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Old 08-21-2015, 01:17 PM   #1
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The Track Pack Mustang Ford Should Have Built

In doing my research for mods for my 2014 TP GT, I have come across variations of the phrase "this should have come on the car from the factory" used regarding several parts. That got me to thinking of an interesting direction for modding: build my car into the Track Pack Mustang GT Ford 'should have' built.

Being a production car, there would be emissions, safety, noise, etc. standards, so it could not be too radical. Also, Ford would not want it to compete directly with the Boss 302 or GT500. (so no S/C or Boss IM).

All this in mind, I came up with the following parts (so far):

1. Lighter wheels and tires (Done with 18x10 Forgestars)
2. GT500 axle-backs
3. Barton (FRPP) shifter and 2-post bracket with Whiteline bushing
4. Steeda billet LCA's and adjustable UCA
5. Steeda rear brake upgrade kit
6. FRPP Pro-cal tune and K&N drop-in filter
7. FRPP adjustable handling pack and P springs (or Steeda handling kit)
8. Aluminum 1-piece driveshaft and loop

I think the above would make the TP GT a pretty solid performer and address many of the factory car's shortcomings while keeping it marketable to a wide audience. (They would still have the base and Premium GT also.)

Any other ideas/suggestions?

I don't want to get into the whole "Ford would not do X because it would be too expensive, etc." argument. This is just a fun exercise. Anything anyone would like to add would be great.
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Vented, and lighter front fenders maybe? Less weight is always good, and the vent would allow heat to dissipate from the brakes.

A better clutch would help too.
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Possibly lighter wheels. Otherwise, I think it's a reasonable package. I think the Boss should have more.


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Isn't the TrakPak and Boss almost identical with the exception of the engine, the main difference being the cam/heads/intake/exhaust.
If you are going 18's then go with 11" wide instead of 10's.
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Isn't the TrakPak and Boss almost identical with the exception of the engine, the main difference being the cam/heads/intake/exhaust.
If you are going 18's then go with 11" wide instead of 10's.
Boss has better suspension too.
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Boss has better suspension too.
What differences are there?
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The factory differences are that the Boss is lowered, and different shocks and struts. I think a few more differences is the suspension exist, but I'm not sure.
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The TrakPak has different shocks and struts than the stock GT, along with different springs and bushings. Maybe the Boss is 1/2" lower, but still looks up in the air to me.
TrakPak shares the Boss 302 radiator and radiator support, oil cooler, rearend, transmission, clutch, brakes..although the pads are different.
I have never really been close up to a Boss and not really sure if they are adjustable or not......
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My only complaint about my 2014 Track Pack is there are no drag radial choices for the 19X9 wheels. Wish it would have came with 18X9.5 like the early GT-500's
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275x60x15 are the size you want to run anyway....don't ruin your TrakPak wheels.
Although if your Mustang isn't lowered you could probably get a bigger size under it.
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This is why you save money and buy a base model and do it right yourself. Put a Watt's link out back to upgrade from even an adjustable PHB and the Race Spec MGW is going to be a much better shifter.
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In doing my research for mods for my 2014 TP GT, I have come across variations of the phrase "this should have come on the car from the factory" used regarding several parts. That got me to thinking of an interesting direction for modding: build my car into the Track Pack Mustang GT Ford 'should have' built.

Being a production car, there would be emissions, safety, noise, etc. standards, so it could not be too radical. Also, Ford would not want it to compete directly with the Boss 302 or GT500. (so no S/C or Boss IM).

All this in mind, I came up with the following parts (so far):

1. Lighter wheels and tires (Done with 18x10 Forgestars)
2. GT500 axle-backs
3. Barton (FRPP) shifter and 2-post bracket with Whiteline bushing
4. Steeda billet LCA's and adjustable UCA
5. Steeda rear brake upgrade kit
6. FRPP Pro-cal tune and K&N drop-in filter
7. FRPP adjustable handling pack and P springs (or Steeda handling kit)
8. Aluminum 1-piece driveshaft and loop
I agree with pretty much all of those. In fact, I have most of those exact parts on my car (in bold). And I considered #7. but its not available for convertibles anymore. I think the only real difference is the rear sway bar which needs bends in it to go around some bracing.

I also went with 2-piece rotors on all 4 corners. So besides the ultra light wheels I chose, I also saved another 4 lbs per corner approx. with the rotors!

1. Lighter wheels and tires (Done with TSW's)
2. GT500 axle-backs
3. I've got an Auto
4. Steeda billet LCA's and adjustable UCA (haven't done the UCA yet)
5. Brake upgrades 2-piece rotors, Brembos up front
6. FRPP Pro-cal tune and K&N drop-in filter
7. FRPP adjustable handling pack (I wish I could get this for my car)
8. Aluminum 1-piece driveshaft (Shaftmasters)
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The TrakPak has different shocks and struts than the stock GT, along with different springs and bushings. Maybe the Boss is 1/2" lower, but still looks up in the air to me.
TrakPak shares the Boss 302 radiator and radiator support, oil cooler, rearend, transmission, clutch, brakes..although the pads are different.
I have never really been close up to a Boss and not really sure if they are adjustable or not......
The Boss has adjustable shocks and struts. Each has a slot on top to turn to 3-4 different adjustments..Maybe it was 5 choices (I can't remember)
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The Boss has adjustable shocks and struts. Each has a slot on top to turn to 3-4 different adjustments..Maybe it was 5 choices (I can't remember)
Yeah, that's an easy upgrade to shave 10 lbs off the front of the car.
( think its 6 lbs vs. 16 lbs)

I installed the Steeda radiator support also.
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