Originally Posted by Grimkreg
Hello, just want to throw up a list for my 2012 gt automatic to have y'all look it over and give thoughts as I am new to suspension and most mods.
First my plans for the car: I enjoy a bit of aggressive driving and having fun, maybe even run the drag strip a few times but most likely will not track the car, just looking to make it handle/perform better. For the time being(warranty) I want to get suspension set up first. Then get bigger rims/tires. Soon as warranty is up(never had a new car so I am enjoying not having to pay for stuff if it goes wrong) I will begin more modding. Far down the road I would like to go FI and play in the range of 5xx whp, but that is after college if at all.
I looked around and so far I think I am going with the gt500 mounts and Koni str.t strut/shocks. I am still unsure on springs, but will probably look for around a 1.5 drop at most. Then perhaps SR control arms and panhard bar, some type of control arm relocation set, eibach sway bars. Perhaps a bumpsteer kit? What recommendations could ya make? Anything I missed that is important, or do I even have too much listed? I am very open and am not brand specific. Thank you, I appreciate it in advance( and sorry for beating this topic a bit more to death, just want to see what you think about all of this together).
I'll cut right to the chase on this, I think the Koni shock and strut kit
would be the best for you. I've ran them in the past and absolutely loved them! Killer ride, awesome handling, and you can still cruise along without worrying about a harsh feel.
Something I would also recommend would be a set of J&M Caster Camber plates
to bring your alignment in toe. There are a ton of great brands out there but I've used J&M a lot in the past and they are an awesome "bang-for-the-buck" kit!
In regards to springs, I run the EIbach pro-kit
myself and absolutely love the look and the ride. They dropped the car the "perfect" amount but didn't effect the quality of the ride like most lowering springs do.
The panhard bar is definitely a must on a lowered car, there are many companies out there making a solid product, but I am a huge fan of the BMR Panhard bar
. I have this exact same one on my 14 and absolutely love it!
Looking into the control arms, I think you hit the nail right on the head when you mentioned the SR setup. They are a great product and don't put too big of a hole in your wallet. I have run the SR Adjustable Lower Control Arm kit
in the past and definitely noticed the wheel hop subsiding and my 6o's improving.
Last but not least, I honestly don't think that a bumpsteer kit would be required for your setup unless the roads in your area are pretty chewed up. I always recommend them on the older cars (especially New Edge's) but with the S197 the suspension components are so new that I don't think they're necessary.
Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions, I'm just a PM away. Hope this helps!