(approx) 6 Hours
Mechanical expertise or professional installation required.
$1,499.00 (kit)+ $99.00 Handling Fee with FREE Shipping
Hey, guys. Stephanie, with americanmuscle.com, here with an overview and an install of this Ford Performance Track Handling Pack for the 2015 and newer S550 GT and EcoBoost Mustang. In this video, we're gonna cover a few topics with this handling pack. We're gonna talk about the different components, the performance you can expect, and the install as well. So I'll get into more detail later, but I can tell you right now that the install for this kit isn't hard. But there are quite a few pieces so it is gonna be a little bit time-consuming and a little bit of work. That being said, I'm going to call this install a two-out-of-three wrenches in the difficulty meter. The Ford Racing Assembled Handling Pack is gonna be a good option for the S550 owners out there. That are looking to do some more serious handling upgrades, but that wanna make sure all of the components are gonna work together and that all of the most important areas of the suspension are taken care of. There are a few different handling packs on the site, but this is gonna be one of the more complete and aggressive ones. So it's a good option for those that are looking for a touch more performance-over-ride quality, and more of a complete package. This kit has some of the most important suspension upgrades that are really gonna change the handling performance of the car. It has Ford Racing's Track front and rear shocks and struts, a set of Ford Racing Track lowering springs, adjustable front and rear sway bars with poly bushings. And rear toe links as well as new performance pack spec upper strut mounts.The factory suspension is set on more for having a comfortable ride quality and being easy to drive than anything else, which is why there's so much room for improvement in the minds of some. Performance-based minds want something that's more than comfortable. They want effective. Usually, in order to get better suspension performance, you need to take away some ride quality. Since a lot of the ride quality comes from soft rubber bushings and components that allow for twisting. Taking away too much comfort, however, leads to an uncomfortable ride, noticing all the little bumps in the road and a jarring ride. Overall, this kit does give a stiffer-than-factory ride quality,, but the kit is paired to not be too harsh. So, still comfortable, but also able to perform when you want it to. These are all gonna be Ford Racing parts, and the first thing that we're gonna be looking at is the Ford Racing "Y" springs. These springs are gonna have an even one-inch drop, all the way around the car. Which doesn't sound like much but it's a pretty decent drop from the S550 chassis. The S550s respond a lot more to a little bit of drop from the lowering spring, so it doesn't take much to get these cars looking and driving better. The springs are enough to make a noticeable difference in both handling and in looks. And I'd say that this package is more geared towards handling improvements than appearance improvements. The "Y" springs, though, just to be clear on their intended use, are not intended to be used with the factory shocks and struts. These springs are a little bit different than the street springs are. The street springs are gonna be a touch softer, and not geared as much towards track-like performance, so just keep that in mind. I still wouldn't say that these have a harsh ride quality, but they are firm, for sure. And they do give you the best of both worlds between comfortable and functional. So these are the Ford Racing Track shocks and struts that are designed to be used with these springs. You're looking at pre-assembled fronts with a new upper strut mount. Which is nice because Ford Racing is taking a little bit of the work out of the install for you. You won't need a spring compressor now. These are just ready to go, right into place. Then you have your rear shocks as well. These are also specifically designed to not only compliment the Ford Racing springs but the sway bars as well. And we all know that all these parts work very closely together. So when you start upgrading things like lowering springs and sway bars, you have to keep in mind things like spring rate, and sway bar thickness, and setup. With an assembled kit like this, you have the comfort of knowing that all of these components work well together. Moving on to the front and rear sway bars, these are an upgrade over the factory sway bars. These are also solid steel construction bars, which are a big upgrade over the factory bars. But the downside here is that they do have some weight to them. These bars are two-way adjustable which is different than the other Ford Racing Handling Kit that's available. These also come with polyurethane bushings. The adjustability means that you can set the bars as you like to. You can soften or stiffen the bar, depending on how you want it to feel and perform. The poly bushings are gonna help add some much needed stiffness and reduce deflection. But they aren't gonna be so solid that they don't allow for any movement which would create NVH. We're always trying to find that balance between better performance and NVH. The sway bars are also gonna include the frame brackets, which gives you more of that complete upgrade.The last thing we're looking at here are the toe links, and these are gonna help you a little bit with wheel hop, and even in the corners. They give you some stability to the IRS and help reduce some of the unwanted handling characteristics. Keep in mind that while all of these components are the major suspension upgrade and they are designed to work together to improve handling. They're not the only components that you can upgrade. There are always other ways to improve up on the S550 platform based on how you'd like your car to perform, but these are still a good step towards making some big changes. You can expect to eliminate some wheel hop, have less nose dive during hard braking. Have better cornering ability, a lower center of gravity for an all-around more planted car. And having a more stable rear which is gonna allow for harder launches. And keeping the suspension more consistent and planted no matter what you're doing with your car. As far as price, this kit is gonna be just south of $1,300. I will say that picking up an assembled kit will save you a few bucks over purchasing each component of the kit individually. Now, you probably could mix brands and piece together your own kit. But you do run the risk of missing out on some ride quality and performance just from the fact that these pieces are all made to work together. But piecing your own kit is always an option if you don't have the budget for a kit like this. You also have to keep in mind that Ford Racing components are always top-notch, so you can expect a perfect fit and highly functional components.So, the install here is a lot of work, but I wouldn't say that it's a difficult install. Like I said earlier, I'm gonna call this a two-out-of-three wrenches, just because you are doing a bit of an overhaul here. It's all straightforward and you won't need any tools out of the ordinary, especially since the front springs are already installed in the struts. You just need to get your stock springs out. You will need an assortment of different sockets and wrenches and, if you decide to tackle this yourself, you can expect to spend about six hours. Having a lift is gonna make things a lot easier here, but you can complete the install with a jack and stands. You also have to keep in mind that you'll wanna go for an alignment after the install's all completed. You're tweaking, pretty much, the suspension here, so it's necessary to get that alignment. So, ultimately, you're going to need to get down to the spring and strut assemblies. So everything like the wheels, the brakes, the ABS lines will need to be moved out of the way so you can pull the assemblies out of the car. The front spring and strut assembly is very straightforward. The rear's a little bit different because the IRS subframe will be dropped along with the rear shock mount. So you can slide the rear springs out and get your new shocks in. You might need to pop out your air box to get to some of your bolts for the front sway bar. And the majority of the bolts can be removed from reaching down through the engine bay, except for the unlink bolts, of course. And the rear's even easier to get to, you can get to all your bolts from below the car. All these parts reinstall the same way as the factory ones came out. And, like I said, this is a good amount of work to get this all done but it's not difficult.Wrapping things up here, the Ford Performance Track Handling Pack comes with lowering springs, front and rear shocks and struts, front and rear sway bars, and rear toe links. This kit is designed to give you track-like handling performance. And, as always, I suggest you check it out more online for yourself. And for all things Mustang, keep it right here at americanmuscle.com.
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October 08, 2019
Could not be happier.
I upgraded my 2017 5.0 with this kit and I finally feel connected to the road. Stiff ride but not overly stiff. No wheel hop, no significant body roll or braking nosedive's. Acceleration feels great and firmly planted. Pull the trigger and get this kit, you won't be sorry. Mechanic said install was a breeze with the fastener kit (all the nuts, bolts, washers, etc.).Helpful (2)
June 27, 2019
Stance and Handling, not ride Quality
I'm very pleased with the new suspension. It handles great but I don't honestly feel a lot of difference in normal driving: meaning the car still rides comfortably in most situations. This was a good investment. On the downside I paid more for my dealter to install it than I paid for the parts:-(Helpful (3)
March 15, 2019
20000 mile review
I had the kit installed at a dealer last year and never got around to submitting a review. Anyway I am still very happy with the kit the car still rides and drives great. Some people say that you can feel the road more but in my opinion its a good thing the car doesn't feel like its going to roll over every time you take a sharp turn and no more wheel hop! I have a few bolt ons so this was a huge upgrade from my non pp gtHelpful (5)
November 13, 2018
First, everything fit awesome and the installation is easy for myself, my buddy and my 17 year old son. Had a 4 wheel alignment done after and would highly recommend it as there was some misalignment due to the removal and installation of the new parts. I am setup on the "least stiff" adjustment and noted more difficult drinking coffee on my drive to work through moderate highway conditions. Where prior it was never an issue. That being said if installing a "track inspired" suspension you should expect this. I installed the strut tower braces as well. The car is much more responsive, much less dipping in hard braking and very little squat on launch. All in all it is awesome so far. I'll put some miles on it and update my review if warranted.Helpful (10)
July 26, 2018
Perfect street ride and stance
Great kit. Install took about a day and a half with just myself using jacks and jack stands. I took my time, instructions are very clear. It's a really big improvement handling wise but not too aggressive. Ride is not harsh at all, honestly it's perfect for street use. Ride height is perfect as well, sits 1" lower but I don't hit speed bumps either. I paired it up with some 20x10 295 wheels/tires and tires and it sits perfect. I get complimented on the stance all the time. Buy it, it's worth it.Helpful (18)
May 24, 2018
Worth every penny
I put this suspension package on my brand new 17 GT with only 500 miles on the car. IMO the car should some with this package from the factory. I chose this over the street package because the street package was basically the same as the performance package, but lower. The car looks amazing and the ride is just right. I was a little concerned that the ride would be too harsh/ stiff for my wife, but I get no complaints. The car handles like its on rails, very responsive. Had the local ford dealership do the install for $750 that included the alignment.Helpful (26)
May 14, 2018
FP Track Pack - Great Suspension Upgrade
Awesome upgrade!!! Car feels like its on rails. No body roll, handles incredibly well. Lowered car about an 1” to 1 1/2”. Incredible!!!Helpful (16)
May 10, 2018
So far I have really loved this product. I installed it with the ford performance shaft upgrades also. It gave the car a more aggressive stance, and it really hugs the corners now. I'm really glad I did the upgrade! The reason it took me the whole weekend is because I wanted to take my time and make sure I did it right.Helpful (16)
May 03, 2018
Handling improvement at a cost
I had my mechanic friend with a lift install this for me - It's a little too involved for my skills. It took him a few hours to do and said it wasn't super easy but the instructions were good. The handling will get tighter and you'll stick to the road better, but you'll feel a lot more of the bumps than the stock suspension. No surprise there but if I were to do it over again I may have gotten the street handling pack instead of the track. I really can't tell much of a difference in the height of the car. I should have done a before and after measurement. Overall this seems like a decent value for the price and I would recommend them to anybody looking to improve handling at the cost of a little comfort and ride quality (but come on, you bought this car for performance, right??)Helpful (16)
April 13, 2018
Project jaw dropper
Very easy to install. Feels like a track car. It is very responsive around corners, and at launches. Even though all the packages didn’t come all at the same time. It was worth the wait.Helpful (8)
Can you elaborate on the specific difference of this compared to a GT PP suspension? What parts are upgraded? Thanks!
The sway bars and struts on the track suspension kit are stiffer than the GT Performance Pack stock specs and the springs are lower and stiffer.
A previous question stated that all necessary hardware is included. However Ford Performance is saying that you also need their part number M-FR3-FASTENA as most of the original nuts and bolts are torque to yield which apparently means one time use. I don't see them in the photos. Are they included or do I also need the M-FR3-FASTENA Kit?
The Ford Performance Track Handling Pack does not include the M-FR3-FASTENA fastener kit.
I'm planning on getting a GT with the performance pack from the factory. Would this be an upgrade to the setup?
The Ford Performance Track Handling Pack - Fastback (15-17 GT, EcoBoost) will be an upgrade over the performance pack kit. This kit will include stiffer suspension, a lower ride height, bigger sway bars, and bushings.
I have 19x10/11 wheels on my 2016 gt, will there be any issues with this kit fitting?
You will not have any clearance issues when installing the Ford Performance Track Handling Pack with 19x10 and 19x11 wheels.
Street pack or track pack!, what's better for a base 2017 gt... I am a driver and use my car alot?
The Ford Performance Track Handling Pack will increase handling further than the Street version at the expense of ride quality. We would recommend the Ford Performance Street Handling Pack for daily drivers.
The difference between this and the street pack is that the street pack has progressive springs and come with performance pack suspension components whereas the track handling pack does not come with performance pack components.
From my understanding, this kit offers a stiffer suspension upgrade than the performance pack 1.
The Ford Performance Track Handling Pack will not require camber bolts or camber plates. It is recommended to replace all suspension hardware, as most suspension bolts/nuts are considered 1 time use by Ford.
Hello! The Ford Performance Track Handling Pack's estimated 1" drop is for the standard GT.
Between the Ford Performance Track Handling Pack and the Pedders Coil over kit, the Ford Performance Track Handling Pack would provide for better street manners, but the Pedders coil over kit would allow for better launches. For a daily driver, we would recommend the Ford Performance Track Handling Pack.
We can guarantee fitment, up to a two inch drop, of as large as 275 up front and 305 in the rear for the 2015+.
The sway bars will be similar in size, but the Track Handling Pack will offer a stiffer suspension.
This kit comes with: What's in the Box (2) Struts (pre-assembled) (2) Shocks (4) Springs (2) Upper Strut Mounts (2) Front Jounce Bumpers (2) Rear Jounce Bumpers (1) Front Sway Bar (1) Rear Sway Bar (4) Polyurethane Bushings (2) Rear Toe Links Required Hardware
As long as you have the proper wheel offset and backspacing you should not have rubbing.
The Ford Performance Track Handling Pack will fit your GT as long as its an S550 model fastback without MagneRide. To confirm if you have MagneRide we would suggest checking your build sticker or have the Ford dealership confirm via your VIN.
(approx) 6 Hours
Mechanical expertise or professional installation required.
What's in the Box
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