Next Mod: Gears or Custom Tune

Gears or Tune??

  • Custom chip tune

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    7

Essn95

Active Member
Jun 21, 2017
309
192
53
21
So what I have lined up next for the Cobra is one of these two options. 3:73 gears installed will come in at just under the 500 dollar mark. A custom chip tune from dirtydirtyracing will be 250, includes 3 custom tunes for 87,91,and 93 octanes all for different performance levels. This seems great to offer different driving modes while offering the opportunity to save on gas money and cheaper than the gears.
My mods a listed below and I want to know which will provide the best value for performance and price.
-BBK CAI
-BBK 70mm TB
-Hurst shifter
- BBK catted x pipe
- SLP LM2 Catback
 
  • Sponsors(?)


John Dirks Jr

there is enough sticking out to grab on to
5 Year Member
Jun 28, 2013
2,768
1,166
174
56
Maryland
Gears. I have 3.73's. If I had a second chance I'd have gone with 3.55's. 3.73's gets through first too fast
 

BlakeusMaximus

Still got to try a little lube on my speedo head
Jul 12, 2017
1,982
1,117
153
Gears. I agree with the first gear essentially not being there with the 373’s. I said in another post I’d go with 355, if I were to do it again.
 

John Dirks Jr

there is enough sticking out to grab on to
5 Year Member
Jun 28, 2013
2,768
1,166
174
56
Maryland
Also, with 3.73 I think I’m running out of 4th at about 110mph. Running out of 4th at 120 would be better. With enough hp, 3.73 would be too steep for a 1/4 mile run
 

Essn95

Active Member
Jun 21, 2017
309
192
53
21
I hate to beat a dead horse with the gear comparison but it’s such a hard decision. I’ll be primarily using the car to commute to school, about 15 miles round trip and then just around town mostly, would this change your choice in gearing? @BlakeusMaximus @John Dirks Jr
 

Essn95

Active Member
Jun 21, 2017
309
192
53
21
Also tuner claimed 10-15 hp gain on stock car and even more for my bolt ons, seems a little optimistic imo
 

96pushrod

Advanced Member
May 15, 2018
783
470
73
28
Savannah
There isn’t enough done to your car to capitalize on a tune. You’re better off just advancing the timing just a bit yourself, as long as you don’t go too wild.

4.10 gears all day. I drive freeway at 75mph with a 26in tire and a .68 od and I sit right about 2700rpm. Interestingly enough I seem to get better fuel economy than when I had my 2.73s. Go figure. Did 100 miles to Charleston and got 22mpg.

Honestly, the 3.35 first isn’t as bad as people say if you can mash some quick 1-2 shifts . Just gotta keep the wheels from getting away from ya.
 

FastDriver

My dad had a bra
SN Certified Technician
Sep 5, 2001
4,541
1,245
214
Seaside, CA
The tuner is pulling your chain. Don't let him screw up the stock tune. It will NOT gain 10-15 more hp than simply optimizing your base timing and leaving the stock tune alone, even if he manipulates a dyno to please you. Plus, if you're in this for the long haul, you'll need a tune again after you make any significant modifications. If you have or buy a timing light, we'd happily talk you through the process of advancing timing and get you a "free" 5-6 rwhp. In the future, you could adjust the timing on your own within 5 minutes to switch back and forth between 87 octane and 93 as you see fit. Where are you from? Maybe one of us lives close enough to lend a hand.

Don't fear the gear. I gather you have a '95 Cobra with stock size tires (255/45/17)? If that's true, then with 3.73s, you'd go nearly 125 mph through the traps at the limiter. Granted, you won't make it to that speed in the 1/4, but the point is that you won't run out of gear. In fact, 4.10s would be pretty near perfect through the 1/4 for your power band. I never felt that 1st was useless on the street with 4.10s in my last '91 Mustang that went [email protected] on all-season 225/55/16 tires. I cut a 1.83 60' on those tires and I needed the gear to do it. But, to each their own. 4.10s definitely bring the RPMs and drone up on the highway. Good luck, man! And whatever you choose, I hope you have a blast with the car.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Essn95

BlakeusMaximus

Still got to try a little lube on my speedo head
Jul 12, 2017
1,982
1,117
153
I do like my 373s. I’ll probably never change em out. I just drive it on the streets anyways. Works for me.
 

Boostedpimp

10 Year Member
May 8, 2003
991
327
94
NJ
With your modifications you do not need to waste money on a tune. Do the gear swap and you'll be very happy it'll change the total feeling of the car and you'll pick a few mpg more around town after the power increase feeling wears off and you drive it normal again.
 

VibrantRedGT

"STANGNET'S PENGUIN SMACKER"
15 Year Member
Nov 29, 1999
14,689
434
144
48
Boca Raton, Florida
www.mustangworks.com
Don't pay a tuner $250 for him to adjust your timing and fuel pressure. You don't have enough mods for 15HP gains.

Get the gears for sure, 3:73's will wake your car up.

We don't buy these cars for fuel economy.
 

Essn95

Active Member
Jun 21, 2017
309
192
53
21
I really appreciate the help all of you, especially with that tuners claims turned me off quite a bit.
And I am located in the Oviedo, Fl area, the only problem is my distributor is stuck in the block so my timing is severely retarded at the moment and I’m still struggling to get it to advance @FastDriver
Had an old thread about this issue
 

General karthief

wonder how much it would cost to ship you a pair
Mod Dude
Aug 25, 2016
16,423
5,238
193
polk county florida
To get that distributor to loosen up, spray a small amount of blaster or whatever your favorite penetrating lube, let it sit over night, spray it again then get a oil filter wrench and work it back and forth
 
  • Like
Reactions: FastDriver

FastDriver

My dad had a bra
SN Certified Technician
Sep 5, 2001
4,541
1,245
214
Seaside, CA
Karthief has got you pointed in the right direction.

I literally had to use a crow bar on the '93 to get that distributor out. I don't recommend it, but it did work without damaging anything in my case.
 
Thread starter Similar threads Forum Replies Date
RUNINAGT Next mod to do "other than gears" Fox 5.0 Mustang Tech 25
9 next mod gears or intake? SN95 4.6L Mustang Tech 17
F Forced Induction 94 GT - Next BIG Mods?!? 1994 - 1995 Specific Tech 4
15GTrob Decrease E/t, Next Mods? 2015+ (S550) Mustang -General/Talk 18
F 2014 Gt Premium Mods- Whats Next? 2005 - 2014 S-197 Mustang -General/Talk- 8
F Planning The Next Mods 1994 - 1995 Specific Tech 6
90lxwhite My Next Mod 1979 - 1995 (Fox, SN95.0, & 2.3L) -General/Talk- 0
BackInBlack Next Mod Choice? 2005 - 2014 S-197 Mustang -General/Talk- 5
InMyPrimeSVT Recommendations for next mod? 1979 - 1995 (Fox, SN95.0, & 2.3L) -General/Talk- 12
sonic281 next mod for better 1/4 1996 - 2004 SN95 Mustang -General/Talk- 11
Skidzz NEXT MOD POLL! 1996 - 2004 SN95 Mustang -General/Talk- 26
302fordracer next mod suggestion 1996 - 2004 SN95 Mustang -General/Talk- 12
CRoberts91 Next Mods... I need help. 2005 - 2014 S-197 Mustang -General/Talk- 7
slayerripkdc Next suspension mod??? SN95 4.6L Mustang Tech 4
Rocket3005 Next Mods 2005 - 2014 S-197 Mustang -General/Talk- 7
T What mod to do next? Bang of for buck! 2005 - 2009 Specific Tech 10
T Which mod should I do next? 2005 - 2014 S-197 Mustang -General/Talk- 27
9 Mods for Next Winter SN95 4.6L Mustang Tech 8
arcwcb Next Performance Mod 2005 - 2014 S-197 Mustang -General/Talk- 10
Alex46 Next Mod opinions SN95 4.6L Mustang Tech 3
J next suspension mod 1996 - 2004 SN95 Mustang -General/Talk- 2
Q want to supercharge for next mod HELP PLEASE!!! 1996 - 2004 SN95 Mustang -General/Talk- 3
Nightfire Help me decide my next mod 1996 - 2004 SN95 Mustang -General/Talk- 7
Q need help on next major mod SN95 4.6L Mustang Tech 5
9 Next Mods to Crack 300 RWHP SN95 4.6L Mustang Tech 8
Q help!!! what mod should i do next CAMS??? 1996 - 2004 SN95 Mustang -General/Talk- 1
Q help!! what mod should i do next CAMS?? SN95 4.6L Mustang Tech 4
9 Suggestions Welcome for next 3-5 mods... 1996 - 2004 SN95 Mustang -General/Talk- 17
J next look good mod lol 1996 - 2004 SN95 Mustang -General/Talk- 10
0 What should my next mod be? 1996 - 2004 SN95 Mustang -General/Talk- 15
KBExperience next mod? 1996 - 2004 SN95 Mustang -General/Talk- 20
I Help decide my next mod 2005 - 2014 S-197 Mustang -General/Talk- 5
L Next mods for a 99 Cobra? SVT Tech Forum 8
U what mod is next 1996 - 2004 SN95 Mustang -General/Talk- 7
C next mod... opinions... 2005 - 2009 Specific Tech 25
LaserSVT Next round of mods, need blower guys help. 1996 - 2004 SN95 Mustang -General/Talk- 49
85SVOGUY Next Mod on my 89 5.0? 1979 - 1995 (Fox, SN95.0, & 2.3L) -General/Talk- 9
T next mod opinions? 1979 - 1995 (Fox, SN95.0, & 2.3L) -General/Talk- 17
Purostaff Help me choose the next mod! ~$1000 1996 - 2004 SN95 Mustang -General/Talk- 13
S Next Mod??? 1996 - 2004 SN95 Mustang -General/Talk- 19
J next mod help 1996 - 2004 SN95 Mustang -General/Talk- 8
BOOMSHAKALAKA Next Mod 1996 - 2004 SN95 Mustang -General/Talk- 5
9 which mod next? debating 1994 - 1995 Specific Tech 6
Loco5.0 Next suspension mods? Fox 5.0 Mustang Tech 5
T NewB question. What mods next? 1994 - 1995 Specific Tech 19
xtweakerx Next Mod? 2005 - 2009 Specific Tech 13
GA_StangGT Pick my next N/A mod 1996 - 2004 SN95 Mustang -General/Talk- 40
A Next Mod...(help me out plz) 2005 - 2009 Specific Tech 38
Serper3 Next Suspension Mod 1996 - 2004 SN95 Mustang -General/Talk- 7
C What should be the Next Mod for my buddy with his 2001 GT? SN95 4.6L Mustang Tech 13
Similar threads