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    Project Fox (Ridetech Equipped)

    I've been holding off on doing this thread until I had more done to the car, I think I'm at a point now where I can start posting some progress pictures!



    I picked up a 93 LX hatch about a year and a half ago to have a little fun with and slowly build over time. The main goal for the car was building a fun daily driver...obviously, that hasn't worked out to well just yet. I picked up the car, thinking that all it needed was a clutch. Bored .030 stock block, DSS rotating assembly, Edelbrock heads, Anderson cam, Edelbrock intake...It sounded decent idling, although I couldn't drive it with the clutch messed up, I couldn't pass up the deal. It's one of the cleanest foxes that I've ever seen, complaining really isn't an option for what I paid for it! Now, I'm leaning more towards a Pro-Touring build style with the intent to build a badass street/autocross car.



    As soon as I got home, I started tearing into it, seeing what all needed to be done/changed/updated. Typical fixes and issues, starter hanging up, exhaust leaks, finding wiring goblins, etc.

    I did all of what I could while waiting on the pieces for the clutch to come in, so I started doing typical maintenance things while waiting....and then my first issue pops up. I'm going through, changing the spark plugs, and then I get to the last one. The only one out of the 8, that isn't angled, it's sticking straight out of the head. Awesome. I ended up pulling the heads off and taking them to a buddy who owns a machine shop, get everything fixed up, and had them gone through just for an extra piece of mind.



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    About a week later, it's back together and I think I'm good to go!



    After everything for the clutch arrives, I decide to go ahead and drain the fluid from the trans before I pull it out. It was at that time that I realized, I had more than just a clutch issue. It wasn't just metallic fluid. It was metallic fluid, with chunks of pieces. It's a good think that T5 rebuild kits aren't too expensive... Everything was going from "too good to be true" to "I'm ready for this thing to catch on fire" extremely fast. While my transmission was being gone through, I converted the car over to 5 lug and threw on a set of Racestar's that I had from a previous car on it. Not the style that I was going for, I just had them sitting there until I could find a 18" set of wheels that I wanted to spend some money on. They looked kind of cool for a while! Finally, I had the car to where I could at least drive it. It ran, shifted, and didn't blow up (yet).




    It's been doing good so far. At the moment, I've got quite a few more pictures to post and information to update on the car, but it's got several irons in the fire as we speak! This is how it was sitting a week ago but things have changed.... I'll post that update as soon as I get the pictures on my computer! These pictures were before all of the fun things started .
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    Ridetech Suspsension
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    The last week has made several changes in the car

    This is what she came in here like!



    We've been developing our new suspension for these cars, so the guys have everything mocked up and ready to go!

    I'm going with our new coilover setup, in the front and rear. The struts in the front, are our monotbube, Fox Racing shocks, with our billet mounts. Just a nice, clean piece. I'm digging the new caster plates that we're running up top!





    On the rear, we've built a new shock bracket to help push the shock out for added clearance for the Shockaves/coil springs. It utilizes the factory upper mounts with new, delrin bushings that make the ride alot more comfortable/quiet to deal with.



    (The Shockwaves were also put into place for test fitment)




    At the moment, it's sitting just like this




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    I had a 1989 LX 5 point slow back in the day. This one will be way cooler...

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    Glad to see you posted up an update. You know I have been waiting. Any timeframe when it will be available for resale?

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    Those parts should bring a lot of these back to life! Better than before.

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    Those fox bodies are my favorite mustangs.
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    Cool project! Now that you guys have the fox body platform done, when will us 3rd gen f-bodies get some love?

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrewb70 View Post
    I had a 1989 LX 5 point slow back in the day. This one will be way cooler...

    Andrew
    They're fun cars, I've been wanting to do something with this for quite a while! Hopefully, it doesn't get drug out too long...
    Quote Originally Posted by Alpina View Post
    Glad to see you posted up an update. You know I have been waiting. Any timeframe when it will be available for resale?
    It shouldn't be long at all. We've got a couple of pieces that are build specifically for this kit but the production parts should be done reasonably soon!
    Quote Originally Posted by wfo guy View Post
    Those parts should bring a lot of these back to life! Better than before.
    Haha it's a little different now . The new clutch is coming in today. Now, I just need a stronger engine...
    Quote Originally Posted by TheRoaringEagle View Post
    Those fox bodies are my favorite mustangs.
    I'm a little biased...
    Quote Originally Posted by LS1-IROC View Post
    Cool project! Now that you guys have the fox body platform done, when will us 3rd gen f-bodies get some love?
    We picked up a 3rd gen not real long ago, they're moving into the R&D department very soon!


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    I need the shockwaves for my 95 GT!!! Need another test base?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Z06killinSBF View Post
    I need the shockwaves for my 95 GT!!! Need another test base?
    Well, I've actually already had them mocked up on my Mach 1... We're just waiting for a final fitment on a couple of pieces and then they'll be on the shelf as well!


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    My new clutch and clutch cable came in yesterday

    We stayed after work last night, threw it in, what a difference..... McLeod makes a very nice product! I drove it home last night and back to work this morning, I don't even know how to describe having the new clutch and suspension on the car, but I'm still smiling .





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    do you use different shim stacks per application or do you rely on the adjustment range to compensate for each vehicle?

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    Looks like my hatchback twin
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alpina View Post
    do you use different shim stacks per application or do you rely on the adjustment range to compensate for each vehicle?
    There is alot of adjustment in the shocks, most cars can be dialed in with the valve stacks that we use standard. If something needs to be valved, specially, we can do it (it's just something that rarely needs to be done).
    Quote Originally Posted by hifi875 View Post
    Looks like my hatchback twin
    Haha no kidding! Good looking car man .


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    Great project, I have a 90 GT I will be starting soon.
    What kind & size wheels are those?

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    Quote Originally Posted by [email protected]ridetech View Post
    There is alot of adjustment in the shocks, most cars can be dialed in with the valve stacks that we use standard. If something needs to be valved, specially, we can do it (it's just something that rarely needs to be done).

    Haha no kidding! Good looking car man .
    its my favorite one to drive. its loud, fast(to me).
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    Quote Originally Posted by aps63 View Post
    Great project, I have a 90 GT I will be starting soon.
    What kind & size wheels are those?
    They're FR500 replicas. I'm running a 17x9 (245/45-17's) in the front and an 18x10 (295/35-18's) in the rear.
    Quote Originally Posted by hifi875 View Post
    its my favorite one to drive. its loud, fast(to me).
    Same here! Even though the Mach 1 is decently loud ;)


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    I like the wheels, looks good on this car.

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