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Old 06-20-2006, 03:31 PM   #1
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Live Axle in the 2009 Mustang?

Should ford ditch the live axle or keep it, have it as an option, or offer an IRS as an option keeping the live axle as the base model or part of another package?

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Re: Live Axle in the 2009 Mustang?

I want a live axle, if anything make it optional
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Re: Live Axle in the 2009 Mustang?

I'm not going to buy one either way...but I'm a live axle advocate. Like Brent said, at least make it optional.
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Re: Live Axle in the 2009 Mustang?

what would you buy if not for a TA or camaro or vette, just wondering. I dont know what else I would want other than a vette.
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Re: Live Axle in the 2009 Mustang?

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what would you buy if not for a TA or camaro or vette, just wondering. I dont know what else I would want other than a vette.
That's a good question...the short answer is: "I don't know". I like the Charger's pretty well. That new Challenger concept is pretty spanky, too. Even though the styling is pretty bland, I'd drive a GTO, if I could pick one up cheap enough. One of the new turbo'd Solstice/Sky might be fun. That's about it for any kindof near future price range I'd be looking at.

In all honesty, though...If I pick up another car in the next two years it'll probably be either a mid-80's Honda gas-mileage-mobile, or a third generation F-Body.
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Re: Live Axle in the 2009 Mustang?

Definitely live axle.
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Re: Live Axle in the 2009 Mustang?

A IRS; if designed right from the start is surperior to a live axle. IRS's in other vehicles put the power down effectively(to a certain power level), but anything reasonble a IRS can handle it. The problem with the Ford IRS, is it is designed with in the confines of a Live Axle area and suspension pick up points. If you design the car for a IRS from the beginning It will be more than a capable performer. Supra's have been running 700+ hp through there IRS's for years. Sure when they to upwards of a 1000 hp they start running ford 9-IN rear ends, but the key words are reasonable and streetable. I vote IRS. P.S. I like twisties!
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Re: Live Axle in the 2009 Mustang?

I say live axle with a better IRS as an option. Reason I like LAs is the simplicity of them compared to IRS, as well as the ease of maint. and modding.
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Re: Live Axle in the 2009 Mustang?

And Ford has made some of the best live axle rear-ends on the planet. I'd sure as hell trade the 10-bolt for one.
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Re: Live Axle in the 2009 Mustang?

8.8 FTW!
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Re: Live Axle in the 2009 Mustang?

Make it an option because you've got Mustang enthusiasts of all kinds. When it comes to racing, the IRS would be HUGE with the auto-cross groups and people who would like more staility, while the 8.8 liveaxle is still a big hit with the drag racers.

The only problem with making it an option is, I can see them charging an arm and a leg for the IRS setup.
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Re: Live Axle in the 2009 Mustang?

I say make it part of a "Boss" drag pack only. Put the IRS that was designed for the shelby and dumped into the new one. There is no reason an IRS can't be more of a plus than a minus. Hell, GM can do it...why can't Ford?
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8.8 FTW!
9 ftw wouldnt be hard to remake that and be bulletproof like the previous 9.
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Re: Live Axle in the 2009 Mustang?

it is true the Irs design was thrown together if they had done it right it would be far better.
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Re: Live Axle in the 2009 Mustang?

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it is true the Irs design was thrown together if they had done it right it would be far better.
Yeah, they had one all set for the new shelby...then the bean counters axed it. They actually did the design, engineering, and everyhing...would have been a great addition. They did something right only to get left on the cutting room floor.
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Re: Live Axle in the 2009 Mustang?

Live Axle built a better IRS as an option
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Re: Live Axle in the 2009 Mustang?

my .02
Ford needs to keep average people buying the stang. Make IRS standard with the option for Live in GT's and up. The Mustang has to show better handling or more average people will walk away from it making it more expensive for the rest of us. Not everyone that buys a Mustang is a drag racer and they shouldn't all be. If they can make it a more competent handler it may get a larger market and people that carve corners and others that do autoX might start looking at them.
Imagine out handling that little ricer punk that stupidly says' "but can it turn"?
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Re: Live Axle in the 2009 Mustang?

I think Ford should put a good IRS on the 2009 mustang and make it standard, and offer a live axle as an option that could maybe lower the price of the car, but they don't need to make it where you can't order a mustang solid rearend. Also a good SLA setup up front would be nice.
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Ford needs to keep average people buying the stang. Make IRS standard with the option for Live in GT's and up. The Mustang has to show better handling or more average people will walk away from it making it more expensive for the rest of us. Not everyone that buys a Mustang is a drag racer and they shouldn't all be. If they can make it a more competent handler it may get a larger market and people that carve corners and others that do autoX might start looking at them.
Imagine out handling that little ricer punk that stupidly says' "but can it turn"?
Sorry for making the same point you made. I didn't turn the page to see you're post
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Re: Live Axle in the 2009 Mustang?

I'd like to see it as an option because the autocross guys would love the IRS, while the drag racers would still like to see a solid rear axle. I'm sure that many of the average drivers out there wouldn't really give a crap either way.

Unfortunately we all know that it'll be one or the other because it'd probably be too much of a hassle to make that option a reality.
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Re: Live Axle in the 2009 Mustang?

The Live Axle Should Be Standard, & The Irs Should Be An Option. I Think Long Tube Headers Should Be An Option As Well. O'well No Harm In Wanting.

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Re: Live Axle in the 2009 Mustang?

Ford has a RWD IRS available in Australia that would fit Mustang. In fact at one stage the Aussie Ford RWD platform was considered for Mustang but was dumped. Maybe for the next all new Mustang perhaps?
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Re: Live Axle in the 2009 Mustang?

If ford would desing an IRS thats worthy of the mustang it would be great but every attempt at it so far has been half assed and worthless.
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I thought they were talking about using the IRS out of an Explore or some ****. :dunno:
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If ford would desing an IRS thats worthy of the mustang it would be great but every attempt at it so far has been half assed and worthless.
They did...for the GT500...and it was scrapped.
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