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Post by Vandy9303 on 2/26/2011, 9:48 pm

when i bought my shelby, i was going back and forth between a 427r and the 500. the big thing that kept pulling me to the 427r was the handling. what the wife pointed out was i can put the suspension on the shelby but i cant make the 427r a shelby. anyway here is my question...

as far as suspention goes i can order a roush stage 3 set up and bolt in on the car, but its also made for the weight of the 4.6 not the 5.4...... so is there a better set up that has been proven on these cars? i know it is in need of a upper/lower control arm upgrade but as fas as spings/dampners, front/rear sways, all the rest. im not too worried about gettin more power now, id just really like to get it to handle like or better than my 03 did? any thoughts?
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Post by 07Shelby500 on 2/26/2011, 10:03 pm

I just ordered some ford racing springs for mine yesterday. My plan is a overall performer I'm also planning to add an adjustable panard bar. I've already changed my LCA's with some heave duty units from BMR. The upper is next. After that the only other item I may add is some D Spec shocks all around. I can't imagine needing too much more than that. Tires I suppose would be the best investment for track duty if I was planning to road race at Hallett or similar.

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Post by 07Shelby500 on 2/26/2011, 10:05 pm

If you really want a rundown of items to make it handle better I'd ask Jeff (Sprint200) as he has the most seat time racing at Hallett in a GT500

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Post by Vandy9303 on 2/26/2011, 10:32 pm

Also I was just looking at some LCA's. I was looking at shelby lcs'a about $139. Add $50 if you want them adjustable. Also the LCA relocation brackets? Worth a damn or what's the point of them? If you get them do you need the adjustables?
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Post by 07Shelby500 on 2/26/2011, 10:48 pm

The relocation brackets relocate the geometry of the lca after the car has been lowered from stock. Basically the lca goes from a horizontal to slight rearward decline to a forward decline after lowering. The bracket corrects the arm back to a more rearward decline.

The lca can be solid but an adjustable upper is good for adjusting pinion angle which also changes some after lowering. (depends on how much you lower the car)

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Post by ShelbyJosh'09 on 2/27/2011, 8:23 pm

Vandy, If you want the best suspension available for the GT500 then go with a Griggs setup...like a GR40. It requires a little welding, but nothing beats Griggs in handling. Oh and it's expensive as hell too. You could do what I'm gonna end up doing is just buy the Ford Racing '07-09 SVT handling package, then make sure you also get an adjustable pan hard bar. Really the Ford racing kit should be more than enough for ya. If you're on a road course then nothing beats Griggs. I don't think Roush can come close. It's all in how much you want to spend.. :)
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Post by Shelby10' on 2/27/2011, 8:32 pm

Vandy Josh is spot on....the Griggs setup is awesome, but your def going to pay for perfection. Other GT500 owners go with the FR3 suspension....it has proven to do well




M-2007-FR3SVT*

Make your SVT Mustang a corner carving sidewinder with the added performance of the FR3 Handling Pack

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-Handling Pack includes Dampers (M-18000-C), Lowering springs (M-5300-L), Anti-roll bar kit (M-5490-B) and Strut Tower Brace (M-20201-C)

-All components are designed to work together as a package

-Lowers car approximately 1.250"

-Dampers are adjustable and manufactured by Dynamic Suspensions.
(the same company that makes dampers for the FR500C race car)



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Post by Leonard 95 on 2/27/2011, 10:13 pm

For everyday driving I would stick to something simple, something like the griggs is probably not gonna be fun to drive all the time and noisy. Do the lower control arms, relocation bracket and get whatever springs you want. I would do the eibach pro kit or sportline, ford kit in my opinion isn't low enough. Then get a set a tokico d-specs which are the same ones in the ford kit but a hell of alot cheaper. This is my setup it and it drives great, I went with sportlines which is VERY LOW so be forwarned.
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Post by 07Shelby500 on 2/27/2011, 10:29 pm

Im too scared to go as low as yours Leonard. with these crap streets and all the new pot holes after the snow I'd be a nervous wreck.

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Post by Leonard 95 on 2/27/2011, 10:34 pm

Front splitter makes a good snow plow being that low!
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Post by BASixxer on 2/27/2011, 10:38 pm

Just dropped mine 2", and glad i dont have my splitter anymore...
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Post by ShelbyJosh'09 on 2/27/2011, 10:45 pm

Leonard 95 wrote:Front splitter makes a good snow plow being that low!

I can't have that kind of fun or I'll be replacing the carbon fiber :(
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Post by ShelbyJosh'09 on 2/27/2011, 10:47 pm

07Shelby500 wrote:Im too scared to go as low as yours Leonard. with these crap streets and all the new pot holes after the snow I'd be a nervous wreck.

The streets here will fatigue the crap out of your car. Routine maintenance will include getting your wheels aligned. shocked
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Post by BASixxer on 2/27/2011, 10:48 pm

With the money you'd make clearing driveways, you could buy a better one...
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Post by Shelby10' on 2/27/2011, 10:51 pm

X2 about Tulsa Streets....what a joke

Wonder where your tax dollars go....and when Tulsa does decide to start repaving roads...they take 10 years to finish and cause more of a problem with gravel slung on the roads, concrete dust, and travel delays.

On my way back from Chicago I got to drive on some amazing roads....other states have their crap together.

Our idea of road repair is throwing black tar gravel in the holes....

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Post by ShelbyJosh'09 on 2/27/2011, 11:36 pm

amentowasso wrote:With the money you'd make clearing driveways, you could buy a better one...
True very true, but I don't think they make a better one for my car than the Shelby American Carbon fiber splitter...it really looks good with the polished finish. I also love the splitter on the 302 laguna Seca car.
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Post by Vandy9303 on 2/28/2011, 12:19 am

i agree with the roads. when i dropped the 03. i was told it was going to be about a half in the front and 3/4 in the rear. ended up being a full 2 all the way around b4 it settled. car rode like shit until i swaped dampners. wife was SOOO pissed. im not sure how ill be able to talk her into oking this one lol
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Post by Shelby10' on 2/28/2011, 1:43 am

Vandy9303 wrote:i agree with the roads. when i dropped the 03. i was told it was going to be about a half in the front and 3/4 in the rear. ended up being a full 2 all the way around b4 it settled. car rode like shit until i swaped dampners. wife was SOOO pissed. im not sure how ill be able to talk her into oking this one lol

Tell her that you learned your lesson and you will absolutely make sure that the drop will be (insert drop here)

Make a lot of promises....smile a lot....and order

Thats what I do. thumbsup

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Post by 07Shelby500 on 2/28/2011, 8:59 am

Vandy, since I'm molding mine you can use it as a gauge to see if it's what you want. I'll be the ginuea pig.

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Post by Guest on 2/28/2011, 10:31 am

Shelby10' wrote:
Make a lot of promises....smile a lot....and order

Thats what I do. thumbsup

I just order, and dont even tell her! She rarely catches anything... until you show up with a new car 3 weeks before closing on your house lol!

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Post by Oldokie on 2/28/2011, 3:42 pm

My setup is at the bottom of my sig. Car sticks to the road like glue and corners one heck of a lot better than stock. Makes a big difference at Hallett and is not so radical that it is tough to drive on the street.
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Post by Leonard 95 on 2/28/2011, 4:31 pm

Here is a thread I made over svt on stock vs ford springs vs sportlines, may give you a guage on what you want.

http://www.svtperformance.com/forums/shelby-gt500-150/588359-stock-springs-vs-ford-springs-vs-eibach-sportline-springs.html
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Post by Vandy9303 on 2/28/2011, 6:35 pm

Cool guys I appreciate all the info
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Post by Oldokie on 2/28/2011, 6:37 pm

And now I have the Ford springs....
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Post by 07Shelby500 on 2/28/2011, 6:41 pm

Me too!

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Post by BASixxer on 2/28/2011, 7:00 pm

Mine seems a little off, but not bad at all...
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Post by Shelby10' on 2/28/2011, 8:01 pm

I could go off roading with my ground clearance

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Post by 07Shelby500 on 2/28/2011, 10:44 pm

You could give big foot a run for it's money

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