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Updated on Mar 11, 2013
This is my 2011 Mustang 5.0.
Most people who race Mustangs compete at a drag strip. Now, there's nothing wrong with that, but driving in a straight line for a quarter mile isn't my cup of tea anymore. I'm setting this Mustang up for autocross and (eventually) road racing. That means I will be focusing on suspension and chassis upgrades, because 400+ horsepower is more than enough to get me around an autocross grid or road course.
My goal for this project is to make this Mustang handle like it's on rails. I will do this by using quality, well-engineered suspension and chassis components. I will, of course, be doing some customizing of this car to make it more personal, but body kits, sound systems, chrome, and flashy paint are not my goals here.
Note that I said "quality" and "well-engineered" up there. Most aftermarket companies that make suspension components manufacture junk. For instance, "lowering springs" can actually make your car handle worse. Lowering a vehicle too much compromises its suspension and steering geometry and reduces suspension travel. Of course, the solution to reduced suspension travel (to a point) is stiffer springs and shocks. But in an effort to make the ride more comfortable, most lowering springs are not stiff enough. The result is a car that may appear to handle better on the street but bottoms out an understeers like mad when subjected to high cornering loads on a track. That's why it's important to do research and only buy suspension components from companies that actually test their products on a track.
If you're interested in properly engineering your car's suspension for performance, check out this online magazine, MotoIQ.
-TSW forged "Nurburgring" wheels
-Nitto NT555 tires
-Steeda strut-tower brace
-Magnaflow Competition cat-back exhaust
-Steeda Ultralite springs
-Koni "Yellows" adjustable dampers
-Maxiumum Motorsports caster/camber plates
-Evolution Performance panhard brace
-Edelbrock adjustable panhard bar
-AEM Cool-air Intake
19 October '12
Sway bar write-up on Page 9.
17 October '12
Parts installed. Stay tuned for more info...
4 October '12
Whiteline sent me the following goodies to install on Project Mustang 5.0:
The following items are being installed and tested over the next few weeks:
-Whiteline front and rear heavy-duty 4-way adjustable sway bars
-Whiteline adjustable front and rear endlinks.
-Whiteline adjustable strut tower brace
-Whiteline adjustable panhard bar
-Whiteline rear upper control arm
-Whiteline adjustable rear lower control arms
-Whiteline anti-squat correct kit (lower control arm relocation brackets)
20 August '12
Video from last Saturday's autocross on Page 3!
2 August '12
1 July '12
Pictures from yesterday's autocross on Page 3!
30 May '12
AEM cool-air intake installed. Details on Page 8!
20 April '12
New suspension installed! Pictures and write-up on Page 7!
Page 1: Updates
Page 2: Pictures and Modifications List
Page 3: Competition Pictures
Page 4: Modification #1, Cat-back Exhaust
Page 5: Modification #2, Strut-tower Brace
Page 6: Modification #3, Wheels and Tires
Page 7: Modification #4, Stage 1 Suspension
Page 8: Modification #5: AEM Cool-air Intake
Page 9: Modification #6: Stage 2 Suspension
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5 STAR Rated ride! Check me out!
Nice ride bro check me out.
Your Stang looks great! Absolutely gorgeous. Great suspension mods.....love the color choice. Check out my 04 sometime! Left you 5 stars for the car! Really clean!!!
That is a very sharp ride my friend, very clean.
Sweet looking Stang, I like it a lot. 5 starz...
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