This shows the car's configuration
near the end of its tenure with us.. It couldn't have been more than
about two years, but I found time and occasion to:
- Buy some
GT take-off "Bullitt-style" 17x8-inch wheels and retire the original
16x7s to a corner of the back yard, where they reposed until May, 2010, when I
sold them for $37.50 each, via Craig's List, to a very happy purchaser.
"...this little improve-ment..." |
- Install a set of GT take-off
anti-sway bars ("stabilizers", in the shop manual). Night and day, as
the V6s have a skimpy front bar and none in the rear. For a while this car carried
the Steeda adjustable front bar and bracket braces, and the H&R 26mm rear
bar, in which configuration it was a slalom monster (comparatively); those three
items eventually found their way onto the 2009 coupe.
a set of Steeda Sport springs installed. They lowered the front by about an inch,
the rear by an inch and a couple tenths. Improved handling considerably, and the
appearance a great deal. They also caused a slight deterioration of the semi-cushy
Have the Tokico D-Spec adjustable struts and shocks installed. With judicious
adjustments, the good ride was (almost) recovered, and the handling could be tailored
from mild understeer to essentially neutral.
a set of Saleen Parnelli Jones Edition Minilite-like wheels on eBaY: 19x9 for
the front, 19x10 for the rear (remember when we would kill for rims seven inches
wide?). Put on a set of Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 275-35 tires that look, stick,
and travel good. Their $1,600 price tag brought this little improvement up to
about $2,600 total. Worth every penny. They look good on the High
Performance White GT/CS, too—but I'm getting ahead of my story ...
and install a set of Ford Racing SVT "Fanblade" 18x8.5 wheels with mounted
Bridgestone Potenza RE-01R 245-45 sticky tires. About $1,500 for this step, which
was designed to make my little V6 effort at autocross more rewarding. Didn't really
work, as we'll see later on.
installed the Ford Racing Performance Parts V6 dual exhaust system. This is a
great setup, with an "X-pipe" configuration and the M-5230-GTA axle-back
mufflers, just like on the Shelby GT. They sounded
(<-- two links) and balanced the audio and visual aspects of the car. Turned
out they were a little loud for the convertible, and I took them off to be replaced
by a set of GT take-offs I'd bought off eBaY as "GTAs". That made it
the best configuration, the V6 automatic turned a 10.000 through the Qualcomm
Stadium eighth-mile drag strip, with a highest trap speed of 72.23 MPH.