New here from District of Columbia (soon to be San Diego, CA)

JCBeaver

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Hello fellow members,

I signed up a while ago, but never formally introduced myself. I am currently located in Washington DC and will be relocating to San Diego CA in less than 3 weeks from now.

I got a 93 Mustang GT with bunch of upgrades. Currently running the old school 1.5L Kenne Bell Supercharger along with PIMPXS ECU. I have got Maximum Motorsports K Member coming and will be upgrading to coil-overs once it arrives.

Looking forward to learning from you guys and possibly contribute to some threads!
 

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Thank you! I absolutely love it!!

I finally finished her up not long ago like 1.5 month ago and have been working on dialing her in with the PIMPXS tuner. it is a huge learning curve working with that tuner but I think I am good now. Just need to take her to emissions and hopefully I will pass within a couple of tries after working with the tuners to pass the sniffer test.

She kicks ass! It is my first supercharged set up with a 5 speed. Man I absolutely love her even though she is wrestling me every day with different kinds of issues LOL. Does not help with the fact that I am throwing bunch of aftermarket stuff on it running into many different roadblocks. I think I have most stuff worked out. Just installed the headliner and the interior yesterday. Almost done before I decided to upgrade my suspension again going with full maximum motorsports front set up and stiffer rear springs. I put Dakota Digital Gauge Cluster in a couple of weeks ago and it sure is a game changer! I will be sure to share more pictures of everything later on!
 

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The kenne bell likes to run hot though.. It is known for that and I am working on try to alleviate it a bit by adding a meth kit that I have lying around. Just need to install it.
Sorry to hear about the heat issue. Obviously the later production cars resolved this problem with intercoolers between the blower and the engine, like my '07 Cobalt and the supercharged Shelbys. Even Vortech got into the game with their aftercooler for their centrifugal superchargers. I haven't heard of anything like that for the 5.0, but it's been a long time since I've looked into blowing a 5.0.
 
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Sorry to hear about the heat issue. Obviously the later production cars resolved this problem with intercoolers between the blower and the engine, like my '07 Cobalt and the supercharged Shelbys. Even Vortech got into the game with their aftercooler for their centrifugal superchargers. I haven't heard of anything like that for the 5.0, but it's been a long time since I've looked into blowing a 5.0.
Thats correct. They also released 2.1 and 2.2 Blowzilla/Flowzilla versions, however, I dont think they had any intercoolers but they supposedly did better due to less restrictive airflow by using GT40 or Cobra lower manifold I believe. I am using the 93 factory lower manifold. I need to do more homework on the newer units to see what the benefits are. I actually missed out on a 2.2 blowzilla unit locally recently.. I am still banging my head about it ha. Still cant believe how much she kicks ass with all those 20 year old stuff with some upgrades and a modern computer! The engine is done over bored .020 over, roller rockers, custom mild anderson cam, 42 lbs injectors. Runs well with PIMPXS tuner I have been working with. Took her out for a spin today and she still puts a smile on my face however I think I may have a clutch or trans install issue. It doesnt seem to like it when I try to rev past 4k.. A lot of vibration and it seems to have hard time going beyond 4k. I will have to verify that with a few more runs WOT runs.

One of the best mod I have had so far is surprisingly a $20 mod - Maximum Motorsports' clutch height adjuster. Cant believe I have been driving the car without it for a good while. Granted I have a brand new clutch and brand new maximum motorsports clutch cable/quadrant/firewall adjuster, BUT my wife was laughing at how I couldn't be smooth with my car after not driving it for almost one year going thru whole bunch roadblocks. I hate how the factory clutch height is so high so it is a little difficult for me to be smooth in the city. A few days after my wife made fun of me, I got around to installing that clutch height adjuster, which was collecting dust on my shelves. Wow! I love this car all over again! Feels like a much more precise sport car. They should have come from factory like that!
 
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Thats correct. They also released 2.1 and 2.2 Blowzilla/Flowzilla versions, however, I dont think they had any intercoolers but they supposedly did better due to less restrictive airflow by using GT40 or Cobra lower manifold I believe. I am using the 93 factory lower manifold. I need to do more homework on the newer units to see what the benefits are. I actually missed out on a 2.2 blowzilla unit locally recently.. I am still banging my head about it ha. Still cant believe how much she kicks ass with all those 20 year old stuff with some upgrades and a modern computer! The engine is done over bored .020 over, roller rockers, custom mild anderson cam, 42 lbs injectors. Runs well with PIMPXS tuner I have been working with. Took her out for a spin today and she still puts a smile on my face however I think I may have a clutch or trans install issue. It doesnt seem to like it when I try to rev past 4k.. A lot of vibration and it seems to have hard time going beyond 4k. I will have to verify that with a few more runs WOT runs.

One of the best mod I have had so far is surprisingly a $20 mod - Maximum Motorsports' clutch height adjuster. Cant believe I have been driving the car without it for a good while. Granted I have a brand new clutch and brand new maximum motorsports clutch cable/quadrant/firewall adjuster, BUT my wife was laughing at how I couldn't be smooth with my car after not driving it for almost one year going thru whole bunch roadblocks. I hate how the factory clutch height is so high so it is a little difficult for me to be smooth in the city. A few days after my wife made fun of me, I got around to installing that clutch height adjuster, which was collecting dust on my shelves. Wow! I love this car all over again! Feels like a much more precise sport car. They should have come from factory like that!
That's awesome!

I know this is like comparing apples to oranges, but I felt kinda similar about my Cobalt. The Roots and Whipple-style blowers really add an awesome dimension to the driving experience. I had ragged on the Cobalt SSs for years until I needed a new daily driver and drove one. Even with only half an engine, it has power everywhere. I was so impressed with what it could do to a 4-cylinder I've been playing with the idea of putting a Kenne-Bell on my '95 GT after I put it back on the road. The 5.0 was really too small an engine for that car when it was designed, but I bet the Kenne-Bell would fix all of those issues and do it easily.

I hear you on the clutch issue. I had a similar issue with my first '87 LX. After being able to control the clutch pedal adjustment, it's been a requirement for all my 5.0s. I agree with you, they should have made that a part of standard production. You think it would be a simple matter in a focus group: "would you like to spend less for the car or spend a few dollars more and have it work right?" "Why, yes I would like the car to work correctly and I'd totally be willing to shell out extra for it."

I hope you can get your rev problem figured out...summer's coming, after all ;)