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  • 1996 Mystique 5spd swap thread

    I figured I'd make an actual thread for this, and stop using my thread in the new member forum.

    First I lowered it on cougar 17's, blacked out all the chrome, new headlights, and added leather





    Then I decided to finally start the 5spd swap






    The parts motor

    took the head off for fun

    My new subframe!
    1990 Ford Festiva LX only 20,000 miles, 1991 Ford Festiva GL DD
    1996 Mystique build thread here:
    http://www.contour.org/ceg-vb/showth...d&daysprune=-1

  • #2
    May as well swap in a 3L now that you've got it torn down that far. Are you sticking with a rod style linkage or cable?
    00 Contour SVT #1914 BLK/PT
    3L Hybrid, cam regrinds, MSDS, Quaife, NPG CAI, 17x7.5 MSR wheels, Hankook RS3 245/40s, D2s, tubular rear toe arms, BAT rear sway bar, 13" Cobra front brakes, 300mm FSVT rear brakes, CF Evo hood, Mirko. 2900lbs. 213whp/179wtq

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    • #3
      That 2.5 runs fine, and its not very hard to drop the drivetrain if he wants to upgrade. All the parts are rod shift, which is proving to make this a very easy swap.
      Chris V.
      02 Cougar "Hello Cougar" 3L Hybrid, MSDS, Trubendz, Magnaflow, Quaife, Bat Kit, Hello Kitty Exhaust Tip + More
      04 Volvo S60R manual
      00 Sable LS Premium -Roush Springs, Magnaflow - 97 'Tour SE MTX

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      • #4
        I thought about going to 3L, I really want to, but I've heard people have had bad luck getting the pre-98 to tune the 3L. The only one I know of is blu fuz, and his was originally obd 1
        1990 Ford Festiva LX only 20,000 miles, 1991 Ford Festiva GL DD
        1996 Mystique build thread here:
        http://www.contour.org/ceg-vb/showth...d&daysprune=-1

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        • #5
          Is his car even tuned? I thought he was running without a tune.
          Luke had issues with his 97 se with the hybrid in it before he put everything into the cougar. I believe he said sct didn't support that computer or something and wouldnt do anything to help. It's been a while since I heard the details. You could run untuned, but longevity of the engine could be an issue if you bring the rpms up too often.
          Chris V.
          02 Cougar "Hello Cougar" 3L Hybrid, MSDS, Trubendz, Magnaflow, Quaife, Bat Kit, Hello Kitty Exhaust Tip + More
          04 Volvo S60R manual
          00 Sable LS Premium -Roush Springs, Magnaflow - 97 'Tour SE MTX

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          • #6
            Originally posted by 96mystiquev6 View Post
            I thought about going to 3L, I really want to, but I've heard people have had bad luck getting the pre-98 to tune the 3L. The only one I know of is blu fuz, and his was originally obd 1

            I am still OBD1 running stock '95 lower intake manifold, 17# injectors, and tune. I did buy a SCT Eliminator 4 selection flip chip and sent it out to get 3 tunes loaded on it with the "options" my car currently has. I still havn't done the 19# svt injectors, SVT LIM, or hooked up my tuned chip. The car runs really good as it sits and I have about 25-30,000 miles on my ported 2005 Taurus 3L swap with no tune and small injectors. Dyno at 190hp 193tq as it sits .
            *CLICK HERE ---> 1995 SE 3L WITH MATCHING TRAILER <--- CLICK HERE*
            30 Contour / Mystiques and counting......

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            • #7
              Not bad at all!

              I think your only real option on the mystique would be to do like I'm doing in my 97 and swapping everything to 98-99 parts.
              Chris V.
              02 Cougar "Hello Cougar" 3L Hybrid, MSDS, Trubendz, Magnaflow, Quaife, Bat Kit, Hello Kitty Exhaust Tip + More
              04 Volvo S60R manual
              00 Sable LS Premium -Roush Springs, Magnaflow - 97 'Tour SE MTX

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              • #8
                The most interesting (to me) thread on the CEG in long time . Best of luck on your build. Keep the pics coming

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                • #9
                  Thank you! To me it seems like almost everyone on here is too obsessed with svt's, not that svt's are bad, they are really cool, but I like things different, and what is more different than a pre-98 mystique?
                  1990 Ford Festiva LX only 20,000 miles, 1991 Ford Festiva GL DD
                  1996 Mystique build thread here:
                  http://www.contour.org/ceg-vb/showth...d&daysprune=-1

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                  • #10
                    I miss my old Pre98 Mystique. I think they look better than the Pre98 Contours by far.





                    00 Contour SVT #1914 BLK/PT
                    3L Hybrid, cam regrinds, MSDS, Quaife, NPG CAI, 17x7.5 MSR wheels, Hankook RS3 245/40s, D2s, tubular rear toe arms, BAT rear sway bar, 13" Cobra front brakes, 300mm FSVT rear brakes, CF Evo hood, Mirko. 2900lbs. 213whp/179wtq

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                    • #11
                      I am so jealous of your sunroof, you did have that car lookin pretty sharp! I do have side skirts for this car as well, just gotta put them on.
                      1990 Ford Festiva LX only 20,000 miles, 1991 Ford Festiva GL DD
                      1996 Mystique build thread here:
                      http://www.contour.org/ceg-vb/showth...d&daysprune=-1

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                      • #12
                        Thanks! The sunroof was an aftermarket setup that was put in before i bought the car. The sideskirts really help the car look lower and more agressive.


                        I cant wait to see yours all finished up and with the skirts on. Keep up the great work!
                        00 Contour SVT #1914 BLK/PT
                        3L Hybrid, cam regrinds, MSDS, Quaife, NPG CAI, 17x7.5 MSR wheels, Hankook RS3 245/40s, D2s, tubular rear toe arms, BAT rear sway bar, 13" Cobra front brakes, 300mm FSVT rear brakes, CF Evo hood, Mirko. 2900lbs. 213whp/179wtq

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                        • #13
                          Thanks, I am really excited to drive it again, should feel like a completley different car, going from a stock automatic to a 5spd with headers, svt lower/upper intake, and throttle body, along with a weapon r cold air intake.
                          1990 Ford Festiva LX only 20,000 miles, 1991 Ford Festiva GL DD
                          1996 Mystique build thread here:
                          http://www.contour.org/ceg-vb/showth...d&daysprune=-1

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by 95_Mystique View Post
                            I miss my old Pre98 Mystique. I think they look better than the Pre98 Contours by far.
                            You shush your filthy mouth! Best contours ever are '95's with svt kits on them . Kick ass mystique project though. Glad some other guys also like the non svts ;).
                            *CLICK HERE ---> 1995 SE 3L WITH MATCHING TRAILER <--- CLICK HERE*
                            30 Contour / Mystiques and counting......

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                            • #15
                              There are a few of us still around that prefer the pre98s. I can't wait to get my 97 SE on the road, it may not be the prettiest but it has all the options I wanted. Problem is I want to drive all my cars but can't afford to insure 5 cars at once lol

                              Josh, we gonna work on your mystique again this next weekend? I have Friday and Sunday off.
                              Chris V.
                              02 Cougar "Hello Cougar" 3L Hybrid, MSDS, Trubendz, Magnaflow, Quaife, Bat Kit, Hello Kitty Exhaust Tip + More
                              04 Volvo S60R manual
                              00 Sable LS Premium -Roush Springs, Magnaflow - 97 'Tour SE MTX

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