1994 Mercury Cougar XR-7 (The Cat)
Last updated Aug 20, 2008
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The mods done to the Cougar have come slowly over the course of the last two years and have been moving toward a true pro touring class car. Nothing is done to excess, but all is done to be much better than stock. I started where I was most familiar, the audio system. It has gone through a couple of stages and the final upgrade/integration will be done over the winter. I've also updated the paint, body lines and interior to add more personality to the vehicle. Performance upgrades have just scratched the surface so far. More signficant upgrades will come later, after the last of the visual cues are finished.
So, what makes the Cougar a pro touring class car? Every system in the vehicle is somehow upgraded from performance and handling to comfort and convienience. Each step makes it a more desirable vehicle in its own category; better audio system (self explanatory), wider tires for more grip and handling, better intake and exhaust for better performance; all of this makes it not only a better performer or more comfortable ride, but also more dependable. No matter how far the customization goes, the car must remain rock solid and good for daily driver duties. In the spirit of pro touring, the Cougar will get me where I want to go comfortably, reliably and perform well once it arrives.
4.6 (281 cid) SOHC V8
205 hp/265 lb-ft tq
1/4 mile - 15.8 seconds (Factory)
4 Speed Auto/W Lockout Overdrive
Rear Gears--3.08 Open Diff
ABS - Front 10.8" disc, 10.0" rear disc
15" alloy wheels with 215/70/R15 Firestones
Full power package (seats, windows, mirrors and remote trunk release)
Keyless Entry Touch Pad
Premium Sound System with Cassette Deck
Interior Lighting Group (glove box, storage console, dual map lights and slow-fading courtesy lighting)
All the usual luxury car anemities. A true personal luxury coupe.
"Fast Ronald" Torsion Brace
Custom Improved Air Intake Tube by Spectre
Motorcraft platinum plugs
FRPP 9mm Blue Silicone Plug Wires
Motorcraft hi-flow air filter/silencer delete
Custom true dual exhaust with Magnaflow DI/DO muffler 2.25
245/60/R15 Dunlop GT Qualifier tires
Mercron V Transfluid upgrade
Shaved V8 emblems
Champaign Mist Metallic clearcoat paint (custom mixed)
***3 Separate Pearls used to make this color***
Light Saddle Metallic accents
OEM 1997 rear spoiler
1989 Super Coupe Side Skirts
Burlwood dash treatment (real wood).
1997 OEM Console with Cupholders
Full Audio System:
Kenwood MP 435 U hu, Clarion 3 way active xover, Alpine MRP-F240 4ch amp, MTX Thunder 282 2ch amp, Pioneer Aramid Fiber Cone "A" Series 6x8's front and rear, JL Audio 10W4V1 10" sub in custom corner encloser (3/4 marine grade stock), wiring by Soundquest.
"Fast Ronald" Custom Shock Tower Brace
Custom Ram Air (via existing bumper vent)
J-Mod (see TCCoA Tech Articles)
3.27 Trac-Loc (In the Garage!)
1990 SC Rear Sway Bar/New Bushings, etc. throughout
1990 SC Front Sway Bar/Bushings (Time Permitting)
Hard Mounted Spark Plug Wire Looms
Tokico Springs/Shocks Package 1.25 drop
Paint Touch ups/Pinstripes/New Clear Coat PPG/Excel
SCT X-Cal II with tune (after new rear end, etc. is in)
"Vintage" V8 Ford Emblems
Re-Vamp of Audio System (More Integration)
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