’61 and a ’67, so he should be able to put his hundred bucks to good use.

AutoMods is transforming for May, so stay tuned!  No pun intended.

AutoMods: 2005 Dodge Ram Diesel 2500 Part 2

We chose this truck on the suggestion of a reader, and he won $100 for it!  We’re giving away another $100 next Friday, and you could win it!  Just drop your AutoMods suggestions in the comments section.  Details below.

2005 Dodge Ram 2500 Parts

On Tuesday we upped the boost and the fuel delivery to give our 2005 Dodge Ram 2500 plenty of power.  Today we’re going to take the same approach with our lift, braking, and towing setup: more is better. Continue reading “AutoMods: 2005 Dodge Ram Diesel 2500 Part 2”

AutoModding Your 2005 Dodge Ram 2500 Diesel: Part 1

We picked this truck because a reader gave us the idea, and not just because we have alot of 2005 Dodge Ram 2500 accessories.  He dropped it in the comments, and we gave him $100 for his trouble!  Want your own $100?  Just drop your own suggestion in the comments section, and you could win!  More below.

2005 Dodge Ram 2500 Diesel

It’s time for a turbo build.  Yes, after our usual magazine of tuners, exhausts, and cold air intakes, we’re going to force the issue, and the induction.  Okay, so we’re taking a bit of an easy route, because this week’s AutoMods vehicle comes with a turbo in stock form, but we can’t pass up the opportunity to size up the snail, especially when it can buy us so much power.  Reader Brian Hampton’s suggestion of the Dodge Ram was a great one, and we chose a 2005 2500 diesel Quad Cab because turbo. Continue reading “AutoModding Your 2005 Dodge Ram 2500 Diesel: Part 1”

AutoModding Your 2013 Toyota Tacoma TRD: Part 2

Do you have an idea for the next vehicle we should AutoMod? drop it in the comments, and if we choose it, we’ll send you $100! Details below.

2013 Toyota Tacoma

Yesterday we covered some of the mods Danny has added and plans to add to his 2013 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport Double Cab Long Bed.  Toyota makes some of the toughest trucks on the planet, and Danny wanted tough mods to match, so his Tacoma would be just as good on the trail as it is on the road.  In Part 1, we covered wheels, tires, suspension, brakes, and some performance upgrades.  Today we’re covering appearance, protection, and trail functionality, so strap in.  It’s Part 2 of Danny’s 2013 Toyota Tacoma mods in AutoMods. Continue reading “AutoModding Your 2013 Toyota Tacoma TRD: Part 2”

AutoModding Your 2013 Toyota Tacoma TRD: Part 1

Want to win $100 for suggesting our next car to AutoMod?  Just drop your suggestions in the comments.  Details below.

2013 Toyota Tacoma

It was crashed, smashed, drowned, dropped, burned, and dropped again.  And Top Gear‘s Toyota pickup still started and ran.  From then on our suspicions were confirmed: Toyota makes the toughest trucks on the planet.  Now Top Gear is likely dead, but we’re guessing that Toyota is still alive.  Your Tacoma is worth investing in.  That’s the conclusion Streetside’s own Danny came to when he started modding his 2013 Tacoma TRD.  That’s right, folks, for the first time in AutoMods history, we’re actually modding a vehicle, rather than just doing it virtually.  Real mods, real pictures, real performance. Continue reading “AutoModding Your 2013 Toyota Tacoma TRD: Part 1”

Our Next AutoMods $100 Gift Card Goes To…

AutoMods Winner #2 | Dodge Ram 2500

Brian Hampton for his suggestion of the Dodge Ram.  We’ll be virtually working over America’s Diesel, a 2005 Dodge Ram 2500 Quad Cab!  We haven’t given a diesel the AutoMods treatment yet, and we can’t wait to see the kind of extra horsepower we can get out of it. For his efforts, we’re sending Brian a $100 gift card he can put toward his own AutoMods. Continue reading “Our Next AutoMods $100 Gift Card Goes To…”

AutoMods 2005 Nissan 350Z: Better Handling and Brakes

This week in AutoMods, we’re modding our first ever user-submitted car.  Because we chose it, the guy who suggested it won $100!  You could win a hundred bucks, too.  Just drop your suggestions in the comment section.  Details below.

2005 Nissan 350Z - Before Mods

To be honest, sports cars aren’t even about power.  The most important characteristic of a sports car is cornering.  Power comes second.  The more power you can pack in while maintaining that cornering ability, the better, but once you lose control, you lose a significant aspect of the sports car identity.  As a GT car, the Z has more power than smaller sports cars like the Mazda MX-5 or the Pontiac Solstice, and on Tuesday we added even more with a few simple mods.  Now it’s time to make sure this thing can still take a corner.  Soon we’ll have your Nissan 350Z handling like it’s on rails. Continue reading “AutoMods 2005 Nissan 350Z: Better Handling and Brakes”