One of the great things about America is that it embodies the individual. You want to do this for a living, great. You want to practice that religion, even better. You want green eggs and ham for breakfast, it's all yours. This freedom to explore our individuality spurs the imagination, which in turn creates a mosaic of styles and tastes that spice up the collective norm.
Unfortunately for automakers, their products must appeal to a broad spectrum of individuals, thereby leaving us with modest and homely modes of transportation.
Thankfully, we have an aftermarket industry that allows us to transform these mundane cookie cutter cars into one-off creations. Although the Mustang has undergone several changes over the years and there are now quite a few body styles to choose from, rendering your ride unique is easily accomplished by adorning it with custom body panels. As you will see, there are a multitude of manufacturers that have taken the Mustang's flanks to the next level. All you have to do is decide what parts appeal to you and put your order in. From muscular to modern, aggressive to smooth, everyone can build the perfect body and Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords is here to show you how. We scoured the market for the latest in body modifications, so read on and build the body that you've always wanted.
ABC EXCLUSIVE INC.
This company offers a substantial amount of custom parts that can be mixed and matched to create a Mustang that reflects your personal style and taste. From hoods to wings to full-on body kits, ABC Exclusive has many applications for 1987-present Mustangs. Pictured here is the brand new GTR700HL double-stack wing, which retails for $249.95. It fits '79-93 hatchback Mustangs and makes the perfect compliment to ABC's GTR rear bumper cover ($199.95) and Euro taillights, which go for $229.95. Also shown is ABC's new Cobra front spoiler for '94-98 models. This piece sells for $169.95 and will give your snake a lowered appearance. It is also available in a kit that includes side skirts and a rear valance.
Age Classic Design
Hailing from the Lone Star State, Age Classic Design carries parts for Thunderbird, Focus and F-150 as well as the Mustang. Age Classic has many unique fiberglass hood designs such as the Ram Cobra hood (shown), which sells for $379. They also carry an assortment of custom tail light assemblies to add some flair to your stylized horse.In addition to the Xenon ground effects kits for '94-02 Mustangs, Age Classic has recently added the Razzi R20 and R21 packages to its collection. Age says that prep time for these kits is near nonexistent and the price for both Razzi kits is $729.
Boss Inc. is a relative newcomer to the market and therefore does not have the comprehensive product line that some of the other companies offer. It does, however, have a unique hood called the CyberStallion. The fiberglass unit retails for $349 and is available for all 1987 to present Mustangs. The 1.5-inch rise hood features an OEM fit and comes in a black gel coat finish.
Cervini's Auto Designs
If you've been following along with Project Pro 5.0 or our unnamed 2001 GT, you're probably aware of the Cervini body products that we added to both cars. We've yet to encounter any problems with any of Cervini's products and the fit and finish have always been top notch. Cervini's has been in the business since the late '80s and its huge product line shows it. It offers many pieces for Ford trucks and Thunderbirds, and, of course, everything under the sun for all late-model Mustangs. In addition to the new '99-02 Stalker kit, Cervini's has recently added the 2000 Cobra R wing ($289), hood ($399) and front air dam ($399), which are pictured here along with the new F-150 rear spoiler and roll pan.
If you need a unique hood for your Stang, this Ohio-based company probably has something for you. They offer many different bonnets for '83-02 Mustangs, as well as Saleen-type and Cobra-type wings. Cincinnati also has pin-on fiberglass race parts like decklids and rear hatches for the ultimate in weight savings. Prices range from $219-$319 for the hoods and the fiberglass wings start at $169.
Cobra Auto Designs
With prices starting at $179, Cobra Auto Designs offers some of the most inexpensive fiberglass hoods in the market. CAD offers many different styles and each hood features a fully detailed underside liner. It also carries Saleen-type and Cobra-type wings as well as fiberglass hoods for '92-01 Ford trucks and '89-96 Thunderbirds.
Ford Racing Performance Parts
The 2002 Ford Racing catalog features the 2000 Cobra R body panels. The urethane air dam has a suggested retail of $495, and the power-bulging hood comes in at $535. The Cobra R wing is also available as is the standard issue Cobra front bumper cover. FRPP continues to offer the 1995 Cobra R hood as well for a suggested retail of $525.
Ground Designs 2000 The Ground
Designs 2000 Black Widow ground effects package for 1999-up Mustangs makes a bold statement. Known mostly in the import arena, Ground Designs has attracted a lot of attention with its Black Widow kit. Made from fiberglass, the kit sells for $1,299 and includes the front and rear bumper covers, side skirts and wing.By the time you read this, Ground Designs will have the Black Widow kit available for 1994-98 Mustangs also.
International Auto Designs
International Auto Designs has designed its own unique fiberglass hoods that fit 1999-up Mustangs and many Ford trucks. The Mach 1 and Mach 2 hoods (shown) are created using hand-laid fiberglass and high quality ISO resin to ensure the smoothest of finishes on a strong yet lightweight piece. The non-functional hoods retail for $595 and International guarantees proper fit and a wave-free finish.
Kar Kraft Engineering
This Livonia, Michigan-based company was responsible for the 1992 limited edition SAAC Mustangs, so they know a little bit about modifying Mustangs. For 2002, Kar Kraft has a wide assortment of parts to beautify your ride. Droptops can benefit from this hard tonneau cover that actually folds in half for storage in the back seat. The cover, which comes primed and ready for paint, sells for $479 and you can complement its smooth, racy look with Kar Kraft's 2-piece sport arch. This cosmetic addition retails for $499, comes wrapped in matching Ford upholstery, and offers a vintage look as opposed to the standard light bar. Kar Kraft also carries tinted headlamps, taillight assemblies and a ram air hood based on the factory 35th Anniversary hood scoop.
Motion Performance operates out of Baldwin, N.Y., and is celebrating its 43rd year in business. While they offer various components for Ford trucks and Thunderbirds, Motion has a very extensive and unique line of Mustang parts for 1979-1997 models. Body kits include the Aero kit which sells for $499.95 and fits 1994-97 Mustangs, a wide-body kit for '87-93 Fox cars that goes for $2,495 and two Xenon ground effects packages for '87-97 horses. Motion also has a multitude of wings and hoods as well as side pipes to complement the body kits or to enhance the factory metal.
Razzi Corp.Based in Alpharetta, Ga., Razzi has been in the composite body part market since 1984. Browsing its website and the 250 available ground effects kits will show you how committed it is to the aftermarket ground effects business. Razzi developed its own molding process and rather than using traditional fiberglass or urethane, utilizes an ABS plastic blend called Aero-Flex, which is similar to the OEM products such as those used on Saturns.For the Ford crowd, Razzi has applications for the Focus, Thunderbird, Lincoln LS and 1983-up Mustangs. Razzi has two kits for the 1999-up Mustangs, one of which is the all-new R21 kit shown here. Retail price is $695, but you can also buy the pieces individually.
Roush Performance Products
Best known for its involvement in NASCAR, Roush Racing is also well-known in the specialty vehicle market with its Stage 2 and 3 Mustangs. Offered in three different trim levels, the cars are available from Ford dealers or if you have a Mustang already, you can call Roush up and get the parts to build your own. Roush Performance has three body kits available for '94-02 Mustangs. The '94-98 kit sells for $1,450 while the '99-up model goes for $1,650. The Roush Stage 3 front bumper cover, which offers voids for fog lamps or air ducting, is also available. All parts are made from durable urethane and Roush Performance carries many other accessories to complement its body kits.
Saleen became one of the innovators of Mustang aerodynamic body cladding when it realized that the cars needed reduced drag and improved downforce characteristics. This was established during many years of Mustang racing and the race-tested parts were eventually brought to the public. Saleen offers ground effects and custom wings for 1983-02 Mustangs with prices ranging from $699.99-$1,299.99. Many of the components are available separately and as one would expect, Saleen has many visual and performance-oriented accessories to go with its aerodynamic packages.
As much as a body kit buyers guide revolves around exhibiting your personal style, it doesn't hurt to know that the parts have an actual performance-oriented purpose either. Steeda Autosport's long involvement in racing Mustangs has driven them to develop parts that perform. Two of these include the Steeda Aero Spoiler (shown), which is available for 1979-93 hatchback Mustangs and sells for $289.95, and the Steeda Functional Race Wing which fits '94-02 models and retails at $249.95. Steeda also offers aerodynamic packages for '87-02 Mustangs. Three kits from Xenon and A&A Specialties join Steeda's latest creations, which are the 2000 Cobra R-style front splitter and rear wing. Steeda also has several fiberglass hoods to choose from, which not only look cool, but save valuable weight.
This Florida-based company came on the scene with the distinct-looking and fully functional ram air hood shown here. The hood's built-in ducting corrals air into the factory airbox that is further modified or replaced with one conducive to the system. Suncoast sells its hood separately for $695, but if you want to reap the benefits of ram air induction, the hood and ram air kit are sold together for $795.
Unlimited Products has been in this business since the mid-'70s, and understandably it has an extensive product line. When it comes to Mustangs, it stocks applications for 1965-93. Whether you need a hood with a 2.25-inch cowl or one with a snorkel scoop, you're covered. Fiberglass decklids, fenders, bumpers and a plethora of mold-on scoops are all available from Unlimited Products.
Wings West has applications for 1987-98 Mustangs, which include the wild-looking Mustang Dominator kit shown here. It also offers a 1993 Cobra ground effects package as well as its own custom designed kit for the '94-98 horses (also shown). With a name like Wings West, one would expect them to have some rear spoilers for the Fox body; there are several unique designs in addition to a few factory replicas. Most of WW's parts are of urethane or fiberglass construction and many offer limited lifetime warranties.