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Hey guys! I am new here and need a little help. I am a chick who knows nothing about doing mods to a car and need some sound advice. I just got a 15 ecoboost premium convertible and have about $1500-$2000 to spend after I buy a tuner and tint it out. What would be the best mods to make immediately to increase sound and performance on my budget? I am thinking a new exhaust is a must but have no clue about anything else. Thank you in advance, and I apologize if this has been posted a million times before!
 

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Well, if you have a good custom muffler shop near you, you can do the exhaust for about $600 installed. Check @Moxman posts for his custom exhaust solution.

The other mod would be to replace the factory intercooler which is grossly under designed. Those run in the $600 to $800 range plus installation.

Lastly, sign up with a Pro Tuner which is in the $175 to $300 range depending on if you want to have life time tunes or not.
 

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Intercooler... I'd say go as far as saying intercooler before everything. Even on a stock tune an upgraded IC will make a tremendous difference especially on hot summer days.
 

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Well, if you have a good custom muffler shop near you, you can do the exhaust for about $600 installed. Check @Moxman posts for his custom exhaust solution.

The other mod would be to replace the factory intercooler which is grossly under designed. Those run in the $600 to $800 range plus installation.

Lastly, sign up with a Pro Tuner which is in the $175 to $300 range depending on if you want to have life time tunes or not.




Thank you so much! I would not have thought about the intercooler!!!
 

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OH...and welcome! You should post some pics of your car in the Introductions forum.

Ok thanks!! I added it to profile pic for now. I will take better pics when I get it, this is from the dealer. The interior has the white/black leather seats.
 

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Intercooler... I'd say go as far as saying intercooler before everything. Even on a stock tune an upgraded IC will make a tremendous difference especially on hot summer days.

Ok great to know, thank you! Especially because its 110 here in Vegas...
 

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Welcome to the forum, Melanie! Check out all the build threads from the members. Lots of great and needed mods in the builds!
-atmosphere vent the bypass valve (free)
-intake ($300 to $400)
-various suspension mods ($100 and up)

You like car shows, track racing, drag racing??
 

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Welcome from Texas! Not quite as hot (or fun) but definitely not spring or fall!

My first mods were Cobb stage 1 (accessport tuner with OTS 93 octane tunes and high flow drop in air filter) then Tune+ wastegate actuator and Adam's tune for life. I have some exterior mods as well (aftermarket hood and wheels), but now looking forward to ordering my new intercooler and cold air intake from Speed Factory by mid next week!


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Besides the exhaust, the intercooler is a great mod. I did the intercooler after I did the exhaust. I also like the idea of a cold air intake. I chose the Airaid and it is a really nice kit. I chose the Mishimoto intercooler because of the quality of its design and the technical specifications they offer. Also, I liked the idea that it can be installed without removing the front bumper cover. It took me and a helper about 2 to 3 hours to install it. With the high ambient temperatures in Las Vegas, you'll benefit from the reduced charge temperature a bigger intercooler will give you.
 

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I almost forgot...welcome to the forum. You'll find a ton of useful information here.
 

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Besides the exhaust, the intercooler is a great mod. I did the intercooler after I did the exhaust. I also like the idea of a cold air intake. I chose the Airaid and it is a really nice kit. I chose the Mishimoto intercooler because of the quality of its design and the technical specifications they offer. Also, I liked the idea that it can be installed without removing the front bumper cover. It took me and a helper about 2 to 3 hours to install it. With the high ambient temperatures in Las Vegas, you'll benefit from the reduced charge temperature a bigger intercooler will give you.

Ok great! Looking at a Mishimoto
Welcome to the forum, Melanie! Check out all the build threads from the members. Lots of great and needed mods in the builds!
-atmosphere vent the bypass valve (free)
-intake ($300 to $400)
-various suspension mods ($100 and up)

You like car shows, track racing, drag racing??

Thanks!You are all so helpful! I was thinking the Mishimoto intercooler would be good. I am going to have a couple friends install it, so that's good to know. I am not into drag racing or track racing, but car shows are cool. We have SEMA here every year which is awesome!
 

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Welcome from Texas! Not quite as hot (or fun) but definitely not spring or fall!

My first mods were Cobb stage 1 (accessport tuner with OTS 93 octane tunes and high flow drop in air filter) then Tune+ wastegate actuator and Adam's tune for life. I have some exterior mods as well (aftermarket hood and wheels), but now looking forward to ordering my new intercooler and cold air intake from Speed Factory by mid next week!


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Welcome from Texas! Not quite as hot (or fun) but definitely not spring or fall!

My first mods were Cobb stage 1 (accessport tuner with OTS 93 octane tunes and high flow drop in air filter) then Tune+ wastegate actuator and Adam's tune for life. I have some exterior mods as well (aftermarket hood and wheels), but now looking forward to ordering my new intercooler and cold air intake from Speed Factory by mid next week!


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Thank you! I am debating on the Cobb tuner, but thinking of going with the SCT X4. I have narrowed down what I initially want to do, which include the downvpipe, intercooler, tune, probably exhaust. I want a deeper sounding exhaust and I don't know where to start. I have been listening to Youtube videos, trying to get an idea, but its hard to tell....
 

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Thank you! I am debating on the Cobb tuner, but thinking of going with the SCT X4. I have narrowed down what I initially want to do, which include the downvpipe, intercooler, tune, probably exhaust. I want a deeper sounding exhaust and I don't know where to start. I have been listening to Youtube videos, trying to get an idea, but its hard to tell....
Do yourself a favor and research tunes for the EB before making your decision on a tuner. There are several out there and many are tuned by Adam at Tune+ (using the accessport). Many have different opinions, but I think Adam's tunes are top notch (and I'm just getting started with my mods!)


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