Hey Guys, I have been on here for a little while but I have not been active at all because Ive been so busy. My names Jake and I will probably be on this site a lot now that I'm back to daily wrenching on my 5.0. I am a little more skilled then you avg garage monkey but I am not a master motor builder. This has been along time coming. My teal green 5.0 is a 92 Lx Hatch, I have had since I was 16. I joined the Marine Corps at the age of 18 and sold this car after being in for a few years I wanna say when I was 20. I regretted selling the car the second it left my drive way. About 2 years later my wife tracked down the kid i sold it to and bought it back for $500.00. Mind you I sold it in amazing condition at 97,000 miles for $5200.00 When I got it back the interior was gutted the trans was blown and the motor has a knock..... It sat in my garage with with out it being touched for about 3 or 4 year then I decided to try to get her up and running again. I got a used t-5 slapped it in and just pulled down the top end and realized he messed up a few valves and that's what the knocking was. Either way the old 302 was still tired and in desperate need of a over haul. But i was out of time and had to redeploy again for a 3rd time to Afghanistan and would just buy a light duty short block when I got back. Well life dealt me and my family a card we all had knew was a chance but didn't expect. I am a USMC EOD tech and on Aug 16th 2011 while conducting operations in Helmand Prov I was stuck by a IED while on a foot patrol and lost my left leg from the knee down. Its been just over a year now and I spent about 7 month in Walter Reed Bethesda Naval Hospital learning how to walk and everything. Well now its time to take some Hard earned money and dump it in to the old 5.0. I know for the money I am about to drop in this car I could have a way better car to do it with but its the cars sentimental value. I had this car in HS when I met my wife, lost my license in it a few times as a kid for burn outs and stuff so i know I could find a lot better roller to throw this motor trans combo in but I want THIS CAR. Well first thing first Since the old clutch foot is gone I had to convert over to auto So I got a AOD-E with a Comp-u-shift controller going in the car now (plan on also getting a c4 for drag purpose only, but went with the AOD-E for now for more driver friendly on the roads now) and the motor was pulled and set aside. I started fresh from a Dart Sportsman Block and have done all the work my self except the balancing, I hand delivered the rotating assembly to scat in long beach and picked it up my self. The motor is now done and about to go in the car. The interior was gutted by past owner so I will have to replace some of that, still has the seats and some carpet and dash....the rest is gone. My priorities right now are brakes, suspension then cage. I have a budget of $1000.00 for the brakes and suspension but any dollar saved is more for the future parts. So heres my dilemma, 8 years ago I could have told you every part under the sun and what I should buy, but I have not been following the after market part world for about 7 years and over time better stuff comes out and the "good" stuff sometimes proves to be junk after a few years. These are some Ideas I have but I must say, yes the car is deamed a drag/street car with 185s on the front and 295's on the rear but I want it to still handle good I do not want 90/10 non adjustable shocks...... Heres the cars specs Just got the motor back from the Dyno guy, 446hp 436 ft/lbs on 92 pump gas 92 5.0 LX Hatch 127,000 on body Dart SHP 4 bolt main block Bored to a 331 and stroked to a final 347 (the safe way to a 347 so the skirts dont drop out to far) Scat Crank and Rods CP Pistons all blue printed and balanced Edelbrock Air-Gap Intake Holly 650 all -8 lines from carb to fuel cell BeCool Radiator Felx-a-lite Dual Fan Gen 3 Charging system Fuel Cell Mech Fuel Pump Ford Racing 1 5/8 Headers BBK Off Road H Pipe FlowMaster cat-back AOD-E Trans with Comp-u-shift Converter-Precision Industry 9.5” Multi-Disc Lock-Up 2500 stall Eaton Posi Rear end with 31 splines 3.73 gears Weld Wheels with MT Drag Radials Kenne Bell Welded sub-frame connectors The Needs Brakes- LMR 73mm SVO loaded Calipers- 120 Summit bradded lines - 50 LMR Steal sleeves- 60 LMR Mustang Front Brake Rotor Installation Hardware Kit-60 Summit slotted calipers- 108 Summit Racing SUM-BKD022 - Summit Racing Equipment® Drum Brake Kits- 75 Total-$473 / Now what about the Master Cyc? Will I notice an big difference with out it? And if I need to get a new one, Year model, price? Does any one have a better set up for a CHEAPER price. Suspension-(mainly just looking socks and struts) Option 1 KYB Gas Adjust kit from LMR- 265 Aftermarket control arms? Total ? Option 2 Strange adjustable struts Strange Engineering S6001EM - 240 for the Pair KYB Gas adjust quad shocks and KYB rear- 160 Total- $400.00 Option 3- You tell me!!!!