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Thanks everyone!

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Why use tape on the harness? Personally I would have used spiral wrap. Looks good though.
Meh, It's no different than what's used by the factory, plus I've got a good rhythm with the tape looming now

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You can here the firm/soft relays cycle too lol

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Now to actually put the auto ride shocks in

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Nah, From what I've noticed my blues are firmer than the ARC shocks in firm. I just wanted the button and light

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Where can you get new clips for the wiring harness?

I'm re-covering my engine harness, and the clips are brittle; I want new mounts if they're available somewhere...

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Where can you get new clips for the wiring harness?

I'm re-covering my engine harness, and the clips are brittle; I want new mounts if they're available somewhere...
You can get them new in baggies at the dealer. Though I reused most of mine for these harnesses since the interior ones don't get quite as brittle.

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Thx! Nice work!

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That's a huge job there Matt especially with all the output additions.

So eventually what is this car going to be? XR7... 5-speed, supercharged, V8, V6, velour red interior... lol?

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It's staying V8 at this point. I'll be swapping the heads/cams very soon, then better cams, then swapping the shortblock down the road and eventually the heads again for better ones. Weather it will be a forced induction build or N/A at that point I can't say yet. Hell If the salvage yards start getting wrecked truck Coyotes I'll probably snatch one of those up instead.

As for the V6, my SC envy has somewhat passed once I started adding up the cost of everything I'd want AROUND the shortblock

T56 is my fantasy with the car, but the 2011+ 6 speed autos may edge that out if I can figure out a way to control it. But both are bad thoughts when I have a semi J-spec 4R in it now lol

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New update, GIANT pics!

Haven't updated this in a while since the BIG project has been on hold, but that hasn't stopped some other fun projects.

I installed Spectralight LED lighting(actually I mounted the lights and ran the wiring when I installed the dash but whatever). The kit came with the two two element LED lights, wiring harnesses, controller, sticky tape, and a cigarette lighter adapter to power the controller.

Here's the lights mounted to the dash frame, I had to make those little plastic brackets holding them on. I don't like sticky tape in areas I put my feet.

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Since I wasn't content with the supplied mounting tape, I was definitely not content with using the supplied lighter adapter, nor having to manually turn the lights on at night!

I ended up rigging up a simple relay circuit(with the idea and help from RalphP, thanks again!) to B+ power, illumination and ground to turn on with the lights on and turn off with the lights off (I had to take apart the controller and solder two leads to the momentary on/off multifunction switch inside, running the wires to the relays)

I used OEM horn relays mounted by the pins to a plastic L bracket I made, which is mounted to the stock console bracket (painted black). I used an OEM 6 pin quick connector and plain spade connectors at the relays, the capacitor leads are soldered.




Here's the controller stuck to the inside of the console bucket, the braided portion just visible at the middle bottom of the controller are the switching leads I added (a sharp eye will notice I used the loom from the OD wires ) The other connector is the power/ground supply that comes from the kit, I just cut off the lighter adapter and hardwired it.



The color select knob neatly installed in the console. Ignore the other holes, those are from the 89-93 console light I long since removed.



And now for the results...

They have two brightness settings for each color and can still be toggled off If I don't want them on










Note these aren't all the colors it has, I just didn't feel like taking 20 pictures lol

All in all, a bit complicated, mildly expensive, borderline ricey but It's damn cool cruising at night.

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No way I can see how the red light could be awesome and be able to switch to brighter color at the same time. Its not ricey because you put a lot of effort inthe install. I think the other stuff like adding the arc was a little over board LOL. But its not like its bad though, why didnt you add a factory premium JBL system, its the only thing you're missing.

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My car came with Factory JBL



Well sorta


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Bastard! LOL! Well you are driving the upscale bird. All I got is a complete aftermarket system that makes me deaf. The only thing Id guess Id like to change is the lights the melt and burn the plastic to LEDs just so they look good a for a while without burning white plastic to brown. I like your choices on swaps though you have good taste. Ok I remember you dont have 94-95 SC L braces or a fold down back seat. But whatever you have neat car regardless just playin.

But if you could answer one question for me if I do I PI motor swap and use the 96-97 CC servo do I have to change the pedal like you did if I want CC to work.

A tip for you to keep the rust away on those K cradle brackets which are a legit jacking point... keep some cardboard or towel inbetween so the jack doesnt touch the car. If they are clean now, now is a good time to refinish them. Its super easy to do one at a time. Nothing really moves with one off the car.

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Dig the clean installation.

Did you wire the systems sentry to illuminate the 'FIRM RIDE' lamp? If so, very cool. I've always thought about doing that... then I would have to fabricate something to tell passengers when they ask about it.


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borderline ricey?

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No not ricey I have the car a couple of times, doesn't look ricey at all.

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Matt does have the L braces but not the fold down seat IIRC. Nice job on this mod sir.

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I figured 5-10 years ago It probably would have been ricey. Footwell lighting was usually accompanied by underglow, erector set wings and whatnot back then I try to be open minded enough to see some good can come from any fad, plus the Mustang's had it since 05 (multicolor too)


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Bastard! LOL! Well you are driving the upscale bird. All I got is a complete aftermarket system that makes me deaf. The only thing Id guess Id like to change is the lights the melt and burn the plastic to LEDs just so they look good a for a while without burning white plastic to brown. I like your choices on swaps though you have good taste. Ok I remember you dont have 94-95 SC L braces or a fold down back seat. But whatever you have neat car regardless just playin.
I may eventually get an aftermarket head unit so I can get out of the dark ages and play MP3s but I'm ridiculously picky about the style. If that happens I'll likely upgrade the rest of the system within reason. Anything I remove will be kept though.

You talking about the vanity lights on the C pillars? If so I agree, mine have a slight browning after leaving the interior lights on for 10 minutes a few months ago.

I've got L braces installed but no fold down, my tweed style SC seats weren't made with one

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But if you could answer one question for me if I do I PI motor swap and use the 96-97 CC servo do I have to change the pedal like you did if I want CC to work.
The 96/7 pedal bracket has a pivot hole for the brake travel switch, you could pretty easily drill it into the 94/5 bracket but it would probably have to be removed from the car anyway. Plus if it's drilled in the wrong place by a little the switch might not work.

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A tip for you to keep the rust away on those K cradle brackets which are a legit jacking point... keep some cardboard or towel inbetween so the jack doesnt touch the car. If they are clean now, now is a good time to refinish them. Its super easy to do one at a time. Nothing really moves with one off the car.
Thanks for the tip, I used to isolate the jack cup with a block of wood but the edges of the cup eventually made the wood splinter and eventually drop the car down an inch (not fun being underneath)

I've got a pair of brand new brackets I haven't yet installed, my current ones are past the point of no return.


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Dig the clean installation.

Did you wire the systems sentry to illuminate the 'FIRM RIDE' lamp? If so, very cool. I've always thought about doing that... then I would have to fabricate something to tell passengers when they ask about it.
hehe, post 33. I added the whole system

If you just want the light you can add a pin to the connector for the sentry and ground it, you could even run switch in line to toggle it

It really is a conversation starter, lots of knight rider "turbo boost" jokes too lol

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They look really neat in person, much better than some of the stuff I see around here. Btw what's the MIL for Matt?

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The engine isn't running LOL

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Was going to save this update until I was done but what the hell, I'm too sweaty and dirty to not document this...

Here's the basics...





Hayden 679, Aeroquip power steering pressure line, "NHL approved" motor mounts, closed vane/long snout water pump, ported stock manifolds with stainless hardware, Terminator radiator, and best yet low mile PI heads


Here's where I've left off for tonight...



Only took me five years and a half dozen bad pairs of heads to get around to this


Oh and before anyone asks, I couldn't find my swivel socket tonight so the valve covers are still bolted on near the shock towers lol

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Impressive Matt! Where the hell did you get those ugly ass manifolds hahaha

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Progress was slow today, I had to ride my bike to 2 sears to get the swivel socket I needed for the valve covers which ate up precious time. After I got back I cooled off in the A/C and didn't get around to working on the car until 3pm or so, by the time 6 rolled around it was pretty much down this...



I stopped here after pulling the water pump and getting the stock water pump nipple out, needless to say it didn't go too well considering it compacted into itself and I smacked my thumb with the slege when I was trying to keep the socket in place. Luckly it's just a bit swollen and cut up, and even better I was able to get the remains of the tube after cutting it and hammering a bolt through it. There's really no proper way to do these things lol

I started up again around 11 and got the heads off creating a giant coolant/oil/trans fluid mess in the process(forgot to unbolt the trans dipstick tube from the head:facepalm).

One thing I expected would be a nightmare was the dipstick tube. I've never had a good time doing this on any other car and mine usually likes to torture me worse , but surprisingly it turned out to be a breeze. I twisted it a bunch of times from the top to loosen it up, got underneath, squeezed the bottom of the tube tightly with pliers with one hand and tapped on them with a hammer a few times with the other. It popped right out! This is especially good news considering the Ford head changing kits NO LONGER COME WITH NEW TUBES



Here's how I'm leaving off for the night, a 2.3 I4

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