Hi guys..I've been lurking here for a while and am finally going to post b/c I am going to try to hit my first 'lapping day' a the local 1.5 mile track (no problem raceway in belle rose, louisiana). I had been drag racing the car, so it's current setup leans in that direction. Basically, what I have right now is this:
1993 lx 5.0, 100k miles on the odo, 100% stock suspension (read: original struts, shocks, bushings, etc)
The car cannot be registered for street use, so I took the liberty to lighten it by removing all the interior panels and carpeting. Over the years, I've accumlated a lot of parts from "previous projects"
so I put on some gt40y heads and an explorer intake. It's also got a powerdyne supercharger but I think that i'm going to pull that off and sell it, besides, I want to learn to drive this thing and I want the car to be reliable. It's currently sporting a totally stock AOD tranny, but I'm already set to purchase a T-5 and will be doing the swap soon.
I have already done a 5-lug swap using 96+ spindles, new 13" mach-1 calipers/rotors/stock pads, and braided lines (up front). The rears are still sporting drums with new shoes.
Finally, I have a set of BBK c-c plates that will be going on next weekend (hopefully).
Now, I've done a bunch of searching and reading threads but I haven't really seen this question answered (to my satisfaction at least).
It seems pretty much everyone's advice that you should NOT modify the car, you need to get seat time and do the 'driver mods' first. I'm all for that. I did the 13" brakes though because, well, I just wouldn't trust stock Mustang brakes on a track, so I guess I just broke the "driver-mod-first" rule
Anyway, what I'd like to know is: should I at least replace my struts and shocks with new pieces? And I'm NOT talking about Bilsteins or Konis, I'm talking about Tokico blues or maybe even Monroe's or something from AutoZone/PepBoys?? Or should I just roll with my 100k pieces?