Eric English
June 1, 2009

Making for a balanced performance package are underpinnings from several sources. Maximum Motorsports got the call to rein in the notoriously squirrely rear suspension, including a torque arm, Panhard bar, adjustable lower control arms, and the company's Road and Track springs. Up front we find a QA1 K-member with stock control arms, MAC caster/camber plates, and another pair of Maximum Motorsports springs teamed with AGX adjustable struts. Michael assembled a competent four-wheel disc-brake system based around 10th Anniversary Cobra hardware, along with '94 spindles, a brake booster, and a master cylinder. If the gear doesn't quite rate giant-killer status, it's certainly more than enough to make this old Fox chassis an impressive performer--exactly the sort of overachiever Michael set out to build at the outset.

When asked if anything in particular had spurred his interest in Mustangs, the 23-year-old explained that he'd been bitten by the bug when he was just 15. He related watching a highly modified Fox car in a parking lot in the late '90s, the engine making all kinds of impressive sounds--big cam, blower whine, aggressive exhaust, and so on. Even knowing little to nothing about the subject at the time, he recognized this was something special. As the car left the lot and lit up the rear tires, the hook was set. Michael knew he'd have his own someday. That someday is today, and we congratulate the owner on the kind of effort that demonstrates why Fox Mustangs remain a compelling force in our hobby.

5.0 Tech Specs
Engine and Drivetrain
Block
D.S.S. Level 2 prepared block, engine assembly by Brad's Custom Auto
Displacement
331ci
Crankshaft
D.S.S. 3.25-in cast
Rods
D.S.S. forged I-beam
Pistons
D.S.S. SX forged
Camshaft
FRPP F303 (226 degrees duration at 0.050, 0.512-in lift) w/FRPP 1.6 roller rockers
Cylinder Heads
Edelbrock Performer, 1.90/1.60 valves
Intake Manifold
FRPP Cobra
Throttle Body
BBK 65mm
Mass Air
C&L 73mm
Fuel System
255-lph Walbro pump, BBK regulator, FRPP 24-lb/hr injectors
Exhaust
BBK 15?8-in short-tubes, Bassani X w/cats, Bassani mufflers, 3-in tips
Transmission
T5 w/King Cobra clutch, Steeda Tri-Ax shifter
Rearend
8.8 w/3.55 gears, Eaton Posi, 31-spline Moser axles

Electronics
Engine Management
Stock EEC-IV
Ignition
MSD
Gauges
Auto Meter Lunar series

Chassis and Suspension
Front Suspension
K-Member
QA1
Control Arms
Stock
Springs
Maximum Motorsports Road and Track
Struts
AGX adjustable
Caster/Camber
MAC
Swaybar
StockBrakes
13-inch 10th Anniversary Cobra, braided lines
Wheels
18x9-in Bullitt
Tires
245/35-18 Falken Azenis FK452
Rear Suspension
Springs
Maximum Motorsports Road and Track
Shocks
AGX adjustable
Control Arms
Maximum Motorsports adjustable lowers
Panhard Bar
Maximum Motorsports
Torque Arm
Maximum Motorsports
Brakes
11.65-in 10th Anniversary Cobra, braided
lines
Wheels
18x9-in Bullitt
Tires
275/35-18 Falken Azenis FK452
Chassis Stiffening
Steeda full-length subframe connectors