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Soaring:
If you don't upgrade the suspension components you can get by, but will be putting extra weight on those 4 cylinder components.  If you are going to do it.....do it right.  Southern engineering is not allowed. 

xnutt:

--- Quote from: Soaring on March 30, 2008, 04:24:02 PM ---If you don't upgrade the suspension components you can get by, but will be putting extra weight on those 4 cylinder components.  If you are going to do it.....do it right.  Southern engineering is not allowed. 

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LMAO southern engineering...... thanks i needed a good laugh.

the 93 cobra r's used 4 banger springs but nothing else (had something to do with road racing and handleing).

i'm working on a rough draft of the write up now.

o a side note a 6 banger's k member is the same as a 4 or 8 cycl. the only one different is the 79-82 I6. the 79-82 I6 cars would require the k member to be swaped in order to drop a v8 in.

rmodel65:

--- Quote from: xnutt on June 29, 2008, 08:58:45 PM ---
--- Quote from: Soaring on March 30, 2008, 04:24:02 PM ---If you don't upgrade the suspension components you can get by, but will be putting extra weight on those 4 cylinder components.  If you are going to do it.....do it right.  Southern engineering is not allowed. 

--- End quote ---


LMAO southern engineering...... thanks i needed a good laugh.

the 93 cobra r's used 4 banger springs but nothing else (had something to do with road racing and handleing).

i'm working on a rough draft of the write up now.

o a side note a 6 banger's k member is the same as a 4 or 8 cycl. the only one different is the 79-82 I6. the 79-82 I6 cars would require the k member to be swaped in order to drop a v8 in.

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the only difference between a 4 cylinder suspension in a fox is the brakes, and the front springs. the springs are used for a cheap 1 inch drop. the brakes used on the 4 cylinder should be upgraded to something a little larger. either stock 5.0liter stuff or go for 5 lug lincoln mark 7 stuff

Soaring:
You sound like a shade tree mechanic Stephen.   The suspension on that 4 banger car is simply too weak for a V8, and the brakes will not stop that car safely because of the added weight. That weak transmission and rear end will leave that Mustang stranded on a road somewhere.  If you are going to do it, then do it right the first time. 

rmodel65:
the rear end (7.5) was used until the 1985 model year in v8 cars. 86+ got the stronger 8.8

the 4cylinder t5 will even last behind a stock v8,what kills the trannys is nto having a good shifter and slicks

the brakes iirc up until 1987 all 4 cylinder cars used the same brakes

so really the only thing that must be upgraded is the spring if you dont want the car lowered 1 inch :P

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