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Default SHocks and struts suggestions (1990 Mustang 5.0 convertible)

hey guys, my car needs some new shocks and struts and im wondering what are some good brands to go with. i have a 1990 5.0 vert stock and im not looking to lower the car. Just want some good maybe performance shocks and struts to replace my REALLY old set.

oh and let me add this in. IM going to be getting BBK equal length shorties and im wondering if this stuff about harder access to spark plugs is true?

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Yeah, its a little harder to get to the plugs. But it's not really that bad at all. I've got BBK shorties and I can get at them just fine. As far as the shocks/struts I hear Strange externally adjustables are really nice. At the same time, Lakewood appear to be good. If you just drive it on the road I'd suggest: Lakewood 50/50 Rear Shock 60$ x2 Lakewood 70/30 Strut 140$ x2 You can find these on Americanmuscle.com and I'm sure you can find them on Summitracing.com also.
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In case you are wondering about the numbers it's extend/compress. Youll also see 90/10s for sale which extend really quickly and allow you to shift your weight to the rear faster and take longer to settle back down. From what I have read 70/30 is good for street application.
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Here's another vote for the Strange Engineering adjustable struts and shocks. They are very nice, for the money!

1987-1993 Ford Mustang Strange 10 Way Adjustable Strut S6001EM - UPR Products

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What is more important for you - launching hard at the strip or handling on corners? That answer will make depend on the best shock/strut for your car.


Tokico HP is a very good affordable street shock/strut.
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No way to give an answer without knowing your intensions, unless you want to fork up the extra $ for adj.
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I got a set of KYB's from 50resto for about 190 bucks recently.They are fine for a daily driver
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unfortunately i am not looking to put the car on the drag strip. This is my daily driver but i do like to have fun with those slowmaros at the stop lights every now and again.

basically im looking for a shock that is average all around. more of a daily driver due to the fact that realistically i am not launching off stop lights 24/7 hahah.
but i would lean more towards launching then cornering if i had to choose.

thanks for the responses guys hope this helps.

Note: i do not want to lower the car at all. i like the stock height and i am not sure how to tell if certain struts or shocks lower the car...
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unfortunately i am not looking to put the car on the drag strip. This is my daily driver but i do like to have fun with those slowmaros at the stop lights every now and again.

basically im looking for a shock that is average all around. more of a daily driver due to the fact that realistically i am not launching off stop lights 24/7 hahah.
but i would lean more towards launching then cornering if i had to choose.

thanks for the responses guys hope this helps.

Note: i do not want to lower the car at all. i like the stock height and i am not sure how to tell if certain struts or shocks lower the car...
Shocks and struts don't change ride height... that is all springs.
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aaaah ok i see then. for some reaosn i thought they also changed the ride hieght.

so what does it mean when they are adjustable then?
What are you changing on the shock or strut when you adjust them?
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Depending on how adjustable they are you can change compression and rebound stiffness together or independently.

Here's a little info on shocks to help understand what they are a little better.

The primary job of a shock is to control the movement of the suspension by changing kinetic energy (motion) into thermal energy (heat), by forcing fluid through small passages in the piston.

This is why when your shocks wear out you get a real bouncy ride... as shims and pistons wear, they allow fluid to flow easier and don't control suspension movement... they allow the car to bounce for an extended period of time.

Shocks stiffness is typically labelled numerically by factors of 10, and sometimes they come in more precise valvings numbered by factors of 5..... A 10 valving is very soft, while an 80 or a 90 valving is very stiff. They are labelled with the compression stiffness first, then the rebound stiffness, so a 90/10 has a very stiff compression and very free rebound, and a 50/50 has medium to firm compression and rebound.

Those numbers are NOT percentages like a lot of people think... you can get a 40/40 shock, a 50/70 shock, basically whatever combination of compression and rebound stiffness you want.
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unfortunately i am not looking to put the car on the drag strip. This is my daily driver but i do like to have fun with those slowmaros at the stop lights every now and again.

basically im looking for a shock that is average all around. more of a daily driver due to the fact that realistically i am not launching off stop lights 24/7 hahah.
but i would lean more towards launching then cornering if i had to choose.

thanks for the responses guys hope this helps.

Note: i do not want to lower the car at all. i like the stock height and i am not sure how to tell if certain struts or shocks lower the car...

Then you'll like the Strange Engineering struts and shocks that I listed up there. I had them on my daily driver and loved them. You can adjust them sitting in a parking lot with no tools. If I was feeling a little spunky and wanted to do some launching, I'd pull into a gas station and soften them up. But if I was feeling froggy and I wanted to hang some corners, I'd tighten them up and go crazy. It's nice to have that kind of adjustability on such an inexpensive set of struts and shocks.
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yea that set up you have sounds very good.

did you have to remove the tire to adjust the shock / strut?
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yea that set up you have sounds very good.

did you have to remove the tire to adjust the shock / strut?
Not at all, but it makes it a little easier if you turn the steering wheel all the way to one side, adjust that strut, then turn it full lock in the other direction and adjust the other strut. But you don't have to lay flat on the ground and mess up your clothes. You can just kneel down and reach the knobs.
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Those are a little pricey for DD and a few stop light jumps. Youd be better off going cheap on shocks and getting control arms.
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