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Old 09-15-2005, 08:01   #1 (permalink)
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New Jersey shops that do Mustang mods

Anyone know good shops in Northern NJ? I just need someone to weld
subframe connectors.

Thanks
Mark

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Old 09-15-2005, 08:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: New Jersey shops that do Mustang mods

markg9@yahoo.com wrote:
> Anyone know good shops in Northern NJ? I just need someone to weld
> subframe connectors.


Just curious...

Are you having a problem with body flex or is this an attempt to improve
launches at the strip?

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Old 09-15-2005, 08:01   #3 (permalink)
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Ritz wrote:
> markg9@yahoo.com wrote:
> > Anyone know good shops in Northern NJ? I just need someone to weld
> > subframe connectors.

>
> Just curious...
>
> Are you having a problem with body flex or is this an attempt to improve
> launches at the strip?
>
> Cheers,


I have a '00 GT convertible (stock). "Experts" keep telling me that
connectors will improve handling and extend the life of the car. I use
the car mostly to commute to work and don't plan to take it to the
track. (There was a post a while back about a guy with the same '00 GT
that put on Global West connectors and was very impressed. I want to
give this mod a shot since it seems pretty simple once I find a good
shop).

Mark

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Old 09-15-2005, 08:01   #4 (permalink)
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markg9@yahoo.com wrote:
> Ritz wrote:
>
>>markg9@yahoo.com wrote:
>>
>>>Anyone know good shops in Northern NJ? I just need someone to weld
>>>subframe connectors.

>>
>>Just curious...
>>
>>Are you having a problem with body flex or is this an attempt to improve
>>launches at the strip?
>>
>>Cheers,

>
>
> I have a '00 GT convertible (stock). "Experts" keep telling me that
> connectors will improve handling and extend the life of the car. I use
> the car mostly to commute to work and don't plan to take it to the
> track. (There was a post a while back about a guy with the same '00 GT
> that put on Global West connectors and was very impressed. I want to
> give this mod a shot since it seems pretty simple once I find a good
> shop).



Ah. They should stiffen the chassis a bit and help in the squeaks and
creaks department. You'll probably also notice the car being a little
nimbler in the twisties. Otherwise, it's not going to do a whole lot
for you other than increase weight. You could probably get similar
results with strut tower braces (which are a bolt-on affair) and not
have to pay someone to weld more weight onto the already hefty car. 8-)

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Old 09-15-2005, 10:01   #5 (permalink)
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Re: New Jersey shops that do Mustang mods

The strat tower brace can be done without a mechanic? What brands are
good?

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Old 09-15-2005, 12:01   #6 (permalink)
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markg9@yahoo.com wrote:

> Anyone know good shops in Northern NJ? I just need someone to weld
> subframe connectors.
>
> Thanks
> Mark
>

It's a good mod. Make sure the car is resting on it's wheels during the
weld up.

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Old 09-15-2005, 15:02   #7 (permalink)
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Re: New Jersey shops that do Mustang mods

markg9@yahoo.com wrote:
> The strat tower brace can be done without a mechanic? What brands are
> good?
>



I haven't owned a Mustang in a couple of years so I'll defer to some of
the other posters on a brand recommendation. And yes, a strut tower
brace can be done at home in your driveway/garage all by yourself in
under an hour. If you need help, shoot me an email.

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Old 09-15-2005, 15:02   #8 (permalink)
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Ritz <ritz@mordor.net> wrote in news:WIlWe.2877$zN6.1625@fe10.lga:

> markg9@yahoo.com wrote:
>> The strat tower brace can be done without a mechanic? What brands are
>> good?
>>

>
>
> I haven't owned a Mustang in a couple of years so I'll defer to some of
> the other posters on a brand recommendation. And yes, a strut tower
> brace can be done at home in your driveway/garage all by yourself in
> under an hour. If you need help, shoot me an email.
>
> Cheers,
>


ummmm assuming the holes line up, right?
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Old 09-15-2005, 16:01   #9 (permalink)
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Backyard Mechanic wrote:
> Ritz <ritz@mordor.net> wrote in news:WIlWe.2877$zN6.1625@fe10.lga:
>
>
>>markg9@yahoo.com wrote:
>>
>>>The strat tower brace can be done without a mechanic? What brands are
>>>good?
>>>

>>
>>
>>I haven't owned a Mustang in a couple of years so I'll defer to some of
>>the other posters on a brand recommendation. And yes, a strut tower
>>brace can be done at home in your driveway/garage all by yourself in
>>under an hour. If you need help, shoot me an email.
>>
>>Cheers,
>>

>
>
> ummmm assuming the holes line up, right?



Yes, assuming the holes line up. That assumes that you haven't been
taking your Mustang to yoga class with you, the car hasn't been in a
serious accident, and that the manufacturer of the strut brace is
competent....

I've only had one situation where a strut brace didn't line up and it
turned out to be a defective strut brace.

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Old 09-15-2005, 19:01   #10 (permalink)
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Ritz <ritz@mordor.net> wrote in news:NIfWe.620$gE7.599@fe08.lga:

> markg9@yahoo.com wrote:
>> Ritz wrote:
>>
>>>markg9@yahoo.com wrote:
>>>
>>>>Anyone know good shops in Northern NJ? I just need someone to weld
>>>>subframe connectors.
>>>
>>>Just curious...
>>>
>>>Are you having a problem with body flex or is this an attempt to
>>>improve launches at the strip?
>>>
>>>Cheers,

>>
>>
>> I have a '00 GT convertible (stock). "Experts" keep telling me that
>> connectors will improve handling and extend the life of the car. I
>> use the car mostly to commute to work and don't plan to take it to
>> the track. (There was a post a while back about a guy with the same
>> '00 GT that put on Global West connectors and was very impressed. I
>> want to give this mod a shot since it seems pretty simple once I
>> find a good shop).

>
>
> Ah. They should stiffen the chassis a bit and help in the squeaks
> and creaks department. You'll probably also notice the car being a
> little nimbler in the twisties. Otherwise, it's not going to do a
> whole lot for you other than increase weight.


Utter nonsense. Welded subframes are mandatory for any kind of
handling response.

> You could probably
> get similar results with strut tower braces (which are a bolt-on
> affair) and not have to pay someone to weld more weight onto the
> already hefty car. 8-)
>
> Cheers,


Welded subframes along with a g-load (bottom) and strut (top) brace
will make the car feel like a slot car. Doing only some of the
aforementioned will give you mediocre results. To get maximum
handling, rigidity, and longevity, you have to do all three. Once you
do all three, you'll wonder how you ever drove the car without them.

Joe
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