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Old 04-20-2016, 06:20 PM   #1
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Daily Driver Springs - Stock or ??

I recently purchased a nice 2004 Mustang GT to drive to work on nice days and as a weekend cruiser with the wife. I am trying to keep the ride quality up but make handling improvements if possible. I don't want to lower the car significantly since I live in the county and sometime the roads are not the best and the driveways are a little steep or rutted.

I put a short throw shifter on it (Tri-ax - which is awesome) and I am getting ready to do a catback exhaust.

Next is suspension - but I cannot make up my mind on what to do about springs. I am leaning hard towards the Koni STR.T shocks - especially with the 20% off sale this month. Figure they probably will be slightly better than stock - I would love the Bilsteins but I cannot justify 2x money for a car that I am not going to race or drive hard. Money saved on shocks can be used for other things on the car.

My question is - what should I do about springs?
Is there any advantage to going to the Ford B springs or similar - will they improve the ride quality and/or handling? Is there a better alternative for me or should I just leave the stock springs and put the STR.Ts on and move on to the next improvement?

FYI-Down the road I plan to do a CAI, larger front sway bar, ventilated brakes, and probably rear control arms. Then maybe an intake and a tuner.
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I've had the eibach progressive rate and the ford racing B-Springs on two different 96gt's. The ride was similar but the eibach give the front a lil better drop maybe 1/2"
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I considered lowering my 02. After a few minutes of thought I decided 1 or 2 inches of drop is not worth risking all of the hazards and suspension changes.

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I just did Ford racing lowering springs in my 04 GT. C rated springs. They ride awesome and gave me about an inch of drop overall with isolators installed on all 4 corners.



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I just did Ford racing lowering springs in my 04 GT. C rated springs. They ride awesome and gave me about an inch of drop overall with isolators installed on all 4 corners.



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That looks good. We have the same color, I'm running Bullitt Wheels though.

Now I know what my GT would look like if I lowered it.

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The Ford C springs are a good choice for a daily street driven car. They have a stiffer spring rate than the stock GT springs, so they give a definite improvement in handling. Since they are a stiffer spring, you might notice a slight deterioration in ride quality. Usually, people replace the shocks and struts at the same time as the springs, so the improved overall feel of the fresh suspension makes any loss of ride quality insignificant.
It's a good idea to have a look at all of the suspension components as well. Replacing any worn steering and suspension bushings will really tighten up the feel of the car.
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