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Old 10-20-2014, 09:44 PM   #1
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Question A little Rednecked

Since my last post about my 99 V6 Mustang having starting and running issues after installing a 57 Series K&N CAI I have discovered a few more things about the car after a service visit to my local Ford dealer. I recently have had a new fuel filter and PCV valve replaced in the car since there is 295,179kms on the ODO and the previous owner doesn't know when the last time either were changed I asked the techs to give the car the once over and let me know what they find, here is the list:
1) Oil pan/crank case seal leaking
2) Power steering rack - drivers side boot missing
3) Front stabilizer bushings worn out
4) Power steering pump return line sight leak
5) Passenger side exhaust manifold gasket leaking/exhaust leak in pipe near diff
6) E Brake cables need replacing
7) Clutch boot missing
8) A/C condenser plugged, needs replacing
9) Blocks of wood in rear springs

Over all not a huge list given the age and mileage of the car. However the suspension issues puzzle me. I admit I am guilty of the same spring trick in my off road adventures to get me out of a jam but I have never heard or seen this on a sports car, granted there are much bigger wheels and tires on the car (see attached pictures) over the stock ones but blocks of wood really
Regardless I have the opportunity to pick up some slightly used BBK headers and throttle body for the car and will buy a new set of gaskets for it accordingly. I am looking for suggestions on what springs to buy? I have 18in Shelby Racing wheels on the car not measuring 235/45R18 wrapped in Goodyear LS rubber. I am considering a set of Ford racing springs from American Muscle, I would prefer to keep a lower stance for the car as it sits now. Any suggestions?
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Old 10-20-2014, 09:47 PM   #2
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Take the cobra emblems off please.

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That's first thing on the list when it hits the body shop in the spring. Along with new front and rear bumpers.


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I got the car this way. The previous owner had it lasted a an SVT GT Cobra on kijiji, HAHAHHA.


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I got the car this way. The previous owner had it lasted a an SVT GT Cobra on kijiji, HAHAHHA.


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Lol,
well him putting wood in the Springs on a mustang explains alot.

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Old 10-20-2014, 11:19 PM   #6
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Yeah alittle bit. He claimed to be "kind of a mechanic" when I went to pick up the car. Not much of a mechanic if he can't tell the difference between a V6 and a V8. Fortunately he didn't do anything major to the car. I'm looking for a new set of springs for the car.


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Blocks of wood ???????????????

They were probably put there to stop tires from rubbing.
If you go for new lower sprigs you may need to change the wheel/tire size.
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I think I might. The overall diameter of the new rims and tires isn't really that much bigger than what came on the car. I think the tires on a stock 99 were 205/45R15. I may have to go to a shorter side wall. There is a set of ford racing springs that keep stock ride height but are far stiffer than stocks springs.


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That's first thing on the list when it hits the body shop in the spring. Along with new front and rear bumpers.


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No you can probably pull them off yourself.
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The Cobras have been glued on with 2 part epoxy. I've tried their on there pretty good as well as the SVT badge on the trunk.


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9) Blocks of wood in rear springs
Not the first time I've seen/heard! For the mileage on the car it looks like it's in pretty good shape! If you're planning on throwing some springs I'd go with Ford Racing's G Springs which are good for a 1.2" drop front to back. If you're going to drop it I might recommend swapping your Struts and Shocks as well! Let me know if you have any questions and I'm here to help!

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Hey Alex,
I'd like to keep the stock ride height because of the bigger rims and tires, but I'd like a much stiffer spring for the rear as well. I'm not planning on dropping the car or replacing the front shocks and struts. I'm adding a strut bar to the front in the spring. I'm looking to build a really nice daily driver for my wife.


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I think I might. The overall diameter of the new rims and tires isn't really that much bigger than what came on the car. I think the tires on a stock 99 were 205/45R15. I may have to go to a shorter side wall. There is a set of ford racing springs that keep stock ride height but are far stiffer than stocks springs.


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The stock size is 205/60/15 so going to the 205/45 for the 18's is correct and should b about the same as stock measurements or at least close!


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