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03OrangeSVT 10-10-2006 08:30 PM

Ingalls Engineering "STIFFY" installed
 
First I had to "modify" the engine side bracket since it was intended for a ZX3 not an SVT, basically I welded up the old holes and drilled new ones where I needed them....


http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y17...bracket002.jpg

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y17...bracket003.jpg

Next I installed the brackets....

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y17...bracket004.jpg

Then I installed the Stiffy....

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y17...bracket005.jpg

Then I put everything else back in after adjusting the torque dampening on the stiffy.....

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y17...bracket006.jpg

Review of the parts and directions

The parts seem to be of top quality and built to last.

The directions were actually pretty good, all the steps we precise and generally informative and they covered everything needed.... but there were 2 things I found lacking.

1) In the directions they refer to illustration 4 as a referance to the orientation of how the stiffy mounts into the brackets, a supplemental sheet say to mount the stiffy in a completely opposite way... I went with the picture since it was installed buy the Ingalls guys.

2) The directions say to "torque nuts/bolts to factory specs" MOST people wouldn't know the torque specs on the chassis motor mount bolts... neither did I.
I think it would be very helpful if Ingalls would include them in the directions... since they were written specifically for the Focus anyways.

Review of how it performed

As soon as I started the car I could tell it was alot.. well stiffer. It felt as if I had solid motor mounts... keep in mind I already have the 3 VF Engineering mounts on the car.

I pull out of the driveway and start up the road driving at a normal rate and when I would shift it definitly felt better, it felt as if there was NO give what so ever. After a couple of miles I decide to turn around and head back to the garage, I got into a little boost in first the shifted normally to second and it felt really good. I got to 30mph in second then decided to see just how good the stiffy worked... so I stomped the gas and hear this loud screeching sound... it was the front tires. The front end would usually shimmy alittle under that kind of load... but it didnt after installing the Stiffy.

I shifted into 3rd around 6k... and yes I was DEEP in big boost territory (19psi) and it was probaly the best feeling shifting I have experienced since getting the SVT.

I would most DEFINITLY reccommend the "STIFFY" to anyone thats looking to firm up there engine/tranny. The car feels as if all of the engine/tranny movement has gone. A worthy investment indeed!!

John

HaveBlue83 10-10-2006 08:35 PM

HOLY CRAP...I want one NOW......how much and where...I need to save for this sucker.....

THANKS!

pspringe 10-10-2006 08:49 PM

Why don't you save for more power first.

HaveBlue83 10-10-2006 08:56 PM

because I hat the engine moving around on hard shifts...I want that sucker SOLID......and that thing is too much for me now anyways. I don't like the engine moving around so much.

me_john85 10-10-2006 08:59 PM

did you contact ingalls about the mounting bracket? wonder if they would make a bracket for the svt.

anyways i was sceptical about then when you first posted about it but i guess its a nice investment.

03OrangeSVT 10-10-2006 09:02 PM

I did contact Ingalls and right now I believe they do NOT make one for the SVT yet, I asked them if I could modify mine to fit... they said yes and to take pics to let them see what I did.

HaveBlue83 10-10-2006 09:14 PM

yeah, make due with what ya got. [thumb]

SuperFocusMan 10-10-2006 09:14 PM

Does the "stiffy" offer adjustable dampening? Install looks clean, great work.

zx34me 10-10-2006 10:11 PM

wow im very excited to see the results on my atx hopefully it evens everything out. ill post up the same when i get mine in

richiejerzee4lfe 10-10-2006 11:18 PM

on one side of it, there appears to be a nut on the threaded end of it. so i'm gonna say that it's probably adjustable.


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