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Old 02-16-2013, 06:29 PM   #1
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Would It be stupid to lower my mustang? it's just a standard 1999 v6. Would it be over to go over speed bumps? How much would be the max to lower it to still have it be the exact same to drive just normal driving? And just an estimated price? I've always thought lowered mustangs looked so sick but if I can't even hit speed bumps it's pointless. Thanks
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go for it...lowering stangs is easy and for a basic drop won't cost too much. in fact you can cut your springs if you're wanting a decent setup for next to nothing. you can also buy aftermarket springs usually starting in the $125+ range. 1.5" is the standard drop most go with before you need to start upgrading other suspension components. there is a sticky i placed at the top of the v6 section that'll explain that in further detail.

as for speed bumps i go over them daily without issue. here's my stangs and their drops

1.25 coils cut front , 1 coil cut rear


1.25 coils cut front, 1 coil cut rear


sr performance springs (GT springs for a higher rate)


and my GT lowered next to the v6 when it was stock so you can see the difference
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go for it...lowering stangs is easy and for a basic drop won't cost too much. in fact you can cut your springs if you're wanting a decent setup for next to nothing. you can also buy aftermarket springs usually starting in the $125+ range. 1.5" is the standard drop most go with before you need to start upgrading other suspension components. there is a sticky i placed at the top of the v6 section that'll explain that in further detail.

as for speed bumps i go over them daily without issue. here's my stangs and their drops

1.25 coils cut front , 1 coil cut rear

1.25 coils cut front, 1 coil cut rear

sr performance springs (GT springs for a higher rate)

and my GT lowered next to the v6 when it was stock so you can see the difference
Oh wow thank you very helpful. Would I take it in or is it easy enough to do it myself? And as far as cutting the springs goes. How does that work? Sorry for all the questions just tryin to make my car perfect haha
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Old 02-16-2013, 08:01 PM   #4
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with basic hand tools and a grinder you can do it yourself. here's a pretty decent write up on doing it...granted this is for a cobra it gives a very good insight on the steps. i'd say very little changes from doing it on a v6

The Complete How To Cut Your Stock Springs Thread - SVTPerformance

How to Cut the Rear Springs on a Mustang | eHow.com

btw if you do lower i do recommend at least replacing the shocks and struts with at least oem replacements from autozone or advance. your's are quite old and you'll enjoy the better ride once you do this..
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go for it...lowering stangs is easy and for a basic drop won't cost too much. in fact you can cut your springs if you're wanting a decent setup for next to nothing. you can also buy aftermarket springs usually starting in the $125+ range. 1.5" is the standard drop most go with before you need to start upgrading other suspension components. there is a sticky i placed at the top of the v6 section that'll explain that in further detail.

as for speed bumps i go over them daily without issue. here's my stangs and their drops

1.25 coils cut front , 1 coil cut rear


1.25 coils cut front, 1 coil cut rear


sr performance springs (GT springs for a higher rate)


and my GT lowered next to the v6 when it was stock so you can see the difference
What size wheels with the cut springs?
By the looks of your driveway, I think u got a leak lol.
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What size wheels with the cut springs?
By the looks of your driveway, I think u got a leak lol.
those are all with 17" wheels...and i just washed them that's what the spots are lol
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those are all with 17" wheels...and i just washed them that's what the spots are lol
are the new edge mustang springs linear or progressive?
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Aftermarket or oem?
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are the new edge mustang springs linear or progressive?
Stock linear.
Aftermarkets like H&Rs and eibach are progressive but cheaper stuff like CJ pony parts lmr SVE springs are linear
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Stock linear.
Aftermarkets like H&Rs and eibach are progressive but cheaper stuff like CJ pony parts lmr SVE springs are linear
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Hey slosix, can you cut the same amount of coils for a convertible?
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stock height ground to fender edge should be around 28.5 inches (give or take)

You can drop 1-1.5 inches without to much trouble, any less than 1.5 is not noticeable though

if you drop that much you will require caster/camber plates for alignment and your shocks will wear out quicker (more shaft pushed into the shock body vs stock height FYI). Not a huge deal just FYI.

Any more than 1.5 inches (even at 1.5 you can still have driving issues) you run into scraping etc. I am at 26.0 front 26.5 rear and I am find 99% of the time due to I know not to pull up to far on curbs and how to pull into angled places and go SLOW of bumps. I also NEVER have but one passenger with me. Being a vert i have braces that hang lower so I scrap on those usually.
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Hey slosix, can you cut the same amount of coils for a convertible?
we did before on a friends car without issue...
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Old 02-18-2013, 10:57 PM   #14
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Lower it!! Always lol I'm too low but I don't mind buyin tires once a year
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Lower it!! Always lol I'm too low but I don't mind buyin tires once a year
I really want to but the thing is, I want to do it myself, not to save money, but just so I can slowly learn how to work with my car I'd only go 1.5" but I have no idea like I know sort of from what people have told me but have no idea how to start and how much it'd cost
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I lowered mine 1.7 and I scrape my exhaust often just today at the scrapyards I scraped on a speed bump. I didn't use cc plates, my alignment shop used stock ones and its in stock camber
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I lowered mine 1.7 and I scrape my exhaust often just today at the scrapyards I scraped on a speed bump. I didn't use cc plates, my alignment shop used stock ones and its in stock camber
How much did you pay for that?
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I lowered mine 1.7 and I scrape my exhaust often just today at the scrapyards I scraped on a speed bump. I didn't use cc plates, my alignment shop used stock ones and its in stock camber
if you don't scrape you did it wrong
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if you don't scrape you did it wrong
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Go to Americanmuscle.com sr performance springs are on there 1.5" drop... Step by step install guide too all for the low low price of 130... Easy in and out job 4 hours for a first timer
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Go to Americanmuscle.com sr performance springs are on there 1.5" drop... Step by step install guide too all for the low low price of 130... Easy in and out job 4 hours for a first timer
Is that THAT much of a difference than cutting the standard ones?
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Either is fine cutting or buying both accomplish the same goal the purchased ones may help ride quality a little more than cutting but if you're on a budget then cut them slosix is the cut king so he may chime back in

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Regardless of what you choose you still have to go through the same install process
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Either is fine cutting or buying both accomplish the same goal the purchased ones may help ride quality a little more than cutting but if you're on a budget then cut them slosix is the cut king so he may chime back in

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Regardless of what you choose you still have to go through the same install process
I'm sure I'd be able to cut it. I have the tools and everything. The main thing is I already spent money to paint it this week and I just don't want to wait to get the money to get the same results as doing it myself
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So go ahead and cut...worse case scenario you hate it then save for springs
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So go ahead and cut...worse case scenario you hate it then save for springs
Yeah that's true. Thanks man you've helped me make my baby as close to perfect as I can
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Lol slosix is cut king. It fits u.
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So go ahead and cut...worse case scenario you hate it then save for springs
I will point out that in most cases those who cut thier springs, almost always ended buying springs anyway.

I actually cut mine while I was waiting for my springs to get in. ( Curiosity got the best of me and had to see why it was be recommended over just a few hundred dollar set of springs ). As soon as thier arrived I wasted no time installing them. The difference was night and day as far as handling.

Buuuuuut, I know a lot of the younger guys just getting into cars probably dont have a large amount of disposable income. So for a short term solution while saving to do it the correct way, I can understand.
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I agree ^ find somebody that's done a low budget layout to help you, it'll make you less nervous about cutting your springs lol there's not really much too it.
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I lowered mine 1.7 and I scrape my exhaust often just today at the scrapyards I scraped on a speed bump. I didn't use cc plates, my alignment shop used stock ones and its in stock camber
My exhaust didnt scrape though and my set up is pretty low.
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My exhaust didnt scrape though and my set up is pretty low.
I have to drag mine over speed bumps I like it that way
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To be honest if i was building a drag car again i wouldnt be using my SR springs...id be back on cut stockers..but for what i want out of my current car i needed really stiff springs.
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To be honest if i was building a drag car again i wouldnt be using my SR springs...id be back on cut stockers..but for what i want out of my current car i needed really stiff springs.
Stupid question but cut stockers are just when you cut it yourself?
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Stupid question but cut stockers are just when you cut it yourself?
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yep
My stang lowered anf I love it. It gets a lot of compliments on how sexy it looks.

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