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.