2001 Grand Marquis LSE

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Dot at top left is infrared emitter aiming at the radio



So what's an LSE?

The LSE model includes the handling & performance package with firmer shocks & air ride for the rear. You get dual exhaust
for 235 (from 220) hp and 276 (from 265) torque and 3.27 rear gears, plus the torque converter from a Mustang GT / Lincoln Mark VIII. You also get
dual power bucket seats with center console & shifter. This isn't your grandparents' Grand Marquis! All it takes to put it at Mustang-level power
is a quick computer modification, either by a chip or programmer. Now I have firm, instant shifts, extended rpms in each gear (shifts out of 2nd at 90),
and no top speed limiter.


Mods:
Superchips Micro Tuner from Innovative Interceptors
Ported upper intake from ADTR
K&N drop-in filter
Removed intake snorkel


Track results:
1/8th mile

9.9 @ 73, 2.45 60 ft.


2003 front grille swap:




What nobody tells you is the 2003 grille actually doesn't fit the previous models. I found that out after I shelled
out the $100 for a new grille. So, I drilled new mounting holes and used self-adhesive weatherstripping to fill the gap. Even
then, only one of the studs has room to allow a nut to fit. Still, it isn't going anywhere. You don't notice the gap unless you're
within a foot or so, and then only when you're looking for it.





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