Tom Wilson
September 1, 2004
Photos By: E. John Thawley, III

Because drifting puts a premium on controlling spinning rear tires and does not penalize for a slower lap time, reduced rear grip is the order of the day. Progress accomplished this by fitting 265/35-18 BFGs in the back, bolting on a slightly larger rear sway bar, and adding the aforementioned 4.10 rear gears.

The gears proved just right for drifting, and combined with the other changes, they allow the driver to finely adjust the rear grip with the throttle. The more throttle, the more sideways and slower the car goes; the less throttle, the straighter and faster the car goes. It's counterintuitive at first, but that's how it is in all crossed-up maneuvers when the rear tires are already spinning.

Progress Group Pricing
Springs $207 set of 4
Sway Bar $159 f, $159 r
Rear lower control arm $239
Rear upper control arm $219
All prices are typical street prices.

Block Stock
Cylinder Heads Stock
Intake Manifold Stock
Camshaft Stock
Power Adder Vortech, V-2 S-Trim
Exhaust Stock headers, MagnaFlow X-pipe w/cats,
MagnaFlow after-cat
Fuel Pump Walbro 255-lph in-tank
Fuel Injectors Vortech-supplied 38 lb/hr
Transmission Stock T45
Rearend 8.8, Traction-Lok, 4.10 gears

Engine Management EEC V, w/Vortech/Autologic chip
Ignition AEM Capacitive Discharge
Gauges AEM A/F monitor

Front Suspension
K-Member Stock
Springs Progress Group 725-lb/in linear rate
Struts Tokico Illumina five-way adjustable
Wheels ATS two-piece forged 8.5x18-in
Tires BFGoodrich KD 245/40AR-18
Brakes Stoptech 13-in, Axxis Ultimate pads for street, Pagid for track
Rear Suspension
Springs Progress Group 300-lb/in dual rate
Shocks Tokico Illumina five-way adjustable
Traction Devices Progress Group upper and lower aluminum control arms, urethane bushings,1.50-in Progress Group sway bar
Wheels ATS two-piece forged 8.5x18-in
Tires BFGoodrich KD 295/35-18
Brakes Stock
Chassis Stiffening Roush subframe connectors
Vehicle Weight 3,418 lbs w/o driver