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Old 06-13-2016, 09:09 AM   #1
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Question Raise the Rear

I am 50 years old. When I was a teenager, most muscle cars had the rear lifted for some serious rake. Nowadays it is not very common at all. I don't think the laws of physics (or aerodynamics) have changed so I am wondering why no one lifts the rear of their Mustangs. I shouldn't say no one. I did see a Mustang (S197) the other day with a slight rear lift, maybe 1 - 1.5 inches. I thought it looked good and now I am considering the same for my '14 V6. So I ask, any opinions on why lifting the rear is not common these days and second, what are the options for lifting the rear and the pros and cons of each?
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66 views, zero replies, hmmmmmm?????
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The S197 platform does have a bit of rake to it already.
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Yes, I realize that but the car the car I saw had the rear noticeably higher.

Any guesses why nobody seems to want to offer an opinion on this topic?
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Yes, I realize that but the car the car I saw had the rear noticeably higher.

Any guesses why nobody seems to want to offer an opinion on this topic?
That should tell you something right there. There is no benefit to raising the rear and the increased stress on the front end would wear out parts faster. There is already more weight up front than needs to be. I'm older than you and remember those days as well. Perhaps we weren't as smart as we thought we were back in the day.
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That should tell you something right there. There is no benefit to raising the rear and the increased stress on the front end would wear out parts faster. There is already more weight up front than needs to be. I'm older than you and remember those days as well. Perhaps we weren't as smart as we thought we were back in the day.
Thanks for the input Proeagles. I had a friend tell me offline that he thought back in the day when more cars were "jacked up" it was to accommodate bigger tires. He also mentioned more cars used leaf springs too, so maybe that had something to do with it. I don't know. I do know that I like the look but don't want to cause damage to my vehicle, just because I like the look.

That said, back in the olden days and even still today, people do things to their cars that provide no benefit other than they like the way it looks. A fancier hood or the sequential tail lights, are a few examples.

Anyway, you make a valid point by suggesting that raising the rear puts increased stress on the front. If instead of raising the rear, if I just lowered the front, would that pose a potential problem for the vehicle?
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Other than the aforementioned increased stress on the front suspension, probably not. If you want to proceed with this, I would just get front lowering springs and do it that way.
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That may be the way to go then. I wonder if its possible to buy only front springs? I took a quick look at American Muscle and all I saw were front and rear sets. Would any other adjustments be required if just installing front lowering springs? Thanks.
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You may have to adjust your toe and camber a little depending on how radical the drop.
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and we also went with the more lifted front also, hey go figure, different times I guess
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