Lowering a Mustang (S03E05)

Chris Duke shows you how to lower a 2008 Ford Mustang GT (S197) using a FR3 handling pack from Ford Racing.

This episode (S03E05) originally aired on MavTV on March 7th, 2010. This version contains the entire show, but with fewer commercials.

Links

Ford Racing

Episode Notes

Suspension modifications are always a daunting task, typically involve special tools, and a whole lot of time. In this episode we show you how to lower a Ford Mustang and improve the handling by installing a FR3 handling pack from Ford Racing. Using mostly tools that you probably already have, it’s possible to do this in your garage over the weekend in two days.

With the exception of the strut tower brace, the FR3 package doesn’t add any new parts to your vehicle, rather it upgrades Ford’s stock parts with new ones from Ford Racing to lower your Mustang overall by 1-inch. This includes your front and rear sway bars, springs and shocks.

Also in this episode we feature another Letterz segment, the return of the Partz segment, and another quick tip in our Tipz segment.

Product Information

Our main install segment features the FR3 Handling Pack (p/n M-FR3-MGT) from Ford Racing.

The Partz segment features the StealthBox from JL Audio, differential and transmission pan covers from PML, the BedTred from BedRug, and the Tipz segment shows how to install a trunk release button from Silver Horse Racing on our S197 Ford Mustang GT.

For more information, just look to the right!

Music

This episode features music from COLDWEST. “Snakeskinner”, “Ignition”, and a custom song for the Motorz Intro.

126 Comments
  1. Quick Question: In the beginning of the video you mentioned using Loctite RED on all torque fittings. Did you mean to say Loctite BLUE? As I’m sure you know, once Loctite RED has cured (24 hrs) to the part, you essentially need a blow torch to get the part off again. A Breaker Bar by itself will not be enough. And your standard backyard mechanic doesn’t have access to a blow torch. Just clarifying. Thanks

  2. Quick Question: In the beginning of the video you mentioned using Loctite RED on all torque fittings. Did you mean to say Loctite BLUE? As I’m sure you know, once Loctite RED has cured (24 hrs) to the part, you essentially need a blow torch to get the part off again. A Breaker Bar by itself will not be enough. And your standard backyard mechanic doesn’t have access to a blow torch. Just clarifying. Thanks

  3. You dont need a panhard bar or anything else with a 1inch drop. Anything more than a 1.5 drop then yes you will need a panhard bar. CC Plates

  4. Hmmmm, on my last Mustang(2006 GT) I only lowered the rear with Roush springs(1″ drop) to even out the car and I needed to install an adjustable panhard rod(Edelbrock) because the rear did shift. I am currenting gathering all the parts to lower my 2009 GT and an adjustable panhard rod is the 1st thing I purchased.

  5. Hmmmm, on my last Mustang(2006 GT) I only lowered the rear with Roush springs(1″ drop) to even out the car and I needed to install an adjustable panhard rod(Edelbrock) because the rear did shift. I am currenting gathering all the parts to lower my 2009 GT and an adjustable panhard rod is the 1st thing I purchased.

  6. I followed the directions on removal of the front strut tower. Great video, I didn’t run in to a single problem with the extraction, however…. My nut on the top of the strut tower is recessed, yours it much higher and easy to put a box wrench on. I am unable to do this, what’s the fix for this?

  7. Is it just me or did everyone notice that they did not replace the Panhard Bar to proper alignment ?? And Camber bolts..

  8. Is it really necessary to remove the brake caliper and rotor for this installation? Seems unnecessary and extra work.

  9. In Saudi Arabia when you lower your vehicle the fucking police never let’s you alon. Traffic police members are mother fuckers all the time thay are on the street

  10. you dont need spring compressors to do this. when you take the 4 bolts off the strut tower, use an impact gun and undo the bolt at the top of the strut. then lower the jack under the rotor. it will relieve the spring pressure and it wont go flying out at you….. i know i just did mine today. (2011 gt)

  11. if your going to spend the money for the Ford Racing springs and struts spend the extra 100 bucks and get the GT500 upper strut mounts and Ford Racing jounce bumpers and you don’t have to use ANYTHING from the old setup !

  12. I’ve seen mighty car mods for almost 2 years I’ve seen them change suspension many times on there cars and never once saw them remove the brakes

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