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Old 09-23-2013, 02:44 PM   #1
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96 GT lower spring bottoming out

Just over a year a go I lower my car a friend recommended to Eibach so I got the suspension package the struts, shocks and springs not I have a new job in the NYC and I'm feeling the every single pot hold, bumps and wave and I can't take it any more so I'm just wondering what spring can I change it too that will still have the lower look but can drive it with seeing my physical therapist
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You could always try the Ford Racing B springs. They'll lower your Mustang roughly 1" in the front and .75" in the rear from the stock ride height. I'm not sure if that will still be too low for your taste, but it's about the tallest sport springs that I'm aware of.

What exactly seems to bottom out first? Exhaust or actual springs hitting the bump stops? As hard as it is, you'll have to be extra cautions for pot holes with just about any sports car unfortunately.

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The bump stopper
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A lot of guys trim the bump stoppers an inch or so, too. They're just too high when you have a lowered car, as you already know. I'd start by trimming an inch off and see if that helps. You may only need that extra inch for moderate pot holes.

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Tires also play a role in road noises and feeling of the road
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Tires also play a role in road noises and feeling of the road
+1 a bigger sidewall will absorb more bumps in the road.
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Eibach pro kit, is that what you have... Ive been anting to buy it, do you recommend it.... comes with
(2) Front Struts
(2) Rear Shocks
(4) Pro-Kit Lowering Springs - Progressive rate
(1) 35mm Tubular Front Sway Bar with bushings
(1) 25mm Solid Rear Sway Bar with bushings
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These guys make another good point! ^^^. Not all tires are created equal and some are much quieter than others. Although, it won't help too much for bottoming out on the bump stops, it will clean up a ton of other road noise.

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Rolling around on #35 sidewalls and a lowered car in NYC... have fun with that... even on the stock sidewalls it won't be great. Why the heck are you driving in NYC anyway? Drive to the train station, take the train in, then take the subway to wherever you want to go. That'll eliminate NYC potholes and also the dings/dents/scrapes that WILL happen from other drivers in the city.
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Rolling around on #35 sidewalls and a lowered car in NYC... have fun with that... even on the stock sidewalls it won't be great. Why the heck are you driving in NYC anyway? Drive to the train station, take the train in, then take the subway to wherever you want to go. That'll eliminate NYC potholes and also the dings/dents/scrapes that WILL happen from other drivers in the city.
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I've been to NYC, those roads are crappy, and I wouldn't even want to drive there. Subway is so much easier.
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I think the next time I get tire I'll get profile 45 instead of 40
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Best combo IMO is a 40 sidewall out back and a 45 up front.
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Best combo IMO is a 40 sidewall out back and a 45 up front.
Wouldn't that look weird with a shorter tire in the back? Maybe I'm picturing it wrong though, I've never see it haha
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A 245/45/17 will be the exact same diameter as a 285/40/17 just as an example.
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A 245/45/17 will be the exact same diameter as a 285/40/17 just as an example.
Ohhh ok, I thought you meant like 245/45 up front and 245/40 in back haha but yeah with the staggered look you'd need the lower ratio in the back
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Best combo IMO is a 40 sidewall out back and a 45 up front.
+10000 that's a perfect size set up. The 45 eats up a little more wheel well and gives you a little more cushion.
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+10000 that's a perfect size set up. The 45 eats up a little more wheel well and gives you a little more cushion.
My car right meow has 35 sidewalls out back and 40s in the front and its pretty decent but there is PLENTY of wheel well up front and out back to work with. Another 5 on the sidewall is not going to add any appreciable rotating mass with the same size rim and they're much better than a 35 sidewall all around for the street. That's why I stopped being so sold on the sites with the prebuilt wheel/tire combos.

I would love my next set of wheels to come from AM but they'd have to carry the size tires I wanted, not their standard staggered 265/35/1X up front and 285/35/1X out back.
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Soooo I have 255/45/18 all around? Nae? I thought I was a good combo
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Now I'm running 275/40/17 my next set will be 255/45/17 for a better ride comfort
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Try running 2" or lower and 275/35/18 295/35/18

It's rough
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I dropped mines 2" and it go both ways. Sometimes rough sometimes smooth. I think ima go and get it to 1.5, roll the fender n call it a day
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My car right meow has 35 sidewalls out back and 40s in the front and its pretty decent but there is PLENTY of wheel well up front and out back to work with. Another 5 on the sidewall is not going to add any appreciable rotating mass with the same size rim and they're much better than a 35 sidewall all around for the street. That's why I stopped being so sold on the sites with the prebuilt wheel/tire combos. I would love my next set of wheels to come from AM but they'd have to carry the size tires I wanted, not their standard staggered 265/35/1X up front and 285/35/1X out back.
My last car I had 17" wheels, went from a 40 to 45 sidewall and gained a little under 1/2" in sidewall height but that all can be different due to different manufacturers.
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Soooo I have 255/45/18 all around? Nae? I thought I was a good combo
On 9" rims and if you want to rotate your tires that's fine. But I cannot STAND the way the wheels look out back with the narrow rims back there. 10"+ or it looks like *****. I'd at least get some good wheel spacers like the ones from MM if I were you. That'll get the faces of the back rims about flush with the fender.

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Try running 2" or lower and 275/35/18 295/35/18

It's rough
I had that setup on my 95, wandered all over the goddam road with the 275s up front. Even these 265s the PO put on my current car are too wide but at least they are 40 sidewalls. I would run, at most a 255 on a 9" rim up front. IMO a 245/45/18 up front and a 295/40/18 out back is ideal. This would be on 9/10" rims respectively.
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I got some spacers on there now but I gotta get some bigger ones right now
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Try running 2" or lower and 275/35/18 295/35/18 It's rough
I bet! Your car looks soooo good it's worth I'm sure. Anytime you lower a car from stock ride height it's going to for sure be a different feel in ride quality. Any geometry change will cause differences of some sort. It's all about the performance improvement it provides, but more than anything to me the look it gives a mustang of any year is well worth it! I wish I would have done my suspension upgrades long ago.
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I bet! Your car looks soooo good it's worth I'm sure. Anytime you lower a car from stock ride height it's going to for sure be a different feel in ride quality. Any geometry change will cause differences of some sort. It's all about the performance improvement it provides, but more than anything to me the look it gives a mustang of any year is well worth it! I wish I would have done my suspension upgrades long ago.
Once you have a properly lowered stang every stock ride height one looks absolutely ridiculous.
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Here's how low mines is with a 2" drop
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Ok I kinda fix the bottom out a lot but I will still get 45 tire profile on my next tire change. Over the weekend we had a great weather so I install a few new KYB Quad shocks and the ride improve a whole lot better
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