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Old 06-05-2013, 09:53 AM   #1
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Ride Height?

I have a 2003 Mustang. Base model with a 3.8. Anyone know what the stock ride height is? I'm sure mine has had the springs cut by the previous owner. The suspension also feels pretty stiff. Could the ride height be affecting the smoothness of the ride?
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It looks like the rear is stock ride height, and the front end has been lowered.
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It looks like the rear is stock ride height, and the front end has been lowered.
+1 yes the front seems wayyyy lower than it should and the back seems a little high to me o_O
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I'm definitely looking into getting it back to stock height. Anybody know if that'll help the ride be smoother?
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I'm definitely looking into getting it back to stock height. Anybody know if that'll help the ride be smoother?
It should. Looks like your front springs are just cut. Replace 'em with some stockers and you should have a smoother ride.
By the way, there's actually a specific forum for v6s, this is the modular v8 forum. No harm in posting here! Just saying we may not be as familiar with some issues/whatever as the v6 guys.
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Another helpful tip is to replace your struts if yours are worn from being all retarded (constantly compressed in the front and expanded in the rear). It may not be necessary to do, but worth checking out. Back when I had a 6, the previous owner had blowtorched the rear springs to make the rear sit super low (I have no idea why) and the thing looked like an old-school gasser. My rear struts were damaged from being driven with bizarre compression characteristics.
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Moved to correct section.
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WOW! That does look kinda odd. Maybe the previous owner had it lowered and the rear springs and it shocks crapped out so he replaced them. How can you not like a low mustang though?!? Stock height is way to night. Trust me, get some aftermarket wheels and you'll love the lowered look
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Lol I don't like having to worry about scraping my exhaust on the concrete. The front end being low is what caused my catalytic converters to give out on me. Thanks for the input though. I'm thinking about going aftermarket with rims. Most likely some American Torque thrust wheels or SVT wheels off the new Shelbys.
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Lol I don't like having to worry about scraping my exhaust on the concrete. The front end being low is what caused my catalytic converters to give out on me. Thanks for the input though. I'm thinking about going aftermarket with rims. Most likely some American Torque thrust wheels or SVT wheels off the new Shelbys.
to be honest i wouldn't go stock height...pick up a set of SR springs for a good ride and nice stance..no real issues scraping unless you look for huge speed bumps..even then just a bit nothing bad. also i run Torque thrusts wheels and love them

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to be honest i wouldn't go stock height...pick up a set of SR springs for a good ride and nice stance..no real issues scraping unless you look for huge speed bumps..even then just a bit nothing bad. also i run Torque thrusts wheels and love them

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I like cut springs but the sr are nice too! Rode in a car with them and it rode very good. No scrapes when I rode
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I'll have to do more researching with different heights and stances. Nice girl and a nicer mustang. Lol thanks.
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I'll have to do more researching with different heights and stances. Nice girl and a nicer mustang. Lol thanks.
Yes don't go stock or you'll look like this


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if you want your height evened out and good stance but not super low look into some ford ravings springs.. Only about an inch drop

I have cut front springs an just stock in the back with new isos..



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If you want to go to stock height send me yours and I'll send you mine...LOL...or if you buy new springs ill take you old ones off your hands
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Lol. The previous owner just rigged my Mustang to crap. He changed the pulleys to a smaller set to get higher rpm. Camshaft couldnt handle it and gave out. When I bought it I replaced the motor. And on top of that he wants to ruin my suspension too! Lol
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Lol. The previous owner just rigged my Mustang to crap. He changed the pulleys to a smaller set to get higher rpm. Camshaft couldnt handle it and gave out. When I bought it I replaced the motor. And on top of that he wants to ruin my suspension too! Lol
A pulley won't get you higher rpms.... You will still have the rev limiter...
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A pulley won't get you higher rpms.... You will still have the rev limiter...
The previous owner must have just drove the crap out of it then.
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Under drive would get him there faster..
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Under drive would get him there faster..
By like .1 lol it doesn't change how high the rpms
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By like .1 lol it doesn't change how high the rpms
Well yes but he would rev more freely making Easyer to het to the higher RPMS
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Well yes but he would rev more freely making Easyer to het to the higher RPMS
Idk I don't think a pulley would mess a motor up any quicker than it would have without it. It could have been a freak thing or how he drove it.
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stock is around 28.25 inches front/rear ground to fender edge~ never exact but should be around that. Mine is 26.0 front 26.5 rear for example
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Just measured. Front is at 26 and rear is at 27.
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Oh, and (depending on the year) if you don't want the UDPs on there I'll swap those with you too XD. The only unfortunate is I'd need you to send them first Cuz mine is my DD. so I can't afford for it to be down for more than a couple of hours


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Sorry but I just got around to actually taking a look at the coils. Turns out they're crooked as hell even when uninstalled. They're stock, but shot to crap.

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