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Old 06-08-2015, 04:53 PM   #1
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Lowering springs

I have a 2013. I want to lower my car on American muscle they say you need gt500 upper strut mounts and dampers for the springs to fit. But this past weekend I was at ford nationals and ford racing was installing the springs without these things. I wanted to know if anyone could help me out. Thanks.


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It is recommended to use new strut mounts and the GT500 is the strongest OE mount you can buy. Do you absolutely have to replace the strut mounts.........no. I didn't but my car only had 3000 miles on it when I lower it. Do I wish I put new mounts in, yes. After driving 3000 miles my strut mounts creak and pop when I go up and down my driveway at slow speeds. The reason it they were only meant to be used once and were never designed to go in a lowered vehicle. Is it dangerous, no, but the sound can be annoying. Not everyone that has put in lowering springs has had the annoying noise.........but a lot have also.

The other thing you need to be very careful of when you take your strut mounts out of the car is that they will separate, which is normal, but the ball bearings have a tendency to fall out, and putting a strut mount back together with missing ball bearing is not a good idea.

A lot of people also change the struts when they put lowering springs in and depending on how many miles you have on your car putting struts in that were engineered to go with the lowered springs will give you a better ride. If you do put new struts in and want to use the GT500 strut mounts you will have to order the earlier struts as the GT500 strut mounts will not fit a 2013/2014 strut.
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I seen some good prices at FN maybe should of got them installed there. Love to see all of that going on there BEST SHOW !!!
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Lowering springs

Like olerodder said the new mounts are not required but they do make a difference. I ordered an eibach pro-kit with the 2008-2010 struts and the fit is much better. Wish I could find the pic of the mounts side by side. I've driven some cars with and some without the mounts. The ride seemed better with the gt500 mounts. By better I mean less noise.

A question that drove me crazy was which springs to use. 2008-2010 or 2011-2014 some state they go from 2008-2014. Ford springs are 2008-2014. According to a few mechanics I spoke with the springs are the same except for the rate and drop. I can confirm that any springs from 2008-2014 will work.

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The 11-14 strut mounts (stock GT, V6) are "one time use" according to ford.

That said, I have disassembled some of these and my experience with keeping them from falling apart is this:

You must remove ALL spring tension away from the strut mount before you try to remove the top bolt and pull it off. If you leave spring tension at all (even when you use a spring compressor it's possible to release it but not have all spring tension removed) the spring will cause the strut mount to pop off with a tiny bit of force and cause it to come apart. Tiny ball bearings will go everywhere. It's good times. On one strut I completely removed all tension and simply lifted the strut mount off and it was perfect.

Just thought I'd share. I recommend doing heavy duty mounts, GT500 or cc plates of you can swing it but not everyone can come up with the cash to replace the struts with the appropriate year strut and it buy the cc plates or heavy duty mounts (Steeda) right away.


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I just got my gt500 strut mounts on ebay for $69 shipped. Also got 05-09 koni orange struts n shocks on the way to pair with my sr springs. Any advice on install you guys can give me?
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Thanks for all the info that's what I was looking for.


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I just got my gt500 strut mounts on ebay for $69 shipped. Also got 05-09 koni orange struts n shocks on the way to pair with my sr springs. Any advice on install you guys can give me?
I think the arrows on the strut mounts are supposed to be facing the engine not away from the engine. I read somewhere that you're supposed to point them outward but then after they couldn't get my passenger side to align even with camber bolts I found out you're supposed to point them inward. Someone please correct me if I'm spewing B.S.
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Just got the struts delivered. From what I have seen from install videos, its supposed to face outwards.
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