Installing an MSD 2-Step on our 2011 Mustang GT Project
You can’t help it. Your heart is pounding. You’re staged and waiting for the tree to light up. You know that you need to start slipping the clutch when the last amber lights up. Your focus narrows to just that bulb…
If you’re running a new 5.0-liter Mustang, or most other mod-motor ponies, help is here. Two-step technology for launch control isn’t new, but getting it to work easily on modular motors with their coil-on-plug ignition system is. MSD Ignition has released two new 2-Step modules and getting them working is pretty easy, so we’re going to install one on our 2011 GT project car.
According to Kyle Niesen at MSD Ignition, the new module “…is a unique product designed to get the most out of a new Mustang and the best light every time.” Well, that’s a pretty tall order, so we’re going to install the 5.0-liter specific part, which just started shipping just recently. There is another version for other modular motors, such as the 4.6 and 5.4-liters.
A 2-Step module is designed to limit engine speed, when activated, to optimum launch RPM. Once at the starting line, you can activate the 2-Step and then floor the gas pedal. The module acts as a secondary limiter and you’ll hear the effect quite distinctly.
Inching Towards our 10-Second Goal
Our 2011 Mustang project car has a couple of high level objectives – to remain daily driven, but with the ability to beat 1G on the skidpad as well as consistently logging 10-second runs in the quarter mile. The 5.0-liter engine has shown to be fast right out of the box, but as much as we all think we can shift gears with the best, a little help never hurts.
The GT has seen a few upgrades now and is putting out over 400 rwhp. New Mickey Thompson 18-inch drag radial tires help keep things under control at the strip, but there are bigger plans ahead for power, as well as track time and testing. Improving launch control will solve the issue of consistency and will help us evaluate subsequent changes more accurately.
Installing the 2011 GT MSD 2-Step Module and Harness
MSD 2-Step Ford 5.0L Mod Motor 2011 P/N 8731
• For Coil-On-Plug ignitions only
• Connects to factory coils for easy install
• Adjustable from 1,800-9,900 RPM in 100 steps
• Improves launches, 60 foot times
• Can be triggered by the clutch switch or manually
• LED shows when the module is active
If all that looks good, you’re ready for the next weekend at the track. Just remember to reset the module switches for the launch RPM you’ll want there. Some trial and error may be needed to find the best setting, but before you know it, you’ll be launching consistently… just like a pro.