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Aftermarket Performance Upgrades 2002 2003 2004 2005 Thunderbird

Discussion in '2002 - 2005 Ford Thunderbird' started by tbird, Nov 19, 2016.

  1. tbird

    tbird Forum Moderator Staff Member

    All you need to unleash the power of your Thunderbird are three things!
    1- SCT Tuner
    2- Cold Air Intake 2003-2005
    3- Exhaust 03-05 or 2002
    Also recommend replacing ignition coils since these are often bad! They are cheap now, so at the least have a set on hand!
    You can do the first two and then the exhaust at a later time if you don't want to do them all at once. The tuner alone will also yield results.

    A must have for any Ford Thunderbird owner! Click here to view the SCT Ford Thunderbird Tuner that works on 1996-2014 FORD Cars & Trucks.

    Notes: X4 Power Flash Programmer; Pre-Loaded;Not Legal For Use/Sale In CA On Pollution Controlled Vehicle;, 93 Octane HP Increase +14 hp; Torque Increase +17 lbs./ft.~ Backs Up Stock Tune/Supports Custom Tuning~ Axle Ratio/Tire Size~ Holds Up To 10 Custom Tunes; Automatic On/Off/Sleep Mode~ Read And Clears DTC Codes; Built-In Performance Calculator~ High Speed Date Logging And Monitoring; User Adjustable Tuner Options~ Built-In Wifi For Easy Updates; User Adjustable Warning/Alerts~ Spark Modification By RPM/Wide Open Throttle Fuel~ Wide Open Throttle Shift Points/Shift Firmness Control/Cooling Fan~ Speed Limiter/RPM Limiter/Idle Adjustment/Traction Control


    K&N 69-3520TP Typhoon Air Intake Kit is also a easy way to improve performance and gas mileage on the 2003-2005 Ford Thunderbird! Pays for itself over time! Click here to view on Amazon


    Ford Thunderbird BORLA Split-Rear Exit Cat-Back System With Single Round Rolled Angle-Cut Tip
    Upgrade your Ford Thunderbird’s factor exhaust system to something truly amazing!
    HP & Torque: 14 HP/ 18 ft lbs Torque.

    Click here for 2003 2004 2005 Ford Thunderbird Cat-Back Borla Exhaust
    Click here for 2002 Ford Thunderbird Cat-Back Borla Exhaust


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  2. tbird

    tbird Forum Moderator Staff Member

  3. tbird

    tbird Forum Moderator Staff Member

    The SCT tuners are almost always better than the factory programming and well worth the money and usually pay for themselves IMHO! Same goes for the cold air intake. Just the money you save on air filters makes the cold air intake worth it! The SCT is the best tuner, so spring for it, if you have the cash.
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  5. tbird

    tbird Forum Moderator Staff Member

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  7. biddle

    biddle Forum Moderator Staff Member

    I am fairly certain that is a mistake on amazon. Also, checked auto zone and it said it does indeed fit the 2003. You could call K&N to confirm (800) 858-3333
    Last edited: May 17, 2017
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  8. thank you, I also checked with auto supplier and got same results.
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  10. biddle

    biddle Forum Moderator Staff Member

    Lots of people change them out just because the car responds and runs better.
  11. So far mine is running great. Just turned 30,000 miles.

  12. e2j

    e2j Supporting Contributor Lifetime Donor

    Would you expect more improvement on 2002 since they were shipped? Didn't they raise 2003 hp quite a bit by reprogramming?
  13. tbird

    tbird Forum Moderator Staff Member

    Ford added variable valve timing (VVT), to boost the engine’s output to 280 HP in 2003. You will get increased power/response by using the tuner on any model year. It's by far the #1 upgrade you can do on just about any car.
    Last edited: Sep 5, 2017
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  14. tbird

    tbird Forum Moderator Staff Member

    The K&N website says the CAI only fits the 2003,2004,2005 model. Unless someone here knows different, that is probably correct. Your other option is to go with the High Performance Air Filter which is what I use on my Ford Mustang. Link- http://amzn.to/2iVZ8g0
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  15. John Hayman

    John Hayman Well-Known Member Lifetime Donor

    Aren't there any other performance upgrades in the Thunderbird universe?
  16. Johnvins

    Johnvins Well-Known Member Lifetime Donor

    Some of these were already mentioned and some not---

    Install a hi-flow Catalytic converter.
    Advance the timing a few degrees.
    Install a high power ignition coil.
    Shorten the gap on spark plugs and get good plugs and new wires.
    Use Shell or Sunoco hi-test.
    Install a K&N air filter.
    This is the cheap way, will get about 30 more HP and 2 - 3 % increase in torque.

    More expensive...$500-$1,200…exhaust headers and cherry bomb or Walker straight thru mufflers or a Borla exhaust system. Will get you 10 - 12 HP and 1 - 2 % more torque. Plus a nice sound!

    Because of the cars computer and its factory settings, changing the timing, might nictitate reprogramming by an expert. The other changes, probably not.

    You could consider a performance chip such as SCT Flash Tuner---about $400, which touts a 28 HP gain.
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  17. If the air intake on a 2003 is changed to a K&N Cold air intake, does it require retuning the car or does everything still run OK, no codes flashing?
  18. tbird

    tbird Forum Moderator Staff Member

    Car does not need a tune for the K&N CAI. The biggest performance increase you can do on the car though is the tuner! My son and I both have our Mustangs tunes and love it!
  19. John Hayman

    John Hayman Well-Known Member Lifetime Donor

    Anyone put a hi-perf Ford crate engine in one of these?
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