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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-15-2013, 12:19 AM
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Originally Posted by Blkfordtaurusman View Post
At my job all the guys my age and older ALL have brand new 2013 rides. All this running around trying to make my car look modern is laughable and I know I am crazy but I am too far into the modding rabbit hole to stop when I am nearly 60% done. But my rational is to save you all the headaches if you don't have the cash to maintain the car before you start modding A modded out car that is sitting because it broke down and if its because you spent all your repair money on 20" rims and mods wouldn't make much sense. Plus if you go all out you will find out that you just bought a new car of some sort. Plus if there are not enough yards in your area you will be at the mercy of others to acquire the parts off of 7-14 year old cars.

Anyway, your choice of Alt sounds excellent and PM santaclawz since he has that brand of alternator and Santa can tell you what to expect. Mechman didn't have a Taurus alt that made more than 180-240Amps 3 years ago when I called him so I went with DC Power Engineering. I have the DC POWER XP270 and it is BAD. It wouldn't fit though and I had a shop that works on Lambo's and other high end German cars on the phone with the guy at DC Power Engineering who built my alt and they decided they had to cut away some cooling fins :-( to make it fit and I got to keep my 2 warranty ...that was almost 3 years ago. I do get around 15 volts or more at times and my system literally "rocks". But The unpleasant news is that my "check charging system" light and "battery" light IS always ON. Dc power can fix this for you before they ship the alt to you but..I think I will keep mine the way it is for now :-). My Bull's rear end may not be able to "twerk" or my front doors may not "flex" with a special adjustment made to the alternator to play nice with the Fords electronics. 200 true amps at idle is no joke.

You can get a Kinetics car audio battery (call the company) or you can have someone fabricate a battery box for you and you can fit an Optima D31 under your hood. PM Bassyounggunzs he had it done the right way.

On your dubs; It may not be wise to go over 17" rims but if you want them Y-Not. Nobody has to like them but you and the risks have been duely noted. But wouldn't SHO Chromies be sweet on some Pirelli's?

Since you have a system your going to need to save about $500 and more since the weight of your stereo will make your bull sag and its only a matter of time so it can be planned preventative maintenance or when you get Sagging "ahem" Syndrome and it can't be ignored any longer. You can make this repair when you install your 10" (looks good but doesn't do much to stop the car) rear disks. If you want to break your passengers's nose on windshield brakes put mustang brakes on your bull. The rear disks are just for looks and your stock front brakes really are good enough.

These are mods I either have done, have the parts to do or I may plan to do (this isn't a complete list)....I can't turn all the card over yet :-)

*Leather seats
*Heated seats
*Power passenger seat
*Centennial headlights
*HIDS with the right projectors proper aimed
*12 gauge headlight harness
*Foglamps/ DRL LEDS
*Door handle keypad
*Floorshift mod
*Puddle lamps
*Autodimm compass mirror
*Adjustable brake pedals
*Pedal pads
*locking glove box mod
*New carpet
*Woodgrain: steering wheel, shifter knob,radio bezel & front door switch covers.
*Switchback turn signals
*Full interior & exterior halogen to LEDS swap
*Footwell lights
*Courtesy lamps
*Chrome pulls
*Rear discs from a 97-99 Bull/Sable
*EATC conversion.
*Push to start button
*rear turn signal mod
*Remote start
*Tint windows
*Dual Magnaflow muffler exhaust with chrome tips
*rust prevention regiment

Anyway I hope that helped or at the very least provided some food for thought.
Have you started a project log yet? I wanna see all this!

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Originally Posted by Josh_GL_Limited View Post
Have you started a project log yet? I wanna see all this!
I am only 60% done. I am drowning in parts. When I get to 75-85% done I will start a log but it won't make sense to show the car although the interior looks great 1/2 of my mods are at 3 different storage locations and anything you see inside the car in the videos are being swapped out [shhhh!] besides the electronics. I figure I should be done buy April unless I can focus and get things right the first time around but usually I must revisit stuff a few times. I have a last week of vacation and I am going to see if I can do the impossible at that time. It looks nice now but I want the wow factor and I have a long way to go. 60% in college was failing if I remember; 85% is a B for better.

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for brakes, a cost efffective move would be to do the rear disc conversion and up grade to hawk hi performance pads
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If you like a firmer suspension, add SHO sway bars. There a stealth modification.
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