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S197 Mustang Suspension - Solid Goal
BMR Fabrication Aims To Take The Solid S197 To The Next Level
Horse Sense: BMR Fabrication suspension components were sourced by Evolution Performance for its '07 Shelby GT 500, eclipsing the 9-second barrier with a 9.96 at 141 mph right before we went to press. The time was accomplished at Cecil County Dragway in Rising Sun, Maryland, during the Superstallions of the Net (www.superstallions.com) ABM Fall Nats on November 18, 2006.
With the introduction of a new Mustang, we also get the chance to see new products flood the market. When the S197 platform debuted with the '05 model year, the number of new products available for the car was staggering, to say the least. Lined up and waiting to be installed were superchargers, turbocharger kits, nitrous, suspension upgrades, brakes, wheels, body kits, handheld tuners, and so on. With so many products aimed at the new platform, one would think the car was a pile of junk from the factory-that statement couldn't be more wrong. The S197 platform is arguably the most solid, refined Mustang ever built. That doesn't mean the car is perfectly suited to everyone's taste, hence the need for aftermarket help.
BMR Fabrication of Thonotosassa, Florida, is a manufacturer determined to improve the S197 Mustang's suspension. BMR has been a front runner in the F-body suspension game for a while. Because of the similarities between the latest Mustang suspension and the last-generation Camaro/ Firebird, the company couldn't resist the temptation to get in on the Mustang fun. BMR bought the first '05 Mustang it could find and went to work. The company quickly debuted a complete S197 Mustang product line at the '04 Performance Racing Industry show in Indianapolis, Indiana, before many manufacturers had even gotten a hand on a car. What was even more of a shock was that BMR's location was right up the street from our Tampa, Florida, office.
We couldn't wait to cover BMR's components, but we didn't have a car, and the company had already turned its test-fit car into a drag-radial monster. BMR's Brett Rocky purchased another '05 Mustang GT so he could design more components. Here are the results.
Before we get into all the BMR Fabrication suspension and chassis modifications, here's why BMR needed to tighten up the chassis of its Mustang GT. Shortly after we captured the suspension install, BMR added a Meziere water pump, Stainless Works long-tube headers and X-shape crossover, a SPEC clutch, and an SCT custom tune. For the big power addition, Speed Incorporated built a single-turbo kit for the car, and it made 440 hp at six pounds of boost. BMR hasn't been able to get the car to the track yet, but in its current form, Brett believes the car should run 11.90s at around 113 mph. Traction should not be an issue.