Installed the Koni Sports adjustable shocks and struts, GT 500 strut mounts, Steeda Sports springs and UPR adjustable panhard rod today.
Total time was right at 4 hours, son helped.
Helpful hints- Remove the rear shock upper nuts BEFORE jacking the car up! Much easier than reaching in the trunk with the car jacked up.
You do not need a spring compressor to do the job, but you definitely need another hand to compress the front springs enough to get the strut nut on.
Results- Let's put it this way: The ride and handling are so dramatically different even the wife noticed!!! We bombed through a mountain pass yesterday so she had a fresh comparison today. Flat, flat in the corners, no brake dive, no pitching up under heavy throttle.
She echoed what everyone else says after doing this: This is the way the car should have came.
Alignment soon, then dialing up to shocks to 11.:winks
F91 - You've had the best looking Performance White 5.0 for a while, and it looks even better now. Congrats my friend. You're going to love that setup. I'm just glad I've been able to enjoy mine that way for the last 9 months.
@ Zilla- Thanks my PW brother.
Thanks again all! Car rides a touch firmer (on the lightest settings) than the Brembo set up. The Konis will adjust up to 720 degrees towards firmer. No spacers used at all. I have camber bolts but decided to stay away from them. I'll know better when I get the car aligned on Saturday.
NVH and road noise is about the same. Let's review: The wife likes it and wanted to know why we didn't do it sooner (thanks Koni several month backorder!).:winks
There really isn't much of a downside to this mod at all. Highly recommended.
Lowers the vehicle approx 1 inch front, 1 1/4 inch rear. The S197 Mustang sits high in the rear, these springs will give it a more aggressive look
Maintains good ride quality for daily driving
Big improvement in handling and noticeable reduction in nosedive
Part #: S197 Koni Sport Set Brand: Koni Price: $749.00 --Koni Sport front struts are on National Backorder. Please call for up to date information if your order is time critical. Backorders will be air shipped to the USA upon completion. The struts will ship ASAP upon arrival in the US.
****These will fit 2011 Mustangs, but do require a small spacer or use of 2005-2010 Upper Strut Mounts****
--Huge handling improvement, superior body motion control with less roll rate generation
--Firm ride quality without being harsh
--Externally adjustable/on car rebound adjustment
--The best shock for performance applications and/or lowering springs
--Rebuildable and Revalveable for custom setups
--Also known as “Koni Yellows”
This is the same suspension setup I've got (aside from me still using stock PHB) and it really is a night/day difference.
You and your son must have he man kung fu grip or something to get the spring compressed enough to get the top nut threaded onto the top of the strut without spring compressors.... I literally put my entire 180lb body weight onto the spring and the top of the strut (which was fully extended) didn't even begin to poke through the GT500 strut mount.
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