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I have just recently become addicted to upgrading my 2006 V6, I really can't get enough of the Christmas morning feeling when new parts show up at my door.
I have been considering replacing the shocks, struts, and springs but want to know if it is really worth it? Keep in mind my car is a V6 stock base coupe with 87,000 miles. Will I notice this consistently as this is my daily driver or should I throw my money elsewhere for more power upgrades?
Any help is greatly appreciated in making the decision!
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Absolutely it is worth it. There's not sense in putting more power in your car if you can't get it to the ground.
I put on Tokico D-Specs, N Springs, and BBK LCA's on mine all at once. I noticed a huge difference in turning the car. It felt like it wasn't as top heavy any more. Not to mention when I threw on a set of 3.73's, the car doesn't "squat down" under heavy acceleration, and that's a feeling I love.
Oh yeah. Time for shocks for sure. You could easily just put a set of Koni SR.T shocks/struts on the car. It will make it better than new. This shock is the best value for a DD, in my opinion.
For a daily driver a great set of dampers are all you 'need'. If you also go with springs don't go to low nor to stiff for a daily driver. Take a look at Steeda Sport Springs as they would be great and are on sale right now.
While you have it apart be sure to put new strut mounts on as the old ones are shot by now. You are lucky they lasted this long. Ford GT500 strut mounts are a good value and upgrade.
I guess I have been quite lucky, I've hardly ever had any maintenance done on the car besides the general oil changes and things. I just recently added a set of shiny new wheels and I'm looking to add performance rather than looks on the car all around. I figured with that many miles the suspension would be a good start.
Oh yeah! You've got to do some sort of suspension modification to it. You will enjoy your driving experience a lot more. If you're looking to do something, shoot me a PM and i'll see what kind of deal i can get you on whatever you want.
I've done several Mustang suspensions, though I am hardly an authority. Since it sounds like you have already addressed your wheels/tires, the suspension mods I'd recommend for the money are:
Steeda Sport Springs (on sale at their website) - $250
Koni STR.T Struts and Shocks - $410
GT500 Strut mounts - $110
Adjustable pan hard bar - $130
Figure that'll cost you less than $900 and provide a lot of performance.
Once you have your suspension in check I'd add some gears. Then maybe a GT brake upgrade. It's always smart to round out your upgrades by not focusing solely on one part of the driving experience i.e. don't spend your money solely on engine or suspension or brakes.
I have Steeda's too. I'm @ $249.99 and free shipping, which is a little more than they are currently. BUT, I've also got Koni's and for a good bit less than they sell them for, so I can get you out the door for a bunch less. Get them both and I'll do free shipping on both, which would put you out the door for about $670 as of today, 2/10.
We can talk options. There is no shortage of parts for the cars. At all. I can't really say you need to change springs, that's up to you. Might not want to lower the car, etc. But better dampers will help either way. A lot.
Strano Performance Parts www.stranoparts.com
7x SCCA Solo National Champion
Don't let impatience control your suspension modification program. A "think twice, buy once" attitude as opposed to "I just gotta get this . . ." helps here.
I think if either resale value or good suspension function is worth anything at all to you, avoid excessive lowering. Just stiffer sta-bars, upgraded shocks & struts, and a performance-oriented alignment using camber plates or Steeda's HD strut mounts will give you a very good balance between improved performance and all-around daily live-ability.
Gratuitous picture, above mods only plus wheels (18 x 9.5) & tires (255/45-18).
I'll suggest getting the car up on a lift or on ramps and jackstands to evaluate the condition of the various suspension bushings, and consider replacing any components with cracked or otherwise deteriorated bushings. There are a few caveats if you wish to avoid clunks, squeaks, other noises, or unexpected handling changes resulting from aftermarket component substitution.
Resale value is very important to me and haven't even considered that angle. I have thought about dumping my old sixer for a GT for some time. If I get a GT within the next two years.. yes I would like my current car to have decent value to go toward the GT.
I'm thinking I will hold off on the suspension for now and evaluate it again down the road.
If you're interested in reduced body roll, greater handling, and a cleaner look, I'd definitely do it. I had my 07 at 75k miles with eibach springs, the struts wore super fast. I almost had my hands on some koni strts until my car got totaled, but the replacement would have been well worth it. the spring/strut combo is cheap and affordable, only problem is that your comfort may be sacrificed. I would go with koni yellows since you can adjust your shocks to the specific spring rate. its a little pricier but if you have the money, go for it.
I however have passed all these ideas and am just saving for coilovers.. the coils are tuned specifically to match the spring, therefore increasing the statistical geometry of each corner of the car. I'm on a tight budget so im going with Kw's st suspension, for 1100. Theyre coilovers similar to the kw's only theyre zinc coated steel instead of regular stainless steel. They'll still perform the same though!
Good luck. these are just my opinions.
2013 v6 Performance Package
Airraid CAI 91 Tune
BBK Ceramic Shorty Headers
ST Coilovers (front)
H&R Super Sport Springs (rear)
Koni yellow (rear)
Whiteline LCA's + relo brackets
Take your time, ESPECIALLY right now because you might find that some killer shocks are more accessible in a few weeks.
Don't skimp on shocks. That includes assuming any adjustable shock is great. I like having damping adjustment, but I'd much rather use a well known and proven valving in a non-adjustable than a not very good adjustable shock (like those that don't change the oil flow through the piston but simple allow more oil to be shoved away to the outer chamber, as an example. Another would be a non gas charged shock (prone to shock fade and less consistent performance).
Also consider WARRANTY, and warranty service. It matters.
The most common complaints about how the cars "feel" comes down to lousy shocks (both stock and with some aftermarket ones). Parts do jobs, you want the best parts to do the job you want done. If the biggest complaints are damping related you want to address the dampers before other stuff you often hear that you "need to have".
Strano Performance Parts www.stranoparts.com
7x SCCA Solo National Champion
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