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
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.