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96sohc
11-23-2008, 09:06 PM
First off, the pictures aren't that great, so you'll have to use your imagination for certain parts.
I purchased Griggs Racing coil-overs (350# springs) with Koni Double Adjustable struts for the front of my 96 GT. I will purchase the DA kit for the rear in a few weeks. While I was in there, I also replaced my front lower control arms with newer 03 cobra front lower control arms. The process was pretty easy (and was made much easier with a lift). The only places that gave us any trouble were removing the bolts on the k member for the lower control arms (we had to move the rack aside). Also, you're going to want to hit those bolts with some PB blaster as they were a little tough to get going. Secondly, I would highly recommend using some sort of compressed air tool to separate the spindles from the old lower control arms. The only other inconvenience was trying to find somewhere to put the calipers. Since you're removing everything you could hang them on, we found they fit nicely in the little alcove behind the struts (see picture). Other than that, the install was pretty straight-forward; remove and replace parts as you see fit.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3183/3054833910_94ca89b8a5_o.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3196/3053999851_e7e03bdd34_o.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3170/3054834128_4c4312ec2e_o.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3002/3054834792_cd4055ce07_o.jpg

Driving impressions? Don't really have any at this point. The install was wrapped up late last night, so driving was limited. I was also experiencing some ABS problems, so I didn't really feel it out. Will be able to update with driving impressions in a few weeks. The car is probably at the ride height (in the front) where it will stay for street use, and I'll probably raise it up a little for the track. I'm running a 265/35/18 on an 18x9 up front and I've easily got room for 275s, so I'll probably buy a set of either 17x9 or 17x10 wheels for track only.
If you have any questions, ask away...I'll try to answer them as best I can.

ReplicaR
11-23-2008, 09:22 PM
Pretty snazzy, man. What spring rate did you order for the rear?

Here are pics of my CoilOver setup. Maximum Motorsports

http://i37.tinypic.com/35incde.jpg

96sohc
11-23-2008, 09:29 PM
I wasn't involved in the choosing process for the fronts; I told Bruce what I wanted to do and he chose for me. When I order the rears I'll probably do the same thing. The car is not my daily driver, so as long as the rates work the track I could care less how it feels on the street.

ReplicaR
11-23-2008, 09:31 PM
350 is pretty stiff, but not the end of the world. You should be fine with that. If I recall correctly, Jeff (Dalamar) has 350 hypercoil as well, and he does not complain about it. Mine is a 275, only because I don't coilover rear, and to keep it ballanced I can only go that high. Rear is H&R Super Race, which is as stiff as it will get for off the shelf spring.

ram360
11-23-2008, 09:36 PM
Mine handle great but I think they are a bit noisy

96sohc
11-25-2008, 06:49 PM
If this isn't some serious rake, I don't know what is.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3215/3059309015_fc4f048582_o.jpg

ReplicaR
11-25-2008, 11:10 PM
Give me two minutes, and I'll show you rake!!! http://forums.clubsi.com/images/icons/default/laugh1.gif

Goindeafonmtx
11-25-2008, 11:37 PM
Good looking setup. How much spring rate can those struts handle?

CruizinKev
11-25-2008, 11:42 PM
sweet - looks good! nice stance! :thumbsup:

96sohc
11-26-2008, 12:37 AM
Good looking setup. How much spring rate can those struts handle?


Couldn't begin to tell you. I don't think Griggs' lists the limits on its website, but here is the link to the struts:
http://www.griggsracing.com/product_info.php?cPath=4332_4310_4348_2005_3130&products_id=314&osCsid=14dc35ab5589ae115e7ec87f221180ff

Matt94GT
12-02-2008, 05:00 PM
I love my MM ones, went with 325# I believe? They reccomended that for the street.

1996mustangGT
12-05-2008, 04:53 PM
Stupid Question. Ordering 90/10 fronts. Will I be able to keep 'em with coilovers....

Excuse my ignorance.

Steven
12-05-2008, 05:04 PM
yes you will.

1996mustangGT
12-05-2008, 05:06 PM
yes you will.

You are truely a gentalman and a scholar, sir.
TY

Steven
12-05-2008, 05:07 PM
Just make sure the kit you buy specifys it. i do know that the MMR coil overs will work with lake woods, as will D&D.

Dalamar
12-06-2008, 12:26 PM
those look nice! dig the rake :)

1996mustangGT
12-08-2008, 01:17 PM
If this isn't some serious rake, I don't know what is.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3215/3059309015_fc4f048582_o.jpg


God that beautiful! Love it! awesome stance, color choice and rims bro! sharp as he**!

rick focks
12-08-2008, 04:20 PM
wow... i have seen my future...

Steven
12-08-2008, 04:52 PM
wow... i have seen my future...


focks, go buy the griggs super street pack. It's about 3400 for my car but it's got TA, PHB, Coilovers, full deal. It'll be one bad car with the entire kit

rick focks
12-08-2008, 05:34 PM
i'm happy with my suspension...once i get my subs on...i just want the wheels

vermilion
12-09-2008, 01:35 AM
i think i may just found my coilover setup right here. the griggs setup anyway. hmmmm this makes me think.

96sohc
04-06-2009, 08:08 AM
The rear was installed in February, however I was waiting on some exhaust work to be done. I don't have any pictures of the install on the rear, so this will have to suffice:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3303/3416333729_1f6062a4f4_o.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3610/3416333621_3b6341f657_o.jpg

The rear will come down a bit, and the front will more than likely be raised for both street and track setups. After the height is set, I'll have the car aligned and bumpsteered and I'll be good to go.

Final parts list:
- Griggs/Koni DA front coilovers
- Griggs bumpsteer kit
- 03 Cobra front lower control arms
- Griggs/Koni SA custom valved rear coilovers
- Griggs rear lower control arms

jc95gt
04-06-2009, 10:19 AM
i neeeeeeeeeeeeed suspension now!
i want coilovers sooo bad lol
along with subframe connectors and control armss

Dalamar
04-06-2009, 11:52 PM
looks great man!

DSTRBD
04-07-2009, 12:11 AM
:icon_rr: Very Nice... its funny I lived 20 minutes from Griggs before they exploded off the charts in Sonoma, Ca. they had just a small shop at "Sears Point" now known as Infinion Raceway. D

blackpony
04-08-2009, 11:03 PM
other then then the ball joints what is the advantage to the 03 cobra control arms? dosent those balls joints lower like 1/4-1/2 inch?

MustangChris
04-08-2009, 11:58 PM
The rear was installed in February, however I was waiting on some exhaust work to be done. I don't have any pictures of the install on the rear, so this will have to suffice:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3303/3416333729_1f6062a4f4_o.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3610/3416333621_3b6341f657_o.jpg

The rear will come down a bit, and the front will more than likely be raised for both street and track setups. After the height is set, I'll have the car aligned and bumpsteered and I'll be good to go.

Final parts list:
- Griggs/Koni DA front coilovers
- Griggs bumpsteer kit
- 03 Cobra front lower control arms
- Griggs/Koni SA custom valved rear coilovers
- Griggs rear lower control arms


ooohhhhh yeeaaa!!!!

id leave it the way it is and throw a 1" larger wheel on the back....

96sohc
04-09-2009, 01:29 PM
other then then the ball joints what is the advantage to the 03 cobra control arms? dosent those balls joints lower like 1/4-1/2 inch?


Thats the first I've heard the ball-joints lower the car; I wanted the arms because the bushings/balljoints were newer than my old ones, plus its supposed to give me a better turning radius, around 10% or so.