Installing Maximum Motorsportsâ€™ drag-race roll bar in a 10-second Cobra
By Steve Turner
Photos courtesy of Jeff Smith and Jon Pavia Racing
Todayâ€™s modern Mustangs are capable of great performance in stock form, but when you mod them, those elapsed times start dropping in a hurry. If you are doing it right, your car might soon be running quick enough to require more safety equipment. If you want to be safe (and get to make more than one pass at the track) youâ€™ll need to upgrade.
Such was the case for SVTP member Jeff Smith and his 2004 Cobra, a.k.a. The Pumpkin. An avid drag racer, Jeff has upgraded his Terminator with a VMP TVS supercharger pumped up by a Metco Motorsports overdriven lower pulley. Fed by a JLT high-boost cold-air intake and a set of Injector Dynamics ID1000 injectors, his Cobra put down over 646 horsepower and 598 lb-ft of torque to the wheels with a VMP tune and some Torco in the tank.
Though he already added a Stifflerâ€™s driveshaft safety loop, Jeff clearly wants to push the carâ€™s 10-second performance even further. To do so, meant it was time to install a roll cage. Not only would doing so make his car legal for running quicker times. It also adds an additional layer of safety, which is so important at higher speeds.
â€œI choose Maximum Motorsportsâ€™ bar because it seemed to be the one most Terminator guys had and all the reviews were good,â€ Jeff explained. â€œThe install was straight-forward and the instructions were very detailed.â€
The bar in question is the Maximumâ€™s six-point drag race unit featuring removable door bars and a fixed harness mount bar (PN MMRB-7; $605). This bar is designed to bolt in and meet both NHRA and NMRA safety standards. It will also bolster your Mustangâ€™s chassis rigidity, which can actually improve its performance at the track.
â€œThe only welding required is to join the back down bars from main hoop. I had TRZ Motorsports handle the Tig-welding chores and it looks sweet. The fit and finish is great,â€ Jeff said. â€œThe car feels much tighter, and so farâ€”in my one track outingâ€”the car seems to have picked up in the 60 foot.â€
Itâ€™s certainly a worthy upgrade, and for those considering a bar, Jeff offered to let us follow along with his install, performed with the help Jonathan Pavia of Like A Boss Racing.