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Whats the difference that makes 87-88 TC so heavy?
Jeffmerkur Offline
I was just curious about what makes the 87-88 so much heavier then the early ones? The specs I found say its about 400 pounds? They are the same wheel base, same basic size? Is it just all the extra equipment? Intercooler,ABS,Ride Control, ETC? Kinda a pointless question but I was curious about it and figured you guys that know way more about these cars then me would know the answer?

vinnietbird Offline
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I'd imagine a combo of all of that, the 8.8 rear weighs more than the 7.5, and didn't the '87.'88 have two mufflers as opposed to the earlier cars having one muffler? Stock mufflers are heavy as well. Thicker sway bars, bigger front brakes, bigger rear window,......
1988 Thunderbird. No details will be given or spoken of.

Pete D Offline
+ Bigger wheels & tires, more electronics, the PRC struts and shocks,
Pete Dunham


Jeff K Offline
I think there about 200 pounds of wiring in the 87-88. Plus lots of sound deadening material. ABS master cyl weighs a ton.
Jeff Korn

88 Turbo Coupe: Intake and exhaust mods, T3 turbo at 24 psi, forced air IC, water injection, BPV, Ranger cam, subframes, etc., etc.
86 Tbird 5.0 (original owner): intake, exhaust, valvetrain mods, 100 HP N2O, ignition, gears, suspension, etc., etc.
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Not B Anymore Offline
At least they cut back on some of the weight with the turbo!
Brian Leavitt
'86 TC 5-Speed -- MS2x w/COP | 83 lb. injectors | T3/T4 50 Trim Stage 3 .63AR | Full 3" Exhaust - No Cat | Motorsport FMIC | Ranger Roller | Ported E6 | Walbro 255HP | Kirban | 20psi | 120-amp 3G | 8.8" 3.55 rear | '03 Cobra Wheels

TurboBoost88 Offline
Its all that "extra" h.p. under the hood ! LOL
88 TurboCoupe,Midnight Metallic Blue on Blue cloth, 140 m.p.h. speedo, 96,000 miles, 5spd. Gills valve, many new parts waiting to be installed..88 TC, Silver, 5spd, My first car, wish I still had that one! Built for customers: 67 Ford Fairlane,69 Mach I,70 Mach I Clone,95 Ranger 2.3/5.0 EFI Conversion,99 Cobra Procharger SC-1 Install/Tune,Factory Five Racing Mark III Cobra #4114,1955 Black on Black Thunderbird for local Ford Dealer owner's wife.

turbird77 Offline
I actually took the time to pull all the unneeded wiring out of mine, during the ABS & PRC delete. Even the large bundle of related wires that ran into the interior, through the firewall grommet, back to the fold down tray behind the seat. I actually weighed it all afterward. All the wiring combined with the ABS/PRC computers weighed in at 38lbs. Not much of a weight savings, but every little bit counts!

matt f Offline
Jeff sent me the complete harness out of his bird. IIRC, it was about a 60 lb box.
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