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Post by the_Pete on Fri Jan 07, 2011 9:48 am

G'day All,

I'm Pete, a recent 'alien' from Australia. Found this place through MFs site (thanks for the linking Laura!)

I just picked myself up an '05 V6 for a daily driver to get about town and see some of this vast country. I'm living in Bethesda (yes almost DC...) but plan to move north-east of Baltimore at the end of the year.

I might talk a little 'weird' and have some peculiar non-US like oddities, but other than that, I'm fairly 'normal'.

I'm looking forward to getting out and meeting some new people over here, so hopefully I'm in the right place!

Cheers

Pete



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Re: New to US and MPSF

Post by Dominican7 on Fri Jan 07, 2011 10:54 am

Welcome, You are the second "alien" from Australia I met. My wife best friends daughter married one by he name of Jeff. He is also fairly new to this place and also "Normal".

Great to have you and let's gets some pictures of the Mustang up.
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Post by Great White on Fri Jan 07, 2011 10:55 am

Welcome to the Jungle! Look forward to meeting you, oh and we have a member from England so we're used to funny accents
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Re: New to US and MPSF

Post by Croft on Fri Jan 07, 2011 11:05 am

Welcome, Pete. Glad to see you made it over here.

You'll fit in just fine. We ALL are a bit abnormal here. LOL
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Post by chrisverneuil on Fri Jan 07, 2011 11:23 am

Croft wrote:Welcome, Pete. Glad to see you made it over here.

You'll fit in just fine. We ALL are a bit abnormal here. LOL

A bit is putting it kindly. Welcome to the nut house Pete.
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Re: New to US and MPSF

Post by Great White on Fri Jan 07, 2011 11:48 am

chrisverneuil wrote:
Croft wrote:Welcome, Pete. Glad to see you made it over here.

You'll fit in just fine. We ALL are a bit abnormal here. LOL

A bit is putting it kindly. Welcome to the nut house Pete.
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Post by ndnboy on Fri Jan 07, 2011 11:51 am

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Post by CrazyHorse on Fri Jan 07, 2011 12:27 pm

Welcome!!
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Re: New to US and MPSF

Post by Big-B on Fri Jan 07, 2011 12:42 pm

welcome Pete, lots a good ppl here.

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Re: New to US and MPSF

Post by Droptop306 on Fri Jan 07, 2011 5:19 pm

You will have alot of fun and will enjoy your stay. There is alot of informative folks on this site and love to help. Not to mention a challenge. I love these guys.
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Re: New to US and MPSF

Post by the_Pete on Fri Jan 07, 2011 5:41 pm

Dominican7 wrote:
Great to have you and let's gets some pictures of the Mustang up.

Thanks for all the welcomes & I added a pic to my first post. I've nicknamed her Black Betty.

I would be interested in anyone providing advice on Suspension components/suppliers as I want to freshen that up a bit. (at least shocks / bushes & maybe the whole caboodle!)
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Re: New to US and MPSF

Post by 03silvergt on Fri Jan 07, 2011 6:53 pm

Welcome
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Re: New to US and MPSF

Post by 01stangbabe on Sat Jan 08, 2011 12:59 am

welcome aboard
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Re: New to US and MPSF

Post by Henny Penny on Sat Jan 08, 2011 1:05 pm

Welcome to the land of the "abnormal and home of the brave ". ......Have you met Crazy Mike yet? He is our prime example of an "all american guy" , check out his xmas party pics. Lol
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Re: New to US and MPSF

Post by Dominican7 on Sat Jan 08, 2011 3:11 pm

Noe that's a clean looking ride
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Re: New to US and MPSF

Post by KryptonKnight on Sat Jan 08, 2011 3:52 pm

Good on ya mate. Australia. is one of the few countries I'd like to revisit. It took us a little while to realize why there were so many Orientals there. Duhhh not real sharp on the geography I guess. Welcome, hope to meet you once it gets warm.
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Re: New to US and MPSF

Post by Cygnetone on Sat Jan 08, 2011 6:13 pm

Welcome
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Re: New to US and MPSF

Post by Big Mike226 on Sat Jan 08, 2011 6:20 pm

welcome
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Re: New to US and MPSF

Post by Big Blue on Sat Jan 08, 2011 6:46 pm

the_Pete wrote:
I just picked myself up an '05 V6 for a daily driver to get about town and see some of this vast country.

I might talk a little 'weird' and have some peculiar non-US like oddities, but other than that, I'm fairly 'normal'.

OK first off, your in the wrong place if your "Normal"

Second, Black Becky is sweet, Of course I am partial, Big Blue is like her different colour sister, Nice Hood In fact I have those same turn signals on the way to me right now, Cant wait to see her in person

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Re: New to US and MPSF

Post by Croft on Sat Jan 08, 2011 7:48 pm

the_Pete wrote:
Dominican7 wrote:
Great to have you and let's gets some pictures of the Mustang up.

Thanks for all the welcomes & I added a pic to my first post. I've nicknamed her Black Betty.

I would be interested in anyone providing advice on Suspension components/suppliers as I want to freshen that up a bit. (at least shocks / bushes & maybe the whole caboodle!)
Are you looking at lowering her or just trying to upgrade the stock components?

American Muscle is a great place to start when looking for aftermarket goodies.

www.americanmuscle.com
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Post by the_Pete on Sat Jan 08, 2011 8:51 pm

Croft wrote:Are you looking at lowering her or just trying to upgrade the stock components?

American Muscle is a great place to start when looking for aftermarket goodies.

www.americanmuscle.com

Thanks for the link. Some nice goodies in there!

Not too sure on what I am after though. I have never had a Mustang & don't know the best parts combo's etc.. The ride is rough and I think it is largely due to the suspension being "tired" (5-6 yrs old now). I was thinking of something like a set of D-spec Adjustable Tokico's or similar to hopefully put a little 'spring' back in her step.

Would appreciate advice on general ride quality if I also put a new set of lower springs in at the same time. I've already started putting in Dynamat, to deaden the 'tin can' vibrations and hence reduce interior noise and that harsh suspension feel.

Any advice on a good suspension shop somewhere in south-west Maryland where I can get the once over and perhaps new gear fitted?

Thanks

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Re: New to US and MPSF

Post by KryptonKnight on Sat Jan 08, 2011 9:07 pm

I used 1 1/2" Ford Racing lowering springs and the ride is about the same as the OEM. Bob Thompson has the same springs plus an adjustable heavy front duty sway bar for sale.
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Re: New to US and MPSF

Post by chrisverneuil on Sun Jan 09, 2011 12:11 am

the_Pete wrote:
Croft wrote:Are you looking at lowering her or just trying to upgrade the stock components?

American Muscle is a great place to start when looking for aftermarket goodies.

www.americanmuscle.com

Thanks for the link. Some nice goodies in there!

Not too sure on what I am after though. I have never had a Mustang & don't know the best parts combo's etc.. The ride is rough and I think it is largely due to the suspension being "tired" (5-6 yrs old now). I was thinking of something like a set of D-spec Adjustable Tokico's or similar to hopefully put a little 'spring' back in her step.

Would appreciate advice on general ride quality if I also put a new set of lower springs in at the same time. I've already started putting in Dynamat, to deaden the 'tin can' vibrations and hence reduce interior noise and that harsh suspension feel.

Any advice on a good suspension shop somewhere in south-west Maryland where I can get the once over and perhaps new gear fitted?

Thanks

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The mustangs weren't made to ride soft lol. I hade a 08 V6 with 13K miles on it when i got it and and it rode ruff but i loved it. The first thing you need to decide is what you want to do. Do you want to make it a drag car or a corner carver? Because each setup is completely different than each other. Now performance is the same kinda lol.
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Re: New to US and MPSF

Post by BCP on Sun Jan 09, 2011 11:02 am

Welcome aboard, I work with an Aussie named Pete Smile
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Re: New to US and MPSF

Post by Big Blue on Mon Jan 10, 2011 10:56 am

Like Chris said, the car inst going to ride smooth, it designed to have a sports car ride, but at any rate, a strut tower brace will make the front struts do there job better and take out some of the bend in the front end, also the Panhard brace on the rear on the S197 is made out of nothing but stamped metal, you can buy a better one or Bob Thompson can reinforce the one you have for a lot less money, we experimented on his mine and another one, and it worked out great, I have a slightly used GT500 suspension under mine, and i love it, there are far better after market struts and shocks then the GT 500, but I got it for a good deal and it only had like 12'000 miles on it, and mine had 100'000 miles on it, and was ready for new struts and shocks any way, and then I added the Steeda strut tower brace, the one of of the GT 500 wouldn't work on the V6, and the Steeda one was a much better brace as well.

And you have a V6 correct? there is only a few mufflers that sound good on them, the GT take off, but there quiet, the MAC like I have, that sounds great, and in the middle for loudness, they do drone in the car but I hear installing the Dynamat helps deaden that droning, and your all ready doing that any way, and there is another one, but I cant think of the brand rite now that sounds good on the 4.0 and its much louder, so it all depends on the sound your looking for.

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