The styling of the Raxiom smoked projector headlights is phenomenal. With a black housing and smoked lens they make the front end of the Mustang look far more aggressive and stealthy. The quality is adequate for an aftermarket part.
In terms of lighting, the headlights come with stock halogen bulbs which, when coupled with the smoked lens, makes for fairly dim headlights; much dimmer than stock. Because of this I bought an HID kit separately from DDM Tuning. If you would like to do the same simply make sure that the bulbs are H9’s and 35 watts. OEM HIDs are typically 4300K, this color is the closest the pure white. The higher up you go in the Kelvin range the bluer the lights will be and the lower you go the yellower they will be. But even with these HIDs the lights are not much brighter than the stock halogens and there is no need to worry about the housings melting so long as the bulbs are 35W. Additionally, because the bulbs are closer to the center of the car than on the stock headlights (where they were on the outside), the width of coverage is a bit less. This is noticeable when driving around a blind corner or a corner with no street lights. Lastly, the high beams do work but only the shutter of the projector opens fully, altering the beam pattern and scattering the light more; they do not get brighter.
Installation is not too difficult and little to no prior knowledge is needed. The Mustang will need to be lifted in order to remove the front bumper. Either jack stands or ramps will suffice. Without proper tools and a basic set of hand wrenches it took about 7 hours from start to finish but with the correct tools it should take about a whole afternoon. Furthermore, the lights did need to be adjusted up. From the factory the bulbs were pointed almost all the way down.
The halo and accent LEDs, which add a brilliant touch of elegance and stealthiness, are only designed to turn on with the parking lights or when the headlights are on, they do not act as daytime running lights (DRLs). In order to get around this, the red power wire for the accent lights from the left headlight was connected to the red power wire from the right headlight using extra wire. This was then ran to fuse 39 in the fuse box. With this modification made, when the ignition is turned on the halos and accent LEDs turn on, just like with the OEM fog lights.
Installation Guide: v6mustangperformance.com/modifications…
Bumper Removal Guide: v6mustangperformance.com/tips…
Rewiring Guide: http://www.allfordmustangs.com/forums…
Fuse and Relay Information (PDF): http://iihs.net/fsm/?dir=710&viewfile=011%20-%20Fuse%20and%20Relay%20Information.pdf
The Roush axle-back exhaust system for the 3.7L 2011 Mustang V6 is in a class of it’s own. They’re some of the most affordable mufflers and add some of the most noticable differences than many other after-market axle-back exhausts. It’s agressive exhaust note makes the V6 Mustang sound what is was born to be, a true American muscle car.
The exhaust note dampened a bit after about 100 miles but it was so insignificant only the driver will notice. At idle it completely transforms the sound to that of a V8; nice and deep, loud, and bassy as well as below 2000 rpm. When the revs climb above 3000 rpm the Roushs absolutely scream and become a bit raspy while keeping a bit of a low tone in the background and then slightly deepen again around 6000 rpm. They’re quiet while coasting so one would without a doubt want to coast by any cops.
There is a significant amount of drone but definitely not the worst in the after-market exhaust market. The drone is obviously the worst at 2000 rpm and is managable around 1700 rpm. Overall it’s not really a big problem to hold a conversation with a passenger or while listening to the radio.
The mufflers and tips look great on the Stang. The large 4″ polished tips outshine the cheap stock tips on so many levels and the smaller mufflers (“cans”) are almost unoticable making for a much cleaner look. The entire look of the back end is improved because of these mufflers (or any other similar looking mufflers for that matter). Installation shouldn’t be too hard, it’s essentially loossening the stock mufflers and removing them from the hanging rubber brackets and then doing the reverse with the Roush axle-backs. However, if you can’t find a way to lift the car off the ground (or at least the rear wheels) you’ll have to take it into a shop to have them installed which can typically cost up to $100.
A major thing to note: the noise level (while obviously loud throughout the spectrum) is determined by how hard the throttle is punched. The harder the throttle goes down the louder (and higher pitched) the exhaust is. Overall these Roush axle-back exhausts are much, much louder than stock and it isn’t difficult to see why so many people end up returning them or reselling them because they think they are too loud and obnoxious. Lastly, absolutely coast by any cops. With these monsters on you’ll be attracting everyone’s attention while you accelerate only to make yourself a target… people aren’t lying when they say these things are a major head turner.
Loudness (volume): 4.5/5
Exhaust Note: 4.5/5
Fit & Finish: 5/5
Bang for your Buck: 5/5
Installation time: About 1 hour
Do you think you’ll be getting the Roush axle-backs? If not, why and which ones will you get instead?