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Old 08-15-2012, 04:18 AM   #1
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Improve handling?

Hey jw what are some ways or mods you can do to improve handling on your stang
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Thicker swaybars, and chassis brace or subframe connectors is probably the most simple and cheapest way without sacrificing ride quality. Other than that it's pretty much suspension mods (springs, shocks, control arms) and new wheels like 17s
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Re: Improve handling?

By welding every seam and crack in the unibody, also harder durometer bushings. Plus what Dan said as well.
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Re: Improve handling?

Get some poly swaybar link bushings
and
TIRES TIRES TIRES

Pay close attention to the numbers/letters on the tires.
There are 'load index' and 'speed rating' numbers/letters.
The higher the load index number, the stiffer the tire will be in general. If your car is too sloppy and seems to have a lot of yaw back and forth, check your current tires' load index number and look into better tires in the future.
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Sway bars,spring,shocks,tlock,tires and some control arms
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Old 08-16-2012, 08:47 AM   #6
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Re: Improve handling?

here's my cheap stiffening upgrades

-used GT rear sway bar
-cut springs (transfers weight better then most aftermarket sets)
-LMR full length sub frame connectors
-rear shock tower brace (i actually built my own from an old panhard bar)
-used '94-95 GT strut tower brace...just a slight bit of drilling and this is an esy install
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Re: Improve handling?

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TIRES TIRES TIRES

Pay close attention to the numbers/letters on the tires.
There are 'load index' and 'speed rating' numbers/letters.
The higher the load index number, the stiffer the tire will be in general. If your car is too sloppy and seems to have a lot of yaw back and forth, check your current tires' load index number and look into better tires in the future.
Also pay attention to the UTQG number portion of the tire. A lower number usually specifies a softer compound. Softer compounds will give more traction, but wear faster so life expectancy is lowered accordingly.
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Re: Improve handling?

i got 30k miles out of nitto 555r's before....how you drive also effects this big time OP
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i got 30k miles out of nitto 555r's before....how you drive also effects this big time OP
Thats pretty darn good!
What size were they? I can't find 555's in a 245/45/17
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Re: Improve handling?

you can go crazy or you can keep it simple and get some improvement but still maintain a daily driver

with higher miles shocks/struts and bushings need to be inspected and generally at least shocks/struts should be replaced. You need to buy some that will go well with your spring rate.

Springs help a ton, go with a 1.25-1.75 inch drop with a progressive rate spring thats at least got a high end rate of 600+ front and 300~+ rear (softer springs wont really help handling)

caster camber plates dont help handling but allow you to align the car so that given setup can help or at least make the tires wear even.

full length weld in sub frame connectors are great, help keep it all tight, also a rear sway bar (get a used GT take off etc) can help a bit

probably the biggest thing would be wheels/tires
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Thats pretty darn good!
What size were they? I can't find 555's in a 245/45/17
i got mine through discount tire...they were 275/40/17s
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Want these badly

Toyo Proxes R1R
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Want these badly

Toyo
those look sick!
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Re: Improve handling?

Yea, they're awesome, except for having no UV protection

These are looking like my next tire though:
Dunlop�Direzza DZ101
Or these:
Yokohama�S.drive
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Re: Improve handling?

Just wanted to add a little bit more to tire choices.

For our mustangs, I would suggest at least a 95W in the rear and 99W in the front for performance. You can go with 95W all the way around, but do NOT choose 95H or below. The sidewalls get pretty soft at 95H.

Treadwear after that is your choice and how long you want them to last.

If you want a normal ride: 95W all 4
If you want sport/performance ride: 99W all 4 (can substitute 95W for rears)(can substitute 95Y for fronts)

fyi: this is for 17" wheels. Haven't looked into 15" performance tires lately.
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