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    Default Got me an 83

    I just got this 83 turbo coupe last week going to do something with it I haven't figured out where I'm headed yet though.

    It's got an 87 gt 5.0, 87 turbo coupe rear end 3.55 With discs. 88 GT front brakes. T5 tranny. Car needs some body work the interior is rough the front end sags pretty good. I am going to put 5.0 springs out front and maybe sn95 struts?

    Will post a picture when I get home.

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    Here is a picture I managed to get up to photobucket is there any better picture sharing sites all these ads I don't think used to be there.


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    You got a great start since several mods have already been done. I like the color. All of my cars, save one, are blue.
    1986 Thunderbird Elan 5.0 EFI AOD, 3.73:1 SN95 rear, 17" Mustang Bullitts w/Firestone WO Indy 500's. Future plan: 349 stroker, C9 block, forged dish pistons, Scat 9000 crank, 4340 I beam rods, ARP head/main studs, ported explorer intake, 1.72 CC RR, Vortech V2 supercharger, Mr. Freeze Meth Inj, intercooler, TFS 190 11R CNC heads (66CC), BBK shorties with 2.5" duals, 4R70W Transmission, Taurus fan.

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    Nice! I had to go outside and check to see if my car was still after reading your first post! Sounded like you bought my car! lol
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    I learned a lot by searching the posts here and seeing everyone's builds. I am curious if any of you have recommendations on wheels? I like the minilite/panasport look and hoping to find some for this car. The tires on it now are too tall and I'm not a fan of these wheels.

    This weekend I hope to install my KYB rear shocks and put new brake pads on. I'm hesitant on what rear springs I should run or stick with stock. Also I found kyb adjustable struts for the 87-93 mustang that I'm tempted to purchase.

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    I've got a set of wheels and tires for sale that I'm trying to get rid of. I can send pics if interested
    -Kyle
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    Try a set of sn-95 springs for the rear.

    The front struts for a stang are an inch or two shorter, just a fyi.

    The rears can use mustang shocks if you flip the rear shock bracket. You will need to drill a hole though for the tab.

    Btw, any 87-93 mustang rim should fit and be the same offset.
    Quote Originally Posted by jcassity
    I honestly dont think you could exceed the cost of a new car buy installing new *stock* parts everywhere in your coug our tbird. Its just plain impossible. You could revamp the entire drivetrain/engine/suspenstion and still come out ahead.
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    1987 Ford Thunderbird LX. 5.0. s.o., sn-95 t-5 and an f-150 clutch. Driven daily and going strong.
    1986 cougar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kylesburrell View Post
    I've got a set of wheels and tires for sale that I'm trying to get rid of. I can send pics if interested
    -Kyle
    What style wheels do you have? I am interested in something different than whats on the car.

    Haystack with the struts being shorter will they not bolt up? I read a long post that I believe Darren(?) posted that had a really detailed layout of running stock springs from moog all around, KYB thunderbird rear shocks and some struts for a 87-93 mustang if you have the 11" brakes?

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    They will bolt up, but you will lose a bit if travel. The front looks like it may be lowered a bit, but that might just be the size of the front tires.
    Quote Originally Posted by jcassity
    I honestly dont think you could exceed the cost of a new car buy installing new *stock* parts everywhere in your coug our tbird. Its just plain impossible. You could revamp the entire drivetrain/engine/suspenstion and still come out ahead.
    Hooligans!
    1988 Crown Vic wagon. 120K California car. Wifes grocery getter. (junked)
    1987 Ford Thunderbird LX. 5.0. s.o., sn-95 t-5 and an f-150 clutch. Driven daily and going strong.
    1986 cougar.
    lilsammywasapunkrocker@yahoo.com

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    The front is all kinds of messed up right now. I just put in the KYB shocks as the Monroe's out back were wooped. I am going for about an inch lower than stock but at the moment the front seems collapsed and no travel. I do need to get these giant tires off there too lol. They're 225/60r16 all around. I was lost when it came to the suspension until I searched this site you guys have lots of incredible information and actual first hand experience of what works and what doesn't.

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