Make the 5.0L Mustang Better
What it is: New Mustang wheels from American Racing
Why you care: Blacked-out wheels on the new 5.0L look great, so American Racing created the BLVD line. The wheels are offered in staggered fitments like 17x7 and 17x8 and include sizes up to 22x11 inches. If you don’t like black, chrome is also available.
How much: About $300 per wheel, depending on size and style
Learn more: American Racing; AmericanRacing.com
Longer-Lasting Performance Tires
What it is: New high-performance Toyo Proxes 4
Why you care: If you have a muscle car with big wheels and ultra-grip tires, you know they wear out faster than the mud-and-snow stuff on your other car. Bummer. Toyo just launched the Proxes 4 Plus that grips like it should, is sized for modern muscle cars, and adds longevity.
How much: Find a dealer at ToyoTires.com
Learn more: Toyo Tires; ToyoTires.com
Place Lotion Joke Here
What it is: Hand Repair Lotion
Why you care: This won’t re-grow your hand or anything, but it will keep it from cracking like dried mud at the end of a wrench-flinging day in the shop.
How much: About $10
Learn more: Permatex; PermatexRepair.com
Brake Cleaner that Works
What it is: New brake cleaner
Why you care: Good news: Gunk has reformulated its aerosol brake cleaner to clean better and dry faster than its predecessor. The secret is, well, a secret—but they did say chlorinated and formula in the press release. Sounds scientific enough. Try some and find out for yourself.
How much: About $10 per can
Learn more: Gunk; 877/464-4865; RSCBrands.com
New PA GM Street Smart Transmission
What it is: Performance Automatic’s 4L70-E Transmission for your new drivetrain
Why you care: This transmission is designed specifically for the HT383, FB385, and LS376 GM crate engines. The overdrive transmission has all the high-performance goodies inside and is equipped with a deep aluminum pan with a drain, a converter, a controller, mounts, wiring, and all the parts to install the trans in the car. It also has a two-year warranty.
How much: Around $4,000, depending on the kit
Learn more: Performance Automatic; 240/439-4650; PerformanceAutomatic.com