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Need advice on handling

Alright so I am a proud owner of my first mustang 2011 v6 and am working on my dream list for my car. I have a few questions on upgrading the handling, number one is what should i be looking at in terms of what to upgrade, two I am probably going to be getting LT's and am worried that if i lower the car then I will be dealing with them scraping and a really want to avoid that. Any suggestions or advice is much appreciated.

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Springs, lower control arms, upper control arms, subframe connectors, struts, shocks, tires.

Edit: sway bar. Strut brace.


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Suspension can be very expensive if done properly.

I on the other hand,just have springs. Handles much better than before, relative to how bad it is stock with the 17 inch tires, so it's good enough for me.

Although Handling isn't a big thing for me honestly. As long as I can carve a corner nicely I'm all good. I don't need Porsche levels of handling. Though it is very fun. Being I have driven a 2012 boxter spyder for a while and it was great! Felt like a go kart but the stang is much more comfortable while still providing a sporty feel.

So it all relative to what your expecting out of the stang.

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You haven't specified anything at all, really. What will you be using the car for? What kind of handling characteristics are you after? Clarification is needed for proper advice because suspension set-up's are almost as subjective as exhaust choices. It's all about what you desire. We could be pointing you towards the direction of KW Coil-Overs and a Cortex Torque Arm with competition subframe connectors, etc. When you might just want to eliminate wheel gap and firm up that body roll.
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thanks powerwhee i really like the suspension that is already on it considering this is one of the best cars I have ever had I think I might be doing some weekend racing autox and the like so i was trying to figure out if there was something that might give me an edge through the corners and stuff
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Yeah sorry I didnt really clarify on what i was looking for, i am still really new to modding cars especially mustangs but yeah i really just want to upgrade it to a more performance geared style of handling for as i mentioned possible autox and to get more response in quick manuevers on the daily drive i live in tampa and the drivers here will seriously blow your mind on how stupid they are.
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You need a few things to improve the handling of this car.

The "everything" is way too soft for autocross.

First is the tire problem, you need at least GT wheels to put extreme performance summer tires on.

Then you need springs and shocks because the body rolls way too much in all directions. Inexpensively, GT take off parts help. If you are super serious about improving the car, get Koni yellow shocks and Steeda Springs.

When you replace the front struts, make sure to follow the factory procedure to add camber to the front suspension.

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Thanks 740weapon that puts things into perspective for me a little better as to what i am looking for, i knew it had some body roll but i am also very young and inexperienced, and not having driven many cars in my short lifetime i cant tell the difference between some characterisitcs to tell if they are worse one way or the other
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If you have the $$$ Roush offers (imho) one of the best handling kits out there.

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Thanks 740weapon that puts things into perspective for me a little better as to what i am looking for, i knew it had some body roll but i am also very young and inexperienced, and not having driven many cars in my short lifetime i cant tell the difference between some characterisitcs to tell if they are worse one way or the other
Here are some pics of my car completely stock:





and how it sat when it wasn't moving:



clearly, the stock suspension is a complete POS when it comes to actually turning. Even the all-seasons over-power the chassis completely. I am relatively sure I am jammed against the bump stops in those pictures.

Every since I put on the Brembo GT suspension, the pictures have become very boring because the chassis is so composed in comparison.

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When I got my Mustang, I couldn't stand the way she cornered at all. The body rolled all over the place. I put front and rear sway bars on and they do a fabulous job in keeping the car flat on the corners. I could tell the difference immediately. They don't change the stance (which I don't have a problem with) but they do help the corners.
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Ditto on that here. I got eibach sway bars anti roll kit and it works wonders!

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Thanks you guys this helps a ton and gives me a few good ideas on what to look for now, time to start saving haha
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Strut tower bar

Okay after driving this car for a few weeks I knew I was going to have to get springs.

Then just for the hell of it I threw on a strut tower bar. Now I have never had one of these on ANY of my previous vehicles - but on this car it's a HUGE improvement.

I'm not getting springs any time soon is all I'm saying.

For a hundred bucks and 15 minutes - pick one up.
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If you have the $$$ Roush offers (imho) one of the best handling kits out there.
thats debateable with saleen being know for their suspensions in their cars


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