How To Lower your Mustang Roush
A Mustang Roush is a classic type of Ford Mustang with a sporty look and a sleek appearance. As with many other types of muscle and sports cars, one of the things that many owners like to do is to slightly modify or customize the vehicle to make it truly unique. This helps to set your vehicle apart from any others that you'll find on the street and can also increase the resale value of the car as well. One of the best ways to do this with a Mustang Roush is to lower the vehicle. Lowering springs and a lowering kit are relatively easy to install on your car, and they give you a distinctive appearance. They will typically lower the vehicle by several inches and will change the shocks and other elements of the suspension system as well for a different feel. These projects are relatively straightforward, but there is the possibility of some injury as you work, so it's important to always be cautious.
Step 1 -- Gather Your Materials
You'll need the following materials in order to properly lower your Mustang Roush:
- Two tall jack stands
- Hydraulic jack
- Ratchets and socket wrench
- Torque wrench
- Breaker bar
- Spare sockets
- Additional people to help
- Lowering springs and kit
Step 2 -- Prepare the Car
The first thing that you should do is to prepare the car for your project. Park it on a flat and even space with lots of room around it. Use the torque wrench to loosen the lug nuts on your front rims without fully removing them. Open up the hood and be sure to set the emergency break on the car. Jack up the front end of the car so that it is evenly off of the ground and you can access the underside of the car with ease. Place the jack stands toward the front end of the car on both sides so that you'll have plenty of room. Support the jack stands underneath the frame of the car to keep it secure.
Step 3 -- Remove the Front Springs
Turn the steering wheel all the way to right before you remove the driver's side spring. Use your breaker bar to cut the caliper bolts on the driver's side so that you can remove the spring. Then turn the steering wheel all the way to the left and repeat the process for the caliper bolts and the spring on the passenger's side of the front end of the car. Be very careful while you work, as the springs are highly compressed and can be very dangerous. It's helpful to decompress the strings before you work so that they're less likely to cause damage.
Step 4 -- Install New Front Springs
Line up the front springs with the A-Arms in the car and place the springs in the bottom isolators. Use the springs in the A-Arms with the help of a friend. The friend should push the A-Arm out of the way while you install the spring in place. Be careful as you do so, as the spring will be highly compressed and may cause damage. Secure the caliper and the struts back into place to allow the front springs to lock into the position that they should be in.
Step 5 -- Replace the Rear Springs
The rear springs are much simpler and less dangerous to replace than the front springs. Mount the rear of the car up on the jack stands so that the back portion of the vehicle is hanging free. Remove the shocks and then move the jack so that the axles are lifted up additionally. Then remove the rear springs in the same manner as you removed the front springs. You'll then need to have a friend help to hold the caliper back as you replace the rear springs one at a time.
Once you've completed this entire process, place the lug nuts back on
the rims of the car as they were before and make sure that the entire
vehicle is completely secured and tightened back up. Lower it from the
jack stands and test it out to see how the new, lowered version of the
Mustang Roush drives.