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    Default 2003 Mustang Cobra convertible getting e-level setup!

    Hey All,

    Well, it's official, I just put in my order with Mike over at Accuair for an e-level setup for my 2003 Cobra convertible. I ordered the 5-gallon tank with dual Viair 400C compressors and the touchpad, and the bags are coming from RideTech. In this thread I'll try to keep you posted on the work as it progresses, as well as my thoughts as the project advances. For now, all I can give you is some background.

    The car is a 2003 Ford Mustang Cobra convertible, which I bought bone stock in 2007. Since then, I've added a few mods, including the following:

    CCW Classic 18x9 and 18x11 fully polished with Michelin Pilot Sports (275/35) up front and Nitto INVOs (295/35) out back
    Kenny Brown Performance Extreme Matrix subframe connector system
    Maximum Motorsports front Strut Tower Brace
    JLT Carbon Fiber CAI
    BilletFlow 2.76" blower pulley with 100mm idler
    Stock throttle body and inlet plenum ported by Stiegemeier
    SCT Xcalibrator2 with custom tune
    LFP Dual Pass Heat Exchanger
    Innovate LC-1 Wideband Oxygen Sensor
    LFP Supertank intercooler reservoir
    Bassani full-stainless catted X-pipe
    Borla full-stainless catback
    MGW short shifter
    Cut stock springs from a Cobra coupe
    Custom paint-matched CDC Lightbar
    Bullitt side scoops

    I've probably forgotten a couple of things, but that's the important stuff. The car makes an estimated 480 crank hp. I have had it dynoed but I never trusted the numbers it showed. I plan to get it dynoed again, but it's a good way down on my list of priorities. I've run it on the 1/4 mile, my best time so far is a 12.82 without abusing it, as it's my only car.

    So this spring I started seriously thinking about going with an air suspension setup. I had toyed with the idea in the past, but couldn't justify the price. After a couple weeks of research, I had determined that Accuair had the most interesting air management setup, and that RideTech had the only Cobra-specific listing for bags and plates that I could find. When I got in touch with Mike at Accuair, we were able to price a system that would meet my needs that was within my budget of $3000. Barring any unforeseen obstacles, we will have met this target. Mike has been very forthcoming in answering all my questions (and I had lots), and so far I can say that Accuair is a top-notch company.

    A big part of making this project financially feasible was that I would tackle the install with the help of my friend Michel. We both have a history of casual wrenching on cars (I did almost all the work on my car myself, and Michel has a big-block C3 Corvette that he tinkers with), lots of tools, and a garage to do the work in, so we figure we should be OK to install the air suspension setup on our own. As Jeremy Clarkson is known to say, "How hard could it be?" There, now I've gone and done it.

    There are a couple of challenges in this build. Among others:

    We will need to re-roll the fenders to clear the tires once it's on air (it already rubs occasionally)
    Limited trunk space due to the space the convertible top takes up
    Cobras have IRS, and as far as I can tell, there isn't any info to be found on bagging one of these (although it shouldn't be any more complicated)

    So that's about all I can say for the moment. Mike says 7-10 days to build the system I've ordered, so all I can do in the meantime is impatiently wait for it to arrive. I am excited to finally get to do this project, and I am also excited to be able to share it with anyone who is interested in reading about it, so please don't hesitate to post up any comments or questions you might have in this thread.

    Later,

    Phil









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    Looking forward to seeing this bad boy sitting a bit lower Thanks again Phil for the support!
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    this will be good if i can go low enough
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    Looks mean as hell, love the shoes.

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    Cool idea! Not loving the fact that it's a Cobra, at least it's a convertible though
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    Quote Originally Posted by kramerbuccs24 View Post
    Cool idea! Not loving the fact that it's a Cobra, at least it's a convertible though
    Just wondering, why not? Sure, Cobras are made to go fast and so on and so forth, but they're not that rare. Besides drilling a few holes, none of the work I've done on the car is irreversible. It goes plenty fast already. My only gripe with the car is that it is a touch too low and rides too rough for my tastes (although it looks great). This is obviously something I can only blame on myself, and it's the main reason I'm going with air suspension.

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisVRsix View Post
    Looks mean as hell, love the shoes.
    Thanks bro, I searched for a long time before finding what I wanted! I love the look of them, but they're a bitch to clean.

    Quote Originally Posted by hinrichs View Post
    this will be good if i can go low enough
    Strangely, that's one thing I didn't feel the need to measure. It will be a crapshoot whether the tires hit the inner fenders, or the front K-member brace hits the ground first. I figure it will drop another 1.5 to 2 inches lower than what you see in the pics above. Either way, it won't go any lower without modifications that would be more intense than I am willing to make.

    Quote Originally Posted by AccuMike View Post
    Looking forward to seeing this bad boy sitting a bit lower Thanks again Phil for the support!
    You bet Mike!

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    Thread is relevant to many of my interests!

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    looks awesome. Post some vids of it destroying other cars

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    1.) Install Air
    2.) Install Kenne Bell S/C
    3.) ????
    4.) Profit

    I'm a ford guy at heart, so this is really tickling my fancy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave_The_BMXER View Post
    Thread is relevant to many of my interests!
    Dave, progress will be slow, but I'll try to make it worth your while. I hope to make it into your "Bunch of hard-working Canadians" series, if not as a featured ride!

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeG View Post
    looks awesome. Post some vids of it destroying other cars
    Ask and ye shall receive! First one is my previous best time of 12.86, the only difference between then and now on the car is the CCW's. (Current best is 12.82) Second one is with the CCW's but a much slower time because the track wasn't prepped.

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BCHwE-G-3Q"]Another 2003 Ford SVT Mustang Cobra 1/4 mile run - YouTube[/ame]
    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7k78mZ9_MbY"]2003 Mustang SVT Cobra convertible 1/4 mile - YouTube[/ame]
    Last edited by Fastphil; 09-17-2011 at 09:00 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andybob View Post
    1.) Install Air
    2.) Install Kenne Bell S/C
    3.) ????
    4.) Profit

    I'm a ford guy at heart, so this is really tickling my fancy.
    I don't plan to upgrade the power any more unless I strike it rich. But if I strike it rich, I'd probably trade up to a 2011 GT500.
    Last edited by Fastphil; 07-07-2011 at 09:37 PM.

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    this can only lead to awesome.

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    Can wait to see what comes out of this,beautiful machine as is...

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    Thanks for the compliments, guys. I got a couple of pics from Mike over at Accuair, he went down to snap these pics for me. Looks like my order is coming along nicely!





    I know it's just a couple of pics of boxes on a shelf, but they're MY boxes on a shelf! Damn, I can't wait to start installing this stuff!

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    I got some tracking numbers today, my air suspension is en route! There was a delay because Accuair was waiting for the parts from RideTech so they could test them before shipping it all out together. I'll be picking it up next week.
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    good work keep us updated!

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    My kit arrived yesterday, so I'm going down to pick it up today! I'll have pics this afternoon. Sadly, it'll be the first week of August before I have any time to install it.

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    Alright, I've got an actual update this time. I went to pick up my air suspension kit today, and I opened up a few of the boxes to see what I got myself into. I didn't have time to open it all up, but I went through the Accuair parts. The packaging was top notch, using quality materials. You know you're getting good stuff when even the ziplock baggies are high quality! I took pictures of the unpacking just because I'm trying to enjoy this project from start to finish. I don't know if pictures of boxes are all that interesting, but I'll post them all up anyways.

    Five gallon black-anodized aluminum air tank:


    3/8" air line:


    VU4 manifold:




    70 Amp wiring kit for the compressors:




    Air tank fittings and water trap:




    The main event, the e-level setup:







    e-level CPU and black-anodized touchpad:


    Dual Chromed Viair 400C compressors:



    That's all I've got for now. If I don't get called in to work tomorrow morning, I'll unpack some more. There's still the compressors to check out, as well as the Ridetech bags and plates. I haven't even installed anything yet, but I have a feeling things will go well.
    Last edited by Fastphil; 07-07-2011 at 09:00 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Specv118 View Post
    tease


    Hey, I gotta keep interest somehow! It'll be 3 more weeks before I can start the install!

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    Seeing this laid out on air would complete me.

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    yeah it's got turbo and it looks decent stanced, but it's a fucking Neon, the survived-abortion of the 90's auto industry.

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    this will be really fucking dope once you get it aired out. and agreed comp cams and mammoth kb sc haha but sick car!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bracknaphobia View Post
    Seeing this laid out on air would complete me.
    Quote Originally Posted by slowjett View Post
    this will be really fucking dope once you get it aired out. and agreed comp cams and mammoth kb sc haha but sick car!
    Thanks guys, I think it's gonna look killer too. I don't have any plans to up the power on the car. I've thought about doing the cams, but I realized I just wanted them for the lopey idle. Any blower upgrade would be beyond necessary, since the car is already fast and powerful enough. The only further plan I have is to put slightly wider tires on the rear once these are used up. To do that, I will really have to roll the fenders properly.

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    this is going to be epiccc

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    A Mustang on bags... Somewhere in Alabama, a grown man is crying...

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