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Old 07-14-2012, 10:45 AM   #1
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lowering my 2012 mustang gt

hey guys i am going to be lowering my car soon and was just wondering what is a good panhard bar is to use when i lower the car

any info would be greatly appreciated

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Re: lowering my 2012 mustang gt

any of the name brands are good, steeda, bmr, eibach, etc. just make sure you get an adjustable one so that you can recenter the axle
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Old 07-14-2012, 11:06 AM   #3
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Ok thanks now is this a must have thing when lowering the ?
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Re: lowering my 2012 mustang gt

must... no, but very highly recommended, it's still driveable but you rear axle will be off center when it is lowered
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Old 07-14-2012, 11:19 AM   #5
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Ok what's a good one but on the cheaper side ?
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Re: lowering my 2012 mustang gt

not sure off the top of my head but some good places to start looking would be am, latemodelrestoration, and summitracing
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Old 07-14-2012, 11:34 AM   #7
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Ok thank you for the info
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Re: lowering my 2012 mustang gt

I ordered my Eibach Pro System Lowering Kit off of autoanything. They had a coupon which dropped it much lower than anyone else. I went with the J&M Steel adjustable panhard bar and MM Caster Camber Plates from CJPonyparts. The rear end did shift. I put the eibach camber bolts on but will soon switch out to the caster camber plates. I just don't trust those little bolts with bumps and curves! I should have not been cheap the first time because now its gonna cost me with a second alignment and possible installation of the caster camber plates if I don't feel like doing it myself. My advice is do it right the first time!
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Well I'm buying h&r super sport springs and wanted to know what else I need besides the springs and panhard bar
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Re: lowering my 2012 mustang gt

I think I may be opening a can of worms here, but when we lower the S197, don't we need an adjustable upper control arm as well? This to set the pinion angle. Or is this simply parts manufacturers getting us to buy more pieces?

I've read just enough so far to make myself both dangerous and confused....
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I think I may be opening a can of worms here, but when we lower the S197, don't we need an adjustable upper control arm as well? This to set the pinion angle. Or is this simply parts manufacturers getting us to buy more pieces?

I've read just enough so far to make myself both dangerous and confused....
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Re: lowering my 2012 mustang gt

You will definitely need an adjustable panhard bar- mine is a UPI but there are a lot of companies making them. I used a single adjustable panhard bar and wished I had ordered a dual adjustable one instead- it will make the install a little easier. You will also need new strut mounts, as the factory units are not very robust and tend to crap out once they are tampered with. I installed Maximum Motorsports Camber Caster Plates to replace my factory strut mounts- and this is a very worthwile mod- particularly for a lowered car.
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I'm lowered 2" all the way around. All I've got is the springs, MM C/C plates and a Steeda adjustable Pan hard bar. Everything is strait, centered and true. I hate the ride quality btw, 2" is too much.
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Re: lowering my 2012 mustang gt

yeah, my brother's '08 GT/CS is lowered 2" and he hates his ride quality as well. I am really happy with the ride my car has with the Eibach ProKit setup- it's a great compromise.
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yeah, my brother's '08 GT/CS is lowered 2" and he hates his ride quality as well. I am really happy with the ride my car has with the Eibach ProKit setup- it's a great compromise.
Yes indeed! And you wheels are the tits!!! I'm getting these here in the next few weeks!
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Re: lowering my 2012 mustang gt

Thanks! I am leaving tomorrow, driving my Stang from Milwaukee to Myrtle Beach, SC for Mustang Week!
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So this seems to be more somethings that I need to get this done how hard is the install and what's a estimate of a total price for me to do this ?
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I spent under $700 including realignment. I did the work myself it took me about 2-3 hours at home on the ground.

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Thanks! I am leaving tomorrow, driving my Stang from Milwaukee to Myrtle Beach, SC for Mustang Week!
Cool man! That sounds like its gonna be a blast. I've yet to take a road trip in my mustang. Be safe out there.

Oh and take a ton of pics!
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My Dub Roush/Eibach springs are suppose to be
Similar to the prokit but I dont see it
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Re: lowering my 2012 mustang gt

Rolltide - what do you mean? what don't you see? I have the Dub/Roush springs also but i haven't put them on the car yet. Just curious if you're having issues.
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Rolltide - what do you mean? what don't you see? I have the Dub/Roush springs also but i haven't put them on the car yet. Just curious if you're having issues.
They did not lower the car as expected. Here is a pic
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Hey guys I am looking to order parts to lower my 2012 gt and so far I'm ordering springs and panhard bar is there anything else that is a must for the car ? That I should order
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Hey guys I am looking to order parts to lower my 2012 gt and so far I'm ordering springs and panhard bar is there anything else that is a must for the car ? That I should order
Springs and adjustable panhard was all I needed. When got aligned the dealer said everything was in spec so didn't need plates. Seems each car is different. Not sure why because all manufactured by same specs. Car rides tight so no complaints. Had the springs for about 8,000 miles.
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Ok that's what I needed to no thanx
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Springs and adjustable panhard was all I needed. When got aligned the dealer said everything was in spec so didn't need plates. Seems each car is different. Not sure why because all manufactured by same specs. Car rides tight so no complaints. Had the springs for about 8,000 miles.
I like to think of cars as finger prints, all made to look and act about the same but all have slightly different characteristics and quirks
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Does anyone know if doing this will void my suspension warranty ?
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Your going to have a hard time getting them to cover anything you touch when you remove everything for the spring install. I recommend new strut mounts and camber bolts depending on the amount of drop. You will kick yourself if you get it all back together and a month later your struts are popping and you cant get it aligned. Well worth another $100. Do it right the first time. Good luck!
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Does anyone know if doing this will void my suspension warranty ?
Magic 8 ball says, "yes."
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Magic 8 ball says, "yes."
Damn mine just said "ask again later" lol
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Does anyone know if doing this will void my suspension warranty ?
Talk to your dealer. If they stick to the print then yes it will void the warranty on parts related to the suspension. If the dealer wants to retain your business make them work for it if something did go wrong. My dealer has replaced the lower control arms when I had popping noises and that was after my pro kit was installed.

One thing that probably helps is to also have aligned by your dealer you use so if they come back on you at least you have evidence the wheels were in spec according to Ford.
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