TCI Update - AWESOME!
I have the car almost finished now, and the TCI front end is totally AWESOME!. HUGE improvement over stock - no matter what you do to a stock front end - it will never handle as good as this. If someone tells you its the same as a bunch of bolt on suspension parts & bolt on rack - do your self a favor & find someone with a TCI installed & drive it first - then you can decide. But I'm telling ya - its great!
I have the 1" sway bar installed with Wilwood brakes. I have the 350# coil over shocks for a 5.0 with alum heads.
The extra room after chopping of the shock towers is great!
I have about 800 miles on it now.
The power rack works great - no leaks and quiet. I used the Saginaw pump with a March serpentine setup.- I used the pressure reducing kit from Bills Hot Rod company, CA and added 4 shims to reduce psi to 970 +/-. I have no way of telling what the pressure actually is, but the feel is great - not twitchy, not over assisted - just right for the road feel. Easy to drive slow & park, but still firm enough on the freeway so it wont shoot you across three lanes of traffic if you sneeze!
No slop in the steering at all - very tight.
Turning radius is great, better then the OEM.
The ride is firm - not as stiff as I thought it would be, but a lot firmer than stock - but not at all uncomfortable. on the freeway its smooth as glass, on the surface roads it rides nice - like a performance car - new corvette or something - if you hit a stretch of really crappy roads with potholes & patches - you will know it.
Goin 40 mph and whipping in some hard Left & right turns on a road course, it has almost NO body roll & turns on a dime! But you will be tossed around inside pretty good, so get good seats with side bolsters & a nice harness if you wanna drive like that. I have Corbeau seats & the Corbeau 3 pt harness - so I'm in there good!
Only had 3 real issues:
I aligned to TCI spec, but could only get 3.5° caster - not enough - I wanted around 5°. I ended it with 5 shims on the rear bolt & 1 on the front to get the 3.5° caster. I called TCI & they couldn't tell me anything regarding why - and Yes, I had the towers & stuff all correctly installed. The "issue" I came up with was the upper control arms. They are stamped L & R - but the ball joint is in the center, I think the arms were 9.5" each side or something - so they are both the same. I had to cut them and elongate the front tube & shorten the rear tube to "build in" 4° caster & then used the slots & shims to get anything more. Re-Powder coated them Satin Black & they ended up looking allot better in the engine compartment
-- with only 3.5° it still drives great, just that the the car didn't seem to want to "go back straight" after a turn like I thought it should. With 5.5° caster, when your in a hard turn, the car performs great & has a nice "pull" to want to straighten out, so if you were to let go of the wheel in the turn, it would snap to almost straight. But with to little caster, it will just keep on turning until you turn it straight again.
2) One of the best features and one of the selling point for me was the the way the engine mount supports are formed into the cross member - looks very slick & factory.
HOWEVER:The wrenching clearance to attach the hoses to the rack is to tight - cant barely get in there with one wrench, let alone two! - so I made extensions so I can disconnect the rack with connections that are about 8" away from the rack - nice & easy. I used 3/8 SST tube for the pressure side, & 3/8 R-p fuel hose for the return, all with JIC fittings.
3) - Power rack connections:
I spent way to much time trying to figure this out & hoping for no leaks. So here is the deal. On the rack, the holes are 9/16-18 Pressure, 5/8-18 Return. They use a nylon "o-ring" to seal (you can get the small nylon O-Rings for the adaptors from NAPA, PN 7-2585 - Big & 7-2586 - Small about .50¢ ea - can only use them one time - so get a few spares!) . Use -6 AN adaptors from SACHSE Rod Shop. Then just run -6 fittings & -6 or 3/8 hose from there to the pump. I would have GLADLY paid an extra few bucks to have the rack shipped from TCI with -6 adapters already installed!
Overall the kit is great, easy to install, and looks factory. Highly recommend.
So if ya dont mind chopping up your Mustang - I would go TCI!
1967 Mustang Coupe, Ford Performance 5.0 Crate Engine with GT40 Alum Heads, Silverfox AOD, March Performance Serpentine system, 2.5" Dual Exhaust with Electric Cut Outs, TCI Custom Front End, Ford 9" Rear 3.89 TracLock, Wilwood Brakes all Around, Rocket Fuel 15 Chrome Wheels, BFG Radial TA 205, 255 60/15, A/C, Power Windows, Power Locks, Power Trunk, Kenwood DNX DVD with GPS, Corbeau Sport Seats.