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Old 04-17-2012, 09:02 AM   #1
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Handling Packages on American Muscle.

Hey just looking for some input on a suspension upgrade, and noticed AM has some packages that have everything you need to attain a nice stance, with the performance. Any suggestions on what AM offered?
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I like the kit but honestly I'd just get mild drop springs and a swap bar for the front the ones that bolt to the struts
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I had ordered an eibach kit for my 12. Out of stock though so I have to wait.. Will also have CC plates, panhard and a strut tower brace as well. Can't wait to see how my car handles after. Should have a perfect stance also.
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I like the kit but honestly I'd just get mild drop springs and a swap bar for the front the ones that bolt to the struts
Yea I'm not at all looking for a drastic drop, I just want a nice stance, and keep the ride smooth.

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Yea I'm not at all looking for a drastic drop, I just want a nice stance, and keep the ride smooth.
Oh and I also got the strut brace looks great under the hood.
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Does the strut brace really do anything? I know what's it's supposed to do, I had one on my GTO and took it off for a week to see if I noticed a difference and I didn't.
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Does the strut brace really do anything? I know what's it's supposed to do, I had one on my GTO and took it off for a week to see if I noticed a difference and I didn't.
Get a three point brace and it helps!.. Ones that go just between the struts help, but not as well!...
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Honestly I didn't notice much of a difference either ...at this point its just a nice under the hood accent but yea I would think going more toward the 3point brace would be more practical performance wise.
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These cars are much stiffer than early models. I think the braces are like sub frames on these, they may help a small amount but its not that noticeable in most applications. They just look cool.
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These cars are much stiffer than early models. I think the braces are like sub frames on these, they may help a small amount but its not that noticeable in most applications. They just look cool.
+11. I've got a 3 point strut tower bar upfront, a 2 point one on the rear, a Swarr Bar, and a 4 point K-member brace, and some end links!.. Between those 5 things I've noticed a good improvement in handling!.. But then again I've got an older car too!... Lol.
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Yea I'm not at all looking for a drastic drop, I just want a nice stance, and keep the ride smooth.

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Oh and I also got the strut brace looks great under the hood.
I personally think the mustang has a great stance straight from Ford.
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I personally think the mustang has a great stance straight from Ford.
Mostly agree. I just want to lower equally f&r to fill the wheel gap on 18s.
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I personally think the mustang has a great stance straight from Ford.
I agree...I look at it,and I'm like I don't need to drop it..looks great as it...but I'm done for the season spent enough on it over the past few months, just looking to enjoy it in the spring and summer.
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Craigslist Handling packs are better ;-D
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Craigslist Handling packs are better ;-D
Lol no doubt..beats paying full price :p
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Get a three point brace and it helps!.. Ones that go just between the struts help, but not as well!...
A 3 point is worth it. A regular strut brace would help in hard braking but otherwise it is a minimal to a possible placebo effect.

As far as subtle drop. I got Ford Racing 1" springs. When they settled it was a little more. Stillen sway bars (195 shipped for FRONT AND BACK) and my 275 Nitto 555s non Rs which have a stiff sidewall. Lastly J&M LCAs and Freedom Racing panhard bar with one poly end and one heims end. The car is completely transformed.
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My buddy has the roush handling package on his gt. I have eibach sportlines and the ford racing two bar strut brace my front tires are stock size and almost tuck, and I have 275 nitto 555s as well in the back and there is a perfect gap. Mine sits better/more aggressive but my friend runs circles around me in the corners. Although he's on stock sized tires so mine help out a little
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My buddy has the roush handling package on his gt. I have eibach sportlines and the ford racing two bar strut brace my front tires are stock size and almost tuck, and I have 275 nitto 555s as well in the back and there is a perfect gap. Mine sits better/more aggressive but my friend runs circles around me in the corners. Although he's on stock sized tires so mine help out a little
It is always hard to gauge. Because handling is almost always only as good as the fearlessness of the driver.

Many mods don't make the car handle BETTER, they just stiffen the car allowing you to push it harder with more confidence to the limits of what the car could already do.

Most of us will never push our cars, no matter what make or model, to its limits. So it is possible you can push your car as easy as your friend.
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FRPP K springs (1 1/2 drop all 4 corners) 18" wheels an I'm running a 285/35/18 out back... I like the stance but I can't wait for coilovers

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FRPP K springs (1 1/2 drop all 4 corners) 18" wheels an I'm running a 285/35/18 out back... I like the stance but I can't wait for coilovers
Looks great, man! What're you running up front? I have 18s & want to do a 1.5 lower too with 275 rears, but not sure what AR to go with up front. Want as big a patch as I can get without affecting turning (as in radius, not cornering traction).
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My fronts were just laying around I will b picking up some 255/35/18 soon or a 225 not sure yet... 275 is too slim IMO go 285 they fit like a glove when I get my 10th Ana. Cobra wheels I plan on running a 315/35/18
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My fronts were just laying around I will b picking up some 255/35/18 soon or a 225 not sure yet... 275 is too slim IMO go 285 they fit like a glove when I get my 10th Ana. Cobra wheels I plan on running a 315/35/18
I have 275s. They're flush and very wide.
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My fronts were just laying around I will b picking up some 255/35/18 soon or a 225 not sure yet... 275 is too slim IMO go 285 they fit like a glove when I get my 10th Ana. Cobra wheels I plan on running a 315/35/18
Nice. I would but I want RS3s and they top out at 275 as far as I can tell. So 225s/255s fronts for stance or handling or what?
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I have 275s. They're flush and very wide.
Yeah, I wanna fill that well as much as I can on 18s but any diff in steering from stock on yours? Ive never veered far from stock so just not sure.
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Nice. I would but I want RS3s and they top out at 275 as far as I can tell. So 225s/255s fronts for stance or handling or what?

Yeah, I wanna fill that well as much as I can on 18s but any diff in steering from stock on yours? Ive never veered far from stock so just not sure.
I have 255 up front and 275 out back. Very wide. Almost a perfect flush. The steering is better because you can accelerate harder out of turns with much less fishtail since there is a lot more grip. Probably more due to the Nittos than the actual width but a combo a both for sure.

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Thats the rear with the 1 inch drop that was actually lower but the Relocation brackets raised the car a pinch again.
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Yeah man, that setup looks great! Thanks for the pics/info. Im def thinkin 255s now.
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I totally missed you wanted front tires haha. Yes, the stiff side wall on the 555s coupled with the front sway bar, the turn in is way more crisp and the response is point and shoot like. Much like a smaller car.
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I totally missed you wanted front tires haha. Yes, the stiff side wall on the 555s coupled with the front sway bar, the turn in is way more crisp and the response is point and shoot like. Much like a smaller car.
Nice; thats exactly what I wanted to hear; thanks.
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275/40-18 Nitto 555s
Eibach Sportlines 2" I think.
Nittos are slick lookin. Im wondering what the difference is between the 35s & 40s fir ride vs performance. Hows the ride with that drop and any special suspension mods?
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Nittos are slick lookin. Im wondering what the difference is between the 35s & 40s fir ride vs performance. Hows the ride with that drop and any special suspension mods?
Thanks man. I'm thinking I'm going to a 285/35-18 555R next go around. So I will let ya know. The ride is okay as long as you avoid potholes but needs work, I'm gonna finish the full suspension this summer. And I have camber bolts to fix my alignment with the drop because it's a 1.8 drop in the front and my tires almost tuck
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