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The LX notch has less weight (100-200 pounds maybe) as the hatch lid is heavy as sh|t. GT has more ground effects. Also the LX exhaust has straight exit tailpipes which are a bit more showy whereas the GTs are mostly hidden turndowns.
Same motor and power numbers.
1989 GT - Show Car Project
Mods: AFR165 - Comp XE264-12 cam, WC T5Z, Tmoss Cobra Intake, full bolt-ons, 305 rwhp / 345 rwtq
Main difference is weight. Gt is around 100lbs. heavier with the body kit and mainly the front bumper brace to support the fogs. Also different interior options in the GT. If you plan on making that LX a GT clone, you'll need to do more than simply slap the GT bumper cover on. You'll need the front bumper brace and the moldings around the whole car are different as well.
IMO, body kits are for ****in imports, keep em off american muscle. The LX has a much cleaner look and when given the right stance, just looks bad ass all around.
1989 Mustang lx 5.0: MAC long tubes wrapped, BBK catless H-pipe, Magnaflows dumped w/ turndowns, BBK blackout fenderwell CAI, Polished GT40 intake, Steeda tri-ax shifter, 3G swap, Mark VIII fan, UPR clutch cable-quadrant w/ firewall adjuster, 3.73's, Walbro 255, ARP bolts, black 16" pony wheels, Nitto drag radials.
The lx comes in notch and hatch back. The gt ground effects and all brackets weigh about 100 pounds and the hatch weighs about 80 pounds not counting the extra metal and bracing to support the heavy hatch when open. I personally think the lx notch back is a cleaner looking car. If u line up stock lx notch and a gt the notch is quicker. 100 lbs = .1 sec at the track hope I helped
I agree with YLDPONY the fog lights are just decorations I have a 88 GT and even with fog lights that are new I feel they are garbage. I also think the LX has a clean look to them and in my opinion as well you should leave it. Don't get me wrong I do like my GT got a great deal on it but I have seen some really tough looking LX cars. Could have save money with an LX in a resto as well since I replaced most of the moldings/ground effects on my car.
I have a GT and i think they look nicer then the lx but that why they mad the two. And for the 100lb you can always lose wait on your car. For the fog light you can not really tell when they are on or off so that would be kind of a wast of money. But thats just me 2 cents. Have fun eather way with the car
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88 Ford GT Mustang 5.0
05 Jeep Grand cherokee 4.7L
The factory data supplied by Ford themselves to the Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Association and published along with every other specification for the car you can think of.
Their definition of curb weight is full of fluids, ready to drive, but without cargo or passengers. The consensus seems to be although most GT's came with A/C because the people paying for the GT package tended to want more heavily optioned cars, they could be ordered without it. Maybe it was standard but could be deleted. Otherwise the only thing the GT package really got you over a 5.0 hatchback was the body cladding, the seats, the foglights, and the 2-tone paint availability, and maybe "convenience group" interior lighting.
These are the base weights for each model. Add to them the following options weights accordingly:
Power Locks 6
Power Window 6
AM/FM Cassette 2
Premium Sound 5
Radio Delete -9
That's EPA mileage. Derived from a government-mandated test cycle; not Ford.
"Curb Weight" is specified according to SAE standard J1100 "total weight of vehicle including batteries, lubricants, and other expendable supplies but
excluding the driver, passengers, and other payloads"