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Old 08-29-2013, 09:42 PM   #1
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Hey guys, got some power mods going on for the car and am looking to get some handling mods for the car.

What are the first mods people do regarding this? I'm thinking strut bar, lowering springs? Anything else?
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Hey guys, got some power mods going on for the car and am looking to get some handling mods for the car.

What are the first mods people do regarding this? I'm thinking strut bar, lowering springs? Anything else?
Strut tower brace is good. But lowering springs, caster/camber plates and an adjustable pan hard bar should do it! I don't know much about coil overs even though not mentioned. If anybody has them I wanna know how they work/fit
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Hey guys, got some power mods going on for the car and am looking to get some handling mods for the car.

What are the first mods people do regarding this? I'm thinking strut bar, lowering springs? Anything else?
Sway bars
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Coilovers are like lowering springs but they are adjustable to height and allow you to stiffen the ride or soften it
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Thanks for the input guys. Anyone have any experience with the handling packages on AM? I'm looking at the one around $800. 05-09
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Thanks for the input guys. Anyone have any experience with the handling packages on AM? I'm looking at the one around $800. 05-09
I did a strut tower brace. Gt500 strut mounts. Bilstein hd shocks and struts and a complete suspension refresh. The sturts and shocks are amazing and have lifetime warranty. But if you live where there are a lot of pot holes. Dont get them. They keep braking my strut mounts because they put to much pressure on them. And I havnt been able to find a replacement for that
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I did strut tower brace, front and rear sway bars. They made a big difference in the handling. I don't know if all v6's don't come with a rear sway bar like mine but I would say that is a must have. I would like to lower my car but when I think of bottoming out on speed bumps I think I am happy the way my car handles without lowering it.
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I did strut tower brace, front and rear sway bars. They made a big difference in the handling. I don't know if all v6's don't come with a rear sway bar like mine but I would say that is a must have. I would like to lower my car but when I think of bottoming out on speed bumps I think I am happy the way my car handles without lowering it.
Yours didn't have a rear sway bar?
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No rear sway bar. I thought maybe someone took it of for what ever their reason was but From what I found out is it came from the factory like that.
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No rear sway bar. I thought maybe someone took it of for what ever their reason was but From what I found out is it came from the factory like that.
I have the same thing. I don't know if it has to do with the year or the model
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sixers don't have rear sway bars unless u get pony package
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sixers don't have rear sway bars unless u get pony package
yup base has an 28.6mm front and pony has 31 front, 18 rear. gt has 34 front 20 rear
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Thanks dudes! I'm looking at the handling package to tighten up the car OR the tuner/cai package. What do you guys think? Should I tighten up before adding that power?
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Thanks dudes! I'm looking at the handling package to tighten up the car OR the tuner/cai package. What do you guys think? Should I tighten up before adding that power?
you can do either the power you won't feel much of an increase while the handling should be felt with tuner i would add some improved exhaust to maximise the tuner's output
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you can do either the power you won't feel much of an increase while the handling should be felt with tuner i would add some improved exhaust to maximise the tuner's output
Oh come on dont tell me that. you're saying I won't feel much of a power increase from a tuner and a CAI? And I already have the FR duals, as well as the screaming coil, wires, and plugs.
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Oh come on dont tell me that. you're saying I won't feel much of a power increase from a tuner and a CAI? And I already have the FR duals, as well as the screaming coil, wires, and plugs.
aaa, then the tuner should do it in combination with the coils etc you will feel a gain. hopefully some better mpg too i'm a horsepower over handling type of guy but my handling mods changed more my boat-ish stang than the power ones
I hope i don't disappoint you but i've bought them and this is my conclusion
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Oh come on dont tell me that. you're saying I won't feel much of a power increase from a tuner and a CAI? And I already have the FR duals, as well as the screaming coil, wires, and plugs.
Why did you do screaming coils and plugs? I thought those were only beneficial if your adding f.I. because they burn brighter. Does It help at allm

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And tuners/cai is about 25 hp gain
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Why did you do screaming coils and plugs? I thought those were only beneficial if your adding f.I. because they burn brighter. Does It help at allm
Hype I guess. I read the reviews from others and it seemed like it really helped with idling and with the acceleration (main reason). Unfortunately I only feel a slight slight difference in the idle, acceleration is the same. Oh well, learn from my mistakes!!
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Why did you do screaming coils and plugs? I thought those were only beneficial if your adding f.I. because they burn brighter. Does It help at allm

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And tuners/cai is about 25 hp gain
if you add tuner they should help a bit because it changes the spark time. also, you can notice less gas smell when you start the car which is great
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if you add tuner they should help a bit because it changes the spark time. also, you can notice less gas smell when you start the car which is great
Hahaha less gas smell was definitely not the point of buying them. and yeah, I still have to check if they're actually spaced at 0.65 (or 0.065). That might be the reason behind me not feeling too much.
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Hahaha less gas smell was definitely not the point of buying them. and yeah, I still have to check if they're actually spaced at 0.65 (or 0.065). That might be the reason behind me not feeling too much.
less smell when the engine starts means more fuel burned=more power after it's been working for a while the catalytic converters burn the rest and you don't smell it anymore.
the spark plug mods add very few hp. the tuner is the key, it will maximise the gain of every mod you added.
so, yes, first buy the tuner and CAI so you know you're done here
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just purchased adjustable j&m upper + lower control arms and pan hard bar from AM. lets see how much of an improvement it will be
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just purchased adjustable j&m upper + lower control arms and pan hard bar from AM. lets see how much of an improvement it will be
keep me posted i'm curious
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so I installed my j&m upper and lower CA'S and panhard bar. I've previously lowered my car with ford racing springs and shocks and couple months down the road the LCA'S started squeaking.

I realized after that it was not so much the rubber bushings but the fact that the lowered ride with the stock panhard bar threw the geometry off and part of the LCA was rubbing against the mounting bracket.

After installing everything I was able to adjust the axle position and pinion angle properly. the launches were noticeably crisper and the point when the wheels break loose is more expectable and manageable (I live in rainy weather 8 months of the year).

All in all a great investment especially if your bushings are going and a must have if you have or are planning to lower your vehicle. the adjustable panhard bar is a must at the very least.
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