bagged Cobra

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Bagged Cobra: Ruffling Feathers

Normally you see a multitude of imports not only on Canibeat, but on pretty much every site you come across these days. No matter where in the globe the chassis calls home, they rarely wear a badge from the states. Philip’s Mustang Cobra isn’t your typical pony-car though as it features something that you usually come across in the import world – an air suspension. That set up leaves it in a position that most of the muscle cars rarely see; sitting in the crossfire between the never ending domestic versus import war.

bagged cobra


Philip’s bagged Cobra isn’t just a hard-parked pony though. This Mustang packs a punch as it has a supercharged V8 sitting under the hood and it doesn’t just rest in there untouched. Philip has taken advantage of the huge aftermarket support that the Cobra has to get this machine up to around 480hp. That raw V8 power supports this Cobra’s heritage as being a major player in the Domestics front line.

bagged ford

CCW Classics



The one thing that leaves this Mustang at odds with its brethren is that this Cobra has a suspension that is rarely seen sitting under Mustangs or F-Bodies. Philip wanted that slammed look but at the same time wanted to have a ride that didn’t lead him to a pain-pill addiction. That desire took him down a road less traveled by Mustang owners. With the help of Accuair, Philip has gotten the look and ride that he’s always wanted.

engine bay

super charged


bagged cobra

CCW Classics

This Cobra might not be your taste, or you might cringe at the thought of a Mustang being on air, but Philip has built this car exactly how he has wanted and it has turned out great. He’s managed to put together a tastefully built Form and Function machine that isn’t there to just to please critics. Being a guy from Missouri, I’ve seen my fair share of beefed up Mustangs and Philip’s is definitely one that will stand out in my mind and I’m sure many others as well.

Ford CCW

air ride

Ford Cobra

Mustang Cobra

I’d like to thank my girlfriend Veronique for tolerating my all-encompassing love of cars, and my friend and partner in crime, Michel Patry, who helped with the air suspension install. I could never thank or repay him enough to show my appreciation adequately. Malcolm Mckeever is my go-to guy for getting the car cleaned up. As well as being a good friend, he does a wicked detailing job! Mike Alexander, formerly of AccuAir, was a big help in making the air suspension dream become a reality.




Philip’s Cobra Mustang




  • 2.76″ BilletFlow blower pulley and 100mm idler
  • SCT XCalibrator2 with custom tune
  • JLT Carbon Fiber CAI
  • Stock TB and plenum ported by Stiegemeier
  • Bassani stainless steel catted X-pipe
  • Steeda stainless steel catback
  • MGW short shifter
  • LFP Dual Pass Heat Exchanger
  • LFP Supertank intercooler reservoir
  • Innovate LC-1 wideband O2 sensor



  • Bullitt Mustang side scoops
  • Black vinyl bumper letter inserts
  • Cobra grille emblem
  • Paint-matched CDC lightbar



Wheels & Tires


  • CCW Classic 18×11 rear with 295/35R18 Nitto INVO
  • CCW Classic 18×9.5 front with 275/35R18 Nitto INVO (after the photoshoot)




  • Innovate G3 Air/Fuel ratio gauge
  • GG&G “Fuckin’ Fast” shift knob






    • Maximum Motorsports front Strut Tower Brace
    • Kenny Brown Performance Extreme Matrix Subframe System
    • Accuair e-level air suspension kit with touchpad
    • 5 gallon tank
    • Dual chromed Viair 400C compressors
    • RideTech CoolRide bags and plates



      • Stock Mach 460


  • kyle

    This in insane I love it! Any higher res pics that I could use for a wallpaper?

  • Philip

    I love it! But then again, I may be biased. :) Thanks for the feature, guys!

  • nattydread

    i wouldn’t mind drive that i always picture a stanced out mustang and you just pu the picture in my head great job

  • g-ng

    MontrealRacing represent!!! monchar sucks

  • Simmode1

    I’ve been waiting sooo long to see this chassis slammed with flush fitment! Its not quite flush, but it’s a good start. I wanna see the hardtop model with some flush fitment! Thumbs up on the motor, too…

  • rere

    perfect, thanks guys! Now i know how to properly screw up an american muscle car!

  • Rob


  • Tyler

    JAW>>> DROPPED>>> Phillip ignore any hate you get, i assure you it is just immature stereotypes at their worst. If you are a car enthusiast… then there’s no reason you cant appreciate this car. I am a HUGE import fan…. BUT to be honest, nothing.. NOTHING, rumbles and pulls like a cobra, or GT mustang, I must say your car is the epitome of individuality. I’m glad to see a cobra on bags, to my knowledge you’re practically the only one haha, but that doesnt matter, you did an amazing job.. and i’d really really like to see some vid hearing this thing idle, and drive…Beautiful car my friend, keep it up! Do what you want (as long as its not riced out) haha, and enjoy it!!! SIckest cobra/Termi mustang i have ever seen

    • Philip

      Thanks Tyler, I can assure you the haters don’t faze me one bit. I didn’t really build this car to please anyone but myself, so if people are disappointed, or don’t like it, well, too bad for them! As far as video goes, I have a really crappy vid on Youtube of the car idling with a little rev, but it’s super windy. You can check that out under username Bagged03Cobra. I’ll eventually get a better vid of the car and the whole suspension setup. I’m glad you like the car!

  • Tyler

    I find it extremely hard to believe that if ANY of these ignorant people could get a ride in your car, they wouldn’t even be able to wipe the grin off their face. If riding in a convertable cobra doesn’t get your blood pumping, then you do not know what is good for you, but thats just my two cents.
    PS – i have a reall good friend who recently bought an 04 mach1 in competition orange, with…. 8000 miles on it, im not even kidding. It’s got BBK long tubes, flowmaster exhaust, and a short shifter, other than that its stock, i’d love for you to get to see it… amazing, especially the mileage.

    • Philip

      Haters gonna hate… that will never change. However, I do agree that anyone who has the chance to ride in my Cobra (or any other Cobra or high-powered Mustang), will not walk away disappointed. Problem is, rides for strangers in my Cobra are rare indeed. I take my girlfriend and daughters with me whenever I can, because they love it too!

  • Ricky Rozay

    … Is that last picture serious?

  • dee

    i love how when people don’t like something there called haters or even ignorant. its called an opinion. not everyone is going to like what everyone does.

  • Yuan

    Blasphemy!!! I’m willing to deal with Gittin Jr.’s Monster Mustang because he’s at least a drifter, but a COBRA has nothing to look for in an import society. Much less if it has BAGS (Bags are for groceries). I can’t be more repulsed and disgusted… ugh… New low.

  • shamz

    i love itttt………….and i dont really like mustangss…would love to see one of these slammed on VIP MODULAR VXS-110 white face with chrome step lip..ughhh if only i had the $$$ haha good car though

    • Philip

      Send a set on over and I’ll give them a try! Please make sure they’re the right specs first. :)

  • D.Dodd

    Awesome build man! I, fortunately have had the chance to drive an ’04 Cobra & I promise it’s very pleasing!!!! I am a Honda guy to the core, but I don’t let it blind me from other quality builds. An enthusiast can appreciate all makes. Keep up the good work.

  • InteriorAlligator

    That thread on the SVT forums was pretty interesting… I didn’t know the Mustang was a model of perfect cornering performance lol. The ignorance behind airbags is astounding, and the best post in that thread was the guy letting people know that there are performance-oriented airbags. And with the right spec’d bags, I don’t see why they couldnt help on the quarter mile..

    Anyway….the car looks sick. Question, do you have to worry about driveshaft angle when running the car at different heights? Or do you drive it at a set driving height?

    • Philip

      Thanks for the compliment. 99-04 Cobras have independent rear suspension, so driveshaft angle is not an issue. Halfshaft CV joint angles are at the end of the stock range when the car is aired out, but I hardly ever drive it like that. Ride height is equivalent to a set of lowering springs in the 1.7″ range, and I’ve never heard of anyone having any driveshaft or halfshaft issues as a result of a drop like that.

      That’s the long way of saying I don’t have any problems. :)

  • Paul Tunceren

    I’m completely shocked right now. like i wish i could thank you in person for doing this because i never thought i’d ever find a mustang/cobra stanced in these years. i’m a huge fan of stance and imports but i recently just bought an 01 Bullitt mustang gt simply to get the most out of my money. i’m honestly just a fan of cars and don’t really chose sides when it comes down to it but your build has shown me that it can be done and that it looks just as sexy as i thought it out to be! thank you so much for being that guy and for the inspiration haha

  • At the request of a couple E55K members, here are pics of my 03 Cobra - Forums

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  • Solar

    I keep finding these pictures on google images when I look for stanced Mustangs as I am trying to the similiar with my 01 GT. I do have a question though, how did you deal with the H-pipe/X-pipe?

    • Fastphil

      Check out the build thread over on StanceWorks forums. Just do a search for Cobra Accuair. The famous too-low exhaust on Mustangs is usually a result of long-tube headers, which require a lot more room under the car. I don’t have those, so no problem.

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