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    Are those dust shields plastic; or metal? Mine ('86) were plastic; no clue if Ford went to metal in the later years or not.

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    They went to metal in the later years. These are metal.
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    Awesome! Looking forward to the big brake swap now.

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    I think 95+ are metal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 87gtVIC View Post
    I would go the extra bucks since you are kinda close to that amount already, if you have the extra coin.

    If not you have kinda a stock combo (ford stock) so running the p heads cannot hurt too bad.

    If the P heads did not need that once over ($) I would run them without hesitation for the above reason...stock ford combo so it should all work nicely.

    Kinda not answering your question....Either way. If it was me and I had the money I would go big with the TFS heads. If the ford p heads were fine I would go with them.
    Yeah that's how I feel about it as well. If the heads didn't need all the extra work we'd just stick with them, but now it's really making a lot of sense to just go better, especially since the car is already set up with easily-tuned electronics to match the increased flow of the TFS heads. Question #3, what cam do you have in yours? I'm sure you've already answered that at least twice, but the search is not being very friendly to me right now, lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 87gtVIC View Post
    ...No. California car duster, detail sprays and plush microfiber towels are all that touch the paint for cleaning purposes. The car only goes out in great weather and the cover keeps all of the rain, dust etc away from the paint.

    I touch up the vinyl with 303 from time to time on my own car.
    My car gets dirty/dusty from sitting at work. I don't drive it in rain or weather any more but the dust happens from driving it. Which detail sprays do you use?
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    Quote Originally Posted by His Royal Ghostliness View Post
    Yeah that's how I feel about it as well. If the heads didn't need all the extra work we'd just stick with them, but now it's really making a lot of sense to just go better, especially since the car is already set up with easily-tuned electronics to match the increased flow of the TFS heads. Question #3, what cam do you have in yours? I'm sure you've already answered that at least twice, but the search is not being very friendly to me right now, lol.
    TFS Stage 1 cam.

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    My car gets dirty/dusty from sitting at work. I don't drive it in rain or weather any more but the dust happens from driving it. Which detail sprays do you use?
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    Thanks David, noted.

    Now one last question, with this fine layer of dust that I've got, is it still ok to use and then wipe off with a micro fiber towel or should I wash it? Don't want to scratch my paint or I should say, add more scratches to it. Got me some swirl marks and such.
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    If you lube the surface up good and gently rotate your wrist upwards while wiping the panel down in one direction. You should be okay. Once the microfiber is soiled move to another portion. Fold the towel into four. Four squares turn to eight as the towel is double sided.

    I just hate watering the car so I just deal with any harm it may bring.
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    Derek, what about using a "California duster" Just lightly brush the dust off. They work pretty good.

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    Word Dave, I'll keep that in mind for when I go to do the car this weekend (fingers crossed).

    Thanks Tom, that could be an idea to try too. I was just thinking this stuff might be "on there" to the point where it'll need help coming off. I'll make note of that though too and try both. Tired of automatic car washes as they never get all the crannies boxes have and hand washing just takes too long and it's a pain trying to keep the whole car wet until I'm ready to dry it, I don't have the luxury of shade... Not to mention water just seems to seep from the top for hours, makes me cringe...
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    My rear disc splash/dust shields came in. I was planning on painting them black but sense was knocked into me and I am leaving them untouched. Painting it black will just make them disappear back there.

    The destructions say I can install them without taking off the caliper mounting plate, which is good as I don't want to remove the axles for a shield install. Only have to drill a couple of holes and it come with all the hardware necessary.
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    That's one nice thing about OEM parts, they usually come with pretty good (and accurate!) instructions. Even if said in instructions sometimes kinda under-rate the amount of brutality needed to install said OEM parts, lol.
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    I'll find out. The papers say some grinding necessary! Lets just see what their definition of "some" is.
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    Installed my rear splash shield today for the rear brakes.

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    Bare and stock, missing the shield:

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    Shield mached up for fitment:

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    Shield held away so you can see how she mounts. One bolt gets replaced with a stud for the lower mount, and three holes get drilled out. Two on the caliper bracket itself and on into the parking/e bake bracket ear. The kit came right from ford with all the instructions and the proper hardware. OH, on the drivers side some clearencing of the caliper bracket was necessary in order for the shield to sit flush against the barcket. This was also mentioned in the instructions.

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    Bare bones passengers side:

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    P side with the shield in place. Fits perfectly.

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    and drivers side all complete

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