How to Lower your Mustang Cobra
The Mustang Cobra is a powerful and unique addition to the Mustang lineup from Ford. This vehicle has an attractive muscle car appearance on the outside and a powerful engine to match, and it features excellent handling and other perks as well. It's one of the top collector cars among all of the different types of Mustangs. Many people who own Cobras wish to put a personal spin on the vehicle to set it apart from other cars on the road. One of the ways to do this is through a custom body job on the vehicle. Lowering your Cobra with a specialized suspension springs kit is one of the best means of accomplishing this goal for a small amount of money. Although the suspension system is easy to install at home, however, it can be dangerous, so it's important that you exercise caution throughout the installation procedure.
Step 1 -- Gather the Appropriate Materials
You'll need the following tools and equipment in order to lower your Mustang Cobra:
- Hydraulic jack and two tall jack stands
- Torque wrench
- New suspension springs kit for the Cobra
- Ratchet system
- Socket wrench and spare sockets
- Breaker bar
- Assistant to help throughout the project
Step 2 -- Prepare the Cobra
First, park your Cobra on a flat, even space with plenty of room around it in which you'll be able to work. You should check to make sure that the emergency break is activated in the car, and then put the vehicle in park if it's an automatic transmission. Then use the hydraulic jack stand to raise the front end of the car up so that you'll be able to access the underside of it easily. Mount it on the jack stands so that there is plenty of room underneath the car.
Step 3 -- Remove the Front Springs
Turn the steering wheel all the way to the right before you work on the driver's side of the car. Next, loosen the lug nuts on both sides of the front wheels so that you can access the suspension system behind the wheels. Later, when you work on the passenger's side of the vehicle, turn the steering wheel all the way to the left. To remove the spring, cut the caliper bolt and move the caliper out of the way with the breaker bar. Have your assistant help you in carefully decompressing the spring, being careful not to let it go or else you might be injured or the car may be damaged. Remove both springs in this manner.
Step 4 -- Replace the Front Springs
The two front springs are interchangeable, so it doesn't matter which one you put on which side of the car. Have the assistant hold open the A-Arm on the vehicle side so that you can place the new spring into place in the top isolator. Fasten it in place and then secure the lug nuts once again on that side. Repeat for the other side of the car, then remove the vehicle from the jack stands and mount the jack stands up on the rear of the vehicle to continue, being sure to allow a couple of feet of the car to hang out over the stands.
Step 5 -- Remove and Replace the Rear Springs
Next, copy the process of removing and replacing the front springs with the rear ones. Rather than place them in the top isolator, secure them in the bottom isolator. Additionally, you won't need to move the steering wheel as you remove the springs. However, you should plan on paying careful attention to which spring is which, as the rear springs are not interchangeable in the same way that the front ones are and must be placed according to where they are designed to go.
Remove the vehicle from the jack stands and check to make sure that everything is level and even before you drive it again. If you have questions about how to lower your Mustang Cobra, or if you'd like more advice on how to go about the process as smoothly as possible, ask a professional for more information.