Mustang Front Coilover Conversion Guide

Mustang Front Coilover Conversion Guide

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Mustang Front Coilover Conversion Guide

Posted 10/30/2015 by Tyler Rodriquez


With the many options for lowering your Mustang, there are even more questions on each setup. Late Model Restoration addresses some of the most common Mustang coil over conversion questions to guide you through your new suspension.

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What are the benefits of switching to a coil-over front suspension? One of the most obvious benefits of coil-over setups is the ability to adjust the ride height to exactly where you want it with the included spaner wrench. Switching from factory springs or lowering springs to a coilover suspension results in better handling and performance for your style of driving. With the location of the coil over, these kits allow the use of wheel rates higher than those with a spring in the stock location. By utilizing this setup, you can reduce body roll and brake dive, resulting in a better performing suspension.

What are the drawbacks of switching to a coil-over front suspension? Though not common, wheel and tire clearance problems can arise depending on offset, back spacing, and wheel size. One potential drawback is NVH, or Noise, Vibration, Harshness. With a coil over setup, you may experience more noises, vibrations, and a harsher ride as the suspension becomes stiffer.

Will adding coil overs to my Mustang make it ride rough? With the right combination, a set of coil overs can actually improve ride quality. The difference is going to be in the kit that you choose. Follow below as we walk you through the perfect setup for your Mustang.

What is the difference in spring rates and sizes? When choosing the right coil over kit for your Mustang, spring rates and spring sizes are very important and will be determined with how your car will be used. The higher the spring rate and shorter the spring, the less movement you will get from your suspension. For road racing where you do not need want a lot of body roll, you would want a smaller spring and higher spring rates. If you are drag racing, you are going to want a longer spring and a lower spring rate to allow for better weight transfer. In the middle, you will find the perfect setup for street setups. For this example we will use street driving, performance driving, road race/autocross, and drag racing.
  • Street Driving - LMR suggests a 12" 225lb-250lb spring setup. These kits will allow you to adjust your ride height without sacrificing ride quality.
  • Performance Driving - LMR suggests a 10" 275-300lb spring setup. These kits will allow you to get better performance than a normal street kit but can still be used for light track use.
  • Auto X & Road Race Driving - LMR suggests a 10" 350lb-400lb spring setup. These kits will perform greatly on the track for any auto x and road racing events. Ride quality will be sacrificed with these kits.
  • Drag Racing - LMR suggests a 12"-14" 150lb-200lb spring setup. These kits will give your drag Mustang great weight transfer for the strip. Ride quality will be sacrificed with these kits.

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