Michael Johnson
Associate Editor, 5.0 Mustangs & Super Fords
February 11, 2014

Top Shelf

We've seen plenty of '05-'09 Mustang door panels coming apart at the seams, discolored, and peeling. Predator Mustang has the fix to bring them back to life with its 12-piece, $399 door-panel kit, which is made from form-fitting ABS, is easy to install, and is available in a variety of finishes. The kit will breathe new life into your Mustang's interior, and if you so choose, bring a custom touch to the inside as well.

www.predatormustang.com


Stay Cool

From the heart of NASCAR country comes a product designed to keep your Mustang's underhood temps at a bearable level. With turbo applications, heat is the enemy of everything around the turbo and its piping. Performance Plus Connection's new Titanium-Plus Vulcan Dual Tone Ultra Exhaust Wrap is an insulating wrap designed to give you a custom look, while reducing heat and increasing horsepower. The wrap is 2 inches wide, available in a variety of rolls, is 1⁄16-inch-thick, and capable of withstanding 2,000-degrees continuous and 3,000-degrees intermittent. It's said to be 25-percent stronger than fiberglass wraps, and is intended for headers, turbos, and turbo downpipes.

www.performanceplusconnection.com


Fuel Sipping

No one buys a Mustang for its fuel economy—we buy them to have a fun, fast car. However, that's not to say we don't want the best possible fuel economy at the same time. Fitch's Fuel Catalyst is designed to transform pump gas into a superior fuel, allowing your Mustang's engine to extract the maximum amount of energy with minimal emissions. The Fitch Fuel Catalyst is an inline fuel treatment said to reformulate and resuscitate fuel molecules of gasoline, and other fuels, to supplement the refining process. The idea is that gasoline and diesel is at its most optimal quality when it's first refined, but during storage and transportation, the fuel quality diminishes. Sacrificed horsepower, torque, and efficiency, is said be the result of this poorer fuel quality. The Fitch Fuel Catalyst is designed to boost octane in gasoline, increase cetane in diesel, and re-refine the fuel quality, returning it to a superior refinery-fresh state.

www.fitchcatalyst.com


Big Small-Block

Ford Racing's new Z460 crate engine gets its size from a Boss 9.5-inch block bored to 4.150-inch with a 4.25-inch stroker crank. What's more, both the crank and rods are from Scat, with Mahle forged pistons and Clevite bearings. To this foundation is added Ford Racing's high-port/high-flow Z-heads featuring 2.02/1.60 valves, 1.65:1 roller rockers, and cast-aluminum valve covers. The 10.0:1 compression engine arrives at your door with a SFI-approved damper, a steel front or rear sump oil pan, a standard-rotation water pump, and a hydraulic-roller cam. The engine is rated at 575 hp and 575 lb-ft of torque, with those numbers coming courtesy of an Edelbrock Super Victor intake with a Holley 850-cfm carburetor.

www.fordracingparts.com


Modern Trim

The center stack has been home to billet and chrome upgrades since the Fox era. AmericanMuscle.com continues that trend for '05-'14 Mustangs with a full line of chrome and satin radio and HVAC control-knob covers. These knob covers and bezels aren't compatible with '10-'14 models equipped with navigation, but they present an easy and inexpensive way to dress up your Mustang's interior.

www.americanmuscle.com


Stop Shaking

Most threadlockers come in a tube, but STS/Tectorius' Vibra-Stop thread locker, sealant, and anti-vibration compound comes in an aerosol spray. Vibra-Stop reportedly eliminates curing limitations and instability barriers, while further extending the capabilities of the product. Using Vibra-Stop, coated pieces can be removed and reused multiple times, and installation can occur either immediately or at a later date. The formula is said to be effective on metallic and non-metallic surfaces, and works on both threaded and non-threaded fasteners.

www.tectorius.com