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Tech Inspection - 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca
The tall stance of new Mustangs is infamous. The gaping pass between fenders and tires was implemented in the late-model 'Stangs to ensure sufficient clearance for installing snow chains, and for maneuvering the vehicles through the automated segments of the assembly process at Flat Rock.
While this certainly is a novel consideration for Ponies that gallop through snowbound streets, enthusiasts on the whole believe the excessive height is one of the biggest universal detractors to a Mustang's appearance. In particular, seeing the high stance on specialty rides like '12-'13 Boss 302s really makes us cringe. The Boss is touted as a road-race-caliber street machine, but its high position definitely limits the car's handling and ability to carve up a road course in record time. It's a problem that by all means should be corrected, and using springs that are made specifically for lowering Boss 302s is the best way to get it done.
In the summer of 2013, our friends at Ford Racing Performance Parts gave us a heads up on FRPP's new, Boss-only spring package (PN M-5300-T; $359.95). As you can imagine, since lowering a 'Stang is among the first changes enthusiasts make with their new cars, finding a Boss 302 that still sat at its standard ride height was a bit of a challenge. We sought the assistance of Ricardo Topete of GTR High Performance, who was able to find us a gem of a candidate for the lowering project—a rare Laguna Seca version of the vaunted Boss.
The following photos follow Ricardo as he performs the spring swap, which lowers a Boss 302 by 1.375 inches in the rear and almost an inch up front. Suffice it to say, the new springs bring the rare Boss down where it belongs.