Eric English
November 1, 2004
Photos By: E. John Thawley III

With everything said and done, Dean has no regrets about swapping his closed-roof Saleen for the open-air Speedster, and if we lived in SoCal, we'd likely feel the same way. The high-end detailing admittedly doesn't lend itself to daily commuting, so the black beauty is now relegated to entertaining weekend duty. Not to be without a Saleen to make the best of the daily grind, Dean recently jumped into a more pedestrian Two-Valve S281 convertible. Get the feeling there's more to this Saleen thing than meets the eye?

5.0 TECH SPECS
ENGINE AND DRIVETRAIN
Block Stock
Displacement 281 ci
Crank Stock
Rods Stock
Pistons Stock
Cams Stock
Heads Stock
Intake Stock w/BBK throttle body
Injectors 42 lb/hr
Fuel Pumps Walbro 255-lph
in-tank, Vortech T-Rex inline
Fuel Lines Stock
Fuel Rails Stock
Headers Stock
Exhaust Bassani catalytic X-pipe and Saleen/Borla mufflers
Power Adder Vortech S-Trim
Transmission Stock T45
Rearend 8.8 w/4.10 gears
ELECTRONICS
Engine Management Stock EEC V
w/Autologic chip
Ignition Stock w/MSD wires
and a Kenne Bell Boost-a-Spark
Gauges Auto Meter
SUSPENSION AND CHASSIS
FRONT SUSPENSION
K-Member Stock
Control Arms Stock
Springs Maximum Motorsports
coilovers
Struts Saleen N2
Brakes Stock w/Baer Eradispeed rotors
and Hawk pads
Wheels HRE
Tires Kumho
REAR SUSPENSION
Springs Saleen
Shocks Saleen N2
Control Arms Global West
Brakes Stock w/Power Slot rotors
Wheels HRE
Tires Kumho
Cage N/A
Chassis Stiffening Global West
subframe connectors