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Old 07-16-2011, 07:45 PM
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ok so i installed the ford racing k spring in my 2011 GT. I reused the stock strut mounts, and after install was complete, i would get a knocking/popping sound from the front when going over bumps or turning. from what i read, i should have no reused the stock upper strut mounts. so i ordered the upgraded ford M-18183-C strut mounts and i am trying to install them now, but it does not seem like they will work with my stock struts, the bolt on the end of the strut does not go all the way through the strut mount for me to put the strut nut on. I do not want to spend the money to buy new struts, so what do i do?!!!!
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Old 07-16-2011, 07:53 PM
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You will buy new struts in the near future anyways after you are lowered. Your OEM struts will be shot and your car will ride like crap. Just giving you a warning. The front struts were designd to travel in a certain range. Eventually your car will start to porpose or bouce up and down over bumps. Thats why springs, shocks, struts and panhard bar are all done at the same time.

Good luck with the bolt hole.
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grr, i am only going to be driving the car about 5000 miles a year, so i wasnt planning on having to replace them for awhile, but i guess if i have to, then i have to. what are the cheapest kind/place to get them? thanks
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I grabbed GT500 struts for about $60. look for the seller "greenleafprime" on eBay.

They are an authorized GT500 upfitter. All the cars they upgrade, they take the original GT500 parts that are brand new but have a handful of miles (0-50 miles) and resell.

Otherwise, if you are going to spend the money, grab some Koni struts. Sam Strano is around here somewhere. You should talk with him
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so stock gt500 struts will work with those mounts? and that will be the only thing i need to buy? does it matter what year gt500 struts they are? thanks!
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crap, sorry I didn't notice you said 2011. I have no idea if the 2005-2009 stuff fits your car.
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haha no problem. that is a good idea though, ive already found quite a few good deals on like 08 gt500 struts, does anyone know if they will fit on my 11'?
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Old 07-16-2011, 09:11 PM
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FRPP lowering springs on the 2011 require the 2010 GT500 Strut mounts. Those mounts don't fit the 2011 struts due to the spindle length. You need struts, mounts and springs.
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Originally Posted by sjones1088 View Post
haha no problem. that is a good idea though, ive already found quite a few good deals on like 08 gt500 struts, does anyone know if they will fit on my 11'?
The GT500 strut mounts from 2005 on up are the same.
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i know the strut mounts are the same, im asking if i can use 2005+ gt500 struts...i already have the strut mounts, now i just need some new struts
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