Wayne Cook
October 1, 2008
Contributers: Huw Evans Photos By: The Manufacturers

Maximum Motorsports K-member package for '79-'98 Mustangs
From the factory, high-speed handling is not the Fox Mustang's forte. However, Maximum Motorsports (www.maximummotorsports.com; (888) 378-8380) can turn your foal from sloppy to sensational in the turns with its K-member package designed for '79-'98 Mustangs.

The K-member kit includes a tubular front K-member, tubular front lower control arms, MM coilover conversion kit, aluminum steering rack bushings, MM adjustable caster/camber plates, MM adjustable tie-rod ends, MM 2-point K-member brace, urethane front sway bar bushings, and shorter-than-factory replacement sway bar end links.

Do note that this kit includes Delrin offset bushings and is designed to work specifically with Bilstein front struts. For maximum improvements in handling, Maximum Motorsports also recommends installing its front sway bar bracket reinforcement, strut-tower brace, specific high-performance struts to match the car's spring rates, and a solid steering shaft. Our investigating gave us a list price of $1,777.70 for this kit.

Maximum Motorsports Starter box for '99-'04 Mustang GTs
Designed for '99-'04 Mustang GTs, this package from Maximum Motorsports (www.maximummotorsports.com; (888) 378-8380) features everything you need to properly lower your Mustang to achieve a sportier look and much improved handling as well as providing an excellent foundation for future performance suspension upgrades.

The Starter Box comes with premium Bilstein front struts and rear shocks, H&R lowering springs, MM adjustable caster/camber plates, MM urethane rear pinion snubber, and front and rear urethane spring isolators. The '99-'04 specific kit is listed as PN SBX-6 and retails for $1,118.48, according to our findings. Other Starter Box packages are available for '87-'89, '90-'93, '94-'98, '99-'04 Cobras; '99-'04 Cobra convertibles; and '05-'08 Mustangs.

Roush Performance '05-'08 Mustang GT Suspension kit
For those who have driven a Roush Mustang, you're probably aware of how amazingly capable these cars are in the handling department. Part of this reason is that Roush Performance (www.roushperformance.com; (800) 59-ROUSH) uses a range of suspension components that have been specifically designed to work together as a system.

Its S197 Mustang GT kit groups together front and rear performance springs to give the car that lowered aggressive stance and more taut handling through the corners, along with performance front strut and rear shocks to improve stability, directional response, and driving feel, while front and rear sway bars help control lateral movement and reduce rolling through the corners. We found the complete Roush kit listed for $1,468.25.

Metco Motorsports - Fox And S197 Mustang Rear Suspension Kits
Metco Motorsports (www.metcomotorsports.com; (864) 332-5929) offers a number of suspension upgrades for Mustang and Ford vehicles, including this '79-'93 Fox Mustang rear suspension package. Included within the kit are a pair of billet lower control arms with polyurethane bushings, a pair of double adjustable uppers with differential bushings, and the optional Instant Center Modification brackets.

The kit is designed to reduce axle wind-up under acceleration, eliminating the Fox Mustang's tendency to hop once weight is transferred to the rear of the car. All Metco Motorsports products are manufactured in their Anderson, South Carolina, facility and the billet components are precision CNC-machined for the ultimate fit, then clear-anodized for long-lasting protection. Steel components are made from laser-cut high-grade steel, then precision-welded and powdercoated to prevent corrosion.

Metco's rear suspension package for '05-'08 Mustangs follows a similar theme to its Fox chassis package and is designed to maximize traction under launch and eliminate wheelhop. Metco's suspension package for the latest Mustangs features precision-cut billet aluminum lower control arms that include Delrin/polyurethane bushings, Instant Center Modification brackets to correctly restore rear suspension geometry, and a double adjustable upper control arm and heavy-duty mounting bracket.