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2018-22 Mustang Mods You Should Buy First

Created by Jay Walling
Date Created: 12/8/2017
Last Updated: 11/1/2022

Looking to get the best bang for your buck with your 2018-22 Mustang upgrades? LMR.com breaks down the top 11 first 2018-2022 Mustang upgrades you need.

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  • First 2018 Mustang Mods

Whether you are racing, daily driving, or just showing off your new S550, chances are you will want to add a few mods to it! LMR.com has broken down the top 11 most popular mods for your 2018-22 Mustang to give you a quick and easy guide on what to add.


#1 - Wheels

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The most popular upgrade, and possibly the most eye-catching, is a new set of S550 Mustang wheels. The factory performance pack wheel is a great wheel; however, adding a set of SVE wheels is an easy way to make your Mustang more unique! LMR.com has many wheels for daily driving and car showgoers while offering a few sets of 2018-22 Mustang drag wheel kits. Pick up a wheel and tire kit from LMR.com and get them mounted, balanced, and delivered for free.


#2 - Lowering Springs

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If you want to quickly add a more stylish stance to your new S550, a set of 2018-2022 Mustang lowering springs will do just that. Choose from top manufacturers such as SVE, Eibach, Steeda, Ford Performance, & BMR to lower your Mustang to make that new set of wheels pop! Lowering springs are great for giving a custom look and better handling around the track.


#3 - Resonator Delete

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If you want your S550 sounding a little louder without breaking the bank on a full exhaust kit, a 2018 Mustang resonator delete will do the trick. The SVE 2018-22 Mustang resonator delete is a cut and clamp x pipe design that replaces your Mustang's resonator for better exhaust flow and a more aggressive exhaust tone. These kits can be installed in about an hour with a Sawzall and common hand tools.


#4 - Tuner

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With the advancements in technology and the new 10-speed automatic, it's no surprise that tuning will be one of the most common modifications. Increasing line pressure in the automatic and tuning for certain modifications has proven to drive these cars in the low 11s with a tune and tire. Having an SCT will be essential if you are planning on modding or racing your 2018-20 Mustang.


#5 - Shifter

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If you are still a fan of shifting gears in your Mustang, a short shifter must be on your mod list. A 2018-2022 Mustang short shifter moves the pivot point of your shifter upwards to reduce the distance you have to shift to get it into gear. When looking for a short shifter for your 2018 Mustang, you have plenty of options, including Hurst, Ford Performance, Steeda, & more.


#6 - Cold Air Intake

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If you want to add a custom look to your engine bay while freeing up some horsepower, pick up a 2018-2022 Mustang cold air intake. A cold air intake replaces your factory air intake tube with a wider, more free-flowing tube and filter. Depending on your chosen kit, you may or may not need a tune to install it. However, to see the full benefits of a cold air intake, we suggest getting a tune for the added modification to reap the full potential.


#7 - LED Lighting

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LED Lighting upgrades are a must for your 2018-2021 Mustang GT. Whether inside or outside, LED lighting gives you a crisp, clean look instead of your stock lighting. Diode Dynamics provides all of the 2018-22 Mustang LED lighting upgrades you will need to customize and upgrade your S550.


#8 - Hood Struts

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One of the most common modifications for Mustang owners who like to work on their cars and show off their engine bay is a set of hood struts. Hood struts install on the fenders and the hood to allow your hood to prop open without using the factory hood prop. These gas shocks are ideal for installing on a vehicle that you spend a lot of time working on under the hood, as they allow more working room by allowing you to remove the factory hood prop altogether. When popping your hood at a car show, the hood struts allow a cleaner look as opposed to an ugly prop rod.


#9 - Spherical Vertical Links

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A new feature on the 2015-22 Mustangs is the addition of vertical links. Vertical links connect the rear control arm with the rear spindle, and the factory link leaves plenty of room for improvement. Upgrading to new spherical bushing vertical links helps reduce deflection and tightens up the rear suspension to help eliminate your wheel hop issue. Take your pick from BMR, UPR, Steeda, and J&M 2015-22 Mustang vertical links to upgrade your suspension.


#10 - Supercharger

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If you want to get straight to business with your S550, a 2018-2022 Mustang supercharger should be the first mod. Adding up to over 100 horsepower, depending on the application, a supercharger is an easy way to blow by the competition. Whether you choose to go with a roots style or centrifugal, you will fall in love with the boost. While you will need some supporting mods, superchargers are always a great power improvement choice for your 2018-2022 Mustang.


#11 - Shift Knob

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Last but not least, one of the simplest and cheapest mods you can do for your S550 is a 2018-22 Mustang shift knob. While it's not a huge upgrade nor one that will increase power, a shift knob can give your interior a nice taste of creativity while improving the feel of your shift. Available in various shapes, colors, and sizes, you can start or complete your interior customization with a simple shift knob.


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