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Old 10-29-2014, 01:17 PM   #1
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Best drag suspension

I keep reading all the suspension setup posts for months. It seems most are more concerned with just lowering the car than anything else. Lowering is low on my priority list. I'm planning on BMR upper and lower control arms. And replacing my 19's with 18's 18x10 out back with some type of drag tire. Plan on hitting the strip about twice a month. Lowering a little would be ok especially cause of the smaller wheels to fill in the gaps. Should I forget about shocks/struts and springs or what types should I use. My priorities would be: drag setup with good street manners then handling then lowering a little. Any suggestions? My car is a 2013 gt manual with 3:73's. Thanks.


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Really so I'm confirming just looking good, not getting off it and actually going good is the most important thing here??
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Old 10-30-2014, 12:53 AM   #3
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I would check Grabber Blue5.0's signature on here for what parts he has. He has some of the best 60' times I have seen posted.
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Anybody else have any ideas if I'm more concerned with drag traction a couple times a month than actually lowering the car. Also how much of a handicap is it to lower it an inch in relation to drag strip traction?


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I would consider a 15" wheel for starters over a 18" wheel. Cheaper and much more effective. Being a manual you will also need to run a slick rather a drag radial. I would start with an adjustable upper control arm and mount and lower non adjustable control arms. Do not lower the car unless you really want it for looks.

The best advice I can give is take videos of your car at the track so you can see what's going on rather than just throwing parts at it.


I would also contact Kelly @ BMR and pick his brains for help. He does this for a living.
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I tried compromising with a Camaro I used to own, kind of middle of the road between drag strip and road course. Had that car ten years, and in my experience, you can't do both well. When you try and meet somewhere in the middle, you end up with a compromise of some sort depending on what you're doing. Eventually, I ended up with a car that was much better overall as a road course/autocross car because I ended up going too stiff on everything. If you're going to drag the car and that's what you want more of, then get drag specific springs and shocks. Stick with 15" drag rims so you can put actual drag tires on it. 18" drag radials will never get you the 60's that a true 15" slick will.

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The lakewood 70/30 setup and 90/10 setups are good.

I run the 70/30 ' s.
This is straight line handling. Not good in the turns.

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I appreciate the responses and ideas. I don't want to commit right now to 15" wheels. My compromise is daily driver to the track a couple times a month for fun. Track is about an hour away. I'm new to the coyote world and this car but not new to mustangs or drag racing. Just haven't done any in several years, and never with this car yet. I've read the warnings on drag radials on a manual. With that said would it be ok/ safe just to run some nitto 555 dr's or nto5 dr's on the 18's since we're not talking about 15 inch mt's or anything with more serious hookup? I've ran them on my 03 mach1 manual with no problem on a 17" wheel with 430s. But less power. Gonna be too much of a driver for the Lakewood right now.



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Old 11-02-2014, 04:46 PM   #9
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Anybody have any ideas if lessor drag radials like either Nittos would be ok on my manual on 18's? Also I won't be doing 5k launches or anything, just slipping it from 2 or 3k whatever it takes.
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Old 11-02-2014, 04:50 PM   #10
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Only drag radial that's worth a dam from nitto is NT05Rs.

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