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Old 07-05-2012, 05:03 AM   #1
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Suspension inquiry

Okay. I have over 200,000 miles on my GT and have never replaced any parts in the suspension. I know. I know. It's about dang time. What are some suggestions on replacing these parts? I don't really know what all is under/in there but I would like to add a little bit of lowering if possible. Great pair of springs and a decent everything else? Don't want to break the bank either. Thanks all!
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Maximum Motorsport road and track box.
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Maximum Motorsport road and track box.
Holy crizzle! $2,500! Not so much, but thanks.
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Try Eibechi pro kit the spring $250 shock & struts $479.99 or and handling package form America muscle 899.00 or 790.00
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That's not much compared to the maximum grip box that's 5000. Plus if you don't know what your buying and piecing something together your most likely be disappointed. If you had a budget in mind it helps people make suggestions.
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Just don't go in this direction. Sorry for the darkness lol.
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Re: Suspension inquiry

its a good time to do springs with shocks/struts and c/c plates (if you go lower than 1 inch the C/C plates will be needed)

That handles a good bit of it, but you have crappy worn out rubber bushings you can address. Also inspect wheel bearing and ball joints, replace as needed

For bushings get some good rear lower control arms leave the uppers alone (or buy new uppers (cheap) from ford to replace the crappy worn out bushings in the uppers you have. Keep rubber bushings for the uppers. Delrin for the lower bushings is best but if you just DD your car consider just an OEM style set or less harsh style.

Finally inspect your steering rack bushings, can make it feel much firmer if you have wornout ones you replace.
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its a good time to do springs with shocks/struts and c/c plates (if you go lower than 1 inch the C/C plates will be needed)

That handles a good bit of it, but you have crappy worn out rubber bushings you can address. Also inspect wheel bearing and ball joints, replace as needed

For bushings get some good rear lower control arms leave the uppers alone (or buy new uppers (cheap) from ford to replace the crappy worn out bushings in the uppers you have. Keep rubber bushings for the uppers. Delrin for the lower bushings is best but if you just DD your car consider just an OEM style set or less harsh style.

Finally inspect your steering rack bushings, can make it feel much firmer if you have wornout ones you replace.
What awesome info man! Thanks for all of that. I think all that will really come in handy. So me being a person who doesn't spend much time looking under the chassis, do you think maybe I should try to find a kit that has everything to replace pretty much everything that needs to be replaced? I'm looking to spend anywhere between $500-$1000.
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its a good time to do springs with shocks/struts and c/c plates (if you go lower than 1 inch the C/C plates will be needed)

That handles a good bit of it, but you have crappy worn out rubber bushings you can address. Also inspect wheel bearing and ball joints, replace as needed

For bushings get some good rear lower control arms leave the uppers alone (or buy new uppers (cheap) from ford to replace the crappy worn out bushings in the uppers you have. Keep rubber bushings for the uppers. Delrin for the lower bushings is best but if you just DD your car consider just an OEM style set or less harsh style.

Finally inspect your steering rack bushings, can make it feel much firmer if you have wornout ones you replace.
Just a plus to what Spector's post. I personally did 100% suspension upgrade on my Stang. Kept all stock arms while replacing all bushings. Advise to keep cost down replace front control arms with urethane. Easy swap using a vise and a socket to keep spacing...if you go that way I'll provide details. Replace the ball joints while your at it. On the steering wrack, first check the linkage to the tie rods, if one or both falls limp like a sleeping man, replace it (lol). On the rear end, go with AF arms, it about same as custom as I did. With the upper, you will have to drill out the old bushings i think, on the axel to fit AF.

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Just a plus to what Spector's post. I personally did 100% suspension upgrade on my Stang. Kept all stock arms while replacing all bushings. Advise to keep cost down replace front control arms with urethane. Easy swap using a vise and a socket to keep spacing...if you go that way I'll provide details. Replace the ball joints while your at it. On the steering wrack, first check the linkage to the tie rods, if one or both falls limp like a sleeping man, replace it (lol). On the rear end, go with AF arms, it about same as custom as I did. With the upper, you will have to drill out the old bushings i think, on the axel to fit AF.
Sorry, AF actually meant after market.
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its a good time to do springs with shocks/struts and c/c plates (if you go lower than 1 inch the C/C plates will be needed)

That handles a good bit of it, but you have crappy worn out rubber bushings you can address. Also inspect wheel bearing and ball joints, replace as needed

For bushings get some good rear lower control arms leave the uppers alone (or buy new uppers (cheap) from ford to replace the crappy worn out bushings in the uppers you have. Keep rubber bushings for the uppers. Delrin for the lower bushings is best but if you just DD your car consider just an OEM style set or less harsh style.

Finally inspect your steering rack bushings, can make it feel much firmer if you have wornout ones you replace.
If you have time, i'm planning same project and could use some honest and experienced advice. if you don't mind helping, here's my scenario/idea:

Mine is '04 GT 5 speed with 60K and only modest mods. Do not race(but wouldn't mind takin' to track one day!) Runs and drives great w/EXCEPTION of need for p.s. inner tie rod (couldn't have just been the outer!), and the usual rear end wheel hop.

I already have a set of H&R SS which will yield drop of 1.75/1.6 as you prob know. I would like to complete the job with as few parts/little expen$e as necessary. I understand I will need cc plates, and will do struts/shocks(suggestions?) also. Obviously, a proper alignment to follow.

Would rather not replace(or offset) bushings, ball joints, add bump-steer kit, or even rear control arms at this time. Might consider it if financially feasible down the road, and if of any real benefit. Gotta run... any advice GREATLY APPRECIATED-
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Control arms are one of the best mods for suspension. You can eliminate all wheel hop with just a good set of those.
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Old 07-27-2012, 01:31 PM   #14
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Control arms are one of the best mods for suspension. You can eliminate all wheel hop with just a good set of those.
Really?! Just a set of rear lower control arms? No shocks, bushings, sway bar upgrades etc.?
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