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Old 07-27-2010, 12:56 PM   #1
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what do you need to lower properly

what all will i need to properly lower my mustang. obviously i will need the springs but will i need shocks and struts? ive heard that they wear the stock ones out really fast. so what should you replace them with? can someone reccomend me with a setup from american muscle for my 1996 v6 mustang, this is a daily driver and will have to be driven in winter when it snows also.

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Re: what do you need to lower properly

I wouldn't recommend lowering it if you have to drive it in the snow. But that's up to you. I have a 98 and I got the eibach pro kit along with the shocks and struts that eibach makes specially for their lowering kits. It made a good combo and I love it.
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Re: what do you need to lower properly

it just depends on what you want when you lower it.

If the car is higher in miles replace the shocks/struts when you do springs as well as some new isolators if yours are messed up (oem isolators are the best way to go IMO)

then you will need c/c plates if you lower it very much. I recommend maximum motorsports plates
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it just depends on what you want when you lower it.

If the car is higher in miles replace the shocks/struts when you do springs as well as some new isolators if yours are messed up (oem isolators are the best way to go IMO)

then you will need c/c plates if you lower it very much. I recommend maximum motorsports plates
it has 101k and idk if they have ever been replaced. and what do the c/c plates do? adjust shock positioning?
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Re: what do you need to lower properly

Either use Eibach or H&R brand springs...using the eibach pro kit or the H&R super sports will drop the car 1.5" or more, so CC plates will be needed.

CC plates help offset the added camber when using lowering springs. The lowering springs rate and height is different from the stock ones, so this change will cause the wheels to bow outward. This change in camber will lead to uneven tire wear and excessive wear on your shocks/struts.

At 101k miles, I'd replace your shocks/struts too. It isn't much more labor wise to have them installed with the springs and cc plates, and it makes sense to do so since you're tearing that area apart.

Tokico and Bilstein are great brands for aftermarket shocks/struts. It is important to get the aftermarket ones and not another set of OEM ones since the Tokicos or Bilsteins have the necessary change in rate to match the springs, so they won't wear out quickly.
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Re: what do you need to lower properly

Get the Eibach kit you will like it.
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Get the Eibach kit you will like it.
It really depends on what you want out of the springs and suspension setup.

An Eibach Pro Kit will lower the car on average 1.5", though some have seen a smaller drop and some have seen a slightly lower drop, it varies by car.

The Pro Kit has more lowering characteristics than performance oriented characteristics, so if you're primarily going for looks, I'd go with the pro kit. It won't slam the car down like Eibach Sportlines or H&R Super Sports.

Eibach Sportline springs will lower the car more but are way stiffer and can make a long ride fairly harsh on bumpy roads.

H&R Super Sports have both ideas in one spring. They lower the car 1.6-2" and have more handling characteristics built in. They are stiff, but I'd say not as stiff as Sportlines or H&R Race springs.

Either way I'd definitely consider replacing shocks/struts. With any of these spring setups you're going to change the rate of the spring enough to bring excessive wear on your stock shocks/struts, and at 101k miles, they've probably had enough wear.

As said, CC plates are also a must to prevent camber and uneven wearing on your tires.

Also keep in mind that springs will settle after a week or 2, sometimes a month...so a Pro Kit may only drop the car 1" initially, but it might settle down to the stated 1.5".

You'll also want to get an alignment, but I'd wait until the springs settle, unless you drive the car a ton such as a daily driver.
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Re: what do you need to lower properly

Good point Sonic.
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Re: what do you need to lower properly

I just wanted to add, send John@NQS Performance a PM, he can give you a quote on Eibach and H&R Springs, Maximum Motorsports CC Plates (really good stuff), tokico and koni shocks/struts.

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