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Cobraman1024
11-08-2012, 10:48 PM
Sooooo after my dismal showing at the end of season Dyno Day at Pete's Performance up in Loudon, NH I've been busy buying and installing stuff. The dismal showing of 261/263 was because of stretched IMRC cables which would not allow them to fully open. The computer also need to be tuned (by Pete at Performance) because of the JLT intake.
I'm looking for 300rwhp after final tuning.

MMR IMRC deletes - eBay, $192 shipped.

American Racing Headers stainless 1 5/8 longtubes and x-pipe - Corral classifieds, $550 shipped.

Lightning 90mm MAF, Corral classifieds, $70 shipped.

Mezeire electric waterpump with relay kit, Corral classifieds, $225 shipped.

Maximum Motorsports k-member with clearance for a Hellion turbo, Deal of the day, $554.56 shipped.

MM front control arms, Deal of the Day, $302.40 shipped.

MM coilover conversion with 325lb springs, Deal of the Day, $370 shipped.

MM aluminum rack bushings, $49 shipped.

MM bump steer kit, bolt through style, Deal of the Day, $128 shipped.

MM standard duty oil filter relocation kit, $269 shipped.

Bilstein struts, Bilstein MM race shocks

MM panhard bar with polished bar upgrade, Deal of the Day, $316 shipped

Cobraman1024
11-08-2012, 10:52 PM
The IMRC deletes and electric waterpump are already installed and working great.

The front suspension is already out of the car and when we hit 50 degrees this weekend I'll be bolting up the longtubes and k-member. Still waiting for most of the MM stuff to arrive tomorrow and next week.

With any luck this car will be completed and tuned before Thanksgiving so that I can drive it out to Ohio for dinner with my family.

SmokinStang
11-09-2012, 07:17 PM
That's a lot of goodies right there!! Sounds like your going to have to add an alignment to the list of to do's also....
Best of luck with your goal...hope that you do make it out to Ohio!!:thumbsup:

Cobraman1024
11-10-2012, 04:29 PM
Thanks Bob! The guys over at the shop down the street know me by name after having them do the alignments for my '95 Cobra and '93 LX when I installed the k-member and coilovers on those cars last month.

Resolution78
11-10-2012, 09:00 PM
when you headed out..... im driving to PA for thanksgiving...... we can cruise together for part of the trip

Cobraman1024
11-10-2012, 10:21 PM
when you headed out..... im driving to PA for thanksgiving...... we can cruise together for part of the trip

A little after 5pm the night before Thanksgiving. Nikki gets out of work around 5 so I can't leave any earlier than that.

Cobraman1024
11-12-2012, 08:36 PM
Got quite a bit done today in the nice weather. The longtubes and x-pipe are in and oil pan gasket has been replaced. MM k-member is installed as are the front control arms. Bilstein coilovers are partially assembled, waiting for the springs, aluminum steering rack bushings and oil filter relocation kit to arrive tomorrow.

ToplessPony94
11-12-2012, 09:19 PM
Sounds great! You can do mine next!

:drool:

Cobraman1024
11-13-2012, 08:21 AM
Sounds great! You can do mine next!

:drool:

Believe me, I would much rather do all of this stuff on your GT than on my 4v Cobra. Long tubes are cake on a 5.0. The suspension stuff is pretty much the same level of difficulty on any of these cars between 1979-2004. I haven't worked on any of the S197 cars yet.

ToplessPony94
11-13-2012, 11:35 AM
Believe me, I would much rather do all of this stuff on your GT than on my 4v Cobra. Long tubes are cake on a 5.0. The suspension stuff is pretty much the same level of difficulty on any of these cars between 1979-2004. I haven't worked on any of the S197 cars yet.

Just kidding. I actually already have most of the MM stuff. But not the K-member, panhard or long tubes. Wanted to do the panhard and torque arm stuff, but I would have had to hack up my Borla exhaust so badly that I decided not to. I'll be doing the bumpsteer over the winter. Wish I had done it last winter while it was apart for the MM A-arms.

Can't wait to see yours next year!

Cobraman1024
11-13-2012, 04:02 PM
Just kidding. I actually already have most of the MM stuff. But not the K-member, panhard or long tubes. Wanted to do the panhard and torque arm stuff, but I would have had to hack up my Borla exhaust so badly that I decided not to. I'll be doing the bumpsteer over the winter. Wish I had done it last winter while it was apart for the MM A-arms.

Can't wait to see yours next year!

The bumpsteer install is very straightforward if you are using the tapered stud setup. The MM k-member requires the bolt-through setup which means that the spindles need to have their tie rod hole enlarged to 5/8" diameter. My spindles are at the machine shop having this done right now. If you keep an eye on the MM Deal of the Day promotion, you can get the bumpsteer kit for about $108 (bolt thru style) or $116 (tapered stud style). I ordered the bumpsteer gauge with it so you could just borrow mine for your install.

I am going to have to modify my Magnaflow exhaust for the panhard bar install though hopefully not too badly to where it would be described as butchered lol

ToplessPony94
11-13-2012, 05:38 PM
The bumpsteer install is very straightforward if you are using the tapered stud setup. The MM k-member requires the bolt-through setup which means that the spindles need to have their tie rod hole enlarged to 5/8" diameter. My spindles are at the machine shop having this done right now. If you keep an eye on the MM Deal of the Day promotion, you can get the bumpsteer kit for about $108 (bolt thru style) or $116 (tapered stud style). I ordered the bumpsteer gauge with it so you could just borrow mine for your install.

I am going to have to modify my Magnaflow exhaust for the panhard bar install though hopefully not too badly to where it would be described as butchered lol

Yes, I have the tapered one on the way and got it for $116. Thank you for the offer of the bumpsteer gauge, as I was planning to try to wing it on that, or have a shop do the adjustment. Much appreciated!

With the Borla it definitely would have been a butcher job, not to mention a stainless steel butcher job! Plus I would instantly void the famous Borla "Million Mile Warranty". That would be just dumb, and would also surely change the sound of the Borla on my old 5.0, and I must admit I love that sound!

Cobraman1024
11-14-2012, 02:08 AM
Ok so this habit of Maximum Motorsports designing their products to the point of extreme overkill has just hit the point of downright obnoxious with me. It has taken me two hours to stuff their barbed fittings into the supplied reinforced rubber hose that has a threaded layer over it to prevent hose expansion under pressure. I still have two more fittings left to install! After the fittings are pushed far enough into the hose to be properly installed, they want you to put hose clamps over the ends of the hoses where it butts up against the installed fittings.......with the fittings next to impossible to fit into the hoses, why would clamps even be necessary? These things are holding maybe 40-50psi of oil pressure, not the 750psi+ of a power steering system.

By the way, this rant is concerning the MM standard duty oil filter relocation kit for the 96-98 Cobra.

ToplessPony94
11-14-2012, 11:59 AM
Hmmm... I've noticed their over-engineering and always felt good about it. It's one of the reasons that I pretty much follow the rule of "if it's a suspension or steering product and MM sells it, just buy it rather than cheaping it out somewhere else".

On the other hand, I've never had that kind of trouble with any of their products, so I guess I'm lucky. My experience has been that their parts just fit, go in easily and they work extremely well. I'm really into handling, so I'm thinking about getting the steering shaft they have for today's deal-of-the-day!

Cobraman1024
11-14-2012, 09:31 PM
I did pick up the Fox steering shaft with adapter for the 03/04 Cobra (sn95) rack for my 93 with the deal of the day last time it was up there.....a couple of weeks ago.

In a further attempt to delay my progress on the Mystic, the engine block adapter for the oil filter relocation setup is giving me trouble. The MM instructions state to install the fittings into the adapter then install the adapter to the engine......well that works for the 96-97 Cobra but the 98 Cobra has a slightly different oil cooler design which causes the fittings to interfere with adapter installation. My '96 Cobra just happens to have a 98 Cobra oil cooler installed by the previous owner I guess. Mike at MM is aware of the issue and has my pictures of the problem so they are working on a fix for me.
It's not the first they've heard of the issue, maybe I'm the first to help out by sending pictures.
In the mean time, my temporary fix is to install the adapter and then install the fittings afterward.

Cobraman1024
11-14-2012, 09:35 PM
Hmmm... I've noticed their over-engineering and always felt good about it. It's one of the reasons that I pretty much follow the rule of "if it's a suspension or steering product and MM sells it, just buy it rather than cheaping it out somewhere else".

On the other hand, I've never had that kind of trouble with any of their products, so I guess I'm lucky. My experience has been that their parts just fit, go in easily and they work extremely well. I'm really into handling, so I'm thinking about getting the steering shaft they have for today's deal-of-the-day!

I did verify with Mike at MM that the oil filter relocation kits are designed by the component manufacturer (not MM) to be strong enough to handle power steering type pressures. He also agreed that theoretically, the clamps that I mentioned earlier are not needed on the hose ends lol

ToplessPony94
11-14-2012, 11:18 PM
I guess it helps that I'm the original owner of my pony. I know every little thing that's been done to it and that has saved me a few times!

Cobraman1024
11-16-2012, 02:30 AM
Today's progress resulted in the completed install and testing of the oil filter relocation kit, install of the steering rack, and the first startup to check for exhaust leaks. The American Racing longtubes and x-pipe are much quieter than the oem manifolds and BBK o/r x-pipe.
I've got an alignment scheduled for Monday at 8am since Friday and Saturday were booked solid for scheduling.
Pending the results of the alignment, I've got the dyno-tune with Pete at Performance Dyno tentatively scheduled for Monday at 4:30pm.

Cobraman1024
11-17-2012, 11:27 PM
Finally got the Mystic into a drive able condition today. Eyeballed the toe setting so that I move it around and DAMN, what a change in the feel of that car with the longtubes, IMRC deletes and electric waterpump!!
Feels much better than before when the cables were loose causing an air "restriction".
Now for the alignment and tuning on Monday.

Cobraman1024
12-12-2012, 05:36 PM
After three tries of trying to update this page with pictures, I'm just getting aggravated now.

Mezeire waterpump install, old pump:

http://carphotos4.cardomain.com/images/0016/39/57/16029375_large.jpg

New pump:

http://carphotos3.cardomain.com/images/0016/39/67/16029376_large.jpg

Oil filter relocation kit:

http://carphotos3.cardomain.com/images/0016/39/08/16029380_large.jpg

American Racing Headers longtube and x-pipe install, an oem shorty manifold. Notice the copper RTV and bolt installed in the bung ahead of the forward primary? That was a connection for the (now deleted) SAI system on the 96-98 Cobras.

http://carphotos2.cardomain.com/images/0016/06/43/16036034_large.jpg

Passenger side longtube:

http://carphotos.cardomain.com/images/0016/06/44/16036044_large.jpg

Drivers side (before oil filter relocation install):

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http://carphotos3.cardomain.com/images/0016/06/14/16036041_large.jpg

Maximum Motorsports coilovers, a-arms and Bilstein struts:

http://carphotos3.cardomain.com/images/0016/39/38/16029383_large.jpg

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Undercar pictures when I had a change to get this thing up on a lift at the Newport Naval base:

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Cobraman1024
12-12-2012, 05:42 PM
Oh yeah, and the dyno sheet after tuning at Pete's Performance Dyno up in Loudon. I met my goal and I was able to complete the roundtrip drive out to Ohio for Thanksgiving!!

http://carphotos4.cardomain.com/images/0016/95/29/16035992_large.jpg

The Mystic is now over at Dez Racing having the Maximum Motorsports Panhard bar installed. I also picked up a pair of 1.25" wheel spacers for the rear since the front track width is looking a little wider than the rear track width.

Still waiting on delivery of the Baer Eradispeed Plus 2-piece front rotors. I've already got Hawk HPS brake pads for all four corners and I've installed Speedbleeder valves for the front calipers. I'll install the rear ones when I put on the wheel spacers.

Also on order are a set of BF Goodrich Sport Comp-2 tires through Dez Racing. These should be at least a little quieter than the Federal 452 front tires in the front and the Nexen N3000 tires in the rear and grip a WHOLE LOT better than those tires.

TorchRedSVT
12-13-2012, 10:42 AM
healthy numbers!! congrats on hitting your goal......thats great to see!!

Resolution78
12-14-2012, 03:18 AM
Those hps aren't so street freindly the tires will be fantastic In the summer ... Below 40 you really need winter tires lol .....I just park it if it snows ....

Cobraman1024
12-14-2012, 09:52 AM
I've got the factory Cobra brake pads on it right now, not switching over until I get to Cali.