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Old 06-18-2016, 12:07 AM   #1
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1/2 inch Front Only

I have to drive to car every day. I don't want to stuff it in the weeds. I have to wonder how it would look with a half inch taken out of the front though. I think it would give the car a classic street rod look that is not immediately noticeable.

I'm not sure how I would go about that 1/2" drop without trimming the springs. That is far from accurate though.

I also want to keep the isolators. I am not a fan of suspension and drive train noises.

Any thoughts about that with the old 02 GT convertible?

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Steeda X2 ball joints.
If you don't install the spring spacer, they drop the front end about a half inch.
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Steeda X2 ball joints.
If you don't install the spring spacer, they drop the front end about a half inch.
I will have to take a look at that. Thank you.

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To spend the time and money on a 1/2" drop seems like a lot to me? I dont know how noticeable it will be? Do it for free with the isos taken out though, no noises on mine whatsoever without isos.

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To spend the time and money on a 1/2" drop seems like a lot to me? I dont know how noticeable it will be? Do it for free with the isos taken out though, no noises on mine whatsoever without isos.

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The time is the easy part. Pulling apart the suspension is not very difficult. However, $140 for a set of ball joints is up there in price.

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Ford racing B-springs will give you a very small drop. I daily drove my 96gt with them 100 miles a day, they handle and ride great.
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Replace Isos with electrical tape


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I have a hard time doing things like that. I cannot accept tape as a sound isolator. It is a petty issue on my part. I know removing the isolators works great for those that wrap the springs with tape. I will admit that it is a personal thing for me.

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The time is the easy part. Pulling apart the suspension is not very difficult. However, $140 for a set of ball joints is up there in price.

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Think of it this way... Your ball joints are getting old and probably need replacing anyway. It is like doing preventative maintenance AND modding all at once!

Or you could just go old school, and cut them a little bit.

The Ford C-springs are also a good choice. That's what I have on my car, and it still drives like a normal height car, pretty much. If you search around, you may be able to find a deal on a used set on Craigslist.
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Think of it this way... Your ball joints are getting old and probably need replacing anyway. It is like doing preventative maintenance AND modding all at once!

Or you could just go old school, and cut them a little bit.

The Ford C-springs are also a good choice. That's what I have on my car, and it still drives like a normal height car, pretty much. If you search around, you may be able to find a deal on a used set on Craigslist.
The used set of springs will likely be the direction I go in. Right now I have a few maintenance items to take care of.

I need a new set of tires. My Potenzas are on the wear bars.

I have a whine coming from the throw out and or pilot bearing. It could be an input bearing (I hope not).

There are likely a few other maintenance items that need to be replaced such as shocks and struts.

I'm not complaining; I purchased a 14 year old car that was never supposed to become a daily driver. I knew what it needed when I purchased it. The car itself is in perfect condition. The engine runs beautifully. The interior and top also look new. The undercarriage is almost as clean as some of the show cars I have owned. I am happy over all with the car, but it needs a little love to reach my level of acceptance.



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I'm ordering my steeda x2's in the next few days. After replacing the struts and shocks, it's made it apparent that the ball joint are ready to be replaced. That and some new tie rods should take a bit of slop out of the old tired steering.

They would get you your 1/2" drop and a fresh set of ball joints makes a big difference over the 14yr old ones that are likely in there.

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I'm ordering my steeda x2's in the next few days. After replacing the struts and shocks, it's made it apparent that the ball joint are ready to be replaced. That and some new tie rods should take a bit of slop out of the old tired steering.

They would get you your 1/2" drop and a fresh set of ball joints makes a big difference over the 14yr old ones that are likely in there.

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The ball joints are new. I'm not sure what they are, but they are polyurethane. The car has no slop in the steering.

The next time we get a chance to meet up I will have to let you drive it. If nothing else you will fall in love with the MGW shifter.

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The ball joints are new. I'm not sure what they are, but they are polyurethane. The car has no slop in the steering.

The next time we get a chance to meet up I will have to let you drive it. If nothing else you will fall in love with the MGW shifter.

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Yeah, I bet it's nice. It had great positioning when I messed with it the other night. I wish I didn't have so much pain in my hand and knee, I'd definitely enjoy going back to a manual.


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Yeah, I bet it's nice. It had great positioning when I messed with it the other night. I wish I didn't have so much pain in my hand and knee, I'd definitely enjoy going back to a manual.


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