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Old 10-11-2013, 11:03 AM   #1
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I want to lower my car... Have some questions

Ok, so for the next mod on my 00 GT I want to lower it. I have a few questions though. What all is needed to lower the vehicle? I see on AM they have like springs for $250-300. Would that be all I need or is there other parts required? Also how does the car handle after being lowered?

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If you go lower than 1-1.5 inches it's recommended to get CC plates or bolts for alignment. If you don't go that low then you could go without.... Depending on your miles it might be a smart Idea to get new shocks and struts also.
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That's all you need to lower it, technically. You'll need an alignment afterwards, and if you drill out the rivets and get camber bolts you shouldn't have any issues getting back into spec. I your shocks are blown or a cheaper brand then they will wear out faster and create a harsh ride. If you get x2 ball joints it will "lower" you even more.
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all i bought for my gt was lowering springs and it dropped more than 1.5" and i didnt get cc plates or anything. still runs fine. alignment is off a tad but no biggie for me
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I do not plan on dropping it that far, probably not best 1.5 inches. Any recommendations on good lowering springs?
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I do not plan on dropping it that far, probably not best 1.5 inches. Any recommendations on good lowering springs?
Can't go wrong with SR performance. Drop is estimated to be 1.5 inches and is a great price
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H&R Race springs without isolators... It will give you just about a 1.5" drop and your car will handle so much better.
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Thanks for the suggestions. How hard are they to put on? I am not very car savvy. I would assume I would need my mechanic to do it?
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I went with SVE from late model resto,,,cheaper, and I don't have any complaints
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Thanks for the suggestions. How hard are they to put on? I am not very car savvy. I would assume I would need my mechanic to do it?
They're very easy to do. I didn't even used a spring compressors.. I just used a breaker bar and leverage and let physics do the rest. My whole spring swap took maybe an hour from putting the jack under to taking it on it's first drive.

But also I had already installed steeda bump steer, MM c/c plates, and steeda x2 balljoints. I didn't replace shocks struts yet to see how it'd do.

My stock shocks bottomed out on every little bump and it was a terrible sound and ride. Switch to Tokico d-spec shocks and struts and it fixed everything. Rides like a champ and very comfortable.

I installed the isolators with the springs so overall my drop was about 1.75 front and a little more in rear. If I skipped the isos then I'd be at or a little more than 2" drop front.


Lowering and changing out those parts has made a world of difference not only aesthetically but performance too.
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You didn't have to have the adjustable pan hard bar ? I here a lot of guys using them
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H&R Race springs without isolators... It will give you just about a 1.5" drop and your car will handle so much better.
+1. I run H&R race springs on my Bullitt. They aren't the lowest, but they are a high spring rate which improved my cars handling greatly.
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You didn't have to have the adjustable pan hard bar ? I here a lot of guys using them
No. Stock bars do just fine. A bar is a bar.
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99-04 mustangs don't come with a Panhard bar. You shouldn't need one unless your axle is out of alignment.

I'll give a +2 to the H&R race springsk, I loved mine. Or you could just cut the stockers.
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99-04 mustangs don't come with a Panhard bar. You shouldn't need one unless your axle is out of alignment. I'll give a +2 to the H&R race springsk, I loved mine. Or you could just cut the stockers.
I am looking to lower mine I have the eibach struts and shocks I want a 1.5" drop do I need the camber casters?
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H&R super sports suppose to be the lowest drop

I just cut my springs lol

But if I get springs I'm getting the H&R SS and Steeda lower ball joints
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I am looking to lower mine I have the eibach struts and shocks I want a 1.5" drop do I need the camber casters?
You can probably get away with camber bolts, that's what Bullitt1075 did on his, or if you wanna do it correctly you can do the plates. I never noticed any unusual wear when I had my Race springs and I didn't have either of those.
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As much as it hurts to have to let someone else do this to my car,(I have always done any bit of work on my cars) she's on the lift finally getting the suspension and some springs done, just couldn't find time to do it myself. Let's hope all goes well

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Ouch you're gonna be out a pretty penny
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Ouch you're gonna be out a pretty penny
yeah unfortunately:/. It took a lot to finally convince me to just take it in lol
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If you have some basic tools and a whole day the you could of gotten it done
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I originally planned today to do it, off work and class got canceled but I woke up and it's like a hurricane outside.... And my garage is currently a storage unit for my sisters belongings lol...
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Lol I feel youre pain on the garage thing. I couldn't fit my car on my old house garage. Now I have a 2 car garage and it really helps you out
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Yeah it's unfortunate hah, but I'll have to deal, I'll post up a pic when she's all done!
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I put Eiboch spotline springs on my GT when I had it. Loved them. 1 3/4" drop in the front 1 1/2" in back. I would suggest Caster Camber Plates, it makes alignments go much smoother. Also some people like to leave off the isolators for a bigger drop... My friend did that and now his car squeaks when you hit bigger bumps.

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Went and picked it up a little bit ago, and im surprised to say in pleased with it!

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Went and picked it up a little bit ago, and im surprised to say in pleased with it!
Looks great! What springs did you go with?
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Thanks! I went with sr, and I'm actually kind of surprised. I was hearing they don't drop that much but it's right where I wanted it!
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Thanks! I went with sr, and I'm actually kind of surprised. I was hearing they don't drop that much but it's right where I wanted it!
Nice! Those are supposed to drop 1.5" right?
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Nice! Those are supposed to drop 1.5" right?
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So I've heard, just a little bit right?
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Yea just a few more mm
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BBK springs, Tokico Illumina shocks/stuts, Max Motorsports CC plates, Steeda LCAs, stock UCAs. Rides great, just stiffer like any lowered car is going to be. If you are expecting a stock cushy ride you will be disappointed.
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