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Old 05-22-2014, 08:31 PM   #1
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Lowering my GT

I apologize if this has been covered before or if the information is contained in multiple threads, but I just wanted to make sure before I bought the parts. Do I need to have adjustable lower control arms in order to lower the car? Are there any shops I should avoid when having this kind of work done? How important is an adjustable panhard bar? I'm kind of new to the prospect of lowering the car. It sure needs it though...
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Lower control arms don't need to be adjustable, just the upper one.

If you scroll down farther you will probably see 10-15 threads about suspension.
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Old 05-22-2014, 10:52 PM   #3
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Ok thanks I've read them. My main question is: I've got steeda lca's now, if I lower will I have to put a relocation bracket on? I'm still a little confused if I actually need a new panhard bar or not as well. Thanks again.
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Will you have to put reloc brackets on? Nope. Should you put them on? Yes
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You shouldn't need them unless you're lowered more than 1.5 in, but it wouldn't hurt. I'm no guru on suspension just what I've also read.
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Lowering my GT

I'm no expert on mustang suspensions, but I did talk to the god of the stang suspension, Sam Strano, and he said LCAs aren't necessary and to wait before getting them. He also said a quality set of shocks and struts, such as the Koni Yellows, along with lowering springs is all you need and they might eliminate wheel hop altogether without control arms. A pan hard bar is optional.
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Old 05-23-2014, 11:05 PM   #7
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I bought eibach sportlines and a bmr panhard bar and my **** is legit...
All kinds of places say you need this and need that and then this and then frikken that.....
Well... my car didn't need all that crap! Lol

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Hey thanks for the info. I ended up buying steeda springs, panhard bar, and front strut mounts (apparently the mounts help the camber degree which helps not wear the front tires so bad and I didn't know this). I'm trying to get the install done for around $600 with alignment. I'm very excited to see the results.
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The eibach sportlines that I got were a 1.4inch drop in the front that didn't call for the need for any plates or ever those 35 dollar camber bolts that AM sells...
The shop I had do the alignment did everything just cherry...

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Old 05-24-2014, 12:52 AM   #10
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Yeah I'm not sure. I'm no expert which is why I'm asking here. I was told the strut mounts weren't absolutely necessary but they were needed to prevent unnecessary wear on the front tires. I went with his word and bought them. We will see how it turns out.
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Make sure to post some pics so that we can see that stance!! I'm interested in doing a similar setup with my stang
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Hey thanks for the info. I ended up buying steeda springs, panhard bar, and front strut mounts (apparently the mounts help the camber degree which helps not wear the front tires so bad and I didn't know this). I'm trying to get the install done for around $600 with alignment. I'm very excited to see the results.
What strut mounts did u get? If u got the gt500 ones I don't think they'll work with oem struts they're meant to be used with 05-10 struts on 11-14s.
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What strut mounts did u get? If u got the gt500 ones I don't think they'll work with oem struts they're meant to be used with 05-10 struts on 11-14s.
Correct. The GT500 strut mounts won't work with the stock struts.
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No they are not gt500 strut mounts. They are just for the good ol' GT. I'll post a pic of the stance of my car now and then when I get my parts I'll post one of after. Click image for larger version

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No they are not gt500 strut mounts. They are just for the good ol' GT. I'll post a pic of the stance of my car now and then when I get my parts I'll post one of after.
What strut mounts are they? I didn't know they made some specifically for 11-14s. Where did u get them from?
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Steeda part 555-8135. It's a strut mount for 2011+ mustangs that also allow a slight camber adjustment, which is what is needed when lowering more than an inch I guess.
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Steeda part 555-8135. It's a strut mount for 2011+ mustangs that also allow a slight camber adjustment, which is what is needed when lowering more than an inch I guess.
Ahh ok forgot about those. For that price tho I would have just gone with CC plates! Looking forward to seeing ur finished product tho.
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What's the advantage to getting caster camber plates? I don't know a lot about that stuff so bare with me. Caster camber plates didn't show up on my search on the steeda site so maybe that's why he didn't recommend them. I got 20% off my order so it was about $70 off the strut mounts I got.
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What's the advantage to getting caster camber plates? I don't know a lot about that stuff so bare with me. Caster camber plates didn't show up on my search on the steeda site so maybe that's why he didn't recommend them. I got 20% off my order so it was about $70 off the strut mounts I got.
Yea steeda doesn't have CC plates. CC plates allow more adjustability to the camber & caster of the suspension but since u aren't going with a large drop u will be more than fine! Plus u got them at a great discount!
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Sam may be a guru, but lowering without an adjustable panhard bar is pretty ridicules, unless you dont mind your ***-end all cattywampus. I guess it depends on how much attention you pay to detail.
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I wouldn't exactly call Sam Strano a guru by any stretch.
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Sam may be a guru, but lowering without an adjustable panhard bar is pretty ridicules, unless you dont mind your ***-end all cattywampus. I guess it depends on how much attention you pay to detail.
Mine definitely shifted to the driver side a good 1/4 to 1/2 an inch.... so thankful that I bought my adjustable panhard bar...
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I did buy an adjustable pan hard bar that will be installed...i think everything should turn out to be good. I'll post pics.
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Here is a picture of the car after lowered!
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Sam may be a guru, but lowering without an adjustable panhard bar is pretty ridicules, unless you dont mind your ***-end all cattywampus. I guess it depends on how much attention you pay to detail.
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