Our 2014 Mustang GT project had to be about more than a great looking exterior! We wanted to handle just as well as it looked! With the Roush RS3 conversion complete, we turned out focus toward the suspension. While the S197 Mustangs perform well from the factory, we knew there was a ton of room for improvement. We wanted to upgrade every major component on suspension.
Our search for the perfect combination of streetable yet serious handling performance led us to the Ford Racing Mustang Handling Packs! These kits include everything you need to completely transform the handling on your 2005-14 Mustang. That isn’t even the best part of these kits! The front struts, lowering springs and GT500 Strut Mounts come pre-assembled to simply your installation process!
Speaking of installation, be sure to watch as Jmac walks you through the full installation process on our video or follow the GIFs below. Combine our install video with Ford Racing’s detailed installation instructions and you should be able to knock out this complete installation in just a couple of hours.
The Ford Racing Handling Packs are available in both adjustable and non-adjustable kits for the Mustang GT and Shelby GT500. Each kit includes the following parts:
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Start by lifting and supporting the rear of your Mustang, letting the rear end hang free. And then remove the rear wheels.
Pull back the inner trunk liners and remove the two upper shock retaining nuts.
Pull back the inner trunk liners and remove the two upper shock retaining nuts. Remove the brake hose retaining bracket bolt on both sides. Remove both rear sway bar end link to body bolts.
Remove the two nuts, per side, retaining the sway bar bushing to the axle.
Remove the stock sway bar from the car. Remove the lower shock retaining bolts from both sides, and remove the stock shocks from the car.
Remove both rear springs.
Remove both Panhard bar retaining bolts, and pull the old Panhard bar from the car. Remove the stock hardware from both sway bar bushing locations on the axle
Adjust the new Panhard bar to the same length as the stock one, by lining up the bolt holes. Final adjustments can be made, if needed, while the bar is installed on the car.
Slide the new Panhard bar into place, and reinstall the passenger side bolt. Slide your new springs into place, making sure that the ends of the lower spring pig tail are centered toward the rear of the car. Lubricate the end link bushings with the supply grease, and pop them onto the sway bar. Do the same for the axle mount bushings.
Tap the end link bushing into the end link, and install the bushing retaining cap. Repeat for the other end link.
Slide the axle mount bushing bracket onto the bushing. Place the backing plates and retaining bolts onto the axle mount on both sides.
Slide the new rear sway bar into place, and tighten down the retaining hardware for both sides. Slide your new shocks into place, and tighten down the lower retaining bolt for both shocks. Jack up under the rear axle, and using the supplied hardware, tighten down the end link to body bolts.
Position the driver's side of the Panhard bar into place, and install the retaining bolt. Guide the top of the shocks into place, and install the upper retaining nuts on both shocks.
Reinstall the brake hose bracket bolts on both sides. Reinstall the wheels, and lower the rear the car.
You do not have to remove the exhaust or bumper cover to install this kit. We had already done so for other installs. Moving to the front of your Mustang, raise and support the front, and remove the wheels from both sides.
Remove the sway bar end link to strut nut.
Remove the strut to spindle retaining nuts. Remove the brake line bracket bolt. Lightly support the front control arm with a jack.
Remove the four upper strut mount nuts. Lower the jack, and remove the struts to spindle retaining bolts.
Remove the ABS sensor wire retainer. Remove the entire strut assembly from the car. Slide the Ford racing strut assembly into the car, and loosely install the four upper strut mount retaining nuts.
Slide the spindle to strut hardware into place, and fully tighten down. Then fully tighten the four upper strut mount nuts. Repeat these steps for the other side.
Reinstall the brake hose bracket bolt and the ABS sensor wire. Repeat these steps for the other side. Remove that oil change access cover bolts. Remove the screws retaining the rear of the lower air deflector.
Remove the retaining bolts for the core support brace, and then remove the brace itself.
Remove the sway bar bushing retaining nuts from both bushings.
Pull the stock sway bar out of the car. Pull the stock end lengths off the stock sway bar, as they will be reused. Using the supplied grease, lubricate and install the sway bar bushings onto the new sway bar.
Position the new sway bar into place, and slide the new bracket over the existing studs.
Using the stock retaining nuts, tighten down both front sway bar bushings. I prefer to tighten by hand to prevent the mounting studs from twisting out of place. Reinstall the core support brace, the air deflector hardware, and the oil change access panel.
Reinstall the sway bar end links on both sides. We chose to use the middle mounting hole on the sway bar. Put your front wheels back on, and lower the front of your Mustang.