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Old 07-13-2011, 07:37 PM   #1
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I have a completely stock '09 GT, with 18" wheels. I want to lower it and I'm thinking of trying a kit that would lower it 1.7"-2.3". I would like any tips for everything I will need to do this before having an alignment done, for example, will I need caster/camber plates, panhard bars, etc.? If it becomes too complicated to lower it this far I am willing to go with a kit that only goes to 1.5".
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I have a completely stock '09 GT, with 18" wheels. I want to lower it and I'm thinking of trying a kit that would lower it 1.7"-2.3". I would like any tips for everything I will need to do this before having an alignment done, for example, will I need caster/camber plates, panhard bars, etc.? If it becomes too complicated to lower it this far I am willing to go with a kit that only goes to 1.5".
If you go more than like 1.5 you will definitely need CC plates
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Re: Lowering Tips

The odds are pretty good that you will need CC plates based on the drop you are looking for. Your rear-end will push out to one side around 1/2" (the lower you go the more it will off-set). The panhard bar will re-align it.

The CC plates also replace the factory upper strut mounts. These upper strut mounts (front struts) are designed by Ford to be a one-time use component and you will uninstall them to replace the springs. If you don't install CC plates, it is highly recommended that you replace the upper strut mounts with a new set.
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Ok, sounds great. Any other suggestions? Would I need anything else at all? Any recommendations for things like brands on any of this stuff?
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2.3 is a huge drop. Why not just go with a air ride set up.
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Re: Lowering Tips

look into the prokit or sport line from eibach, if you go 20in wheels it will be VERY low
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The pro kit is the exact kit I was looking to buy. I'm happy with my stock 18" wheels and don't plan to ever change them. So now that I think of it, it would actually be better to buy the complete kit with the bars, coils and struts and get the caster/camber plates separate because it will end up costing just a little more than my original plan to use the pro kit. LOL
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Re: Lowering Tips

the down side is if you put off CC plates and your car cant be aligned within stock specs the inside of the tires will wear out fast.
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Oh yeah, I know. If I did anything I would make sure to install the CC plates at the same time. I did alignments for a couple of years so I'm real picky about things like tire wear.
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My friend did that same drop with rein springs on his 06 it looks good!
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I know and have several friends with that kit and sportlines like mine and we do not use CC plates. You can still get your car pretty close to stock specs with out them and not have to worry about inside tire wear. The biggest thing to tell who ever does your alignment is the check and adjust the "toe" and "camber" and needed.
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That's a great idea, thanks! I'll install my coils and have the alignment checked. If they can't get it within specs then I'll buy the CC plates. It's not a daily driver so I can just park it for a few weeks if if the camber is too negative. What about a panhard bar for the rear wheels being outta whack?
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Panhard will get it centered again. It isnt off that much and some can deal with it but if you are as anal as you say then go with the panhard.
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I lowered my 08 1.5 inches with ford racing springs and the shop recommended I use the panhard bar. The handling is amazing over stock. I went with fr because American muscle had a sale that I couldn't pass up. The shop said he would use steeda's light weight springs with everything being equal.
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Yeah I ended up going with the Eibach Sportline kit. It has a 1.7"-2.3" drop. I'm going to get the panhard bar, get it aligned. If I need CC plates I'll park it and order the plates. What panhard did you go with?
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Steeda but my performance shop said as long as it's adjustable don't spend to much. The shop uses a lot of steed stuff so I went with them. I order it from stage three motorsports $180 with free shipping.
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Thanks for the link, I went ahead and bought that panhard bar.
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Put the springs in on Saturday and now I'm just waiting on my panhard bar!
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Re: Lowering Tips

I used the Summit Racing spring kit on my '07 Roush. The springs dropped it about 1.75" all the way around. I used the camber bolts available from Summit- MUCH cheaper than CC plates, and the alignment shop was able to get the car within specs.

I went with the Competition Engineering Panhard Bar- I made the mistake of getting the one with the solid rod ends. It transferred an astounding amount of road noise into the car, so much that I bought the Steeda with the poly bushings. Here's the bolts-

Ingalls Engineering 81260 - Ingalls Engineering Fastcam Camber Adjusting Bolts - Overview - SummitRacing.com
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Thanks for the link! I got my panhard bar in yesterday. It is a solid bar with the adjustable links on the ends. Is that the same one you had issues with?
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Re: Lowering Tips

looks much better
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