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Old 08-09-2010, 08:52 PM   #1
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Easy Lowering. V6 1999

I need some info from you people who have done it. Is there a really easy way to lower my mustang. Like buying a complete quicky strut? I wanna quick simple cheap way to lower. Tell me what you had to do, how much labor it was, and prices. Please?
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Re: Easy Lowering. V6 1999

Well, the cheapest way to lower your car would be to cut your stock springs. Cut coils, do not heat them up.

Generally this method is not recommended since when you cut off coils, you change the rate of the spring. This throws off your stock shocks/struts and could cause alignment/uneven tire wear in the future.

There are guys out there who have done it and swear it's okay, I personally wouldn't do it.


You could buy a new set of springs. Prices vary from 100-250+ depending on the style. Eibach Pro Kit springs are ~225-250 while Ford C springs are 170. But the C springs don't have the handling characteristics and only lower the car 1" compared to the Pro Kit's 1.5".

Generally, if you lower the car 1.5" or more, you'll want Cast and Camber plates to keep your car from running too much camber and causing uneven tire wear. They are ~$200.

Shocks/struts are recommended if you drastically lower your car 1.6+ inches and have high miles. The change in rate and characteristics of the new springs will wear out your stock shocks/struts pretty quickly.

Install varies depending on whether you have a private shop do the work, or a dealership. My guy quoted me $65/hour with the install/alignment = ~240 to put springs/cc plates on.

None of these things are really that difficult to install. You can do it in your driveway if you have a fair set of hand tools and some jack stands. If you've done work before on cars or are mechanically inclined, it shouldn't be too hard. We have a pretty good writeup on the site for installing springs/cc plates. The hardest part is breaking loose/turning the strut tower nut and decompressing the springs and getting it out. This is where a spring compressor is nice (which most shops have).

So you do have options and it really depends on your situation. At a minimum I would get new lowering springs and cc plates...then plan on some new shocks/struts to complete the suspension makeover.
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Re: Easy Lowering. V6 1999

Here's the article:

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Re: Easy Lowering. V6 1999

installing springs on a 1999 is very easy you only need springs, depending on how low you go you may need C/C plates (basically if you go low enough to make it look better you will need caster/camber plates to reset alignment to stock specs so your tires dont wear on the inside since as the car gets lower to the ground naturally the top of the tire tucks in due to the suspension design)

Ford C springs are a great cheap spring ~ H&R are good... if you want a near stock ride Eibach makes some softer springs (400lbs or there about rate)

the difference between progressive and linear is linear keeps the same resistance as its compressed progressive starts out softer and gets harder as you press on it more~ so its better for ride comfort and handling generally~
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Re: Easy Lowering. V6 1999

Okay. Next question will be. What is a good lowering distance? I dont want to go to low but deffinitly get rid of the stock look. What would my spring rates be?
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Re: Easy Lowering. V6 1999

generally on your car 1.5 inches is about the point where it looks better and its not TO low so that you can still drive it most anywhere~ some push 2 inches but I think 1.5 is about right for a daily driver.
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Re: Easy Lowering. V6 1999

Get the Eibach Pro Kit springs. They have a perfect drop. 1.5" lowers the car enough to get rid of that stock 4x4 look, but no too much to where you'll scrape everytime you drive.

I would suggest getting CC plates along with the springs to prevent uneven tire wear.
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Okay. Thanks so much guys.
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Re: Easy Lowering. V6 1999

No problem, don't hesitate to ask any more questions you might have, that's what we're here for
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