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Old 09-26-2012, 09:51 PM   #1
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I bought my Mustang pre-owned and the dealership cannot provide me with more information than what is on paper. The day I test drove my car, I also test drove an '08. The '08 was a much smother ride but mine just looked meaner. My question is, what would cause my car to have a stiffer ride? It has bigger wheels but does not appear to be any lower.
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There are many things that can cause a car to ride stiffer. You mentioned the car having bigger wheels, what size tires does it have? More specifically, what profile are the tires? Less rubber = bumpier ride. Also, are you sure the springs haven't been replaced. All lowering kits do not make the car super low so visually speaking, you may not be able to see a difference.
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Old 09-26-2012, 11:53 PM   #3
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Thank you. The tires are 35 and the rims are 20". I have no idea if the springs were replaced, is there an easy way to tell?
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I guess the easiest way would be to google the stock riding height of the car and then measure yours. Maybe you could crawl underneath and see if there is a stamp on them with some aftermarket manufacturer's name or something. The tires are probably the bulk of your problem though, I think stock 18's come with 50 or 55s so that is a lot more rubber. Post a pic, I would like to check out your ride.
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That's the front one, the only difference is that rear tires are wider.
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That's the front one, the only difference is that rear tires are wider.
Is your car parked in your kitchen. Lol, nice floor.
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That's the front one, the only difference is that rear tires are wider.
Yea that low profile is definitely gonna make it a stiffer ride
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Yea that low profile is definitely gonna make it a stiffer ride
Especially if it's a hard tire. I can't make out the sidewall markings from that pic, can you post them?
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Yea they're nexen tires, definitely doesn't help, they're really cheap tires, does help a smooth ride at all
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I bought my Mustang pre-owned and the dealership cannot provide me with more information than what is on paper. The day I test drove my car, I also test drove an '08. The '08 was a much smother ride but mine just looked meaner. My question is, what would cause my car to have a stiffer ride? It has bigger wheels but does not appear to be any lower.
Can u take a side pic of the whole car? I'm almost certain its dropped... 20s with low pro wouldn't look right unless they're lowered, remember that these cars are pretty high from factory, especially in the rear
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Here are some angles....
Definitely lowered. It would look like a jeep 4x4 if it didn't have springs. Especially with 20's.
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Here are some angles....
Yea definitely lowered, hard to say what springs but its a fairly aggressive drop u will probably need new struts to accomadate the springs...
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Yep yours is lower than mine and mine is lowered lol. If you don't like the ride, I have a set of factory spring, shocks, and struts in my garage you can get...for a small fee of course
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That's pretty F-in low. I don't think anything you replace will help the ride as long as you have those springs.

My suggestion would be to get some quality springs and replace what you've got. It'll raise the car a bit but your ride will greatly improve.
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Old 09-27-2012, 10:36 PM   #16
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Is your car parked in your kitchen. Lol, nice floor.
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Definitely lowered. It would look like a jeep 4x4 if it didn't have springs. Especially with 20's.
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Thanks to all of you for your advise and laughs... I love the look of the car and I'm willing to sacrifice comfort for looks. HA!! I will look into different tires for sure.
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Does it have Caster and Camber plates? As low as it is, I would assume it would need them.
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I don't think it looks that low ... my car doesn't seem to sit much higher (if at all) and I'm on eibach pro kit springs.
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wornout shocks/struts can make the ride harsh, but it could just be upgrades to stiffer springs, harsh ride = better handling lol
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That baby is low. I have Eibach ProKit springs on mine with 35 profile 20's and mine is not nearly that low (and does not have a harsh ride, btw). Your harshness is more likely springs than any other single component. Shocks/struts calibrated for the ride height and spring rates that you have will help some, but it's gonna be stiff if it's that low, period.
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What color are the springs? look at all your undercarriage.You may have a bunch of stuff that could be good.How many miles on car?
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What color are the springs? look at all your undercarriage.You may have a bunch of stuff that could be good.How many miles on car?
Black.

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I don't think it looks that low ... my car doesn't seem to sit much higher (if at all) and I'm on eibach pro kit springs.
May I see some pictures?
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What color are the springs? look at all your undercarriage.You may have a bunch of stuff that could be good.How many miles on car?
The springs are blue.
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The springs are blue.
Check out FRPP suspension packages on americamuscle.com
If it is that blue, then very likely you have 1 or 1.5" drop
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Sounds like FRPPs to me. How many miles on the car?
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Sounds like FRPPs to me. How many miles on the car?
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