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All parts and work done by Fordspeed.com.

Here is a list of mods along with pictures.The front QA1/HAL shocks are not adjusting I planned on going to the track today to test the new setup. I'll have to wait until Jan 3rd. that's the next date for T @ T.
I did a test launce at Frodspeed.com with shawn (he is the tech that did the work) in the car,the weight transfer was GREAT!! I don't have any comments about street driving yet, until the fronts are replaced.

Here is the list:
1)Relocated battery to trunk.(I want with a gel cell battery)
2)Removed front sway bar.
3)New sub frame connectors.(Made up by fordspeed.com there much beefer then stock and are welded in.I was not going to replace the stock units but after seeing the ones that fordspeed.com make it was a no brainer)
4)Alumun drive shaft
5)Painted front control arms & rear end.
6)Steeda non adjustable upper trailing arms.
7)Lower trailing arms are "Maga Bite Jrs"
8 )Eidach drag launch kit.(shocks with air bag right rear)
9)Rear QA1/HAL adjuctable shocks
10)Front QA1/HAL adjustable struts

Here are links to pictures let me know what everyone thinks.

I do have other mods planned gears,headers,slicks etc.... I think it's important to be able to put the power to the ground.
I'm looking for consistant 60's and with this setup i can adjust my susuption for track conditions.

Eric at fordspeed.com was nice enough to take before end after pic's but my A driver is not working.

http://www.home.earthlink.net/~buickgsconv65/bwt1.jpg

http://www.home.earthlink.net/~buickgsconv65/bwt2.jpg

http://www.home.earthlink.net/~buickgsconv65/bwt3.jpg

http://www.home.earthlink.net/~buickgsconv65/bwt4.jpg

http://www.home.earthlink.net/~buickgsconv65/bwt5.jpg

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http://www.home.earthlink.net/~buickgsconv65/bwt12.jpg

http://www.home.earthlink.net/~buickgsconv65/bwt13.jpg

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<font size=-1>[ This Message was edited by: BULLITT #1042 (Ray Ackerman) on 2001-12-16 16:41 ]</font>
 

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Ray, very nice mods. Rear upper and lower control arms are next on my list after I get the 3.73s installed. That sub frame connector is really heavy duty. If you don't mind how much where they and the upper and lower control arms. I may have to make a trip down to Florida.

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John,give fordspeed.com a call at 1-800-683-7099 ask for Joe tell him what you would like to do with your car.

Subframe connectors $69.95
Upper control $94.95
Lower "Maga Bite Jr's" $254.95

Prices do not include labor.
 

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Ray,I have the HAL struts and rear shocks on my 85 LX. They are real sweet as far as adjusting for street/strip! I also have a AJE full tubular K-member,tube A-arms and the HAL coil over setup up front. Saved about 80 lbs. on the front of the car. However,the ride is a bit harsher than stock,but tighter, due to the urethane bushings in the A-arms. There is no rubber to isolate road shock. Also had to go with Maximum Motor Sports caster/camber plates,with full spherical bearings to support the front end load at the shock towers. I did all this last Christmas!
 
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On 2001-12-16 19:15, BULLITT #1042 (Ray Ackerman) wrote:
WOW sounds like it was a good Christmas!!! I'm going to email ya,got a question.

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I sent you a PM I see your email is not posted.
 

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SOOOOOOOO Sweet Ray!!
i'm jealous...(but in a GOOD way!)
 
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I was wrong the fronts are adjusting fine.They do adjust different then the backs.

I'll have new 1/4 times soon.

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Rears 5 fronts 9. I'm still experimenting with them on the street.There is definately a noticable differance on the street. I can live with it. The Bullitt is not a daily driver I have allot more fun with it at the track.
You might want to look into the sub frame connecters that Fordspeed.com makes.Well worth the price.
 
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Had the Bullitt at a 1/8 track tonight to test new weight transfer setup. I was not happy at all.I did worse with the new setup.I made around 15 passes 2 were in the 1.90's and the rest were 2.00 to 2.35's.I had excessive tire spin.
Althought I made the 1.90's after about 10 runs, in the past I could not come near 1.90's with the car that hot.
Todate my best 60' is 1.83 stock with nitto's.

It looks like I need to play around with the setting on the shocks somemore to find the magic settings.

It was my 1st time at this 1/8 track,the track was preped nice "BUT" we started running after dark and the temps were in the high to mid 30's. Could the cool weather have had that much of a negative effect on my 60's???? I'm thinking the track just was not hot enought?

"OR" maybe I just won't see an improvement with the new setup until I start using slicks?
 

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Sorry that isn't working out for ya Ray. Did it seems like it was transferring? Where were you running 1/8? Maybe the track just sucked.
 

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More traction would magnify the results. My 60 fts. improved slightly with HAL setup,but I also went from a 4.10 to a 3.89 gear. I was running out of RPM at the big end at 115 MPH. This was on the 85 LX.
 
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On 2002-01-05 00:42, 01GTB wrote:
Sorry that isn't working out for ya Ray. Did it seems like it was transferring? Where were you running 1/8? Maybe the track just sucked.
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I looked at some of my run slips today,I ran a couple of 2.50's 60' runs....LOL I did better stock with the stock tires...LOL I'm just hoping it was the cold mid 30 deg. weather that hurt my 60' times. I also think I was to aggresive on the launch.
The 1/8 mile track I went to was Immokalee Race Way. Yes the weight was definately transfering.But I still had allot of wheel spin.
 
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On 2002-01-05 16:51, Mus408 wrote:
More traction would magnify the results. My 60 fts. improved slightly with HAL setup,but I also went from a 4.10 to a 3.89 gear. I was running out of RPM at the big end at 115 MPH. This was on the 85 LX.
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I think i'm missing one key element to the setup, SLICKS....
What have you found to be the best settings front and back with your HALs at the track? I played around with mine,I could not find a combo that I was happy with do to all the wheel spin.
 

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I run the fronts full loose,and the rears at the 3rd click from full loose. I set the rears at 2nd click,and almost put it in the wall on the high gear shift! Slicks or drag radials are needed on these cars. Of course car weight and transmission type will dictate the rear setting.Since a manual trans will hit the tires harder,with slicks,you may need a higher setting on the rear.
 
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On 2002-01-06 12:34, Mus408 wrote:
I run the fronts full loose,and the rears at the 3rd click from full loose. I set the rears at 2nd click,and almost put it in the wall on the high gear shift! Slicks or drag radials are needed on these cars. Of course car weight and transmission type will dictate the rear setting.Since a manual trans will hit the tires harder,with slicks,you may need a higher setting on the rear.
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Thanks! I'll start off with fronts full loose and backs set to 3 and work from there.
 
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