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Recommended S197 upgrades

Postby blahblahdave » Thu Nov 30, 2017 3:16 am

Howdy peeps!

With winter setting in, the Mustang gets used less and less, so I'm using the time to carry out some work.

Can anybody recommend some upgrades/work that I should definitely carry out on my S197?

Any work will take place on my driveway, so it can't be too heavy duty, but I have ramps and a generous tool box so can do many things.

All suggestions welcome. :rock

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Re: Recommended S197 upgrades

Postby badhand » Thu Nov 30, 2017 3:33 am

What mods already done?

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Re: Recommended S197 upgrades

Postby blahblahdave » Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:32 pm

No major ones really (aside from the attempted shifter replacement). All aesthetic/service stuff so far.

Got the bits for a new ignition coil/leads/spark plugs, but was thinking I'll leave them until later.

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Re: Recommended S197 upgrades

Postby Vincent » Thu Nov 30, 2017 5:24 pm

on mine I did :

GT500 front & rear sway bars (I got from a mate who upgraded his gt500)
GT500 strut (I kept my OEM springs)

Great handling improve for few money

And recently brake upgrade , 14" disc front and rear (gt500 brembo on the front and just 14" rotor with stock caliper on the rear (with relocating brackets) quite more expensive ...

and it's definitly not the same car ;)

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Re: Recommended S197 upgrades

Postby badhand » Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:50 pm

I'd say these were essential:

Lower it - Springs or shocks.
Panhard bar.
Front and Rear sway bars.
Rear lower Control Arms.
Strut Tower Brace.

Could get most of that in a handing kit like this:

https://www.americanmuscle.com/frpp-adjust-handlingpack-0514gt-assembled.html

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Re: Recommended S197 upgrades

Postby grannycoupev8 » Thu Nov 30, 2017 8:16 pm

Defo before doing any power upgrades sort the brakes and suspension out 1st don't do what others have done in the past like fitting a supercharger and expecting the standard suspension and brakes to cope just watch YouTube,they have a tendency to steer from the rear with the standard LCA's

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Re: Recommended S197 upgrades

Postby cati » Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:30 pm

add in cold air kit and tune as a must on the s197. I would go adjustable on the suspension if I had a 197 again.

lower control arms

brakes as the standard ones are shite - don't fork out for expensive kits got and get a set of s550 fronts and bolt them on.

seats are a good idea if you want to hustle

thats about it and I loved my gt500 front end conversion

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Re: Recommended S197 upgrades

Postby badhand » Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:00 pm

Like these guys say, sort the handling first. An unblown car with sorted suspension can go faster than a stocker with a blower when driven correctly.

And if you're going faster, you've obviously gotta think about stopping quicker, so brakes are next. You can make do with some really good pads though if you're on a budget. EBC yellowstuff/redstuff or Raybestos ceramics will do til you can upgrade to 6 pots and bigger rotors...

I'm assuming you're on a budget, but obviously have no idea if you're rolling in it, or totally potless! Point is, you can improve the handling of these things quite significantly without blowing a fortune...

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Re: Recommended S197 upgrades

Postby blahblahdave » Fri Dec 01, 2017 2:20 pm

Thanks all. Some great ideas here.

I think handling and brakes are they main ones to start with. No idea where to start so any recommendations on what to get?

My budget is probably £1k for both but, as I'm unsure of whether that's enough, I'll spend a bit more if needed. Obviously if cheaper will do I'll take that option. Not looking to race it or anything like that! :D

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Re: Recommended S197 upgrades

Postby badhand » Fri Dec 01, 2017 4:59 pm

With that budget, you're into used Ebay territory to do both significantly. If it were me - and it kind of is, as I'm upgrading my 2007 S197 GT atm - I'd grab some Eibach or similar uprated lowering springs (£200ish) a panhard bar (£100ish) and something like these:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Ford-Mustang ... Sw1cNZ6cIm

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Re: Recommended S197 upgrades

Postby grannycoupev8 » Fri Dec 01, 2017 10:29 pm

One more thing before ordering big brakes make sure they fit your wheels :shock:

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Re: Recommended S197 upgrades

Postby James7 » Sat Dec 02, 2017 6:24 am

On mine i have done the following in roughly this order.......

Exhaust
Springs, shocks, roll bars, control arms etc,
Carbon bonnet
Gt500 brake kit
Propshaft loops and diff cover
Super charger
New stereo

The suspension and brakes i found to be the best upgrades as the stock stuff is not suited to my style of driving.
With hindsight a decent stereo was probably what i should have done first :mrgreen:

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Re: Recommended S197 upgrades

Postby badhand » Sat Dec 02, 2017 8:21 am

grannycoupev8 wrote:One more thing before ordering big brakes make sure they fit your wheels :shock:


Oh yeah. Good point. I just had to buy new wheels to fit the brakes I bought... :D

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Re: Recommended S197 upgrades

Postby blahblahdave » Sat Dec 02, 2017 3:38 pm

Thanks so far guys. Some great suggestions and advice. Better get spending! :D

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Re: Recommended S197 upgrades

Postby cati » Sun Dec 03, 2017 7:43 pm

blahblahdave wrote:Thanks so far guys. Some great suggestions and advice. Better get spending! :D


where abouts in the country are you?


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