Re: i need help with lowering springs
On Sat, 23 Apr 2005 16:42:50 GMT, "firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com>
> Ford used to offer an 'improved' (and expensive) tie rod end that
>significantly helped bumbsteer problems. I read about it in a book
>called 'mustang performance 2' available at Amazon. I placed a set of
>these tie rod ends on my 86 LX, which is lowered about 1.5-2" in the
>front and it seemed to make a good deal of difference. It might have
>been the placebo effect, so I can't be sure.
> I think Western Motorsports had a blurb on their website on why not to
>use offset rack bushings.
> In my opinion, 2" may seem cool, but the loss of driveability I
>encountered was not worth it. I went back to a .5-.75 lower all around.
....And don't forget every little bump your car will bottom-out on.
Better avoid speed bumps !
I had to be careful with the 1.25 inch drop on my 95. Can' even
imagine a 2 inch drop
>Bling is on its way out anyways... :)
>> If the car can be put back into alignment then that's one issue out of
>> the way. If you can't get it back to spec you'll either have to hog out
>> the c/c plate bolt holes in the strut tower to allow the stock plate
>> some freedom or you'll need aftermarket c/c plates.
>> The other issue will be bump steer. Lowering that much increases the
>> relative difference in angle between the tie rods and the a-arms. This
>> tends to magnify bump steer. One solution is to use an offset steering
>> rack bushing which helps get the steering rod somewhat parallel to the
>> a-arm, which decreases bump steer a little. Another solution is a bump
>> steer kit that allows the tie rod end to be adjusted.
>> Some folks don't bother and live with the bump steer. It's not that big
>> an issue if you don't push the car hard regularly.
>> 2003 Cobra convertible
>> With some stuff and thiings