Steve Turner
Former Editor, 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords
April 1, 2003
Photos By: E. John Thawley III

We haven't seen many Mustangs with mesh wheels since the '80s, but these HREs certainly make Dennis' Mustang stand out from the crowd. If you want a set just like 'em, don't head out to your local wheel store-these are custom pieces measuring 18x9.5 inches in front and a whopping 18x11 inches in back. Massive Michelin Pilots provide the grip, and despite the scant 11/42 inch of fender clearance, Dennis reports these wheels do not rub. Behind the big wheels are the obligatory Baer Braking Systems stoppers, including the massive four-piston Alcons up front.

To say Dennis is a fan of Griggs Racing's suspension setups would be a gross understatement. The undercarriage of his '97 GT wears every piece of the Griggs GR40 Street System. Naturally, this is the front suspension view anchored by Griggs tubular K-member and rounded out by urethane bushings, tubular A-arms, and a coilover spring conversion. The only non-Griggs gear in the neighborhood are the Eibach sway bar and Baer brakes. The keen eyes in the audience have already noticed Dennis had all his Griggs gear powdercoated Deep Atlantic Blue to match the Mustang's flames and underhood accents.

Out back, the suspension story is much the same-the entire Griggs package is powdercoated in Deep Atlantic Blue. Of course, there are different parts involved here, with the famed Griggs torque arm anchoring the system. It controls vertical axle motion, while a Griggs Panhard bar controls the lateral motion. The system is rounded out by Griggs lower control arms (no uppers are used), Griggs urethane bushings, Griggs coil-over springs, and Koni double-adjustable shocks. Students of the sport will note Dennis' car employs the torque arm designed to work with a TA rearend girdle, and that the girdle is plumbed for a diff cooler.

Engine Management '98 EEC V w/Autologic chip
Ignition MSD DIS-4, ACCEL coil packs, Taylor Pro 409 wires, and NGK plugs
Gauges Auto Meter
K-Member Griggs Racing
Struts Koni double-adjustable
Springs Griggs Racing coilovers
Brakes Baer Braking Systems four-piston Alcons
Wheels 18x9.5-in HRE 540s
Tires 265/35ZR Michelin Pilots
Traction Device Griggs Racing torque arm
Shocks Koni double-adjustable
Springs Griggs Racing coilover
Brakes Baer Braking Systems
Wheels 18x11-in HRE 540s
Tires 295/35 Michelin Pilots