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Old 01-22-2014, 12:48 AM   #1
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Lowered 96 Mustang Gt shocks

Hi everybody. I got my 96 GT with 1 and 1/4 inch lowering springs installed already. My shocks blew out within one month. I like the stock ride and all the shocks for my year were $400+. I heard about installing Foxbody shocks because they're an inch shorter and have more travel. They do bolt right up. 1993 Mustang 5.0 shocks are half the price so I got KYB Excel 2's. Gabriel and Monroe Sensitrac work great for a factory ride. I also heard that Tokido's and Bilstein 96-04 GT shocks work great on Foxbody's. A lot of people already know this but I just thought I'd share this info again.
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Old 01-22-2014, 06:10 AM   #2
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I'm using Tokiko (spelling) on my lowered 97 GT and they feel great.
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I'm running Tokico HP struts and shocks
And I'm lowered around 2"
It rides okay
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Stiff ride and performance vs. comfort and scraping.. Decissions, decissions... I like to let my suspension "do its thing". Getting used to a loose suspension is like going where the wind blows ya...

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But riding on blown out shocks is really dangerous on the highway. Scary as heck too.

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I'm running Tokico HP struts and shocks
And I'm lowered around 2"
It rides okay
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Old 01-22-2014, 11:43 AM   #6
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I heard that worn out front shocks makes your tires wear unevenly which produces a noisy ride. And gets louder every week.

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IDK. I heard that from a front end specialist. I can't understand why. Unless the alignment is out. But thats a seperate issue. I believe it though..

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So the fox body springs on a sn-95 give better ride, performance, or both?

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Not springs, I meant shocks, sorry
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Yes. I paid $22/each for 93 5.0 rear shocks and $85/both front shocks. It's a nice comfortable ride. Absorbs bumps and keeps my car from bouncing like crazy on the highway. Especially those white blocks they use to build roads giant lego blocks. I like the way the car moves and holds its position around curves and turns to. I feel that I get better "off the line" traction too because its not stiff. But it depends on what kind of driving you're doing. Right? I put over 10,000 miles on my shocks and they're perfect. Unlike the stock shocks for my year that gave up life after just 3,000 miles. I'm happy to share this because I couldn't find solid answers as to the fitment. They bolt up perfect.

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So the fox body springs on a sn-95 give better ride, performance, or both?

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Not springs, I meant shocks, sorry
The fox shocks allow better travel when you lower the car past 2" or so
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SN95 Stock shocks (Details) Compressed Length14.500" at Bumper or Lockout contact Extended Length19.125" at Bumper or Lockout contact Travel 4.625"Upper Mount

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Foxbody stock shocks (rears for both BTW) Compressed Length12.25" Extended Length 20.125" Travel 7.875"

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Same hardware fitment for both. Direct bolt on.

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It looks like me that if you're 1.5 inches lower, factory sn95 shocks leave 3 inches of travel. 1.5 inches up and 1.5 inches down. And thats why they blow out pulling out your driveway. Ughhh..

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It looks like me that if you're 1.5 inches lower, factory sn95 shocks leave 3 inches of travel. 1.5 inches up and 1.5 inches down. And thats why they blow out pulling out your driveway. Ughhh..

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I'm about to drop my 04 1.5" front and rear. so I should grab the Fox shocks and struts as well?
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They will fit. If you're going for a stock ride. I love the way they handle on my SN95. And I'm confident about the Foxbody shocks lasting a long time.

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