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  1. cbehr

    cbehr Member Established Member

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    Shocked myself(and my wife I think) by buying one after NOT spending 20,372 hours researching and looking at 37 different terminators Picked it up Monday evening from a guy about 30 minutes from me. It's in really great shape, 03 with 46k miles. Only mods are tint/K&N intake/axle back exhaust. Been kept in a garage since at least 07.

    Plan on doing a lot more reading over the fall/winter and then get into a few mods next spring/summer. Lowering it for sure, pulley/tune/exhaust and maybe eventually port the blower and TB.

    A couple comments/questions: I never had a big HP rear wheel drive car so I'm still a bit nervous of it...1st and 2nd spin rather easily...I still haven't found a nice flat road for 0-100 run or even a 0-60, mostly 3rd gear pulls on back roads etc. I'm sure the Riken tires don't help... I'll have to do some reading on reducing wheel hop etc, it's not horribly bad but I'm sure it's not good on the car either.

    Shifter/clutch are not quite at bad as I expected from reading however I'll get a shifter for sure if it helps. I actually snapped, or they were snapped, the two tabs that hold the plastic shift boot/surrounding plastic in place...guessing that cannot be fixed and needs to be replaced?

    My FM transmitter does not turn off with the car when it's in the cigarette lighter, is that normal? I have to physically remove it each time which is kind of annoying.

    The guy I bought it from only got it in April from a friends wife who put 2k miles on in 12 years. He has cancer and had a stroke so he decided to get rid of it after only a short summer. Anyway, he said he had a local shot go over it head/toe in April. The shop seems legit but is there anything I should service not knowing when items like tranny fluid coolant etc were replaced and the car is 16 years old?

    No crazy pro phot shots but here are a few...forgot an engine shot. I'm REALLY loving the car so far!!


    5.jpg 3.jpg 4.jpg 6.jpg 1.jpg 2.jpg
     
  2. 01SN8K

    01SN8K In Hawaii Established Member

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    A Ford 12v DC plug stays powered even with ignition off. To help with wheel hop, look into replacing all of the IRS and suspension bushings.
     
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  3. hotcobra03

    hotcobra03 Well-Known Member Established Member

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    Wheel hop will break stuff Very bad

    Tire spin is instant. Fun


    Fm thing. Lighter plug is always hot
     
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  4. Goose17

    Goose17 SVT collector nut Established Member

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    Congrats on the vert score!

    As for the tire spin... how old are the tires? Check the 4 digit date code... first 2 digits are month and last 2 are the year.
     
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  5. gimmie11s

    gimmie11s Dont be a Hybred Established Member

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    Nice car and congrats.
     
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  6. svtrookie

    svtrookie Active Member Established Member

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    Congrats. Good looking vert! I highly recommend you research fulltiltboogie racing for their IRS bushing kit. This FTBR kit, subframe connectors, and some nice tires will eliminate wheel hop almost completely.

    http://fulltiltboogieracing.com/images/FT 5001 Kit lg.jpg

    If you aren't lowering with coilovers then I suggest checking our H&R for their race springs. Good luck!
     
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  7. Skitzerman

    Skitzerman NE Philly Premium Member Established Member

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    I always thought the first 2 digits were the week of the year. I just checked my dates, in the front (2912), in the rear (2718).
     
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  8. cbehr

    cbehr Member Established Member

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    Thanks everyone! I'll check the date on the tires...I bet they are OLD(10+years).

    Sheesh, those bushing kits are $$, didn't expect $700!
     
  9. Bdubbs

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    Congrats! Looks great. Honestly, you can get by without buying the whole bushing kit.

    I'm probably in the 700rwhp range and I'm only using FTBR aluminum diff bushings, 9/16 subframe bolts, and a lpw diff cover. I do have different springs and shocks.

    A good tire goes along way.

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  10. hotcobra03

    hotcobra03 Well-Known Member Established Member

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    Get ready.

    Every thing is expensive on this car
     
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    Goose17 SVT collector nut Established Member

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    Ahhh yes, you are correct and prior to 2000 it was only 3 digits with the first 2 for the week and the last for the year.
     
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    03cobra#694 Want to play a game? Staff Member Super Moderator

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    Congratulations, now hide the wallet.
     
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    goocher1998gt Member Established Member

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    Looks great, Congratulations.
     
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    ccq8le Active Member Established Member

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    Awesome!! Congrats on the purchase and welcome to the world of being a Terminator owner!!
     
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  15. cbehr

    cbehr Member Established Member

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    95FB5126-2CC6-4643-A8AD-1DFC07C471FB.jpeg Thanks everyone?

    Assuming this is the date code, they are 14 years old??

    Suggestions on new tires for stock rims? See a lot seem to be running Nitto nt555?

    275/40/17 all around now. Go wider 315/35/17 and if so stager them?
     
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    ccq8le Active Member Established Member

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    17" wheels don't have the tire selection they used to 10 years ago or so for performance tires. I am running into this issue for my 95 cobra. I ordered Michelin Pilot 2 from discount tire and they called me a few days later and told me they can no longer get them in the 17" size.

    Most 17" now days are all season and just with passenger tire ratings.

    I have BF Goodrich Comp 2 on my Terminator. This is maybe what I will get on my 95 as well. I like them and they don't hurt my wallet any.

    The real question is how often are you going to drive it and in what conditions? Being a Vert I would think it will be a fair weather car?

    Maybe someone who is staggered van chime in but I live in a hilly area and want the same size on all 4 for handling and tire rotations.
     
  17. speedoflife

    speedoflife Active Member Established Member

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    Tires will make a huge difference. So will getting 10.5” rear wheels and 315s (they look sweet too). And thus the modding begins.....

    Congrats on the car - looks awesome. If you haven’t yet, make sure you read this ENTIRE website (not kidding):
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    Terminator FAQs
    Lots of mods are expensive but you can get away with less until you’re ready. For traction, this:
     
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    speedoflife Active Member Established Member

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    Definitely go staggered with the 315s...
    Tire depends on a lot. It’ll be a street car right? Driven in the rain/cold or no? How about budget? Biggest question is DR vs summer tire.
     
  19. hotcobra03

    hotcobra03 Well-Known Member Established Member

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    I’m on second set of nittos

    The 555g2 is a meaty tire for its price

    I just went with 10.5 reps

    To do 315s

    They look wide in hand but on car still to small.

    335s I may do next.

    I get over 40k on mine but don’t drive like some.

    Drag radials are the only tire that will stick but not for long.
     
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  20. cbehr

    cbehr Member Established Member

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    Yep street sunny day only car mostly just in the summer. Could get caught in the rain but plan on not taking it to work on those days.

    Will rock the stock wheels at least for the time being... how wide can I go on stock wheels..probably just the 275 I have now? Not looking to spend $350 a tire but am open to suggestions..I’d thanks no with stock power I wouldn’t need the same level of crazy tires your modded 600-700hp guys are running.

    Been reading every thread on the faq section(few broken links I should report to someone?). And going thru a few other sections of the forum, LOTS of good stuff to absorb lol.
     

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