There are many different factors that come into play when solving wheel hop on your 2015-17 S550. Normally this issue arises when you take your Mustang from a dead stop and hammer on the throttle. Some of you may wonder what exactly wheel hop is. Wheel hop is the alternation of your drive wheels obtaining and losing traction. If you have ever experienced it firsthand you know what I am talking about. This may sound like a heavy rapid clunking coming from the rear of the vehicle. To the unexperienced driver you may think something is breaking or is coming loose on your Mustang. In the past 03-04 Cobra Mustang owners ran into this prevalent issue due to the design of the rear IRS suspension of these cars. Although well built from the factory, there were vast improvements to be made. The 2015-17 S550 is looking to be following in its footsteps. If you plan on planting some serious power down in your Mustang, here is an overview of the most common solutions to help solve this plaguing problem.
Weak links are the biggest factor when examining the solution of wheel hop. The 2015-17 S550 Mustang is still fairly new at this time and not all parts are available, but we would like to go over the possible solutions to help assist you for wheel hop. One of the first steps to do is lowering springs. The springs will lower the center of gravity, and help with overall traction of the rear tires to the pavement. Wheels and Tires can be another factor in wheel hop. A very small contact patch and a 400 plus horsepower car do not mix. Simply installing a larger tire combination that will have a larger contact patch will improve wheel hop by leaps and bounds. Another weak link on the S550 is going to be the Halfshafts of the IRS. Factory units allow flex causing wheel hop. Companies like Ford Performance and DSS have you covered on this aspect of fixing the issue. Both have awesome upgrades and are available here at LMR.com. The S550 subframe assembly is the last area we will cover. The factory mounts and weak and cause flex as well during heavy vehicle loads. Ford Performance has new aluminum constructed units in the works to help alleviate the weak design of the factory units. Like I said earlier the S550 is still new, and I am sure there will be many more options and solutions down the road in regards to this matter.
I hope this has helped clarify what wheel hop is and how to fix it on your 2015-17 S550. As always subscribe to our newsletter, YouTube and like us on Facebook to keep up to date with all of the latest and greatest from LMR.com.