Originally Posted by scottydsntknow
If you don't need adjustability you don't need coilovers. Just get the right shocks/struts for your selected drop and spring rates and a good set of MM CC plates.
TBTH I simply don't get going super low myself. Hard to get out of the car, the ride quality is a bag of *** and hooking up/handling suffers too if you are too low. Then there is your car getting torn up from bumps in the road and not being able to go over speed bumps.
Well, most people these days are buying coilovers simply for the ability to adjust ride height, not for track duty. I agree if you don't care to adjust the height for track purposes don't get coil overs. I do prefer them over a bagged system, less weight and crap to break.
Ride height is purely subjective, much like exhaust. 2" imo on the 99-04 cars is not that much when you look at the amount of factory fender gap. 2" can still leave ~1-1.5" of gap depending on wheel height. It's certainly not super low. Over 2" with bags, tucking the wheels in the fenders is super stupid low. The street pimping import crowd owns this one by far.
Mustangs are already hard to get out of, 2" won't really make it that much worse. Who knows, 20 years from now I'll probably feel differently
I have to disagree with ride quality suffering. Yes, an improper setup will trash ride quality, but well matched shocks/struts with the right progressive springs will maintain and even improve ride quality.
Hooking up does suffer as weight transfer does not occur or correctly. But frankly, 80% of the mustangs out there that are lowered don't see the track enough to merit drag springs, lakewoods, fox springs etc. Hell half don't even have the driver mod! They would rather have a lowered car to show off than a drag car setup with the front end sitting higher = EVEN MORE WHEEL GAP!!!!
Speed bumps = shopping malls. I hate shopping malls. Problem solved.
Originally Posted by LOWandSLOW
So for what I'm going for, everyone recommends expensive coilovers? I'm just trying to gauge what all I'm going to be doing with the free $ I have coming.
I would say for a $1k budget, do the Super Sports or Teins, new shocks/struts, and CC plates. If you install yourself (not hard at all) and get an alignment you'll be just over $1k. You'll get the drop you want and maintain a comfortable ride.