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Old 05-06-2014, 10:05 PM   #1
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Needing essential handling mods

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So i have been driving on this intense twisty road next to this lake. I have been taking it easy with my 2014 GT mustang because i have no track pack and have the stock 18inch stock rims (with Michelin super sports in back). I have bmr lca and it really makes the back end feel more planted. Im just getting a feel for my car's limitations and preparing for the track. What should i work on / what upgrades should i do and in what order. One last thing, lowering my car more then an inch would be a bad idea for where I live. Thanks guys, get back to me
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Since you're speaking of handling mods I'm assuming road course/autox and not drag.
Better brakes and get the super sports all around instead of just in back. My friend who does HPDE instructing with NASA told me I should track the car stock first. Then do handling mods based on what you don't like one at a time so you can measure the difference and tune/root out any issues easier.
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Yeah i decided that tracking would be a nice chance instead of just burning off my rear tires. So i should get some brake pads? Are rotors necessary? Pretty solid advice, anyone else have any say?
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How serious are you about tracking? Are you going to do it once in a while or often? Depending on your budget, at the very least you'll want performance pads. If you're serious about tracking, I'd consider a big brake kit and steel brake lines.
My biggest advice would be track the car once or twice stock and see what you don't like.
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I will be tracking time to time but i will be driving around twisty roads a lot with virtually no other cars around me, so i guess the brake pads would good enough. They would surely make me more comfortable getting ready for a tight turn. What else besides the front tires (cheaper) would help me especially in the first part of a tight turn? I just want to get an idea which way im headed
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That depends what you don't like.
When you're hitting a tight turn, do your wheels screech and slide? Do you get too much body roll? Do you not like how your car dives when braking? What are you unhappy with?
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I would definitely upgrade your stock springs, shocks and struts as well as your brakes. Body roll and brake dive is terrible on the stock mustang GT. If You track more than a few times a year, you will want to upgrade your upper control arm and get a panhand bar that's adjustable, especially if you lower more than an inch and a half.
Good quality tires is also a must. I would get pilot sports for all four corners as wide as your wheels would allow. 275 mm or wider if possible.
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Im definitely getting too much body roll. My tires are not screeching, maybe once. The thing is im not keen on how fast around a turn i could go into before one tire were to unhook. Would body roll help better weight distribution?
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The difference between a street car and a road course car Is Spring and damper rates. Lower stiffer springs will help with body roll a lot.
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What spring rate numbers would you suggest? Also do you know of any good lightweight track wheels i could buy and would upgrading to 19s be a good idea or go with 18s? Money matters a bit but not too much if i would considerable handling improvement.
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Any spring rate above the stock is considered an upgrade. I can't remember the numbers but I think the stock springs are only around 150 pounds. Progressive lowering springs are the way to go. Eibach prolines are a popular choice. Stock 18 inch wheels unfortunately are not wide enough to accommodate anything larger than 255 mm tire. Although 18 inch wheels are preferred over 19 inch in roadracing applications. Lighter and more tire choices
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What struts would compliment the sportlines? The eibach struts or is there better out there?
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The Koni yellows would be the way to go if you track your car several times a year because they are adjustable. If those are too pricey, the Koni orange will do as they are far better than your stock shocks and struts.
You had mentioned the Eibach sport lines, those would drop your car more than the pro lines. It would lower your car about 2 inches. The pro lines drop your car around an inch and a half and still keep it streetable, but very track worthy.
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If you want to keep the lowering at around 1", the Ford Racing P springs are a 1 inch progressive rate drop.
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Yes. Definately put super sports on the fronts, i did the same thing with super sports out back and p zeros in front, but when i replaced the fronts my handling improved at least 50 percent. Get some steel lines which are cheap. Hawk pads and dot 4 fluid and you are good

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I was definitely starting to look around for parts to track the mustang, from what I've read the stock 18x10 gt500 wheels on some decent tires is the way to go, most say you need to go out bone stock first, you'll learn the most that way
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