Feel like I am fighting with it all the time. Have redone alignment twice thinking that might be it but no help. Shops around here only seem to know what the stock manuals tell them.Strange that the ride is so harsh.
The sway bars made the car handle much better , more planted on the road. I have billsteens. Lowered alaways makes them run tougher. But I don’t feel it’s unbearable like you describe
Thanks for clarifying for me!Sway bars control body roll in corners.
That feeling of leaning to one side or the other.
They minimize that leaning feeling.
That’s probably what Charlie means by better handling.
They will not have affect either positive or negative on the “rough” ride that you are describing.
Rough ride is more a spring rate and damper issue.
Again...thanks for the clarification. Wish I could find a custom shop here that did more than just read the manuals for specs to set.CC plates may or may not be the source of the clonking noise you describe in the front end but are nit the source of the steering issues.
Do tire sidewalls get stiffer with age? My Michelin Pilot Sports (stock size) were better ride than my older tires they replaced.Tires can contribute to tram lining.
3 ways they can do it.
First, if you get larger diameter wheels which will shorten your sidewall.
Second, closely related to number 1, when most people get new wheels and tires they also get higher performance level tires which means stiffer sidewalls.
So a shorter and stiffer sidewall does increase tram lining potential quite a bit.
Especially on rutted roads.
Like when big truck and heavy traffic make two ruts where the tires roll.
A soft or less performance oriented tire has soft sidewalls and they just fold in those ruts and forgive. Like a sponge.
However, performance tires have a stiff sidewall and they don’t fold, so they pull the car to the side of the sidewall that is not folding on the edge of one of those ruts.
Remember, you have two tires and the same thing is happening to each one at the same time in ruts.
If you are in ruts and rolling slightly to the right side of the ruts, your front right tire outer sidewall is fighting the right side of the outer rut.
At the same time, the inner sidewall of your left tire is also fighting the right side of the left rut under the car.
With stiff sidewalls, the tire wants to climd up the side of that rut.
Both tires are pulling in the same direction.
The third way tires affect tram lining is if they are wider.
Along with stiffer sidewalls, performance tires are usually wider.
And Mustang guys like wider tires.
A wider tire covers the entirety of the rut more than a narrow tire.
So there is less or no neutral area in ruts.
You either fight one side or the other constantly.
On other hand, a narrow tire can ride the lowest point or valley of a rut and not come into conflict with the side of that rut.
Usually narrow tires also have taller and softer sidewall so even if not completely centred at bottom of rut, any conflict with the side is absorbed by the softer and taller sidewall which just bends and forgives, like a sponge.
Now you know why manufacturers spec narrower and softer sidewall tires than most of us like to see on our Mustangs.
It makes driving them easier for most people.
Do tire sidewalls get stiffer with age? My Michelin Pilot Sports (stock size) were better ride than my older tires they replaced.