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Forum: Suspension
05-16-2019, 09:36 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,126
Posted By Norm Peterson

Got to be a little careful here. Lowering a...

Got to be a little careful here.

Lowering a strut suspension (front) will drop the roll center about twice as fast as the front of the body drops, so the front is trying to give you more roll...
05-05-2019, 12:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,494
Posted By Norm Peterson

I know this is an older topic. I'm going to...

I know this is an older topic.

I'm going to guess you adjusted your revs per mile input up by about 3%. This is due to tire tread compressing in the circumferential direction as it rolls through...
04-08-2019, 06:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,419
Posted By Norm Peterson

Keep in mind that winter tires are primarily...

Keep in mind that winter tires are primarily designed for use during winter conditions. They may not be as good in summer heat, and may wear rapidly.


Norm
04-05-2019, 06:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,263
Posted By Norm Peterson

Squeaks and clunks are far more likely to occur...

Squeaks and clunks are far more likely to occur when the poly part is longer between the faces than the inner sleeve that runs through it. Make the poly a teensy bit shorter than the inner sleeve,...
03-29-2019, 06:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 848
Posted By Norm Peterson

That "pipe" in the 1st gen Mustangs was actually...

That "pipe" in the 1st gen Mustangs was actually what passed for a front crossmember. The part that had the same function as the S197's bolt-on K-member brace was basically the radiator support...
03-28-2019, 07:03 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 848
Posted By Norm Peterson

Perhaps you could check to see if the same...

Perhaps you could check to see if the same K-member part number shows up for both the V6 and GT cars. Another option would be to check the aftermarket for applicability of their K-member braces...
03-24-2019, 07:55 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 559
Posted By Norm Peterson

My recommendation is for Michelin Pilot Super...

My recommendation is for Michelin Pilot Super Sports in either 255/40-19 or 265/40-19. The 255 tire is a little smaller than OE, the 265 a little larger - I'm talking only a couple tenths of an inch...
03-22-2019, 06:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,519
Posted By Norm Peterson

OP seems to be MIA almost a whole month now. He...

OP seems to be MIA almost a whole month now. He had another thread, engine-related (his is apparently a sixxer).

Mdoperna - if you ever do come back, pick one direction to take this car in and...
03-20-2019, 08:54 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,662
Posted By Norm Peterson

This isn't ever going to get settled until we...

This isn't ever going to get settled until we start defining closer what "at the wheels", "at the flywheel" and "at the crank" mean. Otherwise, we're not talking about quite the same things.

What...
03-03-2019, 07:48 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,217
Posted By Norm Peterson

My car was still on its OE springs in the...

My car was still on its OE springs in the NJMP/Thunderbolt video. Strano bars (the early 35/22 mm set), Koni yellows, and a rather uncommon name in rear LCAs round out the major suspension stuff.
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03-02-2019, 08:27 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,217
Posted By Norm Peterson

Just to show you what only a 4.6L (stock-ish...

Just to show you what only a 4.6L (stock-ish power) S197 can do with only a little suspension work . . . and a wheel & tire upgrade.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rB2JnT9UyY
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02-26-2019, 06:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,217
Posted By Norm Peterson

Even the relatively simple mechanical things such...

Even the relatively simple mechanical things such as (most) suspension stuff has changed so much over the years. Did we really have much else other than Gabriel Hi-Jackers back in the day? Not that...
02-26-2019, 07:15 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,217
Posted By Norm Peterson

Maybe for a next zero-$ step make as many...

Maybe for a next zero-$ step make as many measurements of the right-rear and left-rear springs as you can, and compare them (looking for differences). Wire diameter (use vernier calipers or a...
02-25-2019, 06:46 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,365
Posted By Norm Peterson

That's the information I was looking for. If...

That's the information I was looking for.

If 1/16" at the caliper radius isn't enough to avoid a rub, you may need to look for bigger problems than just the clearance being a bit tight. A 1/8"...
02-24-2019, 08:00 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,365
Posted By Norm Peterson

How close were they without the spacers? ...

How close were they without the spacers?


Norm
02-24-2019, 07:46 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,848
Posted By Norm Peterson

So-called "loaded struts" use struts that are...

So-called "loaded struts" use struts that are OE-replacement level - which includes KYBs.

Don't expect to find any loaded struts that use Koni yellows or Bilstein HD's.


Norm
02-22-2019, 08:54 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,091
Posted By Norm Peterson

Exactly what's under the hood of my '08. My...

Exactly what's under the hood of my '08.

My money is on the '08 Bullitt tune, the regular tune for 2010, and the '08 FRPP tune being basically the same thing under different names.

I haven't...
02-18-2019, 07:55 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 726
Posted By Norm Peterson

Wait until after you've lowered the car and...

Wait until after you've lowered the car and driven it a bit first.

When you lower the car, loosen all of the control arm (and PHB) fasteners so you can settle the car in at its new ride height...
02-16-2019, 09:22 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,676
Posted By Norm Peterson

One reason seems to be that the EPA doesn't want...

One reason seems to be that the EPA doesn't want people using chemicals and processes that work better.

On the matter of hood pins, the metal hoods are already subject to a certain amount of...
02-03-2019, 08:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 604
Posted By Norm Peterson

That was a '66 C-Code coupe that belonged to my...

That was a '66 C-Code coupe that belonged to my daughter, which had been heavily damaged (right front) in a crash some years ago. We'd hung onto it just in case either we developed enough interest to...
01-30-2019, 07:26 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 604
Posted By Norm Peterson

With respect to running tires on wheels anywhere...

With respect to running tires on wheels anywhere from T&RA minimum-recommended to max-recommended, there are no "hard rules". Only individual preferences (and website information still amounts to...
01-29-2019, 03:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 604
Posted By Norm Peterson

Different offset from OE could either prevent it...

Different offset from OE could either prevent it from fitting, or be too different from OE for an individual wheel supplier to give blanket acceptance to.

A 255/40-19 should be mounted on wheels...
Forum: General Tech
01-14-2019, 06:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,848
Posted By Norm Peterson

Guys - OP's 2015 Mustang is an S550 with...

Guys - OP's 2015 Mustang is an S550 with independent rear suspension and a somewhat different strut arrangement up front. He's looking for S550 guidance, not a list of what works on our 2005 - 2014...
01-14-2019, 06:35 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 931
Posted By Norm Peterson

This new forum software is very unpleasant to...

This new forum software is very unpleasant to have to work with . . . it somehow landed me here instead of in a thread with the same title in an entirely different section. Whether is the software's...
Forum: Suspension
01-12-2019, 09:51 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 706
Posted By Norm Peterson

For what you describe I'm not seeing any reason...

For what you describe I'm not seeing any reason to go much beyond what Ford has already done for the GT350/350R and Perf Package 2. If your "highway battles" involve cornering, I'd go either GT350R...
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