Suspension problems with 1997 Mustang GT
Hello, this is my first posting. I own a 1997 Ford Mustang GT Convertible with a premium package in its time. I am downright proud of it.
I am having issues with my suspension system. This is my first ever Ford Mustang. I am learning pretty quick though. Here's what I have done to the car so far. I changed the coil springs because the car came in a slammed posture. Curb height was about 3 inches from its lowest point; the catalytic converters and the K-member. Now it sits about 3 inches higher. I installed Eibach Pro springs. Installed a new set of flowmaster exhausts, all shocks and struts were replaced with KYB standard equipment, camber/caster plate kit from Steeda, KYB axle dampers to further stabilize the rear axle. When I bought the car the clutch through out bearing s were gone; totally. I had to use a puller to pull the bearings off the input shaft. Luckily the shaft was not damaged. I replaced the entire clutch system to include installing a Steeda adjustable clutch cable.
Here is what I have assessed as problems.
1. Up Front:
The car was in a front right collision which is slightly visible only when the hood is raised. Albeit the right front strut tower is off by a fraction but compensated for with camber plates etc. At least that is what the mechanic tells me. The 2nd time we did an alignment the defect was not visible. He used pro racing alignment equipment-state of the art stuff fully digital. Very meticulous individual so I trust his analysis.
2. Suspension and Steering: Fault-I had excessive play in the steering causing difficulty to keep the car on the road at certain speeds.
Solution? Swapped the steering gear for a new re-manned one, and replaced the power steering pump. I still don't have reliable control at speeds at 70-80mph though the steering is tight. I do have a slight leak at the hydraulic booster. I believe that this is also affecting my braking system. Hard braking or uneven surfaces causes shift in steering.
After reading previous postings I discovered that because the car is lowered and after checking the the angle of the steering tie rod ends and the center of the car they are angled upward about 10 to 15 degrees. I plan on buying a set of bump stops to even them out. My front tires are showing some feathering on the out side edge after 2000 miles. I get some pull to the left. The caster angle is pretty strong and takes effort to brake it loose into turns.
Over all I really don't know what advice to ask for yet but any advice is welcome as I learn how to service this vehicle. I am an avid do-it-yourselfer so my experience will grow but I dont want to earn it by spending too much money through bad advice from automotive shops and stores that just want me to spend my money on useless solutions.