Diego Navarro - 2015 ford mustang 50-year edition
Now I celebrate 22 years of a career full of sustained successes with DS18 which is experiencing amazing growth for the last consecutive 7 years that it was formed.
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2015 ford mustang 50-year edition
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I am originally from Colombia but I have lived in Miami Florida for 7 years. I have always liked cars, trucks, and motorcycles. I love the speed and adrenaline of the drag strips and especially the car audio world, which I have experienced for 22 years designing and manufacturing some of the most dazzling and powerful demonstration vehicles that have had a huge impact around the world.
It all started when as a child when I first got into a car that had the lows and felt the intense vibration of the bass. I was shocked through all my body and that adrenaline was my greatest inspiration to dedicate my whole life to car audio. Now I celebrate 22 years of a career full of sustained successes with DS18 which is experiencing amazing growth for the last consecutive 7 years that it was formed. It has positioned itself as a leading company in the American car audio market, and as a competitor, I have been awarded 20 times as champion in 12 different categories.
My beginnings in the world of “custom” cars began with my first car, a 79’ Renault which I modified all the doors to open up as a butterfly. I brushed the handles and they opened up with remote control, I used a double-tone paint with frost and it attracted a lot of attention wherever it was. I liked that a lot because I felt that it is a way of expression on wheels and step-up from the others. So that was 20 years ago! and over time I improved and got all kinds of vehicles like a 95’ Ford bronco filled with crazy powerful audio speakers, a 2001 Ford excursion with 160 dBs of bass pressure, a 2005 Jetta turbo, a fully customized 2011 Mazda 3, a C5 corvette… BUT!! in 2015, Ford came out with its new generation of Mustangs and was struck with the modern and aggressive lines of the authentic American muscle car that characterizes it.
And after that, it became my goal to achieve and to have that icon at the door of my house. It was not easy due to my economic situation at that time to be able to afford it, so I had to plan “how to” achieve that goal. So, I began to modify and sell the cars that I was using as my daily to get a profit and go up in value every time. I started to buy cheap cars and modify them aesthetically, such as wheels, suspension, audio, interior and what was necessary to make them more attractive and later sell them at a higher price that would give me a profit and with that buy another to do the same again and I continued until one day I could gather enough to finally buy my favourite car! and by luck of fate, I found this 2015 ford mustang 50-year edition in very pristine condition with very low mileage for 20K! It is the cleanest thing I could have found and what I could afford at the time, it only had one "but" it had the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine! It's not a big deal and it didn't seem bad to me at the time because what I was interested in is how the car looks but not how fast it could go, and it was running well enough and it saved me gas!
So, I started little by little to make both aesthetic and performance modifications, first I started with dropping the car 2 inches using a lowering springs kit from Eibach and 20” wheels staggered from Concave wheels, then the audio system, which started with 3 10-inch subwoofer and 1000W in total all DS18 of course! In terms of performance, I started with the cold air intake filter and the turbo blow-off valve, so that was it for a while… until one day my boss told me that we had to use something new for our booth at SEMA in Las Vegas Nevada, and use this car as a DS18 Demo Vehicle for “Tuners” car shows and events around the country. So that changed everything in the history of this car and started a full process of modifications bumper to bumper on it! With the help of KK Customs Corp, Mishimoto, Glassskinz, Lighting Trendz, Whistler group, True Spikes Lugnuts, Baer Brakes, Vertini Wheels, Pro Clip USA and DS18 as sponsors of this build. This became a dream come true to have my own car displayed in the world-famous and world biggest event of the car industry the SEMA Show.
But this does not end there, after having debuted at SEMA and CES in Las Vegas, the car returned to Miami and a short time later the engine broke down, a serious fault in the turbo caused oil to flow into the cylinders, bending the connecting rods and causing considerable damage to the engine, made me think about my next project with this car! making the first “Swap” engine from an Eco-Boost to the third generation of Coyote V8 with a 10-speed transmission in a 2015 mustang! Why did I do it? First of all, all my friends were bullying me for having a 4-cylinder engine on an "American muscle car". Second, I always liked the sound of a V8 and finally, it is something that no one had recorded on YouTube or posted on the internet before, so I wanted to be the first to do it and I did it! In addition to putting a new MY 2020 engine with its transmission, all the bolt-on were put like long header cat-less with 3-inch Cat-back, Cold Air Intake, Tuned ECU, Digital Cluster, among other things making this, “one of a kind” which is my greatest pride!
I want to thank the folks at Stance Auto Magazine for this opportunity to show my ride to the world and share a bit of my story. Follow me on Instagram: @theredmus @diegocertified and on my YouTube channel: “Diego Certified” where you can see the whole process of this car and my journeys with it.
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