Ride height differences
It seems that one of the more common complaints/comments Mustang owners have regarding the SN 197 series has to do with ride height. Most seem to think that it sits too high and that the corresponding gap between the top of the tires and the fender lip is too great. For some it's a functional concern ie. handling, for others it is more about looks or style. I have a '14 base model GT [ manual transmission ] and frankly I have always been satisfied with it. A good friend of mine has a '13 Track Pack GT. He brought it over this weekend so I could do some minor work on it. He mentioned that he was thinking about lowering his car and it was then that I noticed that his car sat noticeably higher than mine. I bought my car new and he bought his with less than 5,000 miles on it. Neither car has been modified. We both have the same size tires, 255x40x19. He has his original Track Pack wheels and I have a set of Boss 302 [ 19x9 ] wheels so no difference there. I measured the ride height of both cars from the jacking point pinch welds front and rear to the concrete garage floor. Now my garage floor isn't a race shop surface plate, but it is pretty level so the measurements should be fairly accurate. His car was just over an inch higher in front and about 3/4 inch higher in the rear than mine. My car has 1/4 inch rake from front to rear. Anyone have any thoughts about this? My understanding is that Track Pack cars have spring rates about 10% higher than standard GTs, but spring rate dosen't necessarily affect ride height. The combination of the springs free height, it's rate and the weight of the car will determine ride height. If anything my car should weigh less than his, since being a base model it has fewer options. For the record it weighs 3580 with a half tank of gas. This weight was taken on a certified grain scale accurate to the nearest 20 lbs. Your thoughts or comments are appreciated.