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Hey guys, thought I'd share the new front end that Maier Racing built for me this year. The project started out as a simple idea but then morphed into what you see. They were kind enough to custom fit all my parts and made molds for the parts. New parts consist of a new fiberglass upper nose piece, new adjustable quick disconnect lower air dam and splitter for easy loading onto a trailer, and new carbon fiber heat extractor hood.

The wing is from fulcrumaero.com. Results from the first weekend were great, a win on Saturday and 2nd place on Sunday's NASA norcal ST2 races. I have lots to learn about my new aero package but I can already see a lot of potential in the setup.





 

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I'm surprised how small the radiator inlet appears to be. I guess if everything is efficiently routed that's as big as it needs to be, eh?

If they make that hood in a fiberglass variant (for cost reasons vs the CF) I imagine they'd sell quite a few. There have been discussions in this forum and over on cc.com about good heat extractor hoods for Fox Mustangs for years now!
 

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Correct me if i'm wrong but for that hood to be functional, additional ducting would be required past the radiator?
 

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I checked out Maier's website and they do list:
"8793WN 87-93 Standard Hood with Nasa Scoops $439.95"

Tim, do you think this is the hood you spoke of without the center outlet?
 

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straightliner, the hood on Maier's website is my current hood without the center vent.

Here are a couple more pics of the setup





The front of the radiator is ducted. That is my handywork, not Maier's. It's a bit crude but effective. I made it out of .032" 5052 aluminum sheet so it is light as well. My engine temps were at 180* during the races, about 20* cooler than when I had the LX front air dam also ducted to the radiator without the center heat extractor. It works well as is but will be more efficient for cooling and aerodynamics when I build ducting aft of the radiator. It's a simple project but I just ran out of time before my last race.
 

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That looks good. What is the rise on the hood? Also, do you have the engine setback? I am wondering what kind of space there is between the hood and engine. There is a benefit to having a hood like that. I did not know anyone made one though. Quick question, are you using the factory front runner system, and if so what kind of space do you have between the hood and the system?

For that kind of money I think it is the best hood on the market. Your ram air radiator vent is also a great addition. I might tackle one too with my splitter/k-member unit, that way the air in directed out of the hood directly. The only difference is I have a be cool dual fan assembly that is set to pull. Do you have fans?

Can you take more pics of the hood and the clearance to the radiator/engine?
 

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The hood reminds me of one made by Sanjo Performance. Looks Great.
 

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Is there a part number for the hood with the center heat vent yet?
 

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Is there a part number for the hood with the center heat vent yet?
I don't think there is. You would have to call Maier to check pricing and to place an order. They can also make it out of fiberglass, it will be cheaper but of course it will weigh more.
 

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I just put in an order this week for the new glass that Tim is sporting, as well as fender flares. Here are the part numbers listed on my invoice, prices are from the website with exception of the hood, for which they just made up a part number when I put in the order:

Part #879 79-93 3" Flared Front Fenders, New Style 1" forward offset $634.95/pr
Part #888 79-93 3" Flared Rear Quarter Panels $519.95/pr
Part #404 87-93 Racing Upper Nose $395.00
Part #281C 83-93 Racing Lower Air Dam Mustangs and All Capri's $289.00
Part #8793RS 87-93 Racing Splitter $249.00
Part #8993R Race Nose Lower Extension $189
Part #8793SB Bumper Brace w/Splitter Tabs $199.95
Part #8793HE 87-93 Heat Extractor Race Hood $460
Part #MISC Splitter Connecting Rods $175
 

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The wing is from fulcrumaero.com. Results from the first weekend were great, a win on Saturday and 2nd place on Sunday's NASA norcal ST2 races. I have lots to learn about my new aero package but I can already see a lot of potential in the setup.
I was there that weekend, i remember a white foxbody chasing a st2 vette .... was that you? If it was you, you did a great job and your car is set-up really well. I wanted to talk to you but i didn't see you with your car the few times i went by.
 

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I was there that weekend, i remember a white foxbody chasing a st2 vette .... was that you? If it was you, you did a great job and your car is set-up really well. I wanted to talk to you but i didn't see you with your car the few times i went by.
Yeah that was me, thanks for the compliment. I came close to getting around him a couple of times but couldn't make it stick. We are really close in lap times. In the races we've had whoever gets to T1 first wins the race. The car has quite a bit of understeer, per Mike Maier's advice I've made a significant rear spring rate change to get the car neutral.

I'm going down to Buttonwillow for the first time April 9. Corey Weber is trying to revive AI on the west coast. We are going to run in AIX but have about 5 guys who have agreed to a hp limit and a few other simple rules. You should come check it out if you have time.
 

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I was hoping the vette would make a mistake but it seemed like you both were really good drivers and stayed really close from the beginning to the end of the race. I was there pitting for the yellow st1 vette. I was there last weekend again and was wondering were you guys were. It's not often you see a mustang putting pressure on a vette in a race. Great driving.

I assume you have the agent 47 sla. I found out that in order to balance out the suspension i had to go with a smaller front bar and increased rear spring rates. I am the first street car to have the agent 47 sla installed, been terrorizing vettes ever since (street cars of course).
 

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My car has a MM front suspension. Still rockin' the strut front end! Maier said to stick with it, when we get the right springs under it it should be quite a bit quicker.

That vette you were pitting for is a serious machine. Sounds really good. I'd love to get behind the wheel of something like that.
 

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My car has a MM front suspension. Still rockin' the strut front end! Maier said to stick with it, when we get the right springs under it it should be quite a bit quicker.

That vette you were pitting for is a serious machine. Sounds really good. I'd love to get behind the wheel of something like that.
Wow!!! Now that is more impressive. Would have never thought it was strut suspension.

My friend has some serious money in that car. 2950lbs and 521hp does make for a wide ride. I too would like to drive it but with a fixed seat i cannot push the clutch down all the way. That was his first weekend at the track. Last weekend we were there again but ran in the rain, had to remove the swaybar links to get a little more grip. We went from being past by the miata's to being 4th fastest in our group.
 

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I'm almost finished ducting the rear of the radiator to the hood vent. I just need to seal off the small section on the left side of the radiator. Cooling should further improve and front down force should also increase.





 

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I picked up my bodywork friday and went ahead and mounted the hood this weekend. Was in the garage this evening brainstorming on mounting the ducting, but won't worry about doing all that until I install the full front end.
 

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^ Did you pick up the same kit as pictured above? If so, let's see some disassembled pics please?
 
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