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Ok, lets get a suspension thread going. Whether it before road race or drag race or just want the right look.

Since i'm new to this 'new and improved' s197 chassis, i've got a few questions. My car will be use for 50% DD duty, 30% street light to street light/high way runs, 20% drag strip.


LCA's - Whats better? Bushing at both end, bushing at chassis/heim at axle, heim on both ends.

UCA - Again, bushing or heim? Or is it dependent on LCA choice?

Shocks/struts - Should I bother with adjustables considering the use of my car, or can I get away with my current FRPP "handling "dampners" at the drag strip?

Lastly, are subframe connectors worth it on these cars?



Paging Pratt...awaiting your massive tech posts.

Sprayin/Teege, got any input?
 

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Tell us more about your car, RWHP,Auto/Man, PA/NA? At least this much info would be needed to get the thread going.
 

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I dont have any RWHP numbers unfortunately.

its N/A bolt on car with a 5 spd and a 4.10.
 

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I'd be interested in know what suspension stuff works best with these too. Buddy has a bolt on s197 looking to do DD/road racing. So far has koni yellows fully adjustable and lowering springs. What else is best for road racing?
 

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I dont have any RWHP numbers unfortunately.

its N/A bolt on car with a 5 spd and a 4.10.
Well if your looking for some good info on suspension, here is a link that you may find helpfull cherod.com/mustang - LCAs

Right now I wouldn't do anything based on your driving use and paw, your far away from suspension benefits in drag racing. I would start with something like a single piece Aluminum driveshaft. You can lower your et by reducing some rotating mass. After that maybe some bushing lower control arms with anti-squat brackets for any wheel hop. Upper control arm I would leave in unless you really get aggresive on the bracket position of the lower arms which would throw your pinion angle off.

I run the BMR bushing lower arms with brackets, using the middle position of the bracket, have 1" lowering springs and shaftmaster 1 piece driveshaft, 4:10 gear. Pinion angle is still good at -1 deg. and I use the stock upper control arm. Running over 550rwhp with no problems of wheel hop, but I have an auto, if it was a manual I would of changed out the upper to an adjustable with a beefer bracket mount.
 

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Well if your looking for some good info on suspension, here is a link that you may find helpfull cherod.com/mustang - LCAs

Right now I wouldn't do anything based on your driving use and paw, your far away from suspension benefits in drag racing. I would start with something like a single piece Aluminum driveshaft. You can lower your et by reducing some rotating mass. After that maybe some bushing lower control arms with anti-squat brackets for any wheel hop. Upper control arm I would leave in unless you really get aggresive on the bracket position of the lower arms which would throw your pinion angle off.

I run the BMR bushing lower arms with brackets, using the middle position of the bracket, have 1" lowering springs and shaftmaster 1 piece driveshaft, 4:10 gear. Pinion angle is still good at -1 deg. and I use the stock upper control arm. Running over 550rwhp with no problems of wheel hop, but I have an auto, if it was a manual I would of changed out the upper to an adjustable with a beefer bracket mount.
good info i completely agree!
 

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I have upper and lower control arms..everything else is stock...with the power i make it hooks like a charm
 

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I just have lower control arms. Poly bushings on both sides. Work pretty well. I need a set of shocks something fierce. I was thing about going with adjustable strange or QA1s. With what u have going on control arms and adjustable shocks will do ya good.

I like the idea of adjustable because I'd like to retain street manners, but I'm not sure if I'd actually ever adjust them. I'm kinda lazy.
 

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Holy crap, I just noticed that Mook condensed the Blue Oval, I like it....:likes:
 

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I ended up getting Lakewood 50/50 rear drag shocks. Lazy (and cheap) FTW.
 

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The gt I ended up getting already had some suspension work done to it. I have not driven one of these with just lowering springs on stock shocks or any other combo besides stock and the set up I currently own. I am still a fan of buying a kit. My car has a Roush suspension kit on it. Absolutely love it! I DD the shit out of my 5.0 and have minimal driveabilty issues. Worst time I had drivin it was actually in chicago :rofl: the car rarely rubs the ground. A little bit of caution and you are good to go. I am still looking into lca's and adjustable phb's but for what it is already i am not too worried. Minimal wheel hop currently. The car isnt bad at all to drive/ride in. It has a pretty smooth ride for a sport suspension. Highways are nice to cruise on, but going on back roads can be shitty depending on how bad they are. I am not a pro at this like some other mustang guys on here. Just thought i would chime in with my DD experience and current suspension mods since your drivin plans and mine are similar.
 

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