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Old 04-24-2015, 06:18 PM   #1
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Am I the only one who loves my solid axle?

So I know the split diff is supposed to be one of the great things about the new gen, but am I crazy that I love the feel of my beam? To me, that *** hop is all about the muscle.
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I love it too. Had a jeep, now have the stang and an old 79 suburban beater I call Merle...love how they all drive. Its the feel of actual axles under your vehicle!

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I specifically bought my 2014 because I knew it was changing to IRS for 2015. I love the feel of a solid axle and it's soo much fun to drive. I have IRS in my 350Z and it's awesome, I just sometimes love the way a solid axle car gets tossed around and it's old school feel. I wouldn't even consider a 2015 mustang, I'd probably get a 370z or G37 instead.
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I prefer the IRS
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I like mine!
I was just thinking today, as I was driving a very winding mountain road, that it makes it fun when the rear end hops around a bit!
A person gets used to it and you can almost always tell when it is going to become airborne by how the front end feels when it goes over the bump.
I think that it makes the cars interesting to drive.
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I love mine too! But then I'm old school. Ah maybe it's just old, lol.


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So I know the split diff is supposed to be one of the great things about the new gen, but am I crazy that I love the feel of my beam? To me, that *** hop is all about the muscle.

Well "*** hop" is not really a win. That's why everyone spends $$$ getting better LCA and UCA ect.

Secondly the IRS In the new model s550's has as much if not more wheel hop. So if you like hopping around your in luck 👍🏻
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Am I the only one who loves my solid axle?

I've had a few "oh s***" moments with the back end stepping out in a bumpy corner, but have learned it and am totally fine with it.

I like the old school feel, but as many have said, a solid rear axle is like trying to run around with your shoelaces tied together.
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it's just like driving a truck that corners great. I would prefer NOT to have it but what Ford has done with it is amazing.
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Old 04-25-2015, 12:17 PM   #11
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I enjoy corner carving so much I am thinking about buying a BMR "watts link" that is to be released soon that replaces the panhard bar. I am "old school" too as my first car was a 67 Camaro. I've been hooked ever since.
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I love being the only person in the top five without independent suspension, especially when the other people up there are national level drivers in full prep DSP BMWs, CSP Miatas, and SSP Corvettes...
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i have know idea what IRS feels like, as I've only owned 2 NIssan pickup trucks before I got this, and my parents have a Pathfinder and a Tacoma, so I honestly never drove a car with IRS. therefore, i love whatever my car has. hahah
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I enjoy corner carving so much I am thinking about buying a BMR "watts link" that is to be released soon that replaces the panhard bar. I am "old school" too as my first car was a 67 Camaro. I've been hooked ever since.

Whiteline has a watts link for $900. Americanmuscle.com has it in stock. http://www.americanmuscle.com/whitel...link-0510.html



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I like the solid axle on my 2012

I did install a "SWarr BAR which is a brace that stiffens the axle and eliminates a lot of wheel hop.
I got it at American Muscle.
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Got a wheel hop reduction kit on mine, haven't had wheel hop ever...


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Got a wheel hop reduction kit on mine, haven't had wheel hop ever...


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You also admit you've never gone WOT. So not sure that is a good example of success.
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Doesn't mean I never got on it...


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I love being the only person in the top five without independent suspension, especially when the other people up there are national level drivers in full prep DSP BMWs, CSP Miatas, and SSP Corvettes...
There really is no advantage to IRS on most racing surfaces as they are generally well maintained. Public roads, on the other hand, can give an advantage to the IRS over a SRA.
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It is amazing how many people do not understand that simple concept. I seem to have to explain it to some guy in an EVO every few events. Guess who does not return (I guess losing to a V6 Mustang is hard on the ego)...
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It's misleading to tell someone you have a part like a roush wheel hop reduction kit and have NEVER had wheel hop when you have never gone full throttle on it. I just wouldn't want someone to think that kit would solve the problem completely, because it doesn't. It's a reduction not a cure. And you can't really speak to when it occurs.
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It is amazing how many people do not understand that simple concept. I seem to have to explain it to some guy in an EVO every few events. Guess who does not return (I guess losing to a V6 Mustang is hard on the ego)...
Only real benefit is being able to set the alignment on the IRS also. Can't change anything with the SRA.
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I specifically bought my 2014 because I knew it was changing to IRS for 2015.
I thought I might have been the only person to do that. I loved my previous Mustang, but after hearing that Ford was going to the IRS for the '15 models, it helped push me over the edge to seriously look for a new 2014. When I laid eyes on this one with the performance package, 6 speed manual and V6 in Sterling Gray... I was sold! When the '15 came out and was actually heavier than the '14, I knew I made the right decision.

Don't get me wrong - I'm not bashing anybody's ride, I'm just really happy with mine!
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I too bought into the last of the solid rear axle. I love the *** hop while canyon carving. Just makes it feel that much more "on the edge" hitting mid corner bumps. On my 12 wrx that thing was planted to the ground like it was on rails. It had its fun moments, but nothing as chub inducing as having the rear step out a bit and still feeling in control.
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Watts link, torque arm, and coilovers. (And ofc upgrade your lcas, and rear sway bar)

The only thing the sra won't have at that point is ride comfort.

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Watts link, torque arm, and coilovers. (And ofc upgrade your lcas, and rear sway bar)

The only thing the sra won't have at that point is ride comfort.

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You are right and that's the reason Ford went with IRS....Ride Comfort, not performance. Even COBO Camaros come with SRA's.
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I love the SRA. Real muscle car feel to it, as it should be.
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I've been racing a shifter kart for the past 15 years so driving a live axle vehicle just seems perfectly natural to me.

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There really is no advantage to IRS on most racing surfaces as they are generally well maintained. Public roads, on the other hand, can give an advantage to the IRS over a SRA.
Ever heard of a place called Nelson Ledges? I don't think the place has been repaved since the '70s. It can be downright scary in a shifter kart but a hell of a lot of fun in my '14 V6/PP Mustang.
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It is amazing how many people do not understand that simple concept. I seem to have to explain it to some guy in an EVO every few events. Guess who does not return (I guess losing to a V6 Mustang is hard on the ego)...
If this site had a "like" button this post would get one.
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Well I am very torn on this topic, I know and love my Solid rear axle. I have come to know how to predict how the car will react under certain conditions, and it is relatively predictable. For daily driver and spirited driving on back roads I feel the live rear axle is more the sufficient for the task, however I feel that for a dedicated race car/track toy it is insufficient for very high speed maneuvering like what is found in wheel to wheel racing.
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IRS was long overdue. For me, tracking my Mustang on the weekends at the local airport was a fun deal. My 2011 Mustang was at a huge disadvantage though with its solid axle.

It would however be nice if Ford were to offer both an IRS and solid axle option; this way the "straight line" drivers could have the solid axle, and those of us that enjoy the twisties on the track can have the IRS.
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IRS was long overdue. For me, tracking my Mustang on the weekends at the local airport was a fun deal. My 2011 Mustang was at a huge disadvantage though with its solid axle.

It would however be nice if Ford were to offer both an IRS and solid axle option; this way the "straight line" drivers could have the solid axle, and those of us that enjoy the twisties on the track can have the IRS.
yea, without having to buy the expensive cobra version of it would be pretty sweet. like, maybe the gt track pack vs a gt sport or something. or just gt has straight axle, and the gt sport comes with IRS and maybe slightly different suspension.
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Ford Racing talked about A conversion kit--"BUT""

That was almost a year ago just before the 2015's were out.
I have not heard or read anything about it since.
Just putting out a conversion kit would be great for some but probably not enough to make it cost effective for Ford Racing.
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If SRA is your thing, I guess we gotta grab up those 14s

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There really is no advantage to IRS on most racing surfaces as they are generally well maintained. Public roads, on the other hand, can give an advantage to the IRS over a SRA.
Thats not true at all, having raced SRA and IRS cars. Also lol ... most tracks are not in the "best" of shape unless they're like <10 years old.

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Only real benefit is being able to set the alignment on the IRS also. Can't change anything with the SRA.
This, or at least one main benefit.

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You are right and that's the reason Ford went with IRS....Ride Comfort, not performance. Even COBO Camaros come with SRA's.
Not true either, the new track pack GT is over 2 seconds faster than the outgoing boss 302 around a track. The new chassis is an animal on track, it takes a fully prepped S197 to match a mild build S550. There's no comparison.

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Well I am very torn on this topic, I know and love my Solid rear axle. I have come to know how to predict how the car will react under certain conditions, and it is relatively predictable. For daily driver and spirited driving on back roads I feel the live rear axle is more the sufficient for the task, however I feel that for a dedicated race car/track toy it is insufficient for very high speed maneuvering like what is found in wheel to wheel racing.
The mustang is / was very good on track, don't get me wrong, i loved it an had a ton of fun. However, there is no replacement for a proper IRS set up when it comes to powering out of a corner. It also does make a MASSIVE difference in comfort on the street. Its not something i ever noticed until i started driving a good IRS car though.
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