Easy Mods for Your Ford Mustang

Basic and Affordable Upgrades

Looking to modify your Mustang, but don't know where to start? The following Mustang mods won't break the bank and they won't eat up your day. They are perfect for the Mustang owner with little to no customizing experience. 

Install Stack Racing Mustang Taillight Trim

Install Stack Racing Mustang Taillight Trim
Install Stack Racing Mustang Taillight Trim. Photo © Jonathan P. Lamas

Sometimes it's the little things that make all the difference. Take Stack Racing's Mustang taillight trim. This easy modification allows you to add custom trim around the taillights on your 2005-2009 Ford Mustang. Options include black, as shown in this install, or chrome.

Cost: Under $50
Time:
Less than 10 minutes

Install a New Shifter Knob

Jack Roush Ford Mustang Shifter Knob
Jack Roush Ford Mustang Shifter Knob. Photo Courtesy of ROUSH Performance

When it comes to customizing your Mustang, aftermarket shifter knobs are an affordable upgrade that won't break the bank. Installation is usually as easy as changing a light bulb. 

Cost: Under $100
Time:
Less than 5 minutes

Install a Rear Decklid Panel

Install a Rear Decklid Panel
Install a Rear Decklid Panel. Photo © Jonathan P. Lamas

This heritage style blackout panel covers the rear decklid between the car’s taillights. Installation requires no tools and can be completed in less than five minutes.

Cost: Under $50
Time:
Less than 5 minutes

Install Custom Valve Stem Caps

Install Custom Valve Stem Caps
Install Custom Valve Stem Caps. Photo © Jonathan P. Lamas

Installing valve stem caps is easy peezy. I mean really, you unscrew the old caps and replace each one with the new Logo cap. Potential buyers, this is probably one of the easiest modifications you’ll ever make to your Mustang.

Cost: Under $20
Time:
Less than 5 minutes

Install GT Styling Headlight Covers

Install GT Styling Headlight Covers
Install GT Styling Headlight Covers. Photo © Jonathan P. Lamas

A simple, and common, modification made by many Mustang owners looking to showcase their car at a car show is the addition of smoked headlight covers. These plastic covers give the car a stealthy appearance and also protect the headlamps from road debris. Installation is basic, and the cost is generally inexpensive.

Cost: Under $70
Time:
Less than 10 minutes

Install a Set of Performance Tires

BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KDW 2
BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KDW 2. Photo Courtesy of BFGoodrich

Looking for some extra grip on the road? You probably want a tire that will improve your late-model Mustang's performance while providing the most bang for your buck.

Cost: Under $500
Time:
Less than two hours

Install a Custom License Plate Frame

Install a Custom License Plate Frame
Install a Custom License Plate Frame. Photo © Jonathan P. Lamas

Looking for a way to attach a front license plate to your Mustang without having to drill holes into your front fascia? Well, Craig’s Custom Mustang Brackets has a solution for you. Their front license plate frames require no drilling and, in most cases, can be installed in less than 10 minutes.

Cost: Under $50
Time:
Less than 10 minutes

Install a Drop Stop Car Wedge

Install a Drop Stop Car Wedge
Install a Drop Stop Car Wedge. Photo © Jonathan P. Lamas

The Drop Stop ® is designed to to prevent items from falling between the cracks and crevices in your Mustang. Installation is basic. You wedge the Drop Stop ® into place, which then closes up the gap between the center console and front seat. To be honest, I’m surprised it took so long for someone to dream up this product.

Cost: Under $20
Time: Less than 10 minutes

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