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Old 03-02-2015, 03:57 PM   #1
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Soften up suspension: for those post suspension mods

What's the best way to soften up the suspension a bit so DD is much more bearable? I have LCA, PHB, Ford K springs, staggered drifts on 18s 285

Are adjustable front S&S the way to go so we can tune between DD and track?

If I should go with ford racing cause of my springs?


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Soften up suspension: for those post suspension mods

A softer suspension would mean stock suspension. The springs you bought were designed to be stiffer than stock..........

The S&S will help if you keep them on their softest settings though.


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Yeah I know that. But just a lot of bouncing that I'd like to get rid of when DDing. Just wasn't sure how much new adjustable shocks and struts affect ride quality


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Is it bouncing like rough bouncing or like the car will bounce up and down a few times on a small bump?


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Well after any decent up and down roads, it likes to bounce the entire time. Over bumps, it's one rough rough jump lol.


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The type of jump that's hurts the spine haha. But it's only one time and doesn't continue bouncing afterwards.


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Yea that you can blame mostly on the springs. If you get a set of adjustable S&S you can soften it a little bit.


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What's the best way to soften up the suspension a bit so DD is much more bearable? I have LCA, PHB, Ford K springs, staggered drifts on 18s 285

Are adjustable front S&S the way to go so we can tune between DD and track?

If I should go with ford racing cause of my springs?


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There is nothing you're going to be able to reduce the ride harshness except for a lesser spring rate and to some degree a (+/- dampening coefficient). Adding to the car UCA/LCA/sway etc. will add stiffness and roll resistance. That will only INCREASE the perceived harshness, you'll want to decide what is the best compromise for you. The more you want to be able to control your car while doing any sort of aggressive driving the more you will sacrifice comfort.
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Hmm makes sense. What's the spring rates of the stock springs? What rates accompany better rides?

I feel coilovers is the only way to have the best of both haha


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GT: Front 123 lbs. Rear 156 lbs.
Brembo Pack: Front 131 lbs. Rear 167 lbs.

Quick google of Ford K springs I find front: 173-248lb/in / rear: 195-236lb/in

Coilovers are the only option if you want to setup the car properly where springs + dampers work with the configured ride height correctly. But coilovers cost more then a simple lowering spring/ damper set.

It's hard to say what spring rate YOU will accept as a better ride. A good starting point is the stock spring rate, how did it feel to you vs the K springs?
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I added adjustable shocks and struts and I am able to soften my ride. I too am a DD.
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I added adjustable shocks and struts and I am able to soften my ride. I too am a DD.
What kind of adjustments? Rebound only? eq. Koni yellows. Softening rebound all the way without making the same adjustments to compression is not advisable. It does depend on how you drive, a DD will probably never see aggressive enough driving where this becomes an issue. Although simply resisting the spring more or less does not always mean a smoother ride.
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I had a hard ride on Ford racing spring bit the bullet and got airlift performance 30 way adjustment. And you can set the psi to get the softer ride but expensive!!!!
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The shock play a big role as well. I'm on my third set, adjustable Koni's, and still too stiff, but then above 100 it smooths out. May have to try coil overs for rear with softer adjustable shocks.
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The shock play a big role as well. I'm on my third set, adjustable Koni's, and still too stiff, but then above 100 it smooths out. May have to try coil overs for rear with softer adjustable shocks.
Dampers resist the spring more or less. All they will do is add stiffness and roll resistance. Soft dampers will allow the car resonate at the spring's natural frequency. With stiffer shorter springs you'll bounce all over the place and hate life.

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