Dale Amy
January 26, 2010

Horse Sense:
When you pull your underhood insulation pad, you'll see that the factory created a rectangular flat spot on the underside of the hood that looks suspiciously as if a Shaker had been planned all along. Hint, hint.

Classic Design Concepts' Shaker scoop system has been a certifiable hit in the SN-95 and New Edge versions released to date-so much so, in fact, that Ford adopted the setup for use on the '03-'04 Mach 1. Turnabout is indeed fair play because CDC had, of course, adopted the whole idea from the original factory Shaker that first vibrated onto the world stage way back with the '69 Mach 1. And if the darned thing looked so good on the '94 through '04 cars-which had little if any "classic" Mustang styling, at least up front-you just know it's gotta look killer on the muscular, '60s-evocative S197.

The only surprise about CDC whipping up a version of Shaker for the new Mustang is how long it took to get it into final production form. But for those anxiously waiting, trust us when we tell you that your patience has been rewarded. The delay wasn't caused by any lack of will on CDC's part, but simply by the time and effort the company expended to get the S197 Shaker kit and all its details just right. Always recognized for the quality of its hardware, CDC continues to leverage the advantages of its Motor City location to design and manufacture each generation of new products with even more OEM thoroughness. The result? A Shaker that's quicker to install than previous versions, has a vacuum-molded base that doubles as an engine cover to hide some of the Three-Valve's bland, industrial-looking intake and cam-cover clutter, is fully functional in scooping outside air to the engine, yet is priced no higher than its predecessors.

In other words, we're overwhelmingly impressed with the new Shaker, and we think you will be too. It's stuff like this that brings us ever closer to second-mortgaging the house to get that S197...

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