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Shane Irving
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« on: March 05, 2016, 06:27:41 AM »

Scca announced last year that in 2016 there will be a new class in ST for all the American made pony cars. ( Yea Yea I know there is CAM with all most the same rules to a point) But I like the idea and the push of the competition with all the ST classes together. So I decided to make the jump from Stock up to Street touring and have some fun. Here is my little transformation of my 2014 Mustang GT from stock to Street-touring.

First things first had to ditch the super soft and spongy struts and springs. A good friend of mine was trading up mustangs so was de-moding  his and got a killer deal on his Koni yellow SA struts with ground control coil-overs ( used but barely a season on them) running 440lbs front and 275lbs rear ( might have to drop that once i get to drive and fine tune the balance) with J&M caster/camber plates.



Then next the biggest upgrade I've been planning all last season. The rear ends in these cars just plain suck. bushings are super soft, move all around, wheel hop when ever you try to press the accelerator control arms flex. So Called up BMR suspension great people and quality products. They hooked me up with a killer set-up for the rear. All adjustable tubular with spherical rod ends on one end and then poly on the other end. Lower control arms with relocation brackets, upper control arm with bracket, panhard bar with brace.





Moving up too the front now discovered in all my research that except for the struts and springs ( which I've already checked off my list) and I already have brembo 14" brakes. The next and huge upgrade will be ditching the factory hydraulic fluid filled control arm bushings. Terry Fair of Vorshlag was a huge help with all this information and he wasn't lieing about the total pain it was to replace them. So took 2 days to burn, cut, and clean out the old factory bushings to replace with poly bushings.





Here is the whole package installed work of art.










After all the install and first impressions the car should of had this for the track pack options from the factory. Finally feels like the wheels are connecting to the ground. Rear end is locked in place no movement at all front steering is night and day. No brake dive or body roll. Can't wait till the 1st autocross to really see the difference this all makes. Alignment specs -2.8 camber +7 caster 0 toe. rear is centered and square with -1 degree pinion angle.







Oh wait How could I forget the most important part of this madness. The wheels and tires. STP allows 18x11s for max width with straight axle cars. Terry Fair of vorshlag has the specs for a custom Forgestar wheel to run 18x11s on all 4 corners with 315 bfg rivals under the factory body with no modification. I have the tires just waiting for the Custom wheels to be made and sent out should get them any time now.



Difference between FS (265 rs3) and STP ( 315 rivals)


 


Thanks for the interest in this build and CANT WAIT to get this year started hope to have a-lot of fun out there with you all again.
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« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2016, 07:26:15 AM »

Dang, 315 mm square setup!!

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« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2016, 07:38:56 AM »

That looks pretty sweet. So much tire!
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« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2016, 04:03:19 PM »

You know it! Wont be able to complain about lack of grip this year
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« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2016, 11:09:39 AM »

Looks about like 5 worth of the rs3.
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« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2016, 02:02:55 PM »

I know right should make for a fast little pony, but as of now, 1week out of the first event. My wheels are still being machined by forgestar. Slim chances ill have them in time to mount and check fitment before the event. Good thing I still have my stockers to drive on.
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« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2016, 05:07:18 PM »

Got some updates on the car. FINALLY got in the Forgestar 18x11s. That is all...



Haha but really they are in and just amazed by them. Light enough I'm still dropping weight off the stock wheels and tires. Factory 19x9 with 255s are 56lbs and these 18x11s with 315s are 52lbs. The rears fit inside the fenders no problem, however the fronts rub on my koni strut bodies. Just need a small spacer and will be good to go.


Also since I do drive this car to and from events ( carolina line and back) and want to try make the tires last as long as I can, I'm building a trailer.





The trailer will have the wheels stacked side by side on the back, big chest to store all the tools and jack. will be great to traveling to events further away. The hitch is made by Curt that Blowfish racing developed the receiver unbolts with 4 bolts to hide the whole assembly in between hauling.

Can't wait to get out there and see how big of a difference the wheels and tires make. 
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« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2016, 05:49:56 PM »

You will be amazed by the tires I certainly was! Also a great choice on the rim.  I met the owners at SEMA last year, we were amazed by the process and how they machine down a block of metal into one piece rim.  The owners/employees are genuinely nice folks.  In my opinion Forgeline is the best.
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« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2016, 03:46:27 PM »

The Forgestar guys seem awesome and their products are top notch. I ran last year on skinny rs3's and they were a huge step up from the factory tire, and after running the factory wheels/tires the first event I'm so ready for a proper tire again.
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« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2016, 05:09:58 PM »

If you haven't seen this yet. Haha

Mustang parody

http://youtu.be/7kE5RVsmPEw
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« Reply #10 on: April 16, 2016, 03:41:39 AM »

HAHAHA I've seen so many of them now, that's a good one. But hey when you have one of the most popular car in the country, match it with a big V8 and can get them cheap. This is what you get a lot of non driving fools. With that said, I sense a large group of people at a car show near by........
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