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Default what suspension kit is best for my 1998 Mustang GT

:?::?:Ive got a 98 GT that is getting ready for paint, once its out Im going to get a new suspension kit to lower it a few inches and hopefully not lose much ride quality. Who makes the best kit? Steeda? Eibach? Saleen? And where is the best place to order it?
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Well I'm not sure about the suspension kits, but I have Ford lowering springs in my 1990 mustang gt. You will loose a noticeable amount of ride quality with lowering springs. Lowering it will help the handling and it looks a little more aggressive, but it will ride like a go cart. When I bought my 1990 the shocks were worn out, so I figured while I was replacing those, I would replace with new springs to lower it (and when I say shocks were worn out I pushed the strut rod in and it didn't come out). Anyways the car felt better after everything was done, up until I bought my 1988 mustang that has stock suspension and good shocks...that was the tell tell story right there, that lowering it made it ride really rough. If I had it to do over again I think I would look at keeping the stock spring and trying to find drop spindles to put on, this way you lower the car on the front, without loosing ride quality.

Also I wouldn't lower the car more than 1 and a 1/2 inches in front, more than that can have serious issues on alignment. I dropped mine an inch and a half on the front...now i have to stack boards on top of each other to drive the car on the boards to get it up on the car ramps to do an oil change.

You will also occasionally scrape your h or x pipes on speed bumps after you lower your car, and you will have to watch out for that concrete stop that they put at the end of some parking spaces as some are high enough that they will break you front bumper.

Steep dips in the road are also a nussance along with intersections that dip down and then up as you will inevitably scrape the front bumper after it is lowered.

I didn't look to see where you live, but if you live near Ocala, FL; I'd let you take my two cars for a spin to see if you really wanted to drop it. If this car is your daily driver...then seriously reconsider. If the car is not your daily driver then it will definitely help the handling, but be about 2-3 times rougher than it already is.
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The best?
This one


Oh, and also, lowering a car without doin any other adjustments to the suspension actually makes it handle WORSE, especially mustangs. Their geometry is really bad from the factory for performance handling.
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The best ride quality with the most drop is going to be the Eibach Pro kit. It has a lower spring rate then the other 1.50" drop springs. If you get these you have to keep in mind that you will need new shocks and struts that will accommodate a high performance spring rate. Also, you will need new caster/camber plates, and, though not necessary new bumpsteers to correct the geometry of the front end. On a >1" lowered mustang hitting a bump may throw the car off without new bumpsteers.

Another good spring that doesn't lower it as much but keeps a good ride quality is BBK's Progressive Rate Lowering Springs model #2501. These lower about 1.25". Obviously your stang will sit a hair higher but won't have the chance of bottoming out as much as the Pro Kit.

I can't stress this enough though - You will need new shocks and struts!!
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The best ride quality with the most drop is going to be the Eibach Pro kit. It has a lower spring rate then the other 1.50" drop springs. If you get these you have to keep in mind that you will need new shocks and struts that will accommodate a high performance spring rate. Also, you will need new caster/camber plates, and, though not necessary new bumpsteers to correct the geometry of the front end. On a >1" lowered mustang hitting a bump may throw the car off without new bumpsteers.

Another good spring that doesn't lower it as much but keeps a good ride quality is BBK's Progressive Rate Lowering Springs model #2501. These lower about 1.25". Obviously your stang will sit a hair higher but won't have the chance of bottoming out as much as the Pro Kit.

I can't stress this enough though - You will need new shocks and struts!!
Word. My car handles and rides 100 times better than it did stock. You can't just toss lowering springs in a car with OEM struts/shocks and expect the ride to be great.
As mentioned above, you'll need struts/shocks that can handle the spring rates, and CC plates. After you do those mods, get back to us on how much better the car rides, because I think you'll find it far better than stock.
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There is no "Best", there's good combinations that have been proven, but everyone has a different idea of what feels and rides good.
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Thumbs up appppppreciate the help guys

Awwwwwwesome, Thanks you guys. That helps out alot. I on the road alot for work so I will call my mechanic and my parts guy monday morning and try to get it started asap. Any suggestions on where to get the parts?
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check out some of the site sponsors. they tend to have good stuff

american muscle and maximum motorsports are two good ones.
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hotparts as well. They have really good prices as well on J&M and Vogtland.
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You should check out Kenny Brown. My whole set up is KB. As far as autocross goes Kenny is known as one of the best!
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