Surfing through the Resource Center’s Beginner’s Corner can teach one a lot of things. Whether you’re looking for information on buying your first Mustang or some basics on some automotive terminology, the Beginner’s Corner is the perfect place for you. With buying guides and informational articles, you really can’t go wrong with the Beginner’s Corner hosted right here on CJ’s. When you’re ready to take the plunge on that new part for your Mustang, don’t hesitate to surf our site for the right part to throw on your build!
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Transmissions and Transaxles are two ways power can be transmitted from your engine to your wheels. Learning about the differences between them can help you on your journey to becoming a true automotive scholar.
Your Wrangler's spare tire carrier will need an upgrade once you start running larger wheels and tires. There are plenty of options available that can allow you to carry massive spare tires with you wherever you go.
There are several ways an engine can be oriented on a car. The differences between a longitudinal and transverse engine are key parts of a car's identity and can help you decide what car is right for you.
If you plan on flat towing your Jeep Gladiator, then check out this guide on what steps you must take to properly tow your Jeep along with you.
There are several symptoms that can let you know that your catalytic converter is having problems. If you’re driving with a bad cat, here are some ways to tell and what you can do to address the problem.
Find out which rear gear ratio is best for your Mustang using the Engine RPM Calculator right here in the CJ’s Resource Center. Whether you’re looking for new rear gears that will provide better gas mileage or quicker acceleration, this Engine RPM Calculator will help you maximize efficiency and acceleration to make sure you get the right rear gears the first time!
Learn all about the experience of the one-day racing school program hosted by the talented instructors at Ford Performance Racing School. Climb behind the wheel of a track-modified 2015 Mustang GT and learn the proper technique of conquering the racing line and carving corners on track!
Purchasing a new set of tires can be exciting but have you considered how different size tires could impact your vehicle? CJ's tire conversion calculator can help you identify the differences between your current tire set up and your new tires to see how the new tires may affect your speedometer.
Many of the causes of an ABS light appearing are easy to fix at home, and can be checked in very little time. Unfortunately, some of the other causes can be significantly more involved. Regardless, you’ll feel better once you discover the source of the problem.
Camshafts and crankshafts are two important components of an internal combustion engine that require a connection in order to work. Though they control different parts of the combustion process, each relies on the other in order to keep turning.
Downpipes are an important part of a turbocharged vehicle's exhaust system Aftermarket downpipes can improve performance, but may or may not be legal in your state. There are a lot of different options for downpipes, and here's what you should know about each of them, including legality and safety.
The valve body is an essential piece of an automatic transmission, responsible for selecting the correct gear. Unfortunately, when it stops working, it can cause some pretty interesting problems. Here’s how the valve body works, and how to tell if yours is working correctly.
Engine braking spares your brake pads, improves your fuel economy, and makes you a better, safer driver. This is a driving technique everyone should learn. Here’s your guide to how, and when, to engine brake.
If you’re considering upgrading your rubber brake hoses to stainless steel ones, there are a few things you should know about the strengths and weaknesses of both materials. Braided stainless steel brake hoses can be a great upgrade for off-roaders and drivers who like a firmer pedal feel.
At some point in the life of a car, the clutch will accumulate so much wear and tear that it will need to be replaced. The symptoms of a clutch that is nearing the end of its life expectancy are easy to identify if you know what you’re looking for. Here's how to tell what may be wrong and also how to extend the life of your clutch.
OHV and OHC engines, sometimes referred to as pushrod and modular engines, respectively, have several critical differences that give each unique pros and cons. Understanding the shortcomings and advantages of each can help you understand your own engine, or help you decide which engine is right for your next project car.
The simple design of a throttle body spacer coupled with the promise of big performance boosts makes this tiny mod seem almost too good to be true. Here’s how throttle body spacers work, and which cars are likely to see the biggest gains.
Some of the symptoms of a bad wheel bearing include unusual noises and loose handling. Checking your wheel bearings at home can help eliminate other possible causes so that you know exactly what’s causing your car’s problems. Here are some of the ways to check, and what you should know about your car’s wheel bearings.
Though many wait till the ideal RPM range to shift, there are benefits to shifting early. By calculating your throws in advance, you can make meaningful shifts that leave you free to accelerate when it’s beneficial.
A snorkel is not just for braving deep waters in your Jeep. While they do help keep your engine dry, they can improve your driving experience in other dimensions as well.
Spark plugs provide the ignition that keeps an internal combustion engine functioning. Knowing when and how to change your spark plugs is an important step in keeping your engine running well.
Though people love the screaming roar of the GT350's flat-plane engine, the GT500's more traditional cross-plane crank motor is more powerful. Is one really better than the other? Learn about how these two configurations stack up in this helpful guide.
Without leaf spring shackles, leaf spring suspension would poorly handle the shocks and jolts of the road. By allowing for the leaf springs to change in length as they compress and tighten shackles allow leaf springs to function correctly. While they are a seemingly simple and small part of a leaf sprung vehicle, the shackles are quite an important automotive component.
Short throw shifters are one of the easiest upgrades you can make to your Mustang, and can greatly improve the shifting experience for shift stick enthusiasts. We discuss the pros and cons of short throw shifters as well as the steps to follow to install your new shifter.
Paddle shifters promise to turn an automatic transmission into the perfect blend of manual control and automatic ease. Knowing what paddle shifters are and when and how to use them can improve your driving experience substantially.
Choosing the right fuel for your car means understanding the different types of gasoline that are available. There's a lot more to gasoline than premium vs regular. Here's all the information on fuel you'll want to know before your next fill up at the station.
SOHC and DOHC, which stand for single overhead cam and double overhead cam respectively are the two camshafts layouts you're most likely to find on modern engines. There are still engines that use the OHV, or overhead valve camshaft layout as well. While this seems deep in the weeds, it is an important distinction to understand.
Every engine has a max RPM and when a car pushes the redline it can cause serious mechanical problems. Find out what causes over-revving, how it can affect a car’s engine, and what you can do to prevent it.
Overdrive sounds much cooler than it is. What sounds like a hyper-speed option is, in reality, a quite conservative gearing for highway cruising. Whether you drive an automatic or a manual, learning when to use overdrive can help keep you Mustang running longer.
Enjoyed by some and reviled by others, Ford’s Hill Start Assist is a relatively recent technology that can give drivers an extra bit of help after being stopped on a hill. Used in both automatic and manual transmission cars, the technology is much more noticeable on the latter and is a topic of controversy for Mustangs and ST hatchbacks alike.
Upgrading your headlights not only looks great; it also makes your nighttime driving considerably safer. LED and HID headlights both offer increased brightness, but they differ in many ways and are best suited to different driving scenarios. We’ll discuss both so you can decide which is right for you.
Window louvers are one of the more iconic traits of a Mustang. They can make your car look classy and powerful at the same time. While initially meant to protect the interior of Mustangs from the harsh rays of the sun, they have stuck on as a popular piece of visual flair for Mustangs of any generation.
The purpose of neutral gear is clear in cars with a manual transmission,but if you drive an automatic you might wonder why you have a neutral gear and when you should be using it. We explain why automatic cars still need a neutral gear and when you need to put your car in neutral.
Tire pressure fluctuates naturally throughout the year, but your car’s ideal doesn’t. Keeping your tires at a good tire pressure can improve your safety and fuel efficiency. Know how to use a tire gauge and what low tire pressure and high tire pressure mean for you.
Car batteries may seem to die at random, but they're actually predictable if you know the causes of batteries dying. These are the five most frequent causes of dying car batteries and what you can do about each one. If you’ve ever heard the taunting click of a car battery that keeps dying and asked yourself why you’re not alone.
There are many different types of wheels or rims. Regardless of what you call them, they are one of the most important parts of your vehicle. Picking the right wheels can change the entire appearance, and even performance, of your car.
Understanding when and how to adjust the gear ratio of your Jeep Wrangler JK can help you to enjoy the full capabilities of your vehicle. We explain what regearing is, how to read a gear ratio, and how to determine what gear you’ll need based on where you want to take your Jeep.
Adding an air ride suspension to your Mustang can allow you to lower, or slam, your car without creating a bumpy ride. Find out more about the pros and cons of air ride suspension as well as how these suspensions work and how to install them.
One of the decisions that you may have to make when buying a truck is between having single rear wheels or dual rear wheels. While the difference between the two is partly intuitive, the addition of another wheel can change your trucking experience. Here we’ve broken down the potential issues and benefits of both SRW and DRW vehicle to help aid your decision.
Rear spoilers, wings, chin spoilers, and splitters all promise to boost the performance of your Mustang. Though the boosts to appearance are obvious, many car owners have questions about the actual physics of how spoilers work. We explain how these modifications differ in how they work to change the aerodynamics of your car, and what you can actually expect from them.
If you’ve ever driven behind a Jeep before, then odds are that you’ve seen the cryptic phrase: “It’s a Jeep Thing, You Wouldn’t Understand." This saying functions like a secret handshake amongst Jeep owners and espouses the core tenants of Jeep ownership.
The merits and disadvantages of RWD and FWD are numerous, so deciding between the two could seem difficult. However, there are several important differences between the two, that when chosen correctly, can improve your driving experience. This guide will help outline the best uses for a RWD and FWD to help you pick a drivetrain best suited for your needs.
With winter on the way, it's important that your Jeep is prepared for tough conditions. If your region experiences sub-freezing temperatures, snow, and ice, check out our guide for some simple ways to ready your Wrangler.
Finding the best off-road tires can be challenging — but CJ’s is here to help! Depending on what tires you have equipped on your rig, they can make a huge impact on ride quality and off-road performance. Whether you are a serious rock crawler, casual trailblazer, or a desert racer, tires are going to be one of the most important aspects of your entire build. There are plenty of options to choose from when it comes equipping your rig with the proper tires. Find the best off-road tires and wheels at CJ’s!
Going off-roading for the first time can be a bit overwhelming. If you’re planning your first trailblazing trip, then be sure to check out these tips on off-roading for beginners. Always be prepared for anything and everything, stay with a group, and have fun! Don’t forget recovery gear in case you get stuck. Pack extra snacks and water in case of an emergency, as well as blankets.
Both present in internal combustion engines, carburetors and fuel injection systems accomplish similar tasks. However, when comparing carburetors vs fuel injection, it is important to note the two function differently. Carburetors may be a thing of the past, but many people still prefer the more traditional method of powering an engine. In comparison, fuel injection is a newer technology, one that eventually replaced carburetors and made them obsolete in modern vehicles.
Most people have a clear preference when it comes to diesel vs gas, but what are the advantages of diesel engines? Why might someone want to opt for a diesel engine rather than the more traditional gasoline motor? There are many benefits of diesel, however, there are always negatives to offset the positives. Although diesel is more efficient and can provide more torque, diesel cars or trucks can be more expensive to buy as well as to refill at the gas station.
Understanding the differences between drum brakes and disc brakes is important when it comes time to upgrade your Ford Mustang’s braking system. Drum brakes were prominent around the time of the Mustang’s debut, but disc brakes grew in the years that followed. This articles compares and contrasts Mustang disc and drum brakes and much more!
Shopping for new wheels and tires for your Jeep is an exciting process, but there’s also a lot of technical information that you’re going to need before making a decision. Finding out the proper specifications is key to making sure all your aftermarket parts fit cohesively with no issues. Jeep bolt patterns, wheel size, backspace, and offset are critical in determining the correctly sized wheels you will need for your rig.
While the Ford F-150 EcoBoost is a pretty great truck to begin with, adding aftermarket F150 mods and upgrades is a great way to both customize the look of your truck while optimizing performance. From installing an aftermarket cat-back exhaust to a cold air intake, there are plenty of modifications you can make to your F-150. Whether you want to enhance off-roading performance or simply look mean on the streets, these top five F150 mods can do just that!
If you’re looking into lifting your truck or Jeep Wrangler, then you’re probably wondering what the difference is between a leveling kit and a lift kit. While a leveling kit only lifts the front part of a vehicle, a lift kit will raise up both the front and rear of the vehicle several inches, depending on the type of lift kit. Leveling kits in comparison to lift kits only provide just a few inches of lift, mainly to correct any height imbalances between the front and rear of your vehicle.
While the first Jeep Wrangler model was released for the 1987 model year, the first Jeep Wrangler Unlimited model wasn’t released until 20 years later in 2007 with the debut of the JK Wrangler generation. Although the two models are very similar, the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is the four-door model of the Jeep Wrangler, which only has two doors. Many of the same features can be found in both the Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited but check out this article from CJ’s for a detailed comparison!
Thinking about getting a Jeep Wrangler but not sure which transmission is right for you? Should you get a manual Jeep Wrangler or an automatic Wrangler? Depending on how you use your Jeep Wrangler, a manual transmission might suit you better than an automatic. However, if you drive your Jeep on a daily basis, you may want to opt for an automatic transmission. Here is a breakdown of each Jeep Wrangler transmission to help you decide!
What is the difference between a Jeep JK Wrangler and a Jeep TJ Wrangler, and furthermore, what do those letters even mean? Since the inception of the original Jeep Wrangler in 1986, there have been several variations of the well-loved off-roading vehicle. From the first-generation YJ Wrangler to the fourth-generation JL Wrangler, here is a breakdown of every Jeep Wrangler model to date!
If you are looking to buy a Jeep Wrangler in the near future, there may be one question you keep asking yourself: Hardtop or soft top? While it may seem like a simple question, there are pros and cons to each. While Wrangler hardtops provide more protection, soft tops are easier to remove and less expensive to replace. However, no matter what Wrangler top you choose, you’re sure to have a blast driving your Jeep on and off the trail!
In 2015, the Mustang celebrated its 50th anniversary with the release of the 2015 Ford Mustang. This CJ's resource has all of the info from the release of the 2015 Mustang that you're looking for. Info includes MSRP, MPGs, interior and technology upgrades.
Whether you in the market for a new car or looking to trade in your older car for something faster or more powerful, finding a quality car dealership can feel like a daunting task. Selecting a trustworthy car dealership is now easier thanks to this guide which will arm you with the information you need to be confident you’re making the best choice for yourself and your new car.
Interested in reviewing the specs for the 2014 Ford Fiesta? This CJ's article has all of the information you're looking for. Here you'll find the stats on the MSRP, MPG's, technology and the different model options available.
Looking for stats on the 2015 Ford Focus? Then check out this CJ's resource article which has all of the specs you're looking for such as MSRP, mpg info, engine, interior and more.
Sometimes the budget doesn’t allow for a brand new set of wheels. Especially when some of the newer model Mustangs have wheel options for at least a couple grand. At that point, you’re looking at a serious investment for your Mustang. Sometimes it just isn’t in the budget to purchase a brand new set of wheels, so you begin checking forums and social media for used Mustang wheels. Let CJ’s help you with the process of finding the right set of wheels for your Mustang without breaking the bank.
Whether you've moved to a new town or just purchased your first car, finding a reliable auto service center can feel like an impossible task. Finding a trustworthy auto service center can be simplified by following this easy guide that will tell you what to look for and what questions to ask, giving you the confidence to make the best decision for you and your car.
When it comes to finding the perfect 1965-1973 Mustang to kickstart your restoration, it can be extremely difficult finding the perfect car. Not only do you have your preferences, like year, trim level, engine, body style, etc., but you also need to take into account the condition of the classic Mustang you’re looking to buy. If key structural parts of the vehicles are damaged or rusted through, it may simply not be worth the time, effort and money - no matter how good of a deal it may be. Let the experts here at CJ’s walk you through the key things to look for when searching for your first classic Mustang restoration.
In most classic muscle cars, the general look that everyone longs for is a staggered wheel setup and a raked look with the rear being slightly higher off the ground than the front. However, for functional reasons, today’s Mustangs typically come with a square fitment wheel meaning that the wheel is the same size on all four corners of the car.
To those looking to make a trip to the dragstrip for the first time, it can be a daunting occasion. From the sidelines it may seem easy, but once you pull up to the burnout box, the adrenaline rush can take over and confuse your concentration. Let Bill & the crew at CJ’s show you a few tips and tricks to overcoming the anxiety that could come with your first trip to the dragstrip.
Although the Mustang gets a reputation for being a bad car to have through the winter, we couldn’t disagree more. With a little prep, it can be the most wonderful time of the year—even for Mustang enthusiasts. Whether you're storing your Mustang for warmer days or preparing to drive through the thick of it, we've got tips to help you through the cold months ahead.
Understanding the concept of wheel offset and backspacing can be confusing for someone who may be just starting to look for an aftermarket set of wheels and tires. Each Mustang generation has a particular set of offset and backspacing numbers that work best with the fitment around that car’s suspension wheel-well.
What Mustang owner doesn’t like doing burnouts? Exactly, everyone loves burnouts! It’s a pastime that dates back to the '60s where the American muscle car first originated. The ideology behind a burnout hasn’t changed, but the technology has drastically. Starting in 2015, the Ford Mustang GT came with line lock standard, right from the factory! Being the first production car to include line lock, a lot of people and potential consumers have questions about its proper use, application and how it works exactly.
The general design cues of the S550 Mustang remain unchanged, but laws and federal restrictions require Ford to meet different standards between the US and European countries, hence the reasoning for some differences among the two versions of the S550.
For those of you out there who may be just getting into the Mustang scene or want to learn a bit more on engine power and how it can be measured, then you’re at the right place! On a very basic level, a dynamometer or dyno is a machine that is used to measure power output from the engine of a vehicle.
Whether it’s your 1st Mustang or your 50th, sometimes it can be tough to decide between a Mustang fastback or coupe and a convertible for your next pony. Each have their advantages and disadvantages. For example, if you enjoy maximum handling capability, you just can’t beat the structural integrity that comes with a hardtop. On the other hand, if you enjoy beachside cruises or early morning drives on your favorite backroad, a convertible may be better for you. If you’re unsure of which combination fits with your personal taste, this article will go through the ins and outs of owning a fastback or coupe vs a convertible.
Whether it’s a weekend cruiser and easy daily driving that you’re after, or an all-around driver's car that is a blast to drive on the twisties, there really isn’t a right answer when it comes to choosing the right transmission for your Mustang. It comes down to personal preference and lifestyle.
Knowing the differences between horsepower and torque, may have you thinking twice before purchasing your next car or adding your next modification. Different parts affect your Mustang’s powerband in different ways. This article gives an overview of what horsepower and torque are all about when it comes to getting the power to the ground in your Mustang.
An ever-common issue with any automotive enthusiast is using your camera to take a photo of your vehicle. It sounds simple, but more times than not, it just doesn’t look the same through the lens of a camera as it does with your eyes. This can be attributed to multiple factors including but not limited to type of camera, setting or location, lighting and focal point.
Knowing the basic differences between a supercharger and a turbo will allow you to dig deeper into which may better fit your lifestyle. If you’re looking for an all-out race car, then a turbo may be a better option for you when it comes to maximum power output. If you want streetable, instant power, then a twin screw supercharger would be the choice for you. Regardless of what you choose for your Mustang, CJ Pony Parts has an extensive inventory of Mustang superchargers and aftermarket Focus ST turbochargers that will surely bring the most out of your Ford!
As much as we love installing cold air intakes, tunes, exhaust headers, and other go-fast parts, it’s just as important to make sure your car is operating at prime efficiency. Maintenance is important for safety, but also your Mustang will perform better and be more powerful if all of its parts are in optimal shape.