95 Cobra Street / AutoX Build

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  1. Pete@FTR

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    Thought I'd start this thread to document some of the work we are doing on a local guy's '95 Cobra. The car is currently set up for street/autox with coilovers & a few other basic suspension mods.

    Watts link was supposed to be installed last Satuday, but we ran into a snag when the brake brackets on the new axle did not fit the calipers/rotors we had. The axle is a built 8.8 with 9" "big bearing" ends. This gives us a lot of flexibility when it comes to brake setups, since we can just laser cut whatever brackets we need for brakes and quickly swap them without pulling out the axles.

    Tomorrow we will be installing the Watts link, with the goal of running the car in the autocross this Sunday at the Muscle Mustangs and Fast Fords event at Sac Raceway.

    The plan within the next couple weeks to to pick up some 18" wheels and run 14" brakes on the front with S197 calipers (a la "working mans brake kit") and moving the 13" cobra fronts to the rear. We should have some awesome stopping power at that point, I'm exciting to do a comparison between the two setups.

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    Cobra fronts on the rear. Tell me more
     
  3. Pete@FTR

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    Well... you take em off the front... then you slap em on the rear

    But for real, we're going to laser cut a custom bracket to be compatible with the 9" ends. Not sure if this will ever be a production piece (version compatible with the standard 8.8 ends), but it will be cool either way.
     
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    Well i have irs going on the 98 now. . Any way to make it work on an irs
     
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    To be completely honest - I have no clue. Are the IRS calipers and rotors the same as the SRA?
     
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    Yeah. . But it's on a hub
     
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    Awesome. More pictures, I cant read :p.
     
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    Very cool build. I am also interested in the front to rear brake swap. Lots of pictures please...
     
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    About to start the Watts install. Going to be running the car at the autox on sunday. Pics and videos coming
     
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    Any plans on a front splitter for this car? I know you've had dozens of requests from people to see a cobra bumper with one.
     
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    Probably not, the car is daily driven. Wouldn't want to be tearing the thing off ever time you hit a bump.

    Not all of us have the audacity to run a splitter on a street car ;)
     
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    What can I say, I'm the chosen one. Was just curious that's all lol
     
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    Machined .1250 off the caliper brackets to align them with the rotors. Pretty funny how terrible ford's casting tolerances are, look at the position of the holes vs. the casting.

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    Watts link is on - we found that the bottom three roll center positions require no modification to the spare tire well. Anything higher would require a bit of cutting or just bashing it in with a deadblow. Next step is going to be to go ahead and add as swaybar, and possibly stiffen up the rear springs.

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    Out with the old - this diff was completely shot.

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    Thanks to Ford's dumb triangulated control arm setup (and sheer age), these UCA bushings were completely done. Gross.

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    Sweet sweet shock-proof. Goodbye s-spring OEM posi.

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  17. Pete@FTR

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    The owner ended up selling the car and couldn't pay for any of the work done so I had to eat the cost of it. Its a shame :deeplist:

    We've got more stuff in the works ;)
     
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