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Old 10-09-2015, 07:54 PM   #1
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Coyote6 2015 GT build thread

Always wanted to document a build. Starting with a 2015 Mustang GT Premium, 3.55 limited slip, touchless navigation, factory 20" foundry wheels, Pirelli P-Zero summer ZR tires, black on black, with a 6 speed. This is my first Mustang.

Here are the first pictures.
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First mod: Magnaflow Competition with X pipe & tips

Had the work done by West Coast Muffler in Citrus Heights. They did another one of my cars and they put pride into their work. He recommended this, and I went with it. He said he used to put 4" competition mufflers but now he's been putting 5" competition mufflers, a bit less loud. They custom fabricated everything, and I was out the door under $800, including nice Magnaflow tips, install, mufflers, x-pipe. I was a bit concerned it might be unbearable in the cabin such as on a long trip. After a couple months of driving and a couple long trips, all concerns are gone and I love it. It reminds me of Steve McQueen's car's sound a bit.


Well, didn't get a shot of the system yet, but here's the before.
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Window Tint

The temps were forecasted to be 100+, and next was some tinting. Tried a new place and he did a good job, but he couldn't reach the bottom of the back window in cleaning. And I haven't got that either. Any ideas for reaching. 70% front, 35% doors, 5% back three.

Here are a couple of post tint pics.
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Radio

Added a RF 12" sub and RF 500w amp. Concert volumes are the best sounding. The sub box takes up a big portion of the trunk, so I'll probably end up mounting it in the spare tire area. Nothing much to see, so I'll skip the photos.
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On order

I've ordered a few things:

Sto and Sho (license plate bracket)
Steeda jacking rails
Steeda sway bars and billet mounts
Steeda sport springs (2 stage progressive) (1" rear, 1.125" front)
new damper mounting hardware (CJ Pony)
Coil spring compressor (CJ Pony)
California classic plates (black background/yellow)

These will be my first hands on installs on the car, and my first installs of any of this kind of thing except the plates and I've done a few of those. I'll be doing this with my adult sons, so that will be good. I'll probably need to pick up a few more tools. (Torque wrenches in inch/pounds, more extensions, couple other things.) This is the first car I will have been able to modify significantly. The car is a daily driver.
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Is there any way to correct the topic title? Not a great start.


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The stock wheels look nice - they are machined on the outward edges. But they aren't fitting the well very well. So, Eibach spacers. Pros and cons? Pros vs cons? Do the cons matter vs a wheel that fits the well the same way as the stock wheel will with the spacers? Seems like it might be a wash in my untrained perspective.
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Brakes

Will the Ford Brembos fit the 20" foundry wheels? Anyone do an upgrade on the forward only brakes? You can get the Ford Brembos for 1500 bucks, while other Brembos cost almost 5K. Very confused.
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22015 Non Perf Pkg GT Build Thread Coyote6

Ordered Steeda G and K braces. There goes the beer money for six months.
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The temps were forecasted to be 100+, and next was some tinting. Tried a new place and he did a good job, but he couldn't reach the bottom of the back window in cleaning. And I haven't got that either. Any ideas for reaching. 70% front, 35% doors, 5% back three.

Here are a couple of post tint pics.
I have this, Amazon.com: Stoner 95161 Invisible Glass Reach and Clean Tool: Automotive.
It works well for the front and rear window inside car.
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I have this, Amazon.com: Stoner 95161 Invisible Glass Reach and Clean Tool: Automotive.

It works well for the front and rear window inside car.

Thank you very much.


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Ordered a few more items:
Steeda:
Trans bushing insert
Strut tower brace
Adj rear toe links
Vertical links
Differential & IRS subframe bushings
Shifter base bracket / bushing


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Started Friday. 43o-1o3o pm Friday, Saturday 8oo am to 83o pm. Installed springs, front / rear sway bars, billet sway bar mounts, Extreme GTrac brace, ultra lite jacking rails, strut tower brace, IRS alignment inserts, shifter brace and bushing, transmission mount bushing insert. Could not get to rear subframe support braces, diff and subframe bushing kits.

CJ Pony has great videos of all but the sway bar install and tower brace.

I'm 46 and haven't done this kind of work in a while. Took an hour to walk off stiffness Saturday. Motrin last night helped today.

*Install Surprises*
Sons were a BIG help. I expected to do nearly everything but they jumped right in, especially the oldest who was there start to finish. He did more than half of the work and all did great jobs.

First surprise was my floor jack did not fit under car. Seriously not a good start. Started w trunk jack to make room. Worked w a borrowed second (aluminum racing) jack eventually.

Strut spring compressor was back ordered so rented one from local auto parts store. You give them money, bring back tool, broken or not and they return all of your money. Second surprise.... Unfortunately it would not work. Tried it several times in various configurations. No way. Now what?

Called former mechanic and borrowed his. Worked like charm. Front springs done Friday. Nothing else.

Surprise 3 and 4
Saturday I hurt like hell. Did loosen up my rust a bit after an hour or so.

Alignment insert was a bear. Must have been a bit misaligned. Pry bars would have helped. A lot.

Front sway bar wasn't as difficult as I imagined but close. Had to jack up engine to get to one bolt (driver rear). Tools were not an issue. Just no room. This was not expected. Everything else was more difficult or time consuming than imagined. Just took our time to get it right.

Torque specs
Should have noted it all down on a notepad in advance. Had to use various online resources. Slowed me down.

Rear subframe
Tricky. We used two jacks to get it lined up right. Not sure if there was an easier way but it was problematic and time consuming.

Tools, CJ Videos and product instructions
Very very helpful and clear. Torque specs incomplete though. Tools needed don't specify deep or reg socket and such. Ran into an issue because I didn't have a deep 18 impact socket for example. Oops. I have no air tools. Picked up Dewalt 20 watt cordless impact. It was a workhorse. Light and compact. 330 foot pound rating may be high.

Rear sway
Couldn't get it attached to middle hole due to design of mounting plate from factory. It has an arched base so it does not lay flat on sway in middle hole. Forward hole was fine as arch bends over end of sway. Some washers or a plate would have helped. There was one but didn't seem thick enough. Going to reach out to Steeda later. No worries.

Strut tower brace
Advice. Don't drop the nuts. You may never see them again. Also torque nuts w wheels on ground.

Jacking rails.
They don't go all the way to front of rear wheel. (Rear subframe braces would be in way once installed). I'm not sure where I will place rear jack
stands in future. We put them on jacking points this weekend. Worked fine.

Transmission bushing insert
Video suggests drilling hole. Did that.

Shifter base mount and bushing
It's way up there. Be careful on the torquing.

Extreme K Brace
Son did it with retired mechanic in about 30 m. Had to bust a tab in frame out blocking insert of threaded insert thing. Can't see tab but these may be there so just be aware. A nudge with a screwdriver knocks it out.

First drive
Easy drive to check all out. Smooth, quiet, firm then up the street there goes that strut tower brace nut that fell into the abyss. Rides nice and tight. Steering requires a bit more effort.

Second drive
OK. This car is fun.

Instead of squating, the car hammers you into the seat. Not sure but probably combo of springs and trans mount bushing.

No flex noticed. Very tight. Just right.
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I'll post before and after shots on flat ground tomorrow. The 1.125 drop in front vs 1.0 in rear seems to give it a slight rake. I'm not sure of the math on that, nor the height diff front rear from factory. Just seems right.

Wife likes way it looks. Hasn't driven yet. Followed me this morning and could hear car (Magnaflow competitions + xpipe) w windows up about 100 yards away / several cars back.

Took for alignment today. Car is too low for their sensor and any non
in-floor lift. LOL.
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The new Mustang, is without a doubt one of the best looking cars on the road.....and lowered? Even better.
Your stance is simply outstanding, and thanks for the details on your beautiful build.
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Coyote6 2015 GT build thread

Youngest son impression:

Hold on. Awesome. Amazing.

First commute drives. Impressions:

Overview: Two x 40 m ~. Mostly straight, 25, 35, 45, 55, 65 mph zones. Lots of stop signs and traffic. ESPN radio (am), Rock (pm).

25 zones.
-Are the mufflers getting louder? Sounds good!
-feeling more of road but not in bad way.

35
Smooth, straight. Feeling a bit of rear flex.. on acceleration? (Still have work to do back there)

45
Again feeling road but feels nice. Not jarring, more like a pleasant motion.

55
Freeway sucked before. Still does, but they've been working on it. No bump steer experienced. Lateral stiffness apparent though. Where the car bounced before, it's smoothed over now. Really comfortable. Quiet. A couple rattles on some rougher bumps.

65
Smooth, controlled. (Note: at least w 3.55s,65 seems a bit too low for 6th.)

There are still folks who've not seen the mustang in person I think. Yesterday I heard my car was sick, nasty, awesome, wicked, nice.
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Clunk in rear today on braking. Troubling. Can of glass cleaner in trunk.
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-- Steeda IRS braces installed (rear). Ties front and rear together with other mods (springs, sways, strut tower brace, Extreme G K brace) nicely for perfect handling front to back.
-- First oil change today at about 2200 miles. Used Royal Purple and extra protection Mobile 1 filter. One little flap to get to the filter, held by a 1 in or so 7 mm bolt. used a very handy strap (sturdy nylon fabric) type filter removal tool designed for a half inch ratchet. Put the strap around the filter, spin the half in ratchet connection left, and once snug loosen with ratchet. It was a snap. It's worked on filters nothing else would budge. Engine seems to run a smudge smoother. Not sure on MPG.
-- Installed billet shift knob MMD by FOOSE!! Very nice.
-- looking at options for synthetic trans and rear end oil.
-- Ordered AIRAID throttle body spacer and tube to replace accordion piece.
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Added Steeda adjustable rear toe links and vertical links. Alignment at 8 am. Started at 5 pm. Finished at 1213am. Vertical links were a bear (bottom bolts).
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New parts to be done:

- BMR sway bar end links
- Ford Racing struts, shocks (M-18000-F) & jounce bumpers
- Maximum Motorsports Caster Camber plates
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Coyote6 2015 GT build thread

Installed BMR sway bar end links and ran into an issue. Was going for max settings and up front the links wouldn't fit, unless installed studs pointing outward on both top and bottom. This is a front Steeda bar with four (4) holes, the forward most being the most aggressive. I could install with both top and bottom positioned with studs pointing outward. For the bottom stud, it could not clear the strut going inward. Either side (passenger or driver). Curious whether it work as effectively as it fits. (Did not matter whether forward or rearward top mount was used). I ended up keeping it at 2nd position from front (2nd most aggressive). For the rear it's set in most aggressive setting. No problem there. Haven't driven yet. Looking at fronts there doesn't seem any point in reversed arrangement (top going out, bottom going in) except that maybe it provides added strength coming in from outside into the bar. I will check in with Steeda. Very curious.
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