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Best Fox Body?

What year is the best fox body mustang (1987-1993). I'm looking to get one but i know very little about which are best for building up. Just want a nice looking car with lots of options.
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86-93 are all the same body style. there is relitivly no differnce to the naked eye, the truth is if you want to go with a little hevier GT, a lighter LX Hatch, or the lightest LX Notch. other then that there is nothing differnt in the body style. hope it helps!!

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What effect does weight have with the cars?
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Weight will slow the car down. Basically it would be like making a 350 lb man run the 100 meter dash against a 150 lb man. the 150 lb man will be lighter and there for get to the finish line faster( assuming of course both men had the same power in the legs). The GT has more weigth with the ground effects. The hatchback wieghs more than a notch/coupe because of the larger piece of glass and more metal for rigidness.

As far as performance goes ( GT wise) 87-92 had 225 hp and 300 ft lb torque. In 93 the GT dropped to 205 Hp(?) and 275 ft lb torque. The same with the LX models as I understand it. Of course in 93 the Cobra was debuted and it had more hp and torque than the GT. They are all the same besides that.

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Well put. But assuming performance was not the highest priority and say cosmitics were which model would be best? meaning more options for ground effects ect.. so far i was thinking the Gt hatch back looked nice. and i figure a GT would be enough performance for me. that and i don't like the looks of the notch =\
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As far as performance goes ( GT wise) 87-92 had 225 hp and 300 ft lb torque. In 93 the GT dropped to 205 Hp(?) and 275 ft lb torque. The same with the LX models as I understand it. Of course in 93 the Cobra was debuted and it had more hp and torque than the GT. They are all the same besides that.

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In '93 the power stayed the same...Ford changed the way it established horsepower and torque numbers.

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In '93 the power stayed the same...Ford changed the way it established horsepower and torque numbers.
thats not necesarily true in 1993 they switched to hypernuetic pistons rather then the forged pistons that were in pre 93 stangs...

This guy is asking which car has better styling... well everyone has a difference in oppinon i have an lx and love it if i could i would put a saleen bodykit on it which i think looks a 1,000 times better then a gt... i do like gts though too and they are nice but deffinetly heavier... i beat my friend with a gt every time we race and he has more mods then me and i say its the weight difference....

So if you want a combo of performance and looks go with a lx hatch or a gt if you want pure style get a convert (heaviest of all) and if u want all out performance a lx notch...

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ihave a Gt and i love the way it looks. My mom has an LX convertible, decent looking w/o ground effects. However i am putting a Saleen body kit on it. During the test fits I have done with the Ground effects the car looks a whole lot better with them on.

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I would go with a GT, if I had to choose it would be an '89. That way you are mass air, probably have 140 mph speedo, do not have that big irritating steering wheel with the airbag and no tilt. Go here for all of the detailed changes from year to year... http://www.mustanggt.org/91gt.htm
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1987....... 85 mph speedo (if that matters to you), speed density (really not a whole lot of camshaft choices, and modded the car will hunt for idle a little regardless), t-top option
1988....... same, very, very few changes
1989.......conversion to mass air ( no more speed density, way more choices when modding, but did drop hp a little because of the MAF sensor size), 140 mph speedo (some still had 85mph), no more t-top option
1990.......mass air, addition of air bag, no tilt steering, possibility of no center console, slight drop in hp but this was not reflected in the overall rating
1991.......bigger fender openings for new 16 " wheels another slight drop in hp
1992.......power seats option, basically the same, lowest production though and very hard to find.
1993.......switched to hypereutectic pistons, slight drop in hp again, new rating system drops it to 205hp 275 lbs/ft.

There were slight engine changes in the GT from 87-93, and all of them decreased hp, so basically the earliest will have the most hp, but mass air really is nice when you mod, thats why I like the best of both worlds the 89. I drive an 88 however and its great. Good luck

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92 GT Convertible. Best of everything. Looks, bigger fenders, forged pistons, airbag, power everything. :thumbsup
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my favorite is the 87-93 coupe/notchback........because of the trunk being placed on the car, the body is stiffer and can handle buttloads more horsepower..........hotwheels

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thats not necesarily true in 1993 they switched to hypernuetic pistons rather then the forged pistons that were in pre 93 stangs...
Actually Ford changed to hypernuetic pistons in 1989.
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The 1986 model looks different than later Fox bodies. The Hypereutectic piston was first used in the Mustangs 5.0HO in April, 1992.

My choice would be a 1989 coupe because of several things in no particular order. It was the last year for the tilt wheel, the first year for mass air, for starters. If tilt wheel means nothing to you, I'd look for a 1991 model.
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Actually Ford changed to hypernuetic pistons in 1989.
Actually he was right it wasnt used on any 5.0 HO until the 93 came out

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