KW Variant 3 Coil-Over: Race Technology That's Comfortable on the Street

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 by Marshall Wisler

Having just purchased a 2012 Ford Mustang GT, I felt that many aspects of the vehicle's performance were phenomenal, however the suspension left me wanting more. While the car provides good lateral grip in corners and performs better than any other generation of stock Mustang, the soft spring rates contribute to excessive body roll and front-end pitch under heavy braking.

To cure this, I pulled out the big guns and installed KW's Variant 3 Coil-Over. While the Variant 1 allows only for height adjustment with KW factory pre-set damping, and the Variant 2 provides height adjustment and adjustable damper settings, the Variant 3 gives drivers independent control of both rebound and compression, along with a wide range of height adjustment.

Installation only took two hours with a lift and a few of my friends. KW even includes vehicle specific install instructions and recommended shock settings. While the car now rides on a much higher spring rate than factory, the dampening takes out some of the harshness associated with lowered cars. It really rides quite nice and shows a huge improvement in handling. The car lays flat into corners with minimal roll and is much more stable under acceleration and braking.

Stay tuned for more changes I'll be making to my vehicle, up next: tires and wheels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P Zero Nero All Season

Thursday, April 11, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Pirelli P Zero Nero All Season Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.09
 
 

2011 Ford Mustang GT Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
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Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
April 03, 2013

These came stock on the 19" x 8.5" rims of my 2011 Mustang GT. I drive 6-speed with 3.55 gears, so the rear tires get a bit more shock treatment than that of an automatic.

Brand new, the tires are great. You almost can't get them to break traction short of turning the traction control off and dumping the cluth after reving up to red line. But after doing that a few times, you will find the traction/stickiness of the tire will have depleted.

They are still good all-around tires, but after a few months of driving, they lose their launch traction.

I have already replaced two sets (four tires total) in the two years that I have had the car and am about to replace another set on the rear. That would mean that about every 10,000-13,000 miles, they need replaced. The tread is not down to the cords or anything, but you can feel a major difference in the performance at the 10k wear point.

Road noise is pretty minimal for a low-profile tire and the ride is comfortable as the suspension on the GT with these tires rides very well. There seems to be a bit of roll/softness in cornering, but if you know your car well enough, you know what you can and can't do and the tires stay fairly firm. I will buy them again for all year tires, but I will probably switch to something stickier for Summer track action on street tires.

 

KONI Sport Shocks Now Available for 2011-2013 Mustang GT and V6

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 by Marshall Wisler

After a considerable wait earlier in the year, KONI Sport Shocks are again available for the 2011-2013 Ford Mustang V6 and GT. While the rear shocks have the same part number as 2005-2010 members of the Mustang S197 chassis, the front struts utilize a different strut mount and have previously been very difficult to find.

Fitting a firmer shock body to this chassis helps reduce some of the front-end dive during breaking and also reduces some lateral movement. As with all KONI Sport Shocks, these are adjustable and offer a twin tube, low pressure gas design.

Shop by vehicle to ensure you grab the right parts for your pony.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ContiTrac

Thursday, March 29, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Continental ContiTrac Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2006 Ford Escape XLT Sport V6 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 90,000
Location: Pensacola, FL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 90,000 Miles on Tires
March 23, 2012

You read it right: 90,000mi! We bought this Escape in '07 used with only 14k miles on it. It had the original tires when we bought it. It still has the original tires today. If you don't believe me, I'll be happy to email you a pic of the tires and the odometer. They have finally worn out. To spite all the negative reviews on this tire, I can't honestly give them a bad review. As a gt mustang owner, I am well aware of how fast tires wear out. I'm impressed to the point of shock. I thought I was going to have to replace these tires 3 years ago based on reviews, but they just kept holding out. I don't know if this was a fluke or not. If there wasn't so much bad noise about them, I'd tell everyone they were crazy NOT to buy these tires. I feel like the exception here.

 

Improve Handling for Your Late Model Ford Mustang

Friday, January 27, 2012 by Hunter Leffel
Eibach Multi-Pro Coil-OverWould you like to improve the look, handling and cornering capability of your late model Mustang? We have the solutions ranging from a single component (just springs or dampers) up to track ready coil-over systems.  

If you're wanting to close up that wheelwell gap, without sacrificing ride quality, a product like the Eibach Pro-Kit Spring Set would be a great solution. You'll see a mild drop in the 1.0" - 1.5" range which will improve the stance and handling while maintaining a near factory ride.

Are you ready to hit the track while wanting a wide range of adjustments (including your Ford shocks) for your vehicle? It may be time to explore a coil-over kit. Again, Eibach steps up to the plate offering drops adjustable between 1.0" and 2009 Ford Mustang2.4". The Multi-Pro Coil-Over (shown above) features a 10-way independently adjustable compression and rebound which allows for combinations that are near limitless to dial your car in perfectly.

Options are available for most years and models of the fifth-generation Mustang (2005 and up). 

Whether you're looking to buy shocks online or purchase a coil-over kit, shop by vehicle to find the right suspension products for your vehicle. 

Lowering Your Ford Mustang

Thursday, January 5, 2012 by Logan Woodworth
The late model Ford Mustang is fast becoming an extremely popular vehicle for both customizers and enthusiasts. This is partly due to the volume of aftermarket parts available and the demand from consumers to set their Mustang apart from the crowd and show off their personal style.

In addition to custom paint jobs and aftermarket wheels (rims), many Mustang owners are opting to lower their cars for more aggressive handling and appearance. Due to the flexibility of the late model Mustang chassis, there are several ride height and stiffness options available.

Depending on the version of Mustang, there are several options for lowering from standard non-adjustable springs to fully adjustable coil-over kits. Coil-over kits offer the height and dampening adjustability that is not possible with a spring-only application.
Eibach Multi-Pro Coil-Over R2 Kit for 2011 Mustang GT
It's important to note that when changing a vehicle's ride height, alignment adjustments will be needed for your vehicle. For lowering, this typically includes reduction in camber to counter the camber increase caused by shorter springs. For the newer Mustang, a set of camber bolts will do the trick for the front and an adjustable panhard bar or trailing arm for the rear.

When you're looking for Mustang shocks, springs, coil-over kits or other suspension parts for your ride, be sure to shop by vehicle to find the parts that are a great fit.

The Necessity of Aftermarket Shocks / Struts

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 by Marshall Wisler
Since their inception into the market, the 2011 Mustang GT and the 5th Generation 2010+ Camaro have attracted much attention, and I must note I too fell prey to their new designs.

In February, I took ownership of a 2011 Mustang GT 5.0 6-speed. The only options on my car were the Brembo performance brake and wheel package and the 3.73 rear gears. I wanted the fastest base Mustang GT I could buy, but yet even that was not without room for improvement.

My first step toward correcting the lackluster steering response and turn-in feel was to replace the spring and strut / shock assemblies. My components of choice were the off-the-shelf 2011 Mustang GT Eibach Pro-Kit Spring Set and a set of 2010 Mustang GT model Bilstein struts and shocks. Although Bilstein does not yet have a 2011 Mustang GT specific fitment at this time, the use of 2005-2010 Ford Racing strut mounts and the 2010 model Bilstein struts allowed me to successfully use the components. For a more plug and play application and a user friendly guaranteed fitment, consumers can purchase the matching Eibach Pro-Damper Kit which is specifically tuned for Eibach springs on the 2011 models and bolts up without any modification to the strut mount units.

Strut Rod Diameter
Although the Eibach springs are not the stiffest available, their progressive rate is far beyond the factory rate of 150lbs/in. For that reason, it is important to increase the compression and rebound rates of the shock assemblies, not only to increase the life of the shock, but also to increase performance while cornering, and reduce unfavorable motion on transitions and rough surfaces.

At left is a picture of the factory 2011 Mustang GT front strut and its Bilstein rival. The differences in shaft size should be obvious. Upon installing this aftermarket suspension package, my 2011 GT feels like an entirely new car. It doesn't exhibit the floating feeling associated with the stock pieces, and generally feels firmer and more responsive. The steering inputs are met with crisp turn-in and the car behaves very neutral at the limit, which left me quite surprised.

For questions on suspension and more, contact one of our sales specialists.

Consider KMC aftermarket wheels for your Ford Mustang.

Friday, July 30, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
If you're looking to spice up a Ford Mustang with some aftermarket wheels, consider KMC wheels—they're "like no other." Point proven in the image at right, where we've chosen to install the Nova style. They feature a machined finish with black accents, and they're mounted on a set of Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500 tires. These Ultra High Performance Summer tires promote excellent steering on dry roads. Together with the KMC Nova wheels, they make one pretty (literally) impressive tire and wheel package.

Click here to start building one for your Mustang. Or, you can start by shopping our entire collection of KMC aftermarket wheels. And if you're feeling really adventurous, enter our Upgrade Garage and find an entire list of aftermarket products—like Mustang brake pads and Mustang suspension components, even Mustang shocks—for your vehicle.

If you're in need of Mustang shocks, Tire Rack can help.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
Mustang shocks. Where to begin?

At Tire Rack, actually. We're in the business of vehicle-specific upgrades. We closely study our products and carefully chose what we offer so that we can predict how each product will perform on your vehicle.

When you're in the market for Mustang shocks, or any shocks for that matter, you can trust that we'll point you in the right direction.

Like maybe toward a new KONI FSD Damper set. These specialized shock absorbers offer the best of both worlds—a firm ride and maximum comfort. With Frequency Selective Damping technology, damping is actively controlled based on the vehicle's body and suspension movement frequency.

To see if these Mustang shocks will work for you, you'll want to search our entire collection of aftermarket suspension products.


You've got the Mustang, now get the Mustang rims.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
Ford Mustangs have been rolling down our streets since 1964, impressing us all with their power and their style. Though Ford has made a few improvements over the years, it's as classic a car as ever. Why change a good thing, right? We only disagree with that statement when it comes to the Mustang wheels.

It's not that we dislike the Original Equipment, we only aim to exhibit how the installation of aftermarket Mustang wheels provides performance and aesthetic benefits. And there are a number of excellent aftermarket Mustang wheels.

The 2010 Ford Mustang GT Coupe above features 20" Sport Muscle Tach wheels that are machined with an anthracite accent. Other Mustang wheels that would look just as good include:

Enkei Performance Series LS-5 (Black Painted)
Sport Edition KV5 (Silver)
TRMotorsports MT1 (Matte Grey)

Use our Upgrade Garage to see what these and other Mustang wheels would look like on your vehicle. You'll also get access to Mustang tires, Mustang brake pads and Mustang suspension products, including Mustang shocks.