These articles consist of various tips, tricks and informational writeups to help you, the Mustang enthusiast, with your pony car build. Whether you’re trying to decide which modification to pick up next or find out a little bit more about the effects of parts like a supercharger or turbo kit would do to help your power output. When you’re past researching what the best route to take for your build is, be sure to look to CJ’s to pick up your next part with our extensive inventory of Mustang parts!
As the largest and perhaps most diverse car show in the country, there’s truly something that everyone can appreciate at Caffeine and Octane in Atlanta, Georgia. Check out some of the favorite rides from the September 2019 event.
The name Tremor has meant a variety of things when attached to Ford trucks. From a speaker-heavy Ranger to the new off-road-focused Super-Duty Tremor package.
A diesel engine is finally coming to the JL Wrangler. A diesel engine and a Wrangler go together like peanut butter and jelly, and the 3.0L EcoDiesel engine
If you’re considering a Coyote swap you may be wondering what the difference is between the F-150 and Mustang Coyote engines. There are multiple mechanical variations that account for the performance differences between the two engines.
The 2018 and 2019 Jeep JL Wrangler has three engine options. Each of these engines has different areas where they excel. In our comparison, we take a look at who each engine is right for.
It's not every day that a vehicle gets a sequel. While the Bronco II is generally remembered as an embarrassing footnote on the Bronco's name, there's a lot to appreciate in this quirky, capable, and generally overlooked member of the Bronco family.
The new 2020 Shelby GT500 and C8 Corvette are hot topics around any group of automotive enthusiasts. Both vehicles are breaking down the barriers that we all thought weren’t possible. At 760 horsepower, the GT500 will dominate both straight line and corner-carving tests. However, the new mid-engined C8 Corvette will likely give it a run for its money, especially when additional power is added via the Z06 and/or ZR1. Only time will tell!
The first generation of Ford Bronco and Chevy Blazer are important four-wheelers. Both of these vehicles helped popularize off-road capable SUVs, so let's see how they stack up against each other.
Radials vs slicks is a frequent topic of debate at drag events as well as at stock Mustang shows. These are the differences and how to pick which is right for you.
The Ford Focus and Fiesta both have a lot to offer, but which is the better fit for you depends a lot on what you primarily use your car for and how you plan to drive it. Here are all the differences between the Fiesta and Focus and which type of driver each would be perfect for.
Whether you’re a fan of Ford, Shelby American, or just great racing, the story of the 1966 Le Mans has something for everyone. In one of the most controversial finishes of all time, Ford seized the first Le Mans victory of any American automotive company in 1966.
While the Ford F-150 offered some heavier duty suspension components that increased its weight to avoid emissions regulations, it was nearly identical to the F-100 pickup in nearly every other way. Check out this guide to learn more about these two truck siblings.
While it’s a subjective effort to narrow down the best colors from the multi-decade history of the Ford F-100, we’ve done our best to pick out the top ten shades that are worth taking a look at.
There is no shortage of vibrant and interesting paint colors for the classic Ford Bronco. Here are our picks for the top 10 shades of first-generation Broncos.
Ford’s entry into Le Mans in the early 1960s made waves, but in 2019 Ford has elected to discontinue participation in this historic event as they realign their priorities. Here’s a look back at Ford’s history and wins at Le Mans.
Chevy's C10 pickup truck came in a lot of different colors, and there’s a shade out there for everyone, but these are the ten perennial favorites that just look perfect on a C10.
The CJ Off-Road YouTube team put a Hemi engine in a JL Wrangler. Here is a breakdown of the JL Wrangler Hemi swap video series.
Chevy’s C10 and C20 trucks are both classics and come with many of the same options. Where they differ is what can make one a better fit for you and your pickup needs.
Here are some of the best Jeep Gladiator colors available now. From Punk'n Orange to Firecracker Red, see what shades make the "best of" list.
Salvage vehicles are affordable project cars and offer a great chance to learn about mechanics from a hands-on perspective. Before jumping in, it’s important to know what the restriction on salvage vehicles are and how to convert a salvage title to a rebuilt title before taking it out on the road.
Though there aren’t many major equipment changes for the 2020 Mustang, that doesn’t mean that everything is exactly the same as the previous year. From updated package options to new tech features for all Mustangs, these are the biggest changes to the 2020 Mustang.
It takes a team to make a great idea into a reality. Gale Halderman was part of the design team that created the first Mustang, an impressive achievement. Though they never expected the Mustang to become as popular as it did, their design helped to launch the Mustang’s success.
Just because the new Jeep Gladiator pickup looks like a JL Wrangler with a bed doesn't mean that it is just that. The Gladiator and JL are more different than you'd expect; learn how they are different with this article which outlines the similarities and differences between them.
Improving the exhaust manifold allows your engine to breathe, and subsequently perform, better. Long tube and shorty headers are both significantly better than your stock manifold, but here's how these two header styles differ as well as how to decide which is right for your build.
Ford really rocked the boat in 2010 with the release of the F-150 SVT Raptor. There was simply no other production vehicle like it, offering so much off-road capability that could also be used at higher speeds. The redesigned second generation was released in 2017 and has even more power, technology, and all-terrain ability. See how they stack up in this head-to-head comparison.
The F-150 and the Ram1500 are some of the best selling trucks out on the market today. While they are both wonderful vehicles in their own right, there are important differences between them.
The Toyota 4Runner and the Jeep Wrangler have been in the 4X4 scene for a while. See how they match up to each other with this CJ Off-Road vehicle comparison.
These midsized pickups from GM have plenty in common. They are more alike than they are different, but their differences are important to understand. Learn about which truck is right for you.
Ford’s 2003 and 2004 SVT Cobras earned a special name: The Terminator Cobra. In addition to improved performance figures, in 2004 this Mustang also got a unique color: Mystichrome. The Terminator Cobra became an instant collectible and remains a highly sought after Mustang today.
The Toyota FJ Cruiser is frequently compared to the Jeep Wrangler. Even though the FJ isn't being produced anymore, it is still a capable off-roader. That being said, it doesn't have nearly the aftermarket support or on-road manners of a Wrangler. Both vehicles are high on the charm factor, but it really depends on your driving habits are your desire to mod your vehicle to decide between the two.
Many Mustang enthusiasts dream of uncovering a rare Mustang buried under dust in a barn. These ten actually did. From car collectors to family heirlooms, these are the stories that become legendary.
Though both currently trail the Ford F-Series in terms of overall sales, the 2019 Dodge Ram and Chevy Silverado have recently been redesigned and stand poised to offer some serious competition in the cutthroat midsize truck market.
Crew cabs and extended cabs are often mixed up with each other, and understandably so. The names for truck cabs are frequently confusing and seemingly contradictory. Regardless, we've sorted out for you.
There is more than one way to protect your Wrangler's rocker panels. Here are some of the common solutions, from rocker guards, to rock sliders, and side steps. Each has its own benefits and drawbacks, and as usual, what you decide depends on how and where you drive.
Ken Miles was one of Carroll Shelby’s closest associates. Not only was Miles instrumental in the development of the Shelby GT350, but he was also an essential part of the Shelby American team that beat Ferrari at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Continuously variable transmissions eliminate gears in favor of a system of pulleys that create infinite gear ratios. This allows them to offer some pros over traditional automatic transmissions, but naturally with that comes a few downsides as well.
Crew cabs and Double Cabs are frequently confused types of truck cabs. Depending on the manufacturer, these terms can mean different things. Find out the differences between these two here on CJ Pony Parts Resource Center.
Although GMC does not own Chevy, many people think that they do. Since they are both owned by GM, and GMC makes many vehicles that are nearly identical to Chevy ones, the connections between these two manufacturers often confound consumers who don't know who owns whom.
Between the 2018 and 2019 Mustang model years, Ford added the Bullitt and made a few tweaks to the 2019 Shelby GT350. The biggest changes though were all the new options available for the 2019 Mustang EcoBoost. In particular, the addition of MagneRide and Active Valve Exhaust options for the EcoBoost improved driver experience.
The Ford Ranger and Toyota Tacoma are both exceptionally good midsize pickup trucks, and though they are fairly evenly matched there are several areas where each excels. We compare the exterior, interior, performance, and off-roading specs of these two trucks.
The Ford Ranger pickup truck is one of the most popular in history and for good reason. From the Ranger nameplate's humble beginnings as a trim level for the F-Series pickups to its new dimensions relative to previous generations, we’re tracing the evolution of the Ranger and why it’s earned its place as one of our favorite pickups.
Dual-clutch transmissions are one style of manu-matic transmission that have been growing in popularity. Now, the Shelby GT500 is getting a dual-clutch transmission, leaving many enthusiasts wondering how these transmissions differ from traditional automatic transmissions, and how to drive them. Though dual-clutch transmissions aren't exactly automatics, they differ from manuals in several key ways, and modifying your driving habits can increase the life of your clutch.
One of the easiest modifications you can make is installing a simple strut bar. There are a lot of benefits to a strut bar, mostly related to improving handling and reducing chassis flex. If you’ve ever wondered whether or not a strut bar would be right for your build, understanding how they work is invaluable.
With options that made them much more optimized for track use, the 2012-2013 Boss 302 and Laguna Seca Mustangs are hard-to-find ponies that are coveted for their handling, style, and power.
The intake manifold is a core component of your car's respiratory system. By ferrying air to the engine and ensuring that it's evenly distributed between each cylinder, the intake manifold is a rather unassuming part that serves a critical role on any internal combustion engine.
Leaf springs and coil spring suspension systems are found quite commonly on offroad vehicles. While there are a lot of die-hard proponents of each one, they both have their uses. While no one is inherently better than the other, there are places where each one excels above the other.
In the field of American muscle car competitors, the 2020 Mustang GT500 is ready to go head-to-head against its archrival, the Chevy Camaro ZL1.
Ford's added a few new shades for 2020 Mustangs and has kept some of our all-time favorites. Here are the official 2020 Mustang colors, and what they look like compared to other classic Mustang shades.
California drivers with “excessively loud” exhausts can no longer receive a fix-it ticket and instead will be fined. But how loud is too loud, how severe are these fines, and how can California drivers modify and enjoy their cars legally? CJ’s has the answers you need.
Ford's F-Series pickups have been America's favorite pickup for years, and the F-100 helped pave the way for its success before quietly fading away in the mid-80s. The history of this humble pickup establishes why Ford trucks hold the esteem they do today.
In 1961, Ford tried an innovative unibody design for its Styleside F-series pickup trucks. These ‘60s Ford unibody trucks were attractive, but the bold design had one major flaw: A total inability to haul.
Since its inception, the 2020 Mustang GT500 has had the venerable Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat in its sights as prime competition. Here’s how we think these two high-horsepower behemoths will stack up.
The torque wars have reached a new level. The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty trucks are the most the powerful trucks out on the market today. When equipped with the 6.7 Cummins Deisel engine, the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty trucks can make an impressive 1,000 lb-ft of torque. Beyond that, there are plenty of high-tech additions to one of the most popular lines of trucks in the world today.
There are numerous national and international clubs, plus regional and local affiliates, that are great resources to find Mustang car shows. Find your nearest organization today to start getting involved in the community!
There are many options for towing hitches. Regardless of which type of load you are looking to haul, there is a hitch made for that job. If you are planning on hauling something, be sure to understand the limitations and the strengths of each type of tow hitch.
From military slang to a Popeye character, the exact reason that Jeeps are known as Jeeps is relatively unknown. While there are many theories, you will have to decide for yourself which theory to believe.
As of 2018, MagneRide is an option for all Ford Mustangs. Before deciding whether or not this magnetic suspension is right for you, find out more about how it works and what the benefits are.
Along with each generation of Jeep Wranglers comes a new batch of different models. In order to keep your Jeep knowledge inexhaustible, read up on the different types of JL Wranglers so you can spot the differences between a MOAB and a Rubicon.
2015 was a big year for the Mustang. For its 50th anniversary, it unveiled an entirely new generation of Mustangs. This generational jump means that there is a slew of changes made from 2014 to the 2015 Mustang.
If you’ve noticed an unusual noise coming from your 2018 Mustang’s engine, you’re not alone. Here’s what we know about the “typewriter” tick, from the probable causes to the possible solutions.
The 2012 and 2013 Mustangs are rather similar vehicles. These late S-197 models do have a lot in common with each other. That being said, there are plenty of important changes and additions took place between these Mustangs.
The first Ford Mustang debuted in April of 1964. The Mustangs produced between April and August of 1964 are considered 1964.5 Mustangs and there are several key differences that differentiate them from the 1965 Mustangs. These are the easiest ways to tell the difference between the two years.
Ford celebrated the 50th anniversary of the original 1965 Mustang with the launch of the sixth-generation Mustang in 2015. Many of the stylistic components of the heritage remained intact, but there were immense technological changes that show the evolution of the pony over the years.
Unlike many other consecutive Mustang models, the 2004 and 2005 almost appear to be completely separate cars. While they both successfully capture the essence of a pony car, they look quite different. Besides their physical differences, there continue to be many more differences under the hood.
The TJ and JK Wranglers are some of the most ubiquitous Jeeps. Any parking lot is liable to have a handful of either model in it somewhere. That being said, they look relatively similar. Beyond their minor physical differences, however, are a series of more serious changes that fully show the trajectory of modern Wranglers.
Though the 1968 Mustang did not bring as many changes to its predecessor as the 1967 model did, there are some notable revisions that can help you differentiate the two. Additional government regulations meant that more standard safety features were added for the new year. Fairly minor aesthetic changes were also made, but one of the biggest new options was the introduction of the 302 V8 engine.
What a difference a letter can make. Though both the GT350 and GT350R are incredible vehicles, there are a few differences between these two vehicles that give the GT350R an edge when it comes to speed and performance.
Though the 2017 Mustang received few external appearance updates, it did gain a new feature and a few new colors.
The 2015 and 2016 Mustangs kicked off the sixth generation of Mustang with a host of new and exciting features. Each year also brought with it special packages and options that left many wondering which Mustang was right for them? Fortunately, there’s a pony for everyone.
The 1968 and the 1969 Mustang truly encapsulate the majesty of early pony cars. Their tough and classy exteriors are coupled by that classic automotive muscle that has made the Mustang a symbol of excellent American vehicles. In order to be a true Mustang scholar, read this guide to be able to differentiate these two early models from each other.
Since the YJ, the Wrangler has been a cornerstone of the American automotive scene. Nearly every road you will drive on will have a Wrangler on it at some point. If you want to learn more about the Jeep Wrangler, or simply want to flex your Jeep knowledge, this article is for you.
Synthetic oil is more than just a frivolous upcharge. Even though it is more expensive than conventional oils, there are definitely some merits to consider, especially if you want to keep your Mustang as healthy as possible.
The question of “Does my automatic Mustang have a clutch?” may keep you up at night. Since the clutch is an integral part of a manual transmission, how does an automatic transmission compensate? As it turns out, there are clutches in your automatic Mustang, but they aren’t exactly like their manual counterparts.
Though the exterior styling differences between the 2010 and 2011 Mustang are subtle, the change in the fender badges from “GT” to “5.0” gives away the biggest year-to-year changes: the engine options!
As Alcantara and similar “microsuede” materials become more prominent in the auto industry each year, consumers are increasingly seeing them on seats, dashboards, and other interior surfaces. Although similar in feel to natural suede, Alcantara is a completely synthetic material. In this article, we explore the origins of the fabric and how it is used by car manufacturers like Ford.
Though there are significant differences between the 1966 and 1967 Mustang, there were also some subtle changes made to the updated '67. These are all of the ways that you can tell '66 and '67 Mustangs apart, as well as how the GT's changed between the two years.
Ford may be planning to make a four-door Mustang, but would a Mustang sedan change America's favorite pony car's image? Here’s everything we know about these rumors so far, and why you may not need to worry about them.
The 2019 Ford Mustang and 2019 Dodge Challenger are the most recent iterations of two iconic pony cars and while both have been modernized, they've kept in touch with their roots. We compare these two vehicles in terms of internal space, external appearance, and, of course, performance. If you’ve wondered how these two stack up against each other look no further than this comprehensive face off.
While V6’s are a popular engine style today, are they significantly better than inline-six engines? They are more compact than their inline counterparts but are more difficult to repair and present a whole slew of engineering hurdles to overcome. Inline-six engines, on the other hand, are quite large and difficult to fit nicely into an engine bay. Before deciding which type of engine to opt for, learn about the merits and the disadvantages of each popular type of six-cylinder engine.
It’s almost inevitable that any new vehicle that you purchase will come with auto stop-start technology. This fuel saving technology has rubbed many truck and car drivers the wrong way. While it won’t harm your vehicle as many believe, it can prove to be a legitimate annoyance. Before deciding to disable it, you should consider its benefits and drawbacks.
The Jeep Gladiator lines right up next to the Chevrolet Colorado when it comes to the mid-size truck class. With many creature comforts available on the interior and rugged, utilitarian options on the exterior, both trucks could be the perfect driver for many people across the world. To dive further into the pros and cons, read on!
1965 and 1966 Mustangs look very similar, but once you know where to look it's easy to tell the difference between the two. There were also several upgrades that came with the GT options that can help you determine whether or not you are looking at an original GT.
Choosing which Jeep Wrangler is right for you can be a difficult decision. The Willys Wheeler and Rubicon are two great choices, but they differ in several key ways. Here’s what they have in common and what separates each from the crowd.
The long-awaited Jeep Gladiator pickup truck has finally arrived, ready to tow, haul, and tackle trails. While we don’t yet have the full spec sheet, we’re taking a look at how it stacks up to Honda’s well-mannered four-door pickup, the Ridgeline.
With the announcement of the 2020 Gladiator, the competition of off-road capable mid-size pickup trucks has increased. The particularly popular Toyota Tacoma has been a big contender in this space, but the reappearance of a Wrangler inspired Jeep pickup has shaken everything up. We've broken down the important stats and specs of these two mid-size pickups to help you decide which one is right for you.
The 2019 Ford Ranger and 2020 Jeep Gladiator are two of the most exciting mid-size pickups. Both are returning to the market after a long hiatus, and we couldn't be more excited. Here’s how these two pickups stack up against each other, spec for spec. Though these two pickups have a lot in common, there are some key differences that make them uniquely suited for different drivers.
When Ford announced the return of the Bronco fans of the sport utility vehicle were excited for good reason. In the thirty years of the Bronco’s manufacture, it changed dramatically and became an automotive icon.
The annual SEMA show allows companies to show off some of their most wild ideas, turning pipe dreams into reality. Here, we've compiled some of the craziest builds that we saw at SEMA in 2018, showcasing design that is bold, fascinating, or just plain weird!
These off-roading vehicles represent the peak of all-terrain vehicles. At the yearly SEMA show in the Las Vegas Convention Center, some of the most rugged cars, trucks, and SUVs come down from the trails and display their impressive array of aftermarket parts. 2018 was an especially good year for off-road vehicles, and here are our best picks.
For SEMA 2018, CJ’s is proud to unveil our drift-ready supercharged 2019 Mustang GT, rightly nicknamed “Smoke Show.” This highly-customized 2019 Mustang GT is painted in custom Dark Shadow Gray paint with a head-turning stars and stripes theme. Working together with Ford, Ford Performance and the CJ’s Product Development department, Design team and a long list of our vendors, we are extremely excited to turn some heads in the Ford Booth at SEMA 2018!
How much do you really know about the Ford Mustang? Test yourself with our collection of Mustang quizzes, one for each generation of Mustang and then a general knowledge quiz.
A full blackout or blacked out look for Mustangs is a popular trend in the aftermarket community. From wheels to spoilers, the addition of all-black parts makes the Mustang look even more menacing and sleek. Even if you don't want to completely black out your car from head to toe, you can still check out our list of black parts to add a finishing touch to a ride of any color!
Nitrogen tire inflation is a common “premium” service that might be offered to you at some point. Don’t get caught off guard and assume that a higher price comes with more value. While nitrogen tire inflation isn’t complete snake oil, it’s probably not something you’ll need in your car.
The Ford Super Duty trucks are the gold standard for heavy-duty towing. The first two trucks in the series, the F-250 and the F-350, have quite a lot to offer. Even though they both offer excellent towing capabilities, the F-350 does have an edge over the F-250. Then, what other things are there to consider, and which one should you buy? Let us break it down for you to help you make your decision.
Off-road is a broad term considering how many environments there are. From mudding and dune blasting to rock crawling and water fording, these are the terrains where you can off-road and our tips for navigating each of them.
The Wrangler can trace its history from 1948 till today. Though some aspects of the vehicle remain unchanged, Jeeps have certainly grown and changed throughout time, and in this resource center article we explore when and why these changes occurred.
We’ve compiled the ten best girl’s names and the ten best boy’s names that reflect your passion for all things auto, along with a little bit about how these names tie into car history. Auto enthusiasts don’t have to resort to dipstick or spark plug to find a unique car themed name for their baby.
Your Jeep Wrangler's track bar is a vital component for keeping your axle and suspension centered while avoiding the issue of Jeep Wrangler Death Wobble. On the other hand, your Wrangler's sway bar is a technology that allows for better on-road manners but is often removed for better off-road articulation and capability.
From First Generation builds to S550s, thousands of Ford Mustang lovers descended upon Myrtle Beach for the annual Mustang Week celebration. To help you experience Mustang Week from the comforts of your own home, we have selected our favorite Mustangs from this year’s event. This is your one-stop-shop for the best Mustangs from Mustang Week 2018!
The Mustang Hoonicorn is one of the most interesting, modified pony cars to ever hit the streets or the Ford booth at SEMA. Renowned racer and drifter Ken Block debuted the first Hoonicorn in 2014, and helped launch the second edition just two years later. CJ Pony Parts describes both Ken Block Mustang builds and what makes them so special.
The 2019 Ford Ranger stands to offer a lot of the same utility as the larger F-150, but in a smaller package. With F-150 sales skyrocketing, check out our comparison to see the similarities and differences when it comes to Ford's new midsize pickup.
For 2019, Ford is once again putting a midsize pickup into the ring to compete against trucks like the Chevy Colorado and Toyota Tacoma. Offering a lot of utility in a smaller package, we're taking a look at how the 2019 Ranger stacks up against its American rival, the Chevy Colorado.
The Focus ST and EcoBoost are two popular Ford vehicles, but which is best for you? Our Focus ST vs. EcoBoost Mustang guide examines both the hot hatch and the pony car head-to-toe, and compares and contrasts these two similar, yet different vehicles.
Mustang Week has become one of the biggest Mustang events in the country. Whether this is your first time making the trip to Myrtle Beach, SC or your fifth, we've compiled a list of the ten things that you should not be doing during Mustang Week.
Myrtle Beach is a fantastic hub for a wide range of amazing restaurants. We've compiled a list of some must-try options to enjoy while you're in town for Mustang Week! Whether you're looking for creative fusion offerings, authentic Japanese, or just some classic Southern fare, there's something for everyone here.
Even though production halted in 1996 for the Bronco, Ford is reviving the once-loved off-roading vehicle. Supposedly to be released in 2021, the new Ford Bronco is gearing up to compete directly with the fourth-generation Jeep Wrangler JL. Will the Bronco be able to rival the king of off-roading vehicles? Although many have tried, no vehicle has come close to beating the Wrangler. The Bronco vs Jeep debate is just beginning — who will end up on top?
The question many enthusiasts are beginning to ask themselves with the release of the Performance Package - Level 2 for Mustangs is if it’s worth the extra price jump to the Shelby GT350. The best way to describe where the PP2 stands in the lineup is that it bridges the gap between the Mustang GT PP1 and the Shelby GT350. With it’s GT350R-derived tires and uniquely tuned suspension, is it enough to hold a candle to the Shelby name?
The Focus ST and Focus SE are two popular Ford Focus trim levels, but which is best for you? Our Focus ST vs. Focus SE guide compares and contrasts these two similar, yet different special edition Ford Focus models.
Ford and Toyota are two major contenders in the truck industry. Although Ford outsells Toyota by miles, the Tundra has a loyal fan base and is popular with off-roading enthusiasts. While the Tundra vs F-150 debate relies on a number of factors, there’s no denying that these are two capable trucks. Both Toyota and Ford have high-performance models dubbed the TRD Pro and Raptor, respectively. Although the Tundra TRD Pro took a hiatus, it’s coming back with a vengeance for 2019 to compete directly with the new F-150 Raptor. It’s easy to see why these two off-roading behemoths remain popular models for avid trailblazers and thrill-seekers alike.
Both the Ford F-150 and Chevy Silverado are rugged, light-duty trucks that have competed with each other over the past few decades. Although they are both popular pickups, the F-150 vs Silverado is a heated debate in the automotive community. Loyalties aside, these two trucks are staples in the industry and will most likely remain the leaders of the segment until the foreseeable future.
One year after the masses laid their eyes on the newest Mustang GT, the Ford Motor Company introduced the Focus RS as the latest American-made hatchback. So which high-performance Ford vehicle is best for you? This Focus RS vs. Mustang GT guide compares and contrasts the pony car with the hot hatch!
Stocking up on Jeep must-haves is especially important for the summer season! Trails aren’t immune to the heat and neither is your Wrangler. Taking the top off may allow some cool air to breeze through the Jeep, but it’s not going to stop the sizzling summer sun from beating down on you. Accessories such as summer tops and sun shades can help make off-roading in the summer cooler — literally!
There’s absolutely no question that the Cobra Jet Mustang is an out-of-the-box dominator on the 1320’. If you’re looking for a purpose-built drag race car that runs 8-second quarter miles, then the Cobra Jet Mustang is for you! Ever since the '60s, this has been a tradition for Ford. Read about the original and the 2018 Cobra Jet here.
Mach 1 packages have sporadically been available for various Mustangs throughout the 50-plus years of the brand’s history. Not only is it popular within the Ford Mustang community, but the Mach 1 is also a Hollywood icon. CJ Pony Parts takes a look at the birth of the Mach 1 Mustang in 1969 and the ensuing decade that followed, as well as the brief resurgence in 2003.
Over 100 years after debuting their first truck, Chevrolet introduced the fourth-generation 2019 Silverado. Not only is the 2019 Silverado completely redesigned, but there are quite a few new engine options as well. A new 3.0L Duramax diesel engine is just one of six engine options available. As if a 2019 Silverado diesel isn’t exciting enough, Chevy introduced a four-cylinder 2.7L turbocharged engine, which will replace the 4.3L V6 as the standard engine on the LT and RST trims. With cylinder deactivation technology, the small engine packs quite the punch with 310 horsepower and 348 lb.-ft. of torque.
When it comes to off-roading trucks, one truck outshines them all: the Ford Raptor. As the Raptor is based on Ford’s popular F-150 platform, how is the Raptor different than the F-150? Introduced in 2010 by Ford’s Special Vehicle Team, the Raptor was created specifically for off-roading. Inspired by the Baja 1000, a legendary off-road race that takes place in Mexico, the Raptor was built for off-roading performance. Whether that’s racing in the desert, riding through the trail, or crawling over rocks, the Ford Raptor can conquer even the toughest terrain. Although the F-150 is a capable truck that is no stranger to off-roading, the Raptor is a straight-up, rugged machine that offers unrivaled performance.
Full-size pickups may be all the rage, but what about their smaller counterparts? The midsize pickup segment is growing with the re-release of the Ford Ranger and the Jeep Scrambler. However, there have been two midsize trucks that have remained popular over the years — the Chevy Colorado and Toyota Tacoma. Although they are similar in size, the Tacoma vs Colorado debate is a heated topic between truck enthusiasts.
Lets hear it for the yellow Mustangs of the world! Despite being one of the rarest colors in a number of model years, yellow is worn proudly in many different shades. All the way from Sunlight Yellow, Zinc Yellow, Triple Yellow, and everything in between. Read on to learn more about our favorite shades of yellow for the Ford Mustang.
Simply referred to as the "9", the Boss 429 Mustang left its mark on the automotive landscape. Come take a walk back in time as CJ's takes a look at this legendary car's history and how it earned its status as one of the ultimate classic sports cars in history.
What is SVT? For 22 years, Ford SVT helped revive the Mustang Cobra, developed a pair of high-performance spinoffs of the Ford F-150, and introduced a number of other high-performance vehicles straight from the factory. This article takes a closer look at the Ford SVT Mustang, the Ford SVT F-150 Raptor, and much more!
If you’re in search of a 2018-2019 Mustang and contemplating the Performance Package or all-new Performance Pack - Level 2, it can be a tough decision. Is it worth the extra $2,500 for some cool wheels & tires and a couple extra goodies? Well, it really all comes down to what you plan to use the car for, among a few other pros & cons. Let us break it down for you and make it an easy decision!
The 50th Anniversary Mustang debuted at the 2014 New York International Auto Show, which was half-a-century after the original 1964.5 was unveiled for the first time. This article breaks down the difference between the 50th Anniversary Mustang and the regular 2015 Mustang GT Performance Packages while detailing the exciting events that took place before, during, after this one-of-a-kind build hit the dealerships.
While the Mustang is without question one of the most successful and respected American sports cars of all time, the Boss 302 version stands out as an example of the best of American engineering and design. Check out the history of the Boss 302 Mustang and see how it made such a lasting mark on automotive enthusiasts today.
It only lasted four months, but the era of the 1964 1/2 Mustang helped get everyone's favorite muscle car off of the ground. In this article, we break down the very first Mustang, its rapid growth in popularity, and its specs/details. The 1964.5 Mustang helped blaze the trail for the years and decades that followed and helped establish the pony car as the global phenomenon as it is today.
Since 1995, Toyota has been offering the immensely popular compact pickup, the Tacoma. But how does the Tacoma stack up against the full-size Toyota Tundra? Other than their differences in size, there are quite a few other distinguishing characteristics that set the two trucks apart from each other. When comparing the Tacoma vs Tundra, it is important to look at the specifications to see how each pickup performs.
Red and blue get plenty of attention, but what about the green Mustangs? Being one of the most popular colors worn on America’s pony car, green is worn proudly in many different shades. All the way from Grabber Green, Electric Green, Need For Green and everything in between. Read on to learn more about our favorite shades of green for the Ford Mustang.
The second-generation of Mustangs, produced from 1974 to 1978, was known as the Mustang II. CJ Pony Parts takes an in-depth look at the Mustang II and its important place in history.
While the Mustang has gone through many changes from its debut in April 1964 to the current generation of Mustangs, the Ford Mustang is an American icon. Take a walk through time as CJ's looks at some significant moments in the history of the Ford Mustang.
Are you having a difficult time deciding between a Ford F-150 and the F-250? While the F-150 is a light-duty pickup with a half-ton rating, the F-250 is a bit bigger, coming in with a three-fourths ton rating. Included as part of Ford’s Super Duty truck line, the F-250 will be able to haul more than the smaller F-150. However, an F-150 might be all you need if you plan on driving the truck as a daily driver. Check out this comparison between the F-150 vs F-250 to help you make an educated decision!
Odds have it that you're probably shopping for a new 2019 Mustang. Ford has added a few new colors to the palette on America's favorite pony car, which makes the choices even harder when it comes to selecting the color of their new Mustang! Because Ford has added Velocity Blue, Need For Green and Dark Highland Green to the selection, be sure to check out this article and choose your new favorite Mustang color!
If you know anything about diesel engines, then you’ve probably heard the names Cummins, Power Stroke, and Duramax at some point. While Ram trucks are known for the Cummins engine, Ford’s diesel equivalent is the Power Stroke while Chevy has the Duramax. But what are the similarities and differences between the Cummins vs Powerstroke vs Duramax? Check out how these three diesel engines have evolved over the years.
The third-generation of Mustangs, produced from 1979 to 1993, was known as the Fox Body Mustangs. CJ's takes a look back at the history of the Fox Body and dives into each year of this third-generation Mustang.
Over the years, GMC and Chevrolet have worked side by side to create some of the best pickup trucks in America. The two main contenders are the Chevy Silverado and its GMC counterpart, the Sierra. But what is the difference between the Silverado and Sierra? While they may be under different nameplates, these two trucks have been produced side by side since 1999. Even though they are both manufactured by General Motors, the Silverado and Sierra have their own unique style that differentiates them.
Three years after the release of the Focus ST, the Ford Motor Company introduced the Focus RS as the latest high-performance hatchback. So which hot hatch is best for you? This Focus ST vs. Focus RS guide compares and contrasts everybody's favorite performance-oriented vehicles!
The Shelby Mustang is an American legend. It's a car people dream of seeing in person. But do you know the history of this iconic vehicle? CJ's takes a look back at who Carroll Shelby was, the first Shelby Mustang and cars progression to today.
Following the rise of the EcoBoost engine, the Ford Motor Company introduced the Focus ST and Fiesta STs as high-performance, yet affordable hatchbacks in the 2013 model year. So which hot hatch is best? Our Focus ST vs. Fiesta ST guide compares and contrasts these two super-fun, performance-oriented vehicles!
Both part of the popular Chevrolet C/K series of trucks, the Chevy C10 and K10 share many similarities. With a half-ton rating, the C10 and K10 can be considered light-duty trucks. However, one major difference between the C10 and K10 is that the C10 is a two-wheel drive truck, while the K10 has four-wheel drive. So while the K10 is more capable for the trail, the C10 makes a great everyday truck. Regardless of the model, these two trucks are both classic Chevy pickups that still remain relevant to this day.
If you haven’t heard already, the Bullitt is making a comeback. First, we saw the poster in the back of a Ford promotional video and Ford stayed quiet. Next, we saw the leaked window sticker listing out Bullitt options and specs and Ford came out with a statement denying it. After that, it was seen out in the wild shooting a commercial in Chicago and Ford again stayed quiet. Now, it’s finally debuted at the North American International Auto Show - read all about it!
A lifelong automotive enthusiast, Kyle Scaife, better known as "Mustang Kyle", has created a one-of-a-kind build that has made major waves on social media. CJ Pony Parts was honored to catch up with Mustang Kyle to find out more about this Restomod project and more!
The Chevy C10 and Ford F-100 are two of America’s most popular classic trucks, but how are they different from each other? When looking at the C10 vs F100, there are several aspects to consider when comparing the two trucks. Which one came first? How do they differ in appearance? The Chevy vs Ford debate may never be put to rest, but we can all agree that these two historical pickups have played an important role in helping develop the truck industry in America.
The Shelby GT350 has been out and the talk of any car enthusiast for the past few years. With its debut in 2015, the GT350 has set the standard among American track cars with the raving reviews its still getting today. However, Ford has something up their sleeve with their next move: the GT500. With rumors of the new GT500 creeping up on the 800 horsepower mark, this Shelby could be a Hellcat and even Demon killer…
From the debut of the first Chevrolet truck in 1918 to the 2018 Silverado, Chevy has been manufacturing trucks for nearly a century. Whether you are a classic truck enthusiast or prefer the modern-day pickups, it’s hard to deny the appeal of a Chevrolet truck. By looking at the evolution of Chevy trucks, we can see how the automotive industry in America has progressed over the past 100 years.
After months of anticipation, the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler has arrived at last! While the new Jeep may look similar to its predecessor, there are quite a few differences to note when comparing the JK vs JL Wrangler. From the JL’s updated appearance to its enhanced off-roading performance, there are many reasons why the new Jeep Wrangler is better than ever!
Whether you are an off-roading pro or new to the Jeep family, choosing between a Wrangler Sahara vs Rubicon can be a difficult decision. While the Rubicon is more expensive than the Sahara, they both offer different perks based on how you will be using your rig. However, no matter what model you choose, you definitely can’t go wrong either way — it’s a Jeep Wrangler!
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is a busy man and has been all over both the big and small screens in the past year. However, Johnson’s biggest hit of 2017 was when he gifted Staff Sergeant and decorated combat veteran, Marlene Rodriquez with a brand new 2018 Mustang GT. CJ’s was honored to catch up with Rodriguez to hear more about the thrilling encounter with Johnson, and more importantly, the long and trying journey that helped get her to that point.
First introduced in a Ford line in 1962, the Cobra name became synonymous with power and performance. The Mustang Cobra, the apex of performance, came to an end in the early 1980s only to have a rebirth in 1993. CJ's takes a look back at the origins of the Mustang Cobra and what the future might have in store for this iconic muscle car.
For over a half a century, the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro have been butting heads in a friendly, yet competitive rivalry for the title of best pony car. With the 2019 Ford Mustang, there is much speculation on how it will stack up against the Camaro which was recently updated in 2016 on Chevy’s lighter Alpha platform and refreshed 2019 body.
In every major automotive brand, there are certain model years that helped distinguish the particular vehicle and lay the foundation for the success in the future. In the case of the pony car, the1965 Ford Mustang helped the Ford Motor Company recover from a disappointing period in the 1950s and establish the automotive giant as a force to be reckoned with once more. Representing the first true model year of the now-iconic Ford Muscle car, the 1965 Mustang helped blaze the trail for the years and decades that followed. If you want the best parts for 1965 Mustangs, CJ’s is the place to go!
Although the majority of the 2018 Mustang looks similar to its 2015-2017 Mustang older brother, there are many notable subtle changes that are worth pointing out. Aside from the obvious changes like the optional MagneRide Damping System and revised front fascia, there are many small touches like the heated steering wheel, matching interior trim and revised/improved transmission and engine options.
The 2018 SEMA Show garners some of the most amazing and unbelievable modified vehicles in the industry. From subtly-altered street cars to completely insane show floor creations, there’s something for everyone. We’ve compiled a list of the best Ford Mustangs from the show, so check out our picks to see the coolest pony cars from this year’s show!
CJ’s is proud to unveil a special project that has been in the works throughout most of 2017 - our highly customized 2018 Ford F-150 painted in Quicksand with Matte Black Graphics and Sunset Pearl accents! Working in unison with Ford & Ford Performance along with our purchasing department, design team and various CJ vendors, we are excited to turn some serious heads in the Ford Booth at SEMA 2017.
Ever wanted to know the history of the Ford Mustang from the beginning? Then this article is for you as it will explain who was responsible for designing the Mustang, where it first debuted, all of the changes it went through in its first years and how wildly popular it was.
Nearly 100 years ago, the American pickup truck was born. Despite the lack of an actual truck bed, Ford created what could be considered the first pickup truck in America with the 1917 Model TT. Chevrolet was not far behind with the 1918 Model 490, also available as a chassis only.
Before there was Instagram or other forms of social media, vanity plates provided the best, short description of your personality. We picked out some of our favorite vanity license plates, from clever references to Mustang history to custom plates that made us laugh out loud.
If you’re in the same position as many other enthusiasts out there, then you’re probably pondering whether or not you should pick up the 2018 Mustang once it hits showroom floors. We’re here to tell you that the 2018 Mustang is awesome, and you’ll definitely want to pick it up after reading about a few key reasons.
If you’re in the process of shopping for the new 2018 Mustang, then you’re probably curious what colors it’s available in. Fret not, because Ford has both deleted and added colors for 2018 that are head-turners for sure! From the deletion of Grabber Blue to the addition of Royal Crimson, be sure to read more and find out what your favorite 2018 Mustang color is!
Did you know the modifications you make to your Mustang may not be automatically covered by your car insurance? How do you go about making sure you have coverage or getting coverage? This article will help you understand some of the ins and outs of car insurance and how to go about making sure you are covered in case the worst happens.
A hot topic since late 2017 has been the up and coming 2018 Mustang refresh. Ford Motor Company has been known to do a mid-cycle refresh of the current body style like they had with almost every generation Mustang since the Fox Body. The 2018 Mustang is no different with a host of styling and performance changes that have the enthusiast base talking! Many with older Mustangs are already looking to trade up once the 2018’s hit the dealership floor. With the 2018’s unveiling, 2015-2017 Mustangs will drop in value as well. This presents the dilemma if the 2018 is worth it over the 2017 to the prospective buyer.
Everyone always talks about the Best Mustang Colors, but what about the worst? Surely America’s favorite pony car can’t look good sporting every color! Whether it was popular in its time and just not too keen on the eyes in present day, or always just a little off, we compiled a list of some cringeworthy factory colors sported on the Ford Mustang.
If you’re on the hunt for the Best Jeep Wrangler Color, then you’ve come to the right place! Listed out are some of our favorite colors of the Jeep Wrangler. Whether it’s something as whacky as Xtreme Purple Pearl or as subtle as Black or White, the Jeep Wrangler has been seen wearing all kinds of suits over its long reign as America’s favorite off-road vehicle.
Ever wondered how your Jeep compares to your buddies? The Jeep Score Calculator can help. Figure out where you stand in the Jeep Wave Hierarchy and compare your score with your friends. The higher the score, the higher you rank.
For the first time in Ford Mustang history, the Mustang came with independent rear suspension from the factory across all trim levels in the 2015 model year. This opened up all kinds of doors for Mustang enthusiasts, whether it was tearing up a backroad or tackling a road course. However, there are pros and cons when it comes to the switch from a solid rear axle to independent rear suspension.
Interested in picking up a used 2014 Mustang V6, GT or GT500? Sometimes finding the specs from the base price to 0-60 MPH time and fuel economy are just difficult to find, so be sure to dig deep into the stats and figure out which trim level and engine is best for your needs! Looking for a daily driver and nothing more, maybe the V6 is best for the fuel economy. Want a weekend warrior and supercharged fury? Look no further than the GT500!
With all the hype over Dodge’s new SRT Demon over recent months, it’s hard to not compare it to Ford’s upcoming GT500. With many of the details speculative and not set in stone, it’s tough to say which one will be the best option until the Shelby is officially released. However, it’s always fun to sit back, check out the specs of each and wonder who’s going to be out in front whether it’s the dragstrip or the road course. With the Demon now officially released, we know what to expect from Dodge - and that’s blistering straight-line acceleration. But what does Ford Performance have up their sleeve for the GT500?
There’s nothing more American than red, white and BLUE. Being one of the most popular colors worn on America’s pony car, blue is worn proudly in many different shades. All the way from Bright Atlantic Blue to Deep Impact Blue and everything in between. Read on to learn more about our favorite blues for the Ford Mustang.
The most popular color of the Mustang since its inception in 1964 has by far been the shade of red. With over 20% of Mustangs leaving the factory bearing this eye-catching color, red screams look-at-me while surpassing the bar set so high by the throaty V8s under the hood. But which shades of Mustang red are the best?
There’s no doubt that the 5.0L 4-Valve Coyote Engine is one of the best motors to come out of Ford Motor Company’s headquarters in Detroit, Michigan. Since its inception in 2011, the Coyote engine has produced north of 400 horsepower at the crankshaft for the Mustang GT’s. Towering another 100+ horsepower over the outgoing 2010 4.6L 3-Valve, the Coyote is clearly impressive in stock form. But what will happen if you throw the right modifications at it?
There’s no doubt that when a Mustang comes around the corner you can typically hear it coming from a mile away. Since their inception, Mustangs have been known as the iconic pony car with a rumbling, growling V8 ready to rock under the hood. That doesn’t stop at the engine, though. Enthusiasts choose the color of the Mustang based off their personality, the fact they want to wear their Mustang’s colors loud and proud. That’s what owning a Mustang is all about.
Improving your Mustang’s gas mileage is a dilemma that many enthusiasts struggle with when thinking about their muscle cars; they want to put their high-powered engines to the test, but they don’t want to make routine trips to the gas station every time they put the pedal to the floor.
Some say the independent rear suspension on the S550 Mustang was much overdue in comparison to many other muscle cars on the market. Well, whether you like it or not, it’s here and here to stay on the 2015+ Mustangs. Corner carvers love IRS but when it comes to straight line acceleration, drag racers may experience some wheel hop. Take a couple pointers from CJ’s and Steeda on some great parts to help stop the wheel hop on your 2015-2017 Mustang!
CJ’s is proud to unveil a special project that has been in the works - our customized 2017 Mustang EcoBoost painted in Stealth Gray with Black and Acid Green accents! Working with purchasing, our design team and numerous of our vendors, this car will turn some heads in the Ford Booth at SEMA 2016.
Gear ratios dictate how quickly your car will accelerate from a mechanical standpoint. Rear gears can also affect things like gas mileage, automatic transmission shift points, RPM when cruising down the highway and what gear you’re in when crossing the 1/4 mile traps at the dragstrip. All of these factors go into finding the right gears to make your Mustang the most enjoyable to drive. Whether you’re attempting the installation on your own, or having a professional do the work for you, be sure to do your homework to ensure you get the right set of rear gears the first time.
There is absolutely no question that the manual prop rod holding up the hood of your late model Mustang is unsightly, outdated and downright ugly in some cases. Thankfully, there are easy to install aftermarket hood struts available from CJ Pony Parts.
If you’re looking to boost the power output on your Mustang, one of the first mods usually is a Cold Air Intake. The idea is to free up air-flow coming into the engine which allows your Mustang to breathe easier equating to more power. Factory airboxes are typically restrictive and don’t allow sufficient airflow to the throttle body and intake manifold in the upper RPM range. Adding a cold air intake will increase that air-flow when the engine needs it most allowing for more power!
One of the most frustrating things in modifying your Mustang, ST, F100, F150 or Bronco is finding the perfect exhaust note. For V6 and V8 motors, the question of which mid-pipe to purchase is definitely a common one. Researching which mid-pipe is best for build is as simple as reading through this article! For V6 and V8 motors, the question of which mid-pipe to purchase is definitely a common one.
This article will give you the knowledge needed to learn how to protect your engine from oil blow-by for both safety and longevity; you should definitely look into picking up an oil separator for yourself. This goes for those Mustang owners out there who may only drive their pony on the street, too! The added security of a Mustang catch can will help ensure the endurance of your motor. So, be sure to check out CJ’s selection of oil separators for your Mustang today!
It can be frustrating when you’re getting on the gas, practicing your launches and have trouble hitting the 1-2 and 2-3 shifts in your MT-82 equipped Mustang. Adding a Barton Short Throw Shifter and Blowfish Bracket will help alleviate any notchiness or uncertainty in your shifts and get you down the quarter quicker than ever. So, be sure to check out the selection of transmission parts available for your Mustang at CJPonyParts.com!
In this article, you’ll learn the ins and outs of linear vs progressive springs on your Mustang. Then, you can make an educated decision on what’s best for your build. Are you a racer looking to get the absolute best handling when it comes to their Mustang? Linear is your answer. How about a daily driver and occasional weekend cruiser? Progressive is your go-to. Regardless of which you choose, CJ’s has an abundance of options to pick from, so get searching today!
Get that perfect exhaust note out of your V6 with a dual exhaust conversion kit from CJ’s. With the knowledge at hand from this tech article and the proper tools and parts, installation will be a breeze and you’ll be back on the road in no time! So, be sure to check out our selection of Mustang exhaust parts on our website today.
That’s a loaded question! It boils down to what you want to spend and what you plan on using your Mustang for. If your Mustang is strictly a street car that you use to roll into car shows with the occasional track day, lowering springs with the proper supporting mods will typically do the job. If you want more adjustability, then a coilover kit would be the right choice for you. Want even more adjustability, all with the push of a button? Then air ride suspension is your go-to. Regardless of what you’re looking for, CJ’s has the suspension options you need to get your Mustang handling like it should, so be sure to check out our site today!
A common question for those that are constantly thirsting for more power is the difference between wet and dry nitrous. The explanation is actually quite simple, but there are also other factors to consider when shopping for Mustang nitrous oxide kits.
Some aftermarket cat-back or axle-back exhaust systems can sound great on the outside of the car, but have a deafening drone as you cruise down the highway. Adding resonators before the mufflers can help dial down the interior drone with minimal change to exterior exhaust note. Regardless if you’re going for a free-flowing but quiet exhaust system or if you want to be the loudest on the block, If you’re looking to switch up the sound of your Mustang, adding an aftermarket exhaust system is usually the best way to do it. CJ Pony Parts has the exhaust options you need to make your build stand out from the rest. So, check us out today!
Finding the best Mustang tuner can be more difficult than it seems. On the surface, it’s just a device that you load tunes into your car with. However, in reality it’s so much more and it’s imperative that you pick up the correct tuner for the general direction you want to take your Mustang build in. With a growing number of choices when it comes to Mustang tuners, educating yourself on the ins and outs of each will make the task of finding the right one easier for you. And that’s what this article is all about!
An axle-back system is great for those who are looking for that throaty exhaust note, aren’t as concerned with power gains and would like a reduced price point. A cat-back on the other hand, is for those who may plan on doing headers in the future, want a customizable option with an X or H pipe and want full power benefits from an exhaust system. Now that you know the difference between an Axle-Back and Cat-Back, you have the knowledge at hand to make an educated decision about the direction of your Mustang build’s exhaust system! Check out the CJ Pony Parts website for all of your Mustang’s exhaust needs!