Horse Sense: If you've heard the SEMA show is big, it's really huge. In 2007, 2,000 exhibitors filled up more than 1 million square feet of exhibit space. That meant a lot of walking for the 5.0&SF crew.
Rolling into the aftermarket industry's biggest trade show, the '07 Specialty Equipment Market Association show, we didn't know what to expect from a Mustang standpoint. With the S197 heading into its fourth model year and the prospect of an updated version on the horizon, it could easily have been quiet on the Mustang front. But it wasn't--not by a long shot. In fact, there were Mustangs old and new all over the SEMA show floor, and Mustang parts were still rolling out in huge numbers. In short, it appears the coming year will be another great one to be a fan of Ford's ponycar. With competitive cars still off in the future, the Mustang has a lot of momentum.
1. Agent 47 "Head Hunter"
2. Hellion Power Systems Four-Valve twin-turbo system
3. Hahn PortFueler
4. JME PRO-Series suspension
5. ACCEL Thruster EFI
6. Snow Performance Stage 3 gasoline boost cooler
7. ProCharger twin high-flow intercooler
8. Vortech bv57 bypass valve
9. Nitrous Express P-Gauge Controller
10. GoPro Motorsports HERO
1. Hellion Power Systems Four-Valve twin-turbo system
2. G-Tech Pro expandable gauge system
3. ProCharger twin high-flow intercooler
4. CDC striped Glassback
5. Snow Performance Stage 3 boost cooler
6. Shelby shifters
7. GoPro Motorsports HERO
8. Priority Audo OEM direct-replacement head unit
9. AFCO GT 500 heat exchanger
10. JME front suspension
1. Comp Cams intelligent traction control
2. Garrett twin-turbo kit for S197 GT
3. Snow Performance Stage 3 gasoline boost cooler
4. Hellion Power Systems Four-Valve twin-turbo system
5. ProCharger twin high-flow intercooler
6. CamLogic Digital Degree
7. Aeromotive fuel log
8. Classic Designs Glassback roof panel
9. Nitrous Express P-Gauge controller
10. GoPro Motorsport HERO camera
Standalone engine management systems are somewhat of a norm these days for street and race 'Stangs that put more than 500 horses on the pavement. We sat in on Elie Nahed's tutorial about the new Thruster EFI Ford V-8 system (PN 77011; $999.90 w/standard O2; 77011W; $1,399.90 w/wideband O2) from ACCEL [(248) 380-2780; www.accel-dfi.com] and were impressed by its features and, more so, its price. These affordable and user-friendly EFI setups, along with ACCEL's billet distributor, coil, and fuel injectors, make a great package for dialing in naturally aspirated or power-adder-assisted performance. We'll take a closer look at the Thruster EFI in the months to come, as the system will be calling the shots on our Boss 340 project engine.
Advanced Clutch Technology [(661) 940-7555; www.advancedclutch.com] debuted its twin-disc clutch setup for '01-'04 Mustang GTs. This unnamed organic street clutch features what ACT calls lift straps on the floater (patent pending) and pressure-plate for adjustments and fine-tuning that maintains smooth clutch engagement and even wear in high-torque (900 lb-ft) street 'Stangs.
Although Aeromotive's [(913) 647-7300; www.aeromotiveinc.com] new Dual-Action Adjustable Fuel Log (PN 14201) didn't win a SEMA award in 2007 (the company's carburetor float-bowl sensor scored Best Engineered New Product honors in 2005), we think the latest development for the carburetor crowd is cool and deserves its due in our report. The fuel log features a ball-and-socket-style design that allows AN -10 inlet fittings to pivot and adjust +/-20 degrees for greater clearance of obstructions on or around the carb such as linkage, regulator, or gauge.
The market for taking the Shelby GT 500 beyond its already potent beginnings seems as strong as ever. As it did for the Terminator Cobras, AFCO [(800) 632-2320; www.afabcorp.com] now offers a direct-replacement, double-pass heat exchanger ($389) for the GT 500, which reportedly improves the cooling area of the stock heat exchange by a whopping 300 percent. Likewise, AFCO's sister company Dynatech now offers a stainless steel header system ($1,795) for the GT 500. It includes 17/8-inch long-tube headers and a 3-inch X-shape crossover with Power Cats. AFCO promise gains up to 45 hp with the system.
We found several cool 'Stang parts and heard an exciting piece of news at Agent 47 Competition Product's [(760) 496-3809; www.agentfortyseven.com] booth. The company introduced its lightweight, carbon shifter arm/knob (PN A47cfsak; $159) for '05-and-up Mustangs, as well as NACA-duct-style panels (PN A47rwd; $189) that replace the rear-quarter windows on S197s. The panels are cool--literally--as they're gateways to directing cool air to the driver, brakes, differential cooler, and so on. On the news front, Agent 47 is now offering turnkey, race-prepped Mustangs. That's right: "The Hunter" is the company's special-edition, street-legal 'Stang that's chock full of serious race goodies (legal for NHRA and NASA American Iron) as well as cool performance and appearance accessories from Agent 47's catalog.
Integrating iPods and other aftermarket gear with factory head units is big business these days, and AI [(800) 336-6500; www.americaninternational.net] is offering a Ford-compatible plug-and-play iPod interface dubbed the Neucleus. The company also offers a line of installation kits, and wiring adapters.
ATI Performance Products' [(800) 284-3433; www.atiracing.com] new Super Pulley is for engines sporting standard or reverse-rotation ProCharger P1, D1, F1, F2, and F3 superchargers. We think it's a great step in a new direction for a company that's better known for its high-performance transmissions, converters, and harmonic balancers (dampers). Superior Sprag Technology in this 45-tooth cog (PN 916195-45) allows it to release when the blower's rpm is higher than the engine's revs--between shifts in a stick car, for example. The pulley's ability to freewheel reduces wear and tear on the blower and your wallet, as it keeps expensive belts from snapping if you're on and off the gas
Bassforms offers a direct-fit, fiberglass subwoofer enclosure for the S197 Mustang [(877) 464-2326; www.bassforms.com]. Available to fit the left (BF210STANG L) and right (BF210STANG R) sides of the trunk, the $399.95 enclosures will house a 10-inch sub.
Darryl Bassani and crew already have the Mustang covered nine ways to Sunday with its line of exhaust products. A relatively new offering in its SEMA display was the company's Street Race mufflers. They offer the design and growl of Bassani's [(866) 782-3283; www.bassani.com] race mufflers with the durability of its street parts.
A newcomer to the Mustang world, BDL Industries (www.bdlind.com) debuted its new Ford Mustang fuel rail kit at SEMA. The rails are machined out of 6061 T6 and are available in nine different colors.
Eliminating pad drag is The Brake Man's [(805) 987-7867; www.thebrakeman.com] claim to fame. This is done in the Tornado series calipers, which are available for a host of Ford applications, including our favorite Mustang GT and SVT Focus. They're also available for race cars, as Ernesto Rocco, the NASA American Iron Extreme champion, runs them. The Brake Man offers calipers, street and race pads, and caliper/rotor kits.
Wheels are the rice of SEMA, including for Mustangs. California Pony Cars' [(888) 225-7669; www.calponycars.com] angle is enlarging classic Mustang wheel designs to S197 specs. Available in 17x8-, 20x9-, and 20x10-inch fitments, the Cal Pony SS Style wheel definitely gives the S197 a classic old-school look. Center caps are red, blue, and black and are sold separately.
The Camlogic Digital Degree System from CamLogic Technologies [(248) 669-7080; www.camlogicsystem.com] has given new life to all those "how to degree your cam" stories you've read for the last 20 years. The product adds digital precision to cam degreeing, which lets a bumpstick be degreed within one-tenth.
There was a lot to see in the Classic Design Concepts [(866) 624-7997; www.classicdesignconcepts.com] booth, including the Twister Special Mustang by R&A Motorsports (www.r-amotorsports.com), as it features several CDC parts. What really caught our eye was a second-generation version of the Glassback roof, which includes laminated LeMans stripes within the layers of glass. It also feautures a light-absorbing layer designed to block heat and 98 percent of the UV rays. In case you didn't know--because we didn't--CDC is also offering a plug-and-play Rockford Fosgate subwoofer upgrade for Shaker 500-equipped S197s.
As usual, Comp Cams [(800) 999-0853; www.compcams.com] and its related companies is offering a collection of new gear for Fords. Comp itself offered high-load Beehive valvesprings for Two- and Three-Valve 4.6s. FAST showed a new XFI box with built-in intelligent traction control. Zex displayed a new high-output nitrous system for S197 GTs, which is good for an extra 100-250 hp. SEMA bestowed one of its awards on TCI's (www.tciauto.com) new StreetFighter console shifter unit for '05-'08 Mustang GTs. The stylish shifter, which uses the OEM cable and bolts directly into the stock console, allows drivers to speed shift an S197's 5R55S tranny with confidence, thanks to its ratchet-style, positive-stop action.
Edelbrock [(310) 781-2222; www.edelbrock.com] had its new EFI upper intake plenums on center stage. The slick new uppers feature a cool internal divider that optimizes flow quantity and distribution. They're designed for enthusiasts who wish to use carb-style lower manifolds on 4.6 and 5.4 engines. We really dig the sideways-mount, box-style elbow (PN 3851). Traditionally shaped low-profile (PN 3848), and high-flow (PN 3849) elbows are also part of Edelbrock's lineup of new intakes. Not as prominently displayed, but also new are RPM Xtreme-series cylinder heads for 351W-based small-block Ford engines (PN 51259). The CNC-ported heads include an 18-degree valve angle (with 2.02 intake valves), 60cc combustion chambers, and 185cc intake ports that will flow like rivers on a hot street stroker.
Building on its already large line of Mustang suspension parts, Eibach [(800) 507-2338; www.eibach.com] was showing a coilover kit for S197s. Shipped with a serious street or track tune, the bolt-in Multi-Pro R2 four-shock kit features monotube construction, independently adjustable rebound and compression, remote reservoirs with braided stainless steel, Teflon hoses, hefty 47mm pistons, spherical upper bearings, and adjustable ride height yielding lowering from 0.8 to 2.5 inches. Available for Mustang GTs (PN 35101.713) and Shelby GT 500s (PN 351115.713), the kit retails for $2,895.
Showing off a longer steering rack kit for Mustangs with long-tube headers, Flaming River [(800) 648-8022; www.flamingriver.com] said the unit can be used with power or manual racks, and can be custom ordered with additional length to accommodate hard-to-fit applications.
Our friends at FRPP [(800) FORD788; www.fordracingparts.com] showcased their line of Aluminator crate engines, but there was plenty more cool stuff on display and in the new catalog. This FR500GT engine wore a prototype of a forthcoming carbon-fiber intake manifold for top-dog race engines. For the rest of us, FRPP added several new items, including these that caught our eye: '05-'08 V-6 Mustang dual-exhaust kit (PN M-5230-V6), '05-'08 V-6 Mustang 85mm cold-air kit (PN M-9603-V605), Ford GT start button kit for Mustangs (PN M-11572-GT), '07-'08 SVT Mustang supercharger upgrade kit (PN 6066-SGT), CNC-ported Four-Valve heads (PN M-6049-464P, M-6050-464P), and '05-'08 Mustang lighted door SVT or Ford Racing sill plates (PN M-13208-LSVT or -LFR).
Although it's still being finalized, turbo giant--they shipped 10 million turbos last year--Garrett (www.turbobygarrett.com) was showing its turbo kit for S197 GTs. Available in the first quarter of 2008, the 4.6 Three-Valve kit features a pair of the company's GT2860RS "Disco Potato" turbos with dual ball bearings and water cooling, along with cast exhaust manifolds and discharge pipes. The kit makes a base 450 hp, with much more available if the base engine is upgraded to take extra boost. It will not be sold with an electronics package, so no CARB E.O. number is planned, but the kit is a bolt-on, streetable piece, engineered to OE specs. Upgrades via the GT30 or GT35 Garrett turbos allow substantially more power if hyper-performance is planned. Pricing wasn't available at deadline, but look for a Garrett-equipped and sponsored S197 in 10.5-inch drag classes this year.
OBD II gauges are all the rage these days, but G-Tech [(800) GTECHPRO; www.gtechpro.com] has expanded its performance metering line with the G-Tech Pro expandable gauge system, which starts as a tachometer and can be expanded to interface with OBD-II. A shift light, wideband O2, accelerometer, and additional datalogging channels can all be added. The basic version is expandable with plug-in modules, which add the aforementioned functionality. It's cool to see the customization of the consumer electronics world join us in horsepower land.
We were blown away by GoPro's (www.goprocamera.com) new Motorsports HERO ($179.99). It's a seriously cool, inexpensive, wireless, mini digital camera that can be mounted on a Mustang in minutes and records up to one hour of crystal-clear video and audio action from the road or track onto an SD card (not included). Developed at the track and designed specifically for motorsports, the HERO is a sure shot for racers and enthusiasts who want to capture video when they're putting the coals to their 'Stangs.
If you really bleed Ford blue, you'll need to carry your tools in one of these Blue Oval boxes ($88.95) from GoBoxes [(419) 512-0350; www.goboxes.com]. The company is also working on a larger, wall-mount toolbox for your Garagmahal.
Greeted by the effusive JR Granatelli, we quickly received the full demonstration of the new dual-window switch from Granatelli Motorsports [(805) 486-6644; www.granatellimotorsports.com]. Obviously this unit will trip your nitrous or methanol injection's trigger, but it also includes a built-in tach adapter, so you can easily add an aftermarket tach to your coil-on-plug Ford. Moreover, it features a WOT trigger so you can only have the switch turn on at a combination for rpm and wide-open throttle.
It was good to see Griggs Racing (www.GR40.com) touting its exciting GR40TT Track Toy S197 turnkey car and its full line of superb suspension parts at SEMA for the first time. We featured the 1.4g, supercharged-fast Track Toy previously; this SEMA example was placarded with a buy-it-now $81,000 price tag. A GR40RT Race Toy version is also available for track use, and as always, the Griggs GR40 suspension is available in an incredible number of combinations for anything from enjoyable street racing to championship racing requirements. Griggs screened in-car video of the GR40TT assaulting the Virginia City Hillclimb course; the g-meter maxing at 1.5g and routinely hitting 1.4. No wonder our neck is sore after a track session in these cars.
This deal from Hahn Racecraft [(630)553-6830; www.hahnracecraft.com] is way too cool. The Port Fueler for supercharged and turbocharged '05-'08 Mustangs (PN H FI-4960) is a direct-port, piggyback fuel-enrichment system (boost or rpm referenced, and independent of the OEM fuel-injection system and PCM) that screams "complete and total fuel efficiency" for S197s with power adders. Precision, billet, CNC port housings that mount between the intake manifold and cylinder heads, and an easily programmed control module (Windows-based software is included) are the keys to this trick setup, which bridges the gap between maintaining good street manners or dealing with poor driveability for 'Stangs with insane power.
Our first-glance reaction to Hellion's [(505) 873-4670; www.hellionpowersystems.com] new "Hell Raiser" turbo system was "What kind of contraption is that?" After further inspection of John Urist's latest power builder for '96-'04 Four-Valve Cobras, we learned that the kit's two intercooled Turbonetics hair dryers and an OEM '03-'04 Cobra blower combine to make nearly 1,200 hp (with 66mm turbos, 44 psi of boost, and C16 race fuel) on a stock Terminator. The base kit includes 57mm hair dryers, but it can be upgraded to 76mm and anything in between. We have to admit that despite its confusing appearance, this unique setup offers Cobra owners the best of both worlds: Superior torque down low when the supercharger is in place, and a twin-turbo, top-end charge that will scare you.
Among Holley's [(270) 781-9741; www.holley.com] expansive offerings, its NOS brand piqued our attention with its new Launcher, which combines a number of nitrous-control features in a high-tech package. The Launcher allows actuating four stages of nitrous with tuning choices available through a handheld touch screen controller or laptop software. The controller allows for on-the-fly tuning changes and datalogging to an SD card, which can be transferred to a computer for review. It can also interface with other NOS products via an NOS bus two-wire network interface.
Talk about technical knockouts. Hurst's [(818) 483-1366; www.hurst-shifters.com] newest version of its popular Competition Plus shifter series is designed specifically for '05-'08 'Stangs sporting Tremec TKO transmissions (PN 3915074; $397.33). The billet-aluminum and steel shifter's 85/8-inch setback provides a stock look and feel in an S197's console. Its positive short throws are just what the doctor ordered for confident powershifts in the heat of light-to-light battle with Brand X enemies.
If you're looking for cool custom touches for your next project, Illinois Tool Works [(847) 657-4334; www.itwhalcyon.com] showed off these touch-sensitive Active Metal switches with no moving parts. Besides being high-tech, they just look cool. ITW says the switches are unaffected by dirt, moisture, heat, or impact, so they should be rugged enough for street and race 'Stangs. The company also offers a capless Bling Ring fuel filler opened with one of its switches.
Our old friends JBA [(800) 830-3377; www.jbaheaders.com] scored when it landed as OE on Shelby's Super Snake. The company also has upgrades to 800 hp with 13/4-inch long tube headers, MidXPipe, an XCalibrator tune, and no boost increase.
All new at the JME Enterprises [(619) 669-9904; www.jmeenterprises.com] booth was this short-long arm replacement front suspension for '64-'08 Mustangs (later 2008 availability for S197s). Built from slabs of interlocking CNC'd aluminum, the suspension is sold for $9,000 and includes everything--K-member, arms, bushings, bearings, spindle, Koni shocks, and so on--except for the required Fox steering rack. A variation uses rocker arms so the shocks can be mounted fore-and-aft on the framerails "because it minimizes frontend weight and looks neat." JME says to expect a torque arm and Watt's link rear suspension this coming March. JME was also showing brushed billet-aluminum bezel instrument cluster panels for Fox Mustangs that seemed just right for race, track, and minimalist street car projects.
A quick-adjust, bolt-on caster/camber system for '05-to-present Mustangs (PN 182516J; $370/pr) was the highlight offering from Australia's K-Mac (www.k-mac.com) at the SEMA show. K-Mac's trick, multipositional plates replace the upper strut mount on S197s and allow enthusiasts to quickly switch between street and race alignment settings by simply loosening four bolts. Also worth mentioning are the company's cool ratchet-adjust rear lower control arms for '88-'97 Mustangs, which facilitate quick and easy ride-height and weight-bias adjustments for the street and the track.
Another OBD II-capable datalogger is the M.1 Performance Computer from Magden Technologies [(949) 599-0301; www.magden.us]. This system can read data from a factory or aftermarket ECU and add up to 11 analog and four digital imputs and download all of it to a personal computer over USB. You can view the data in-car with Magden's touch-screen or another compatible video screen. Besides all the performance logging, the M.1's display graphics can even be customized to match a car's interior.
Formula 1 hits the streets with this cool race car-style electronic paddle shifter from MasterShift [(888) 658-2727; www.mastershift.com]. It retrofits to any 'Stang's automatic transmission (trans mods aren't required) and stock or aftermarket steering wheel. It allows fast-paced enthusiasts to up- and downshift their way through spirited jaunts with their hands firmly stuck to the wheel.
Offering a pair of clutches designed to handle King of the Street power levels, McLeod [(714) 630-2764; www.mcleodind.com] showed off its RST (good for 800 hp) and RSX (good for 1,000 hp) twin-disc clutch setups. They promise light pedal effort and smooth engagement.
Gotta love those Aussies: They're goofy for cars and still build the oddball stuff big American companies can't afford to. To wit, Morrison Motorsport (www.sdlamorrison.com) was showing a short-runner cross-ram intake for high-rpm 302 and 351 fans. A hefty $6,500 U.S., the intake is sold mechanically complete, but with no engine management parts.
Loaded with new gear for Mustangs, the Mr. Gasket (www.mrgasket.com) group of companies offered new ignition coils for the Three-Valve 4.6 from ACCEL and valvesprings for the Three-Valve from Manley. For the carbureted crowd, Mallory's new MaxFire distributor with a build capacitive-discharge ignition was shown.
Besides new Blaster coils for '05-'07 Three-Valve Mustangs, MSD [(915) 857-5200; www.msdignition.com] showed off a new Ford Launch Master (PN 8734). It's a two-step rev limiter for coil-on-plug Fords that allows you to hold the launch rpm steady until you're ready to let it rip.
If you'd like to convert your '96-'08 Mustang's taillights to have the cool sequential look, Mustang Project [(800) 631-0507; www.mustangproject.com] showed off a direct-replacement sequential LED conversion. According to the company, this kit requires no permanent modifications to the stock wiring harness, and the lights are redder, clearer, and last forever.
Say goodbye to the boxes and gauges that were once a must for controlling and monitoring nitrous activity. This new Progressive Nitrous Controller or "P-Gauge" (PN 15535; $399) from Nitrous Express [(940) 767-7694; www.nitrousexpress.com] features all the functions of a full-on, progressive nitrous controller, including multi-point ramping and multiple inputs and outputs in a 21/16-inch package that's perfect for a stealth fit and function in a juiced 'Stang. We aren't the only ones who think highly of this new technology from NX, as the P-Gauge received props from SEMA as the "Best Performance Street Product" at the show.
Offering radiator and electric fan combinations for Fox Mustangs was Northern High Performance Products (www.northernfactory.com).
Another OBD II gauge from PLX Devices [(408) 745-7591; www.plxdevices.com] is the DM-200 Intelligent Multifunction Display. It allows you to display up to 50 different parameters, including rpm, boost, fuel pressure, air flow, fuel trim, error codes, and much more. PLX also offers a wideband air/fuel gauge, a datalogger, and other gear.
If you've felt limited by the factory audio offerings but were hesitant to add aftermarket gear, Priority Audio [(321) 251-7222; www.priorityaudio.com] has a cool solution that plugs right into the factory harness with its Original Entertainment Media (www.oeradio.com) offferings. Its Fd-3400 DVD multimedia receiver features a touch-screen display and offers an iPod Controller and Bluetooth connectivity; it's also navigation and satellite radio-ready. You might be thinking that plenty of aftermarket head units offer that stuff, and it's true. However, the OEM head units have the the factory connectors on board.
Installing an air-to-air intercooler has long been a dilemma for supercharged Fox LX owners who wish to keep the lower portion of their 'Stang's front fascia intact. Fitting a 'cooler in the area between the bumper cover and radiator isn't the problem, but getting airflow to its core is almost impossible without cutting the cover. ATI ProCharger [(913) 338-2886; www.procharger.com] has remedied this problem with its new Twin High-Flow intercooler system (PN 2AIFA1A-004; $1,399). It features two 'cooler cores that fit neatly into the natural pockets that form at the union area of the front fenders and bumper cover, which has long been regarded as a high air pressure area on Fox 'Stangs.
New from Professional Products [(323) 779-2020; www.professional-products.com] is this 4.6-to-5.4 intake adapter kit. This kit will allow you to install PP's own Two-Valve intake manifold onto '96-to-'04 5.4 Two-Valve engines. PP also promises a new $200 dual 64mm throttle body for the throttle-by-wire Three-Valve 4.6.
If you aren't satisfied with the precision of those hydraulically filled bushings in your S197 Mustang's front control arms, Prothane [(714) 979-4990; www.prothane.com] has a new urethane bushing and bracket kit (PN 6-220) for '05-'08 Mustangs and Shelby GT 500s. The company also offers a complete bushing kit for the S197 Mustang (PN 6-2034).
The dudes at Raceskinz [www.cimarketing.com] have got it goin' on when it comes to appearance accessories for Shelby 'Stangs. Their new true carbon-fiber stripe kits and rear-seat delete setup for GTs and GT 500s are definitely "all that" and then some. The rear-seat delete features OEM Shelby hood pins as lockdowns for its lower panel and a provision for a full-size spare in the trunk.
If you're a car-show nut looking for an edge, look into Razorlite (www.razor-lite.com). This stuff is a really cool pliable film that lights up in a variety of colors. You can use it to add highlights, logos, and other illuminated details to an audio system or just about anywhere else. Razorlite uses light-emitting capacitor technology, resulting in a film that's only 11mm thick. It emits a bright light without a lot of current and using colored overlays, you can customize the colors.
Amid the blur of huge rims, clear rims, and tires, tires, tires, we saw these cool retro-style wheels in the Rodtana Designs [(877) 4 RODTANA; www.rodtanadesigns.com] display. Of course it didn't hurt that these hoops on were shown on Mustangs.
Aviation enthusiasts will equate the red and yellow checkerboard emblems on Roush's [(800) 59-ROUSH; www.roushperformance.com] P-51A Mustang with the same colored checkerboard running around ace and Roush buddy Bud Anderson's WWII P-51 cowling. Automotive fans will spot the latest Eaton supercharger underhood, 510 hp and 510 lb-ft ratings, and a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty. The P-51A is the highest-powered production Roush Mustang to date, along with the first to offer upgraded internal short-block parts. Roger that!
Silicone hose kits really dress up an engine compartment, and Samco Sport (www.samcosport.com) has long offered direct-replacement hose kits for 5.0 and S197 Mustangs with V-8s. At the show, the company offered up a new Blaze series of flame-imprinted silicone hoses that will surely appeal to fans of flamed paint jobs.
Clearly, Shelby was a major force at SEMA '07. Besides the numerous Shelbys on display and aftermarket parts for cars such as the GT 500, Shelby Performance Parts [(702)405-3500; www.shelbyperformanceparts.com] extended its line of gear with several new parts, including shifters, control arms, Panhard bars, camber adjusters, and more. We were most intrigued by the robust-looking shifter for five- and six-speed-equipped S197s. Also in the SPP catalog are Kenne Bell superchargers, and JBA exhaust systems, as it was announced that these parts are now standard equipment on the 725hp Super Snake package.
We ran across Sly Machines [(866) 512-5819; www.slymachines.com], a U.S. distributor of ultra-thin, adhesive-backed carbon-fiber sheets. This stuff looks cool and is thin, pliable, and stretchable. Better yet--the guys at Sly said they will soon be making stripe kits for Mustangs. If you love carbon fiber like Editor Turner, you'll love this stuff.
Snow Performance [(866)365-2762; www.snowperformance.net] invited members of the media to an unveiling of the newest addition to its Boost Cooler line of water-methanol-injection systems for 'Stangs and other Fords using power adders. The Stage 3 Gasoline Boost Cooler (PN 20050; $599) is highlighted by an LCD touch screen (for on-the-fly tuning and at-a-glance system monitoring) and a Digital Variable Controller that references fuel-injector duty-cycle (as opposed to mass-air voltage) and boost, to always inject the correct amount of Boost Juice (or 50-50 water/meth mix) for frosty intake-charge temps and detonation-free combustion.
If you pushrod guys have been jealous of the modular guys' access to SPEC's Super Twin clutches, put down the green shades. That's right: SPEC [(800) 828-4379; www.specclutch.com] now has a Super Twin clutch for Fox and SN-95 V-8 Mustangs. Expect light pedal effort and enough grip to hang on to a King of the Street contender.
Stainless Steel Brakes Corporation [(800) 448-7722; www.ssbrakes.com] has joined the rotor-upgrade fray with its new line of Big Bite rotors. Main man Michael Jonas promises durable performance from gear made in North America.
If you have a '99-'04 GT and are feeling left out, Tork Tech [(513) 697-0060; www.torktech.com] has developed a new Eaton-based intercooled supercharger system for the 4.6 Two-Valve. Promising 9.5 pounds of boost and another 143 hp out of the box, the Torq Tech system features an separate belt-drive system designed to allow for swapping the crank pulley to increase boost.
Expanding on its affordable intake for the Two-Valve 4.6 was Trick Flow [(330) 630-1555; www.trickflow.com], which showed off the first production Bullitt-style twin-bore throttle body upper elbow for those that have to more flow. Trick Flow is also rounding out its line of other gear with several fuel-system components, including fuel injectors.
This beast is formally known as Vortech's [(805) 247-0226; www.vortechengineering.com] new Maxflow bv57 bypass valve (PN 8D205-008; $436.95). This megaflow valve (1,300 cfm at 10 psi of discharged air) will completely and almost instantly clear an inlet of excess boost pressure when the throttle blade closes, regardless of its mounting position. We dig the gnarly V-band mounting clamp for leak-free sealing. This is one sick bypass that's ready for big boost.
Supplier to Ford, Saleen, Steeda and others, Valeo Sylvania HID headlamps are now available from Xsighting [(888) 632-4545; www.xsighting.com]. These feature a single HID lamp with a moveable light shield to provide high- and low-beam lighting. They also have a new LED driving light, and a cool 3D-look taillight technology called the TIR Square.