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lowering a 2006 gt convertible with 20" rims

Aside from the opinions about 20" rims making the vehicle slower, does anyone know if there would be any clearance issues if I lower my 2006 gt convertible. I don't know if it matters, but the fronts have 245/35's, and the rears are 275/30's.

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That should not be any problem. Welcome aboard!


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how much of a drop? 1 inch?

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how much of a drop? 1 inch?
If you go 1" in front and 1.5" in the rear it will sit great and not rub.

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Take a look at my profile if you want to see what it looks like. No rubbing. I have a coupe, but the concept is the same. You may want to move up to 275/35 (which is what I have) in the back, unless you want a larger gap in the rear.

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Depending on the brand of springs, I gather 1 inch in the front and 1.5 in the rear. I assume that everyone is using progressive springs.
Did anyone have any issues w/ reusing some of the Ford OEM bushings w/ the new springs? I read a disclaimer somewhere that some of the original Ford stuff couldn't be taken off and then reused w/ the new springs.
Big Willy, what brand of springs did you go with?

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Depending on the brand of springs, I gather 1 inch in the front and 1.5 in the rear. I assume that everyone is using progressive springs.
Did anyone have any issues w/ reusing some of the Ford OEM bushings w/ the new springs? I read a disclaimer somewhere that some of the original Ford stuff couldn't be taken off and then reused w/ the new springs.
Big Willy, what brand of springs did you go with?

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Do not reuse the front strut mounts. They are one-time use. Get yourself some HD camber plates and you'll be much happier.

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Where should one look for the HD camber plates?
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Where should one look for the HD camber plates?
You can get them from StangSuspension.com. They have a great set that is cheaper than the Steeda version; they are the ones I use. Maximum Motorsports also makes a set that allows for caster and camber adjustment, but they are a bit more expensive. If you can find an alignment shop that really knows what they are doing, they would be an excellent buy to get your car really dialed in.

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stlwagon mentioned not reusing the front strut mounts.

If one is on a budget, and may not have the necessary $$ to swap out and get new caster camber plates, what are absolutely, one time use only parts that NEED to be replaced when adding new springs?
I can replace the camber plates down the line, but want to lower the car now to finish off the look.
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stlwagon mentioned not reusing the front strut mounts.

If one is on a budget, and may not have the necessary $$ to swap out and get new caster camber plates, what are absolutely, one time use only parts that NEED to be replaced when adding new springs?
I can replace the camber plates down the line, but want to lower the car now to finish off the look.
You can get away without the plates; I did for about two weeks. Just note that it's a problem you don't want to overlook for an extended amount of time.

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stlwagon mentioned not reusing the front strut mounts.

If one is on a budget, and may not have the necessary $$ to swap out and get new caster camber plates, what are absolutely, one time use only parts that NEED to be replaced when adding new springs?
I can replace the camber plates down the line, but want to lower the car now to finish off the look.

Bigwilly is right, two weeks max and then the whole front end will start popping at every stress point. Turning, driving up a driveway...Unerving as heck!!

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