Tom Wilson
January 26, 2010

Horse Sense:
When we arrived at GTR's shop, it didn't take long to recognize the neighborhood. The new place is literally a stone's throw-just over the back wall and across the street-from Kenne Bell's speed emporium.

These days, it just won't do to run around at stock ride height. Credit the lowriders and race-car folks for setting the trend, but today's 'Stangers feel the need for weeds-up around their fender tops, that is.

While there are several ways of getting a Mustang down to the ground, the most effective and adjustable solution is via a coilover spring/shock system. Coilovers are nifty because they were developed by racers to adjust the ride height of race cars. Thus, they are built with a set of threads around the outside of the shock onto which a threaded collar is installed. The coil spring is then lowered over the top of the shock and onto the collar, while the top of the spring is retained by a plate or collar attached to the chassis. So, screw the collar at the bottom of the spring up or down to raise or lower the car body.

For the street Mustanger, this means coilovers are perfect for setting ride height for any need. Will you be jetting around town, running errands, commuting, avoiding that nasty railroad-track crossing, or touring? Then run the ride height up an inch for ground clearance. Doing the lawn-chair laze at a car show? Thread your 'Stang into the grass when you get there. Gonna take the plunge and run an open track or scare cones at a slalom? Set the ride height to where the car needs to be.

We don't mean to say running the ride height up and down is so easy you'll do it on a daily basis. In the real world, setting ride height is something for track days, special car shows, or even just once to get that street look right. And that's OK. Modifying your car means getting it just the way you want it.

For the newest S197 Mustangs, we have the Competition Series coilover system kit from chassis specialist Progress Group. It was shown to us by the always-busy crew at GTR High Performance, and it was installed on a customer's Stage I Roush Mustang.

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