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pei_guy

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I had Eibach in mind for my spring suspension swap but found the Bilsteen B6 HD struts & shocks on TDOT Performance with a 20% Black Friday sale til Dec 1st. Pricing is $1170.00 CAD taxes inc. shipped. Good company to deal with.... Exhaust swap was ordered through TDOT....a Canadian company.

Confident these will work with the Eibach Pro lowering kit. Think Max has the Pro springs. Love his stance!
 

Ohtobbad

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I have a garage, but I remember my 08 looking a little tough underneath.
I spend one winter cleaning a painting the bottom of car.
joke was why, it was lowered no one could see it.
My answer, I knew it looked like that and had to fix it.
 

Ohtobbad

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I think Bilstein Shocks are one of the best on the market, but not the only good shocks.
Ford performance have good set up.
I used Tokico D spec adjustable that worked great.
Also Kona makes a good shock.
If you doing a lowering kit, finding the deal of the day can matter.
Packages are put together based on all sorts of stuff, including use.

Finding a price and set up that works with intended purposes helps too.
 

S197CS

Corner Carver
This kit is what i ultimately wanted to buy, but i've been steered to a used $60 pro-kit, and them bought my two rear shocks (i still need to do the struts). And now that i've put miles on the car how it sits, i figured i didn't need the camber plate to reach the adjustments i wanted ( I run -1.5 degrees of camber), so that saves me a couple of bucks.

 

SVT4MT

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Ford performance have good set up.
If you doing a lowering kit, finding the deal of the day can matter.
Packages are put together based on all sorts of stuff, including use.
+1 on the Ford Performance gear, I've always been a big fan.

Years ago, I put the (then) Ford Racing FR3 Handling Pack on my '06 GT.....very pleased with the results. I liked it as a complete kit....lowering springs, shocks (front and rear) and new sway bars and bushings. Got rid of the 4x4 stance of the S197, lowered it nicely, and it improved the handling.

Sure, theres probably better, all depends what you're looking for and your budget, but I liked to think that the kit was engineered so that all components worked together and complemented each other.
 

05 gt 5spd

On the road again
Made some calls, waiting on some prices to help with the decision making. I like the stance I have with the current springs, just 225000+ KM’s kind of beat up the struts and shocks for a second time . Upper rear control arm was already replaced with a Steeda adjustable unit, Saleen Watts link will stay, replacement lower arms are in the garage now waiting for install. GT500 sway bars are already installed front and rear.along with the extended studs and 5/8 “wheel spacers
 
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S197CS

Corner Carver
There is no doubt in my mind the strut/shock change will shock you... :rolleyes:

The change it did to mine with only the rear unit installed is unbelievable. Yeah, UCA is something I haven't installed in mine of yet and probably should think of, LCA, sways, watts, relocation brackets are also all accounted for. humm.... :unsure:
 

67 AGAIN

Enthusiast
+1 on the Ford Performance gear, I've always been a big fan.
The Ford Racing or Ford Performance dampers are also very good.
I went that route on my 2015 after research, which included e-mail exchange with Kelly Aiken, long time lead engineer at BMR suspension.
The information I got is that the FP track variant dampers are a very good match for all the BMR lowering springs.
The track dampers having roughly the aftermarket damping equivalent of the GT350 dampers.
While the Street version are roughly equal to the PP1 dampers.

I digress since this is a S197 thread.
I forget the part numbers but the point is that with the mods already on your car, if you do opt for FP, I would suggest you go for the track variants over the base or street variants.
I love the result on the '15.
 

Ohtobbad

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Side note, I bought BMR jacking rails for the new car, I've always liked their stuff too.
I was going to buy jacking rails for my car, but didn't want to add the weight.
Still makes me curious about installing them. Much easier and faster to lift.
Just takes me longer to make sure I am in right spot.
 

SVT4MT

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I don't think they would make a whole lot of difference weight wise, but then I'm not worried about that aspect.

They're super easy to install and use factory mounting points, I didn't even jack the car up.
 
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