Jan 23 2013
We've working on collecting pre-payments for the ARP watts link stud HERE which will help lessen the likelihood of breakage on modified vehicle or those driven aggressively in the corners. Contact Chris if you have any questions!
May 03 2012
ADTR now carries Magnaflow direct fit catalytic converters! Check them out in our Exhaust section!
We also got the Eaton springs up on the website finally. Check them out in our Suspension section!
Feb 27 2012
ADTR's now has supercharger kits for 98-02 and 03+ cars. Contact Chris for more information!
ADTR also has teamed up with Metco Motorsports and now have 92-97 Aero Crown Vic adjustable upper control arms and billet lower control arms. Check out the thread on CrownVic.net click here
Dec 15 2010
ADTR is now direct with Addco manufacturing (F & R swaybars) and Eaton Detroit spring company (92+ vic stock / 1" lowering or 1 1/2" lowering springs)! We've got better prices and quicker turnaround times!
Stainless Works now offers 92+ long tube headers with lead pipes and 03-04 cat back systems! Check it out!!!
Dec 13 2009
Check out the Supercharger FAQ page compiled by ADTR and Blue Oval Chips on Crownvic.net
If you are planning on running a large stereo or ton of electronics, I would suggest leaving the stock alternator pulley on to make sure your charging system works correctly. If you are at all worried about charging problems, just leave the alternator pulley stock and you should have absolutely no problems. When you do put the alt. pulley on, the lights tend to dim at night when you come to a stop. To compensate for that, many tuners will up the idle speed.
I ran around with my underdrive pullies on my 1998 CV for over 75k miles and had no ill effects.
No you normally do not need a computer tune when installing normal bolt ons. That includes throttle bodies, intake tubes, K&N intake system, exhaust, ported plenums, etc. You will need a tune for the following: cams, MM airbox or any different than stock MAF, nitrous, supercharger, turbo, It would be ideal to get a tune when you do the PI intake swap, but it is not necessary. It would be ideal to get a tune when you put on the underdrive pullies to raise up the idle to keep the battery charged. If you have any other specific parts, please contact Chris and he'd be happy to answer.
Ask Chris as sometimes we have the original parts used for testing or know of used parts that are available.
Any Panther model year 2001 or later has them.
You can place an order online through our store, email or call me. Whatever works best for you!
Steeda underdrive pullies, ported upper plenum (throttle body if you have the money), 80mm Marauder air box and a chip. Later on down the line, exhaust, rear gears and trac loc (if you don’t already have it), shocks and sway bars.
A Panther is the designation for the chassis on a Town Car, Grand Marquis and the Crown Victoria
The MZT is a term that many of the Crownvic.net members call the Marauder airbox, Zip tube and custom computer Tune.
For more information click on the www.Crownvic.net link compliments of dRock
Talk to Lonnie at www.BlueOvalChips.com He knows his stuff and strives to make every customer happy. Tell him Chris sent you!
Trying to figure out what throttle body to get?
70mm is the largest I'd suggest on a relatively stock car. With a 70mm throttle body, there will be a slight gain in throttle response and maybe some horsepower. Many will argue that it costs horsepower, but I felt a gain on my personal car. A 70mm throttle body and our ported upper plenum are a great combination and you'll definitely notice a difference.
The 75mm throttle body works very well with the AED kits. This is not suggested for a naturally aspirated car.
No you do not need a larger MAF, but the two parts compliment each other nicely.
You need the following:
Contact Chris for pricing
You need the MM airbox assembly and a custom computer tune. (No a Superchips 1725 tuner will not work)
Other suggested parts to go with your MM airbox would be the following:
- Either the '04 or '06 PI intake tube as the opening going onto the MAF is the correct size. You can use your stock tube but it will require effort to make it go on.
For more information on intake tubes check out the following link compliments of dRock
- MM MAF wiring harness replaces your stock MM wiring harness and relocates the IAT sensor which used to be in your airbox into the MAF. This makes for a cleaner install on all 02 and earlier Panthers. If you don't want to do any wiring, you just need to drill a hole in the airbox for the IAT sensor like stock. 03-04 Panthers have the same MAF pigtail and modifications are not needed. All 05+ Panthers should use the 04 PI airbox as that utilizes the same MAF connector and incorporates the larger 80mm MAF.
- 180 thermostat and 22c plugs are a good addition as they help reduce pinging and detonation. Most tuners suggest these.
For all information on the differences in Zip tubes, check out the following link compliments of dRock
The answer is that it allows the tuner to be more aggressive with the tune and helps prevent pinging and detonation.
Normally 1 heat range colder on the plugs is for N/A cars and 2 heat ranges are meant for heavily modded cars with boost or nitrous.
No chip has been needed thus far to our knowledge. Any time you make an improvement a chip would be suggested but not required.
Nope, everything is included and you can reuse the throttle body, IAC and EGR gaskets as long as they come off in one piece.
It is a new hand ported upper intake plenum. We remove sharp edges, remove casting defects, reshape the angle the air enters the engine and help smooth out the airflow.
The car hasn’t been dyno tested with just this part, but there was an increase in acceleration and throttle response. Similar plenums have been shown to increase hp over 8-12 rwhp and 12-15 rwtq.
Stock works for most near stock cars, 70mm for slightly modified cars and 75mm for heavily modified or blower cars.
Ford decided to change the casting design along with different vacuum ports. Those changes cost more, thus the increased price.
Gasket making material, bolts, and hardware are included in the kit. Locking header bolts are available as an option.
With any header, this is a common occurrence. You will definitely have to tighten them after a couple of heat cycles and you may have to tighten the bolts every once and a while. If it is a big inconvenience you can get the locking header bolts to ensure a tight bolt every time.
There have been a couple of customers who have used the systems on cars earlier or later successfully but they may not be a direct bolt on. Many had to modify the piping over the rear axle and change the hanger orientation.
For the later cars (06+) Magnaflow also sells a system that will bolt up to the stock cat pipe (or Stainless Works long tube headers with lead pipes) that sounds great, is stainless steel quality and mandrel bent.
All factory sensors are still retained. Depending on you year there will be O2 extensions included for the front sensors and the rear sensors will connect like stock. EGR is still retained but can be capped off with the Ford Racing EGR cap available through us.
After swapping in different gears, you'll need to adjust the speedo to read correctly.
2002 and earlier cars can swap the mechanical speedo gear to get the speedometer to read correctly. 3.55, 3.73 or 4.10 all uses a 23 tooth speedometer gear. For more precise adjustment a speedcal is suggested.
2003+ cars have no speedo gear and require a computer tune to calibrate the speedometer.
(Courtesy of TurboVic) Gear choice depends on several things, it's a trade-off. The more gear you get, the faster you can accelerate, to a point. The trade off is that your gas mileage will suffer with each step up on the gear chain.
Most civilian Crown Vics come with 2.73 gears, 3.27 in the performance and handling package (99-00 Vics with P&H get 3.55's). Police interceptors get 3.27's from the factory, which was upped to 3.55's for 99-00.
All civilian Crown Victoria's come with open differentials, which means you will only leave one mark when you try a burnout. 3.55's should be the minimum you should consider to up the performance of the Vic. 3.73's are a much better choice and are still very good with gas mileage. 4.10's would be about as far as I would go on a modded Vic due to the fact you run out of revs at around 4250rpm.
Regardless of which gears you choose, consider it a good time to replace your differential at the same time, the labor is not extra when doing a diff and gears at the same time. Most shops will charge between $250-300 for installation, add an extra $100 if your bearings are shot.
You will need a 23 tooth speedometer gear to switch to any of these gears. With 3.55's, your speedo will read about 3mph slow at 65mph. With 4.10's, it will read about 3mph fast. 3.73's will read about perfect. On the newer cars, you'll need an electronic speedometer compensator, which is available from Abbott.
28 spline axles are stock on all Panthers up to 2004 except for the Town Car limo packages. 31 spline axles came standard in all 05+ Panthers. To upgrade to a 31 spline trac-lok, you would need to replace the trac-lok unit as well as a set of 31 spline axles.
You can find out your rearend combination by checking out the following vin decoder compliments of Liquid
The advantage of 31 splines is with more splines it can withstand more hp and heavier launches on the track
The suspension design changed on the 03 plus Panthers as they went under a complete redesign and implemented rack and pinion steering.
You can try to make your own kit piece by piece, but as of now, there are no complete kits for 03 plus cars.