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2008 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Wheel Upgrade - Project Vapor Trail
Back in Black - Bringing PVT back to life with new wheels and more
If you want to run big wheels and tires and a pavement-scraping ride height like PVT does, you need an adjustable suspension. In the case of this ’08 GT500, it runs on Steeda’s GT500 Mustang Coilover System (PN 555-8127-4; $1,849.95). This system will allow running stock ride height or up to 2 inches lower.
Regular readers will recall that Project Vapor Trail is your editor’s beloved ’08 Shelby GT500 project. For your scribe, it is the first car to approach the mental image of the ideal Mustang project in the real world. It was also as close to “done” as a project can get.
All that said, you can imagine how painful it was when the car hydroplaned, pirouetted, tagged a bridge, and spun to a stop in the median. As days go, it was not a great one. If you want the fresh, raw feeling, just flash back to the Bench Racer column in the Sept. ’13 issue (“Love Hurts,” p. 10).
In the end, I was happy to have made it out alive and that it was a single-car event. No one was hurt. Even better, the damage to the car was largely superficial and completely fixable. Plus the damage was primarily at the right rear of the car. It was a great relief that the front of the car was unmolested.
Of course, one real casualty of the wreck was a broken passenger-side rear wheel. Sadly the wheels on PVT were limited-edition units, so it proved too difficult to find a replacement rim to put it right back to its old look. Besides, it seemed appropriate for the car to take a different path. As your author searched high and low for the right wheel, I kept coming back to the Bravado Tribute wheels shown in an ad in this magazine. Suddenly the idea of these wheels in flat black became the vision. It was time to give PVT a more menacing visage.
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Of course, with a new set of wheels, it was the ideal time for a new set of rubber. It seemed like time for a change here too. After reviewing all the choices Nitto Tire has available, we landed on the Invo, which offers the right sizes, along with great dry/wet traction, and great ride quality. Along the way we also added a fresh Optima battery and a rear-seat X-brace.
Read on to see how PVT’s rebirth turned out.