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Old 04-24-2012, 09:31 AM   #1
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Best Lowering Kit

What's the best lowering kit for an 02 mustang? It has the pony package on it.
I want all springs, coils, and bars in front and back.
And I'll be putting 18" wheels on it and they will be wide. Like 8.5 to 9.5 in the rear.
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Re: Best Lowering Kit

I believe Eibach offers a full kit with springs, shocks/struts, and sway bars.

As long as you don't go lower than 2" you should be fine with those wheels. I am lowered ~2" in the front and 1.8" in the rear and 17x9's and 17x10.5's (315 tires) and they have no issues.
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Old 04-24-2012, 09:54 PM   #3
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Thanks sonic, always like seeing replays from you.
I'm thinking about that one but it only drops 1"
The others drop more but say they r only for v8s or v6 converts.
Did the converts come with different suspension?
And did the pony package come with an upgraded suspension?
Because that's what my step dad was told an what I've read online that is came with the GT suspension.

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Re: Best Lowering Kit

Yah if you want more drop you could sell the springs the kit comes with and pick up a set of Eibach Pro Lines or H&R Super Sports, just an idea.

Well the v6 mustangs basically had the same suspension as the GT with the exception of 2 things: rear sway bar and quad shocks on the 8.8". Both can be added to the v6 without much hassle, the sway bar bolts right in and the quad shocks can be added when an 8.8" rear is swapped in.

So no the Pony Package on the 02-04 v6's did not have any suspension upgrades. It was purely cosmetic - GT hood, bright polished 16's, black mustang inserts on rear bumper and of course the running ponies on the rockers in for the 03 models.
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Now what about cambers? I hear u have to add new ones when u drop? And will the eibach shocks handle a lower drop?
Whats a camber do?
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Re: Best Lowering Kit

Depending on the amount of drop you'll want to install caster camber (CC) plates. They allow you to adjust caster and camber after a drop of 1.5"+. After a drop of 1.5"+ your stock geometry will be offset to the point where your tires would wear unevenly, and the car would track horribly at higher speeds and be unstable. The aftermarket plates allow you to adjust both caster and camber, (both directions) which the stock plates do not.

So if you drop the stang .75"-1.25" you probably won't need the CC plates.

I'll give you a quick overview of caster/camber.

Camber is the angle at which the tire is tilted in or out...can be seen when looking at the front of the car.

Caster is the amount of degrees between the steering axis and true vertical. It's basically what allow your steering wheel to return to pointing straight ahead after a turn.

Toe In/Out is the degree of the wheels pointing inward or outward. You really don't want much toe in and zero toe out.
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So with a 1" drop to get rid of that 4x4 stance I should be okay?
And I'll have a shop install it all so they should straighten it back out if it is off
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Re: Best Lowering Kit

You'll notice that the car's lower than stock with a 1" drop...it won't be slammed or anywhere near that look, but better than stock...look at some stock 01 Bullitt pics, those are lowered ~1" in the front and .75" in the rear.

Lowering springs aren't hard to install on our mustangs, the suspension is fairly simple and straightforward, but it can be tricky getting the stock springs out and sometimes the bolts get sticky. So if you're more comfortable with a shop doing it that's fine.

They should be able to install the springs and then have an alignment shop get the goemetry checked out and back in spec if needed. They'll probably be able to adjust the camber with the stock plates, as it shouldn't change that much.
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I just want a low look with better handling that will look well with some black chrome FR500 staggered.
Or if I can ever find some replica Mach 1 wheels I'd grab those in a heart beat but I want 17 or 18"
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Yah if you want more drop you could sell the springs the kit comes with and pick up a set of Eibach Pro Lines or H&R Super Sports, just an idea.

Well the v6 mustangs basically had the same suspension as the GT with the exception of 2 things: rear sway bar and quad shocks on the 8.8". Both can be added to the v6 without much hassle, the sway bar bolts right in and the quad shocks can be added when an 8.8" rear is swapped in.

So no the Pony Package on the 02-04 v6's did not have any suspension upgrades. It was purely cosmetic - GT hood, bright polished 16's, black mustang inserts on rear bumper and of course the running ponies on the rockers in for the 03 models.
I got a 03 pony package I took the ponies off the first day I had it
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My ponies just came off after 9 years
Finally getting a paint job(where it is at currently, missing my stang)
Black with grabber blue stripes. Gonna look awesome.
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Here is my Bullitt stock ride height. 3/4" lower than stock. The second pic is with H&R race springs which lowered it another 1/2" in front and 1/4" in rear.
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Stock Bullitt rims. 17x8.
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I like the second pic. I gotta remember I'm getting an inch tho and after they settle it's always 1.25" so I think I'll be good and I'm
Getting 18"
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Re: Best Lowering Kit

Yah you'll be fine with 18's and a 1.25" drop. Hell you should be able to drop the car without getting new CC plates and shocks/struts.
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