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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-20-05, 12:01 AM
Dan
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Re: i need help with lowering springs

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.

Dan
2003 Cobra convertible
With some stuff and thiings

 
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-21-05, 07:01 AM
Joey Pankiw
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Re: i need help with lowering springs

Thankx for the help.
joe


"Dan" <dwtalso@nuail.com> wrote in message
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> 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.
>
> Dan
> 2003 Cobra convertible
> With some stuff and thiings
>



 
post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-23-05, 11:02 AM
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Re: i need help with lowering springs


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.
Bling is on its way out anyways... :)

Dan wrote:

> 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.
>
> Dan
> 2003 Cobra convertible
> With some stuff and thiings
>

 
post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-23-05, 04:01 PM
RT
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Re: i need help with lowering springs

On Sat, 23 Apr 2005 16:42:50 GMT, "cprice@here.com" <cprice@here.com>
wrote:

>
> 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... :)
>
>Dan wrote:
>
>> 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.
>>
>> Dan
>> 2003 Cobra convertible
>> With some stuff and thiings
>>


 
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