Meet a "do-it-yourself" fully customized 2011 Mustang GT 5.0 L.
When you first hear Steve McCarley say, “Pretty much all of the work on my Mustang was done at home… no rack, fancy building, special tools, etc.” you may be thinking that he made a few simple installs – new head rests, hood struts, mirror covers, and the like. But think again. Steve McCarley, Former President of the Mustang Club of America took his factory 2012 Mustang GT 5.0L and turned it completely upside-down in his own garage. He didn’ t just tackle the small stuff, he dreamt big! This Mustang GT powerhouse received upgrades from exhaust and powertrain mods to styling and audio boosts. How was he able to customize so much at home?
DIY Customization Enabled by MRT Engineering Expertise Steve McCarley said, "While Ed [Hockaday] had his car done directly there at MRT, I used the invaluable expertise available from MRT to pick and choose FORD Racing and MRT parts to build my own home-brewed Boss.” Scott Hoag, our CEO and Founder, assisted Steve in his customization process, lending him tips on successfully installing performance upgrades and choosing the best mods for his Mustang GT. While Steve was installing a C&L Cold Air Intake and programing the required tune, Scott even walked Steve through the entire install of the air unit and the actual flash as they talked on he phone. Not only does this show MRT’s willingness to share our engineering experience and expertise, but also take the time to drop all other engagements to assist our customers. Steve goes on to say, "Scott and I talked extensively as I modified a new Mustang with only 4 miles on it."
Turning the Growl Up a Notch
First things first- a bad-ass car deserves bad-ass sound. Mr. McCarley wasn't going to settle for the ordinary when it came to his Musang GT. So, in order to equalize the strength of his GT's bark as well as its bite, Steve installed the MRT MaxFlow Performance H-Pipe and MRT Interceptor Axle-Back Exhaust on his 5.0 L, again, with the support of the MRT Team. This dynamic shining 304 Stainless Steel duo brings a pleasing aggressive sound that is one of a kind. Steve says, "Honestly, the [MRT] H-pipe is too pretty to put under a car. It should be hung on the shop wall to show off and admire. But, the sound and performance coming from these exhaust parts is just as beautiful." The MRT H-Pipe is beautiful throughout, starting with its professionally engineered design. MRT's H-Pipes differ than stock H-Pipes in three areas: (1) tube diameter, (2) smoothness of the exhaust path, and (3) back-pressure of the catalyst. The result of these smart solutions are as Steve says, "Great sound, no drone, great fit and finish...What more can you ask for in an exhaust?" Since MRT parts require no permanent modifications to your vehicle by reusing the factory OEM attachment points, Steve found installing both his MRT MaxFlow H-Pipe and Mufflers a breeze.
Achieving a Boss 302 "Race Feel" with a Mustang GT The Boss 302 Mustang is known as the king of the race track, equipped with a special "race car" like interior, upgraded engine, superior suspension, and more - all to optimize the Mustang to be a winner on the track. Steve set out to find the right mods for his 2011 Mustang GT to make his own "home-brewed Boss." After consulting the MRT team for the smartest performance upgrades, Mr. McCarley installed Ford Racing Adjustable Shocks, struts, sway bars, and springs along with MRT Billet Lower Control Arms, Adjustable Upper Mount, and Adjustable PanHard Bar. He even installed classy RTR Wheels. But in the grand scheme of things, being leader of the pack doesn't just stop with performance, speed, and sound. The Mustang, being the muscular and aggressive pony it is, has t look the part. To complete the aggressive stance of his Mustang GT, Mr. McCarley installed install our very own MRT Front Splitter - the champion of race-inspired style - to strengthen the dominating presence of his Kona Blue, stealthy, "home-brewed" Boss. What's more, all that power under the hood deserved to be shown off in style- so Steve replaced his "horrid hood support rod" from the factory with our Original MRT No-Drill Hood Struts.
The Result With some time, support, and a lot of hard work, Steve McCarley was able to completely customize his 2011 Mustang GT. What was the result of all this love? He made it completely his from the very beginning. His Kona Blue 2011 Mustang GT "Home-brewed" Boss puts all stock Mustangs to shame. Steve says that "With Scott's/MRT's vast Mustang experience, you know up front you are dealing with quality materials, quality parts, and quality people." That's exactly the MRT Team's #1 goal- to enable our customers to customize their vehicle to make them completely theirs. They don't have to be the expert, the engineer, or have vast knowledge of the automotive aftermarket. They just have to dream and we'll help make it happen.