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Old 03-21-2009, 11:34 PM   #1
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okay i cant find anything on this. I'm looking for that wide aggressive stance, i cant figure out how much to lower and what size wheels to put on the cobra. i know i want deep dish wheels and all that but I'm thinking 18's will fit in there but i don't want a super low tire profile. so i cant decide if i should go with 17's. as for the lowering springs I'm thinking like an inch and half. any info would be greatly appreciated
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Eibach pro kit lowers around 1 1/2 inch and it still rides nice under normal driving. It becomes more aggressive if you start to push it because they are progressive springs. If you are going to run 17 or 18's you are going to have a pretty small side wall. Judging by your pic, you have 17's on now. You can get a 17x9 for the front and 17x10.5 for the rears. 275/40/17 and 315/35/17 will get you the same overall diameter as stock and the side wall will be very close to stock as well. Or you could go 18x9 and run a 265 or 275/35 in the front and 18x10 in the rear with 295/35/18. I think you can get 305's and some even in a 315's but you would have to look into that. The 18 wheels and tires are going to be substantially more money so definately look into that. I have the 17x9 and 17x10.5 on my car and the eibach pro kit as well. One thing you'll want if you are lowered are caster/camber plates to get you alignment back. Maximum Motorsports have the best. Basically it all depends on what you like look wise and how much you want to spend.
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hey scut 95 thanks a lot man all that info really started me in the right direction. i like the way your ride sits, plus quincidently i plan on getting the fr500's too, in anthracite though. yeah ill have to look in the wheel sizes though.
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I perfer H&R race as their rate is 720 front/720 rear (irs are 720 rear yours is live axle so not sure on rears for yours) but the drop is perfect on my 03 cobra, 1.5-1.6 front and 1.4 rear~ or there about.

You will need caster camber plates, i recommend maximum motorsports springs, thats about all you really have to have. You may want to do struts/shocks while you are in there, just get them valved to match the spring rate, progressive springs are better fyi.

I have a how to on the install you can read in the article section
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i use to have 17's, but i love the way my 18's fill up the wheel well even more.
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unless you have a taller tire that throws off the speedometer the gap from tire to fender is the same regardless if its 15s or 18s
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unless you have a taller tire that throws off the speedometer the gap from tire to fender is the same regardless if its 15s or 18s
ahh good point i didn't even think about that
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I had Eibach sportline springs on my 97 Cobra. It was real low. Too low for me. So I when with Mac springs which was much better. The Max Motorsport CC plates are the way to go if you lower your car. After I did all that work I saw a ad for Airride Tech air ride system. That's what I would install now if I was to do suspension work. Ford Mustang 1979-1993: Air Ride Technologies - Ridetech.com
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I had Eibach sportline springs on my 97 Cobra. It was real low. Too low for me. So I when with Mac springs which was much better. The Max Motorsport CC plates are the way to go if you lower your car. After I did all that work I saw a ad for Airride Tech air ride system. That's what I would install now if I was to do suspension work. Ford Mustang 1979-1993: Air Ride Technologies - Ridetech.com
on you eibach springs was that a 1 1/2 in. kit?
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If I remember right in the front it was 2.25 and the back was 1.75. The frame in the front of the car (that bar that goes across the front of the car underneath from side to side) was only about 3 inches off the ground. I couldn't fit my fist between the ground and my car.
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1.5-1.6 is the limit for a drop IMO thats about as far as you can go and keep it drivable~ and even then you will have issues if you dont go in places at an angle
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Re: lowering?

on my car i have the eibach pro kit and 20x8.5 inch rims in the front and 20x10 in the rear. i realize you dont want this large of a wheel but i think an 18 or 17 by 10.5 in the rear would give you that wide agressive stance you are looking for. Also i would not drop your car any lower than 1.5. The eibach kit was supposed to drop my car this much but it ended up being slightly lower in the front. and even though i have large wheels in the back i do not have a problem with scrubbing the fender well. but i did notice it comes awfully close to the part of the fender between the back bumper and fender itself. if u went with a 10.5 inch wheel u might hit.
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Eibach pro kit lowers around 1 1/2 inch and it still rides nice under normal driving. It becomes more aggressive if you start to push it because they are progressive springs. If you are going to run 17 or 18's you are going to have a pretty small side wall. Judging by your pic, you have 17's on now. You can get a 17x9 for the front and 17x10.5 for the rears. 275/40/17 and 315/35/17 will get you the same overall diameter as stock and the side wall will be very close to stock as well. Or you could go 18x9 and run a 265 or 275/35 in the front and 18x10 in the rear with 295/35/18. I think you can get 305's and some even in a 315's but you would have to look into that. The 18 wheels and tires are going to be substantially more money so definately look into that. I have the 17x9 and 17x10.5 on my car and the eibach pro kit as well. One thing you'll want if you are lowered are caster/camber plates to get you alignment back. Maximum Motorsports have the best. Basically it all depends on what you like look wise and how much you want to spend.
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I perfer H&R race as their rate is 720 front/720 rear (irs are 720 rear yours is live axle so not sure on rears for yours) but the drop is perfect on my 03 cobra, 1.5-1.6 front and 1.4 rear~ or there about.

You will need caster camber plates, i recommend maximum motorsports springs, thats about all you really have to have. You may want to do struts/shocks while you are in there, just get them valved to match the spring rate, progressive springs are better fyi.

I have a how to on the install you can read in the article section
You may want to look into a bump steer kit while your doing it also (and add the rear kit if you have IRS).
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on my car i have the eibach pro kit and 20x8.5 inch rims in the front and 20x10 in the rear. i realize you dont want this large of a wheel but i think an 18 or 17 by 10.5 in the rear would give you that wide agressive stance you are looking for. Also i would not drop your car any lower than 1.5. The eibach kit was supposed to drop my car this much but it ended up being slightly lower in the front. and even though i have large wheels in the back i do not have a problem with scrubbing the fender well. but i did notice it comes awfully close to the part of the fender between the back bumper and fender itself. if u went with a 10.5 inch wheel u might hit.
nice im interested, where can i find pics of your mustang to get a visual of it.
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Re: lowering?

i havent taken any pics of it since the lowering but you can still see the car and some other mods at this link. i dont have pics of any of my most recent mods but you can get an idea. Just imagine it with a smaller fender/tire gap.

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on my car i have the eibach pro kit and 20x8.5 inch rims in the front and 20x10 in the rear. i realize you dont want this large of a wheel but i think an 18 or 17 by 10.5 in the rear would give you that wide agressive stance you are looking for. Also i would not drop your car any lower than 1.5. The eibach kit was supposed to drop my car this much but it ended up being slightly lower in the front. and even though i have large wheels in the back i do not have a problem with scrubbing the fender well. but i did notice it comes awfully close to the part of the fender between the back bumper and fender itself. if u went with a 10.5 inch wheel u might hit.
You wont hit in the rear. It will be close but there will be no issues. You might rub a little bit in the front at full lock. It's not bad at all though.

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You may want to look into a bump steer kit while your doing it also (and add the rear kit if you have IRS).
If you do get a bumpsteer kit do not get UPR Products. I have it, and just had a whole ordeal trying to get a replacement part after it broke. Go with the Maximum Motorsports kit.
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hey monster mustang. i like it man, you did a pretty good job. hopefully i can get mine going pretty soon
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i've thought about getting lowering springs but i don't care if it looks good i just want a lower 1/4 time do they help much?
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