Justin: Hey, guys. Justin with AmericanMuscle.com here back at the shop along with my team to put the finishing touches on Stage 3 of Project Coyote before our big showdown with Dave and Project Grabber Boost. Now, this is it, man. Our part selection is all done, all of our mods are pretty much bolted up. Now, it's just time to see if we gave Project Coyote enough motor cojones to hang with the boosted '06 GT down at the track. Now, before we get into our Stage 3 modifications, let's recap all of the mods we've done to our '14 GT so far.
In Stage 2 we replaced just about every single component of our 2014 suspension starting with Koni's adjustable shocks and struts. The SR Performance lowering springs helped lower our stance and the front and rear sway bar kit along with the panhard bar reduced some body roll and increased our cornering capabilities. We added Whiteline's rear lower control arms and relocation brackets to help Project Coyote get off the line better and eliminate some wheel hop. Finally, we swapped out the stock pads and rotors for Power Stop's kit along with the braided stainless steel lines from Russell. As we've been saying all along, we wanna make this an interesting race given the obvious power advantages of having the Coyote motor on our side. Now, my team and I are well aware of the fact that a boosted stock block 3-valve 4.6 has a safe power limit to about 450 to maybe 500 horsepower before you have to really start worrying about breaking things. So, if we can get the '14 GT above 400 at the wheel, I think we'd have a hell of a race on our hands. So, that's our goal.
Now, we've already picked up some pretty decent gains with all of our Stage 1 bolt-ons, but we were leaving a lot of power on the table with those stock headers and mid-pipe in place. They had to go. Mike and Laz, tell everybody about the new setup.
Laz: Well, Justin, we swapped out our factory exhaust manifolds because they're pretty restrictive and in place, we put these Pypes polished long tube headers. Now, they're gonna help Project Coyote breathe that much more efficiently higher up in the RPM range. Now, aside from looking the part and being a little easier on the wallet comparison to some other long tube header brands, they should really make the car scream.
Mike: If you're going with long tube headers, they're gonna be longer than stocks, you're gonna have to go with a shorter mid-pipe. So, we stuck with Pypes and went with their catted X-Pipe, which bolted up no problem, and since they have cats, we're gonna even stay emissions-friendly.
Justin: I definitely cannot wait to hear how they're gonna sound with our Outlaw Series axle-back. Nice work, gentlemen. Now, what you guys can't see is our Exedy Mach 500 Stage 3 clutch and lightweight flywheel that we already installed here in Stage 3. And Ryan is here to tell us all about it.
Ryan: The Stage 3 clutch is great for a daily driver who likes to go to the track on the weekends. You can see here that the surface area is a lot larger than the stock one. It also has bigger torsion springs to give you a lot less slop when you re-engage the clutch.
Justin: Yeah. I felt that pulling the car in. The clutch felt good, it didn't feel too strong but you knew it was ready to handle some serious power. What's going on with this lightweight flywheel?
Ryan: The flywheel has a lot of excess metal machined out of it. So, it's lighter and as you put that into the drivetrain, it's gonna deliver a lot more power from the engine to the rear wheels.
Justin: And I know that should help along with that lightweight driveshaft we already installed too. Our driver at the track really had some issues banging that second to third shift last time we were down there. So, we wanted to eliminate that problem altogether. Mike actually installed a shifter to help us out. What's up, man?
Mike: Yes. We went with the really popular combination of the SR Performance short throw shifter and the bracket. This is going to get rid of some of the factory slop and make sure that our driver doesn't miss a shift.
Justin: Well, Mike's got the shifter combo all squared away. He's gonna help me get the car off the lift and back onto the dyno. I guess we're gonna see if we crack that 400 mark. At the end of Stage 1, our 2014 put down 384 horsepower and 373 pound-feet of torque. With all of our Stage 3 modifications, Project Coyote is now putting down 414 horsepower and 395 pound-feet of torque at the rear wheels, giving us a peak horsepower gain of 30 and gains of 31 horsepower and 39 pound-feet of torque throughout the curve. I don't know, man. I think we had a good chance. What do you all think?
All: Definitely. Yeah.
Justin: All right. That's what I like to hear. Well, I'll tell you what, let's get this thing down from the dyno, pack it up, and let's go kick some butt.
Dave: Well, we're back here at the track for the final showdown. As you can see, Justin and I brought both teams, Project Grabber Boost and Project Coyote. It's gonna be a great day for a race.
Justin: That's right, man. It's the best of three showdowns. We've had a long road with these cars, we've spent a lot of time building them up, but I think their end result has been great. You're making over 400 horsepower about 10 pounds of boost, we're making over 400 all motor. So, all motor versus boost, again, similar power. I think we should have one heck of a race on our hands.
Dave: I can't wait. It's the best of three showdown, correct?
Justin: Best of three. Yes, sir.
Dave: That's the plan. So, hey, are you guys excited?
Justin: All right. Let's get it on. Yes, sir.
Man: Who do you think is gonna come out here?
Justin: We're gonna tear them up, man. Honestly.
Laz: I don't know. They're under pressure. I think we've got the motor for it. Time will tell.
Mike: We're gonna be the victor.
Steph: I'm worried about the 60-foot and hooking.
Dave: That's always a concern, it's a Mustang. You get the hook, you're gonna win.
Dave: That was a heck of a good run.
Justin: Yeah. It was all launch in the '14.
Dave: We're gonna hope for a little more tire smoke, get these burnouts rocking. This could be an even closer showdown, but great run.
Justin: Well, as you can see we had our first wheel issue down here at the track. It's a little sad, little scary but luckily, we kept it off the wall. We actually broke an axle or something like that coming out of the eighth mile and cut a tire. Not too pretty but either way, we did manage a best of 11.9 on our first run. You guys got a 12.3 in the books.
Dave: Twelve three. Yup.
Justin: So, I think what we're gonna do, just to keep it fair, we're gonna let the '06 run one more time.
Justin: Think you guys could maybe take down that 11.9?
Dave: It's our goal. Certainly, we've got the power so let's just try. Let's get this off the track.
Dave: Let's go drive.
Justin: Get things cleaned up and patched up and I'll see how we do.
Laz: Well, it's looking like we got some work to do.
Steph: We got more.
Mike: What was the number we had to beat?
Justin: Eleven nine.
Steph: Wait, 11.9? Oh, wait.
Mike: That's 11.
Steph: Oh, that's 11..
Laz: Sorry. It's okay. Get the camera out of my face.
Man: If you want us to sign your shirt, you know, "Grabber Boost," just let me know.
Laz: I like it. All right. Thank you.
Justin: Well, what a day racing. We had a car almost hit the wall and it broke, but we had a couple of 11-second passes. As hard as it is for me to say, congrats on your win, guys. You definitely earned it. All right, man?
Dave: Yes. Thank you. Congrats to everybody behind me. It was really great just getting out of Project Grabber Boost, going against Project Coyote. We had a 13.5 last time we were here and we dropped it all the way down to an 11.6.
Steph: There's one more. There is more in there.
Dave: It might be, but...
Justin: It was commendable.
Dave: ...I admit you guys had a good run too.
Justin: We had a great run. We had 11.9 down from a 12.5 last time on our first run. Still think the car has more in it personally, but that's not the case. We broke, we lost fair and square. So, we admit that but we are gonna fix this beast, we're gonna come back and show what it can really do.
Dave: Good. Honestly, it was great watching and being a part of it. So, thank you for watching the videos here at AmericanMuscle.com. Justin, again, congrats you guys for being down here. Give me your A game, man.
Justin: Yeah. All right. Tell me about it. Well, hey, if you guys wanna watch more project car vids, just click on the link below to subscribe to our YouTube channel.
Man: Good job.
Justin: And hey, thanks for watching all of our videos here at AmericanMuscle.com. Thanks.