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1998 Stage 1 Roush Convertible - A Powerful Tribute
James Takishita's '98 Stage 1 Roush Is A Dedication To His Fallen Friend And Fellow LAPD Police Officer Ricardo Lizarraga.
Up front, a Griggs Racing tubular K-member and severe-duty adjustable front control arms keep the wheels in line, and Koni double-adjustable front struts and Griggs coilovers cushion the ride and handle weight transfer. Out back, Koni 30 Series shocks with Griggs coilovers keep the rear wheels securely planted to the pavement. For stopping power, a Brembo 13-inch system was installed up front, and the rear brakes were upgraded with Pro Stop rotors and Hawk brake pads. B&D also installed a Griggs World Challenge frame kit and tubular front swaybar to add a little extra rigidity to the convertible's chassis. Chrome Roush wheels wrapped with Toyo R888 275/40R18s sit in all four corners and add some extra style to James' rolling tribute.
For paint and bodywork, James entrusted Jules at Auto Body Experience. He installed a Cervini's Cobra R front bumper, heat extractor hood, and Saleen rear spoiler. Jules then coated everything with Ultimate Red, making this a paint job Ferrari would envy. To complement the red exterior, B&D installed a custom tan top made of '03-'04 Cobra material.
The same attention to quality and styling continues inside. B&D installed a pair of leather-wrapped Sparco Milano Prestige buckets in front and wrapped the factory rear seat to match. A painted-to-match four-point rollcage and DJ Safety five-point harnesses keep James and his wife, Terese, safe and secure. To finish it off, they installed an FR500 steering wheel, and Auto Meter boost and air/fuel gauges.
At first glance, you don't know what to call this 'vert. Is it a Cobra? Is it a Roush? We'll just call it unique and inspiring, like the man it was built to honor.