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Ford Performance Assembled Handling Pack (05-14 GT Coupe)

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    Features, Video & Details

    • Ford Racing Handling Package
    • Aggressive Stance
    • Lowers Center of Gravity
    • Improves Handling
    • Eliminates Body Roll
    • Estimated Drop: 1.0"
    • Includes Pre-Assembled Struts
    • Fits 2005-2014 GT Coupes

    Review & Installation Video

    Review & Install Video

    Hey guys, Stephanie with AmericanMuscle.com here with this assembled handling pack from Ford Racing for the 2005 to 2014 GT coupe Mustang. The Ford Racing assembled handling pack is going to be a good option for the S197 owners out there that are looking to do some handling upgrades but that want to make sure all of the components are going to work together and that all of the most important areas in the suspension are taken care of. There are a few different handling packs on the site. This is going to be one of the more complete handling packs, so it's a good option for those that are looking for a more complete pack or one that isn't going to make the car too low and one that isn't going to cost you an arm and a leg. This kit has some of the most important suspension upgrades that are really going to change the handling performance of the car. It has front and rear shocks and struts, a set of Ford Racing's lower springs, front and rear sway bars with bushings, an adjustable panhard bar and front suspension mount upgrades as well. The factory suspension was set up 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. Performance based minds want something 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 of the little bumps in the road and a jarring ride. Overall, this kit does give a stiffer than factory ride quality, but the kit's paired not to be too harsh, so still comfortable but also able to perform when you need it to. These are all going to be Ford Racing parts. The first thing we're looking at is the Ford Racing P springs. These springs are going to have an even 1 inch drop all the way around the car which isn't what I'd classify as aggressive, but the springs are enough to make a difference in handling. I'd say that this package is geared more towards handling improvements than appearance improvements. If you really like the idea of an assembled handling pack but aren't crazy about this drop and you want a little bit more, there are some other options on the site that you can check out that will still give you the benefits of an assembled package but that'll give you a little bit more of a drop for a bigger change in appearance. The P springs, though, do have a progressive spring rate, which means that they're a good option for a street car. They do not have a harsh ride quality, but they will firm up as you start pushing the car, which works to give you the best of both worlds between comfortable and functional. Moving on to the shocks and struts, you're looking at the Ford Racing dynamic shock and strut kit. These are specifically designed for lower cars. They're also made to complement the Ford Racing springs and sway bars. We all know that all of these parts work very closely together. When you start upgrading to 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 these components work well together. You also really want to make sure that the shocks and struts are made for lowered vehicles. A lot of times, you can get away with running your stock components, but the internals are not set up to take the abuse of a lowered ride height. These shocks and struts, on the other hand, are. Another really nice thing here is that the struts are pre-assembled. The springs are already on the front struts, so you don't have to worry about getting those on yourself. That also means a faster, easier install. This means they're ready to bolt right in and you won't need a spring compressor for the install. Moving on to the front and rear sway bars, the front bar has a 35 millimeter diameter and the rear bar has a 22 millimeter diameter. These are solid steel construction bars which are a big upgrade over the factory bars. The downside here is that they do have some weight to them. Like I said before, these bars are designed to work with the progressive springs that are included in this kit. They're three way adjustable and come with polyurethane bushings. The adjustability means that you can set the front bar as you'd like. You can soften or stiffen the bar depending on how you want it to feel and perform. The poly bushings are going to help add some much needed stiffness and reduce deflection, but they aren't going to be so solid that they wont' allow any movement which would create NVH. We're always trying to find that balance between better performance and NVH. The sway bars are also going to include the frame brackets and the rear end links, which gives you more of that complete upgrade. Both parts are finished with a blue paint to give them a little bit more durability. The last thing we're looking at here is an adjustable panhard bar. The purpose of a panhard bar is to keep the rear axle from moving side to side. The side to side movement in the rear axle is created by chassis flex and twist. It's going to have an impact on the consistency of the handling. If the rear axle is allowed to move side to side and not stay centered, you're looking at things like rear steer which is going to kill your ability to corner, hence the need for a panhard bar, not to mention a centered rear. This bar is made from chrome-moly steel tubing and it has urethane rod ends with steel sleeve inserts. Once again, we have urethane bushings that are going to add stiffness for less deflection but still have some give at the same time. This bar is on car adjustable, which is perfect for lowered cars since the geometry changes once you add a little drop to the car. You can adjust the bar without having to uninstall it. Keep in mind that while all of these suspension components are the major suspension upgrades 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 upon the S197 platform based off how you'd like your car to perform. These are still a good step towards making some big changes. You can expect to eliminate some wheel hop, have less nosedive during hard braking, better cornering ability, and a lower center of gravity for an all around more planted car, having a more stable rear allowing 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's going to cost just south of $1500. I will say that picking up an assembled kit will save you a few bucks over purchasing each component of the kit individually. You probably could mix and match 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. Piecing your own kit together is always an option if you don't have the budget for a kit like this. You also have to keep in mind that the Ford Racing components are always top notch, so you can expect a perfect fit and highly functional components. The install here is a lot of work, but I wouldn't say that it's a difficult install. It's all straightforward. You won't need any tools out of the ordinary especially since the front springs are already installed on the struts. You will need an assortment of different sockets and wrenches. If you decide to tackle this yourself, you can expect to spend about six hours. I'm going to call this a two out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter, but just because of the amount of work that's involved. This is a little bit of a project. Having a lift is going to make things a lot easier here, but you can complete the install with a jack and stands. You'll also have to keep in mind that you'll want to go for an alignment after the install is all completed. You're tweaking with pretty much of the suspension here, so it's necessary to get that alignment. Wrapping things up here, the Ford Racing assembled handling pack comes with lowering springs, front and rear shocks and struts, front and rear sway bars, and an adjustable rear panhard bar. It's a performance based kit. As always, I suggest you check this kit out more online for yourself. For all things Mustang, keep it right here at AmericanMuscle.com.

    Track Car Handling. Lowering springs alone are fine to change the appearance of your Mustang, but if you want your GT to handle like a true track car you need to upgrade your entire suspension. The Ford Racing Handling Pack is a complete suspension upgrade kit to turn your Pony into a corner-carving machine.

    Pre-assembled Struts. No spring compressor is required, this Ford Racing Handling Kit comes with the front struts and springs already pre-assembed so they are ready to bolt-in with no hassle or headaches.

    Complete Kit. The Ford Racing Handling Package has everything you need. The kit includes an adjustable rear panhard bar, front struts, rear shocks, lowering springs, front and rear sway bars. All these components were designed to work together as a package to deliver improved handling without sacrificing ride quality.

    Ford Racing Quality. When adding suspension parts to your Pony, trust the folks that know it best to provide top quality components that are made to out perform and out last the competition.

    Application. This Ford Racing Pre-assembled Handling Package is specifically tuned for use on the 2005 to 2014 GT coupe, it will not fit convertible models.

    Kit Includes:
    • Front Struts (pre-assembled)
    • Rear Shocks
    • Lowering Springs with jounce stops
    • Front Sway Bar with bushings
    • Rear Sway Bar with bushings
    • Adjustable Rear Panhard Bar
    • Front Strut Mount Upgrade

    Freight Notes. Freight items can only be shipped within the continental 48 states, no expedited methods. What is freight shipping? Your Answers are Right Here!.

    Fitment: 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 Details

    MPN# M-FR3A-MGTA

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    What's in the Box
    • (2) Struts (pre-assembled)
    • (2) Strut Mounts
    • (2) Shocks
    • (4) Springs
    • (2) Front Jounce Bumpers
    • (2) Rear Jounce Bumpers
    • (1) Front Sway Bar
    • (1) Rear Sway Bar
    • (4) Polyurethane Bushings
    • (2) Rear End Links
    • (2) Frame brackets
    • (1) Adjustable Rear Panhard Bar
    • Required hardware
    Installation Info
    Tech Specs
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        Questions & Answers (37)

        5 Top Rated Questions

        I would like to know about weight details for this product ?

        • The shipped weight of the Ford Performance Assembled Handling Pack is 155lb. 0oz.

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        Will there be any clearance issues if I am running 19x9.5 all around (stock rims on 2012-2013 Boss 302)? Front Tire Size: 255/40ZR19 Rear Tire Size: 285/35ZR19

        • You will not have any clearance issues with the Ford Performance Assembled Handling Pack on your car.

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        how much does it reduce wheel hop

        • The Ford Performance Assembled Handling Pack will significantly help eliminate body roll and wheel hop.

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        Will this setup work with a one piece drive shaft? Or is the drop subtle enough not to have to correct the pinion angle?

        • The Ford Performance Assembled Handling Pack will work with a one piece driveshaft. However, it is not necessary. The drop should not affect the pinion angle.

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        Do you happen to know if this kit would interfere with the installation of a Fays 2 Watts Link? And would you recommend installation of upgraded upper and lower control arms in addition to this pack? I have a 2013 GT Premium with 19x8.5s in the front and 19x10s on the rear.

        • The Ford Performance Assembled Handling Pack will not interfere with a watts link. Also, it is a good idea to upgrade the upper and lower control arms since the car will be lowered.

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        10 More Questions
        I have a 2014 Mustang gt. I was looking for something with a bit larger drop then 1 inch. would the Ford Performance Lowering K-springs Item #24022 work with this kit? Or should I buy them all seperate and make my own set up? 1 answer
        HELLO!!! My 2012 Stang has a front 35mm bar and a rear 24mm bar, that came with the car. Is the bars in this package better or will the ones on the Stang now work? Thanks 1 answer
        Why do some of the suspension kits list 05-14 and some list 11-14 only? 1 answer
        Will this fit a 2014 Mustang GT with track pack? 1 answer
        Is this kit lowering enough that it causes bumpsteer? Is a bumpsteer kit necessary after installing this on a 2011 Mustang GT? 1 answer
        Dose this kit include the Gt500 strut mount upgrade? I have a '05 GT and the strut mount upgrade is a direct fit for 05's correct? 1 answer
        Are relocation brackets for lower control arms necessary for this kit considering it’s a 1 inch drop? 1 answer
        I’ll be purchasing this handling pack. Since I should be expecting a 1 inch drop and since upper or lower control arms aren’t included, is it necessary to purchase upper and lower control arms for a 1 inch drop? 1 answer
        dose this kit have front sway bar end links if not what would you recommend 1 answer
        Does this kit require caster camber plates since it drops the car? 1 answer

          Customer Reviews (36) Write a Review

          Overall Rating 4.6

          out of 5 stars

          Installation Time:Full Day

          Installation Cost:$500-$1000

          • Handling Improvement 4.636364 4.6
          • Ride Quality 4.424242 4.4
          • Appearance 4.393939 4.4
          • Bang For Your Buck 4.454545 4.5



          • 5/5

            May 03, 2019

            Awesome

            Only had kit on for a day but improvement is amazing and it sits just right, It corners better brakes better and looks better .. ride quality is fantastic but the car is lowered and doesn’t float like a stock suspension it’s stiffer but not uncomfortable, I’ve had cars lowered with cut springs and just springs and stock shocks then eibachs and konis and bilsteins and this kit by far rides better comfort wise then anything I had before! AM customer service is great and would recommend them thanks AM

            Jay74

            Year: 2007 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (0)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Weekend

            April 17, 2019

            Lots tighter, needs better install instructions

            I did the install in my garage using jack stands and hand tools. It took me awhile but it was not too much trouble. Ford doesn't send very good instructions- some are contradictory, some are impossible. Beware especially of the eccentric bolt/tabbed nut on the front struts. Also make sure you have a couple of extra jacks to lower the rear axle. I used a mix of Ford instructions, a couple of helpful youtube videos (including AM), and common sense. Ride quality is stiff but not too bad. Overall it's a tighter ride and should be much better on the track. Thanks American Muscle!

            ChipM

            Year: 2014 Submodel: GT

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          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Full Day

            April 03, 2019

            Amazing!

            Pretty easy install. Made a huge difference the cars handling is night and day difference over the stock set up. Would recommend to anyone with a mustang. It does ride rougher but not rough enough that its annoying. Just noticable.

            Bradw

            Year: 2006 Submodel: GT

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          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Weekend

            March 17, 2019

            Track Handling

            S197s aren’t known for their handling. When building out my S197, it wasn’t built to be a one trick pony (speed). I purchased this kit along with BMR rear upper and lower control arms, Steeda bumpsteer kit, GT500 front control arms, BMR control arm and panhard support braces. When put together, this car handles curves like no other. The Ford Performance Handling Pack came with everything needed and with extra hardware. I went ahead and also purchased RTR swaybar links to have a complete package. This kit will not disappoint and is a very straight forward install. Just take your time and research videos and you’ll be saving yourself a ton of money on the install. Prep the rusted bolts with PB Blaster and get extra grease for a much easier install.

            AlexZ

            Year: 2005 Submodel: GT

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          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            March 11, 2019

            Love it

            Great kit, would advise if you are going to do this upgrade, if your car is a little older, go ahead and do tie rod ends and ball joints, since you will have it all apart anyway! Makes the car drive like new again.

            AaronS

            Year: 2006 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (1)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Weekend

            March 03, 2019

            Finally got it installed

            Very satisfied with package. Performs as advertised. Ride is stiffer as expected. Car is much more sure footed. Glad I purchased the whole package rather than trying to mix and match components from different Mfg. Used floor jack and stands to install.

            WarrenP

            Year: 2005 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (0)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Full Day

            February 07, 2019

            Ford handling pack

            This kit transformed my ride into a corner carving beast and eliminated my body roll and rear steer issues. The improved driving experience was as noticeable as I hoped. The car doesn't sit so low that it's hard to get in and out of parking lots but there is an attractive visual difference and the lower center of gravity is great. Definitely worth it.

            Shaine

            Year: 2014 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (1)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Shop Install

            Installation Cost: $250-$500

            December 24, 2018

            Smooth as silk

            This kit totally changed the handling characteristics of the car. Firm but not overly harsh. The car lost that “boaty” feel the stock suspension had. Now it tucks into corners with ease and the rebound after a speed hill is responsive. There were zero fitament issues and the blue finish looks excellent. 100 best bang for the buck.

            JamesG

            Year: 2005 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (3)

          • 1/5

            Installation Time: Full Day

            December 23, 2018

            Sending parts that need work

            Received the kit, and when I took the new shocks out of the box, one was compressed. "Customer support" recommended that I take it to a shop and have it decompressed. Why send parts that cannot be used right out of the box, and force the customer to pay to correct your mistakes? This kit was over $1400, you would think you would get some sort of quality for your money.

            RetiredNuke

            Year: 2014 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (4)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            November 02, 2018

            Excellent!

            Put on my V6, everything fit great, very happy w the kit. I have owned a lot of cars and had a lot of different suspensions, this is one of my favorite ones.

            Wildbill1982

            Year: 2005 Submodel: V6

            Helpful (5)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Shop Install

            Installation Cost: $250-$500

            October 24, 2018

            PERFECT!

            I looked at several brands both with AM and some others. I wanted the look and handling with out the rough ride quality. It ended up between Eibach and Ford hanhling pack. Glad I got the Ford. Awesome ride , just what I was looking for. And like the ad says , it corners like it's on rails.

            CurtisB

            Year: 2014 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (6)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Full Day

            October 14, 2018

            Install

            Great product. Easy install. Instructions suck so thanks to YouTube. Good stance. Better ride than I thought it would be.

            AlanB

            Year: 2013 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (5)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            September 04, 2018

            Great product

            This purchase was one I've been waiting for. I did the work in my driveway and it was simplified, because everything bolted right up. Happy with the drastic improvement, over all. It is nice receiving new hardware...nuts, bolts, washers, loc-tite and grease! If you want a high step up from stock, this is the way to go.

            JamieJ

            Year: 2005 Submodel: GT

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          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Shop Install

            Installation Cost: $500-$1000

            June 26, 2018

            everything i hoped for.

            not cheap but totally worth it. made the car so much better in every way.

            sneaky151

            Year: 2009 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (7)

          • 1/5

            April 13, 2018

            Unsatisfied

            After installing the package the struts have a clunking sound I will not recommend it carries looks good' driving is horrible

            JORGE

            Year: 2013 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (10)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Full Day

            April 04, 2018

            didnt want to low.

            went on easy did it in a day took my time with a floor jack and jack stands. rides great looks even better.

            KevinB

            Year: 2013 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (7)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Weekend

            March 25, 2018

            Best suspension ever!

            Wasn't too happy about the price but the results are wayyyy better then I expected. It's a stiffer ride but not anything backbreaking. I can finally use my nitto nt555 g2 tires a workout!

            TrevorC

            Year: 2005 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (8)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Shop Install

            Installation Cost: $500-$1000

            March 08, 2018

            Great Setup for my 2009

            Overall extremely pleased with my new setup. Updated my 2009 that had been dropped using K springs, but stock everything else. (Which looks great but drove awful) Paired this update with the updated GT500 Lower control arms, JandM caster plates, and Steeda adjustable end links and replaced the outer tire rod ends. Before, car looked great, crashed over every bump and made awful noises around every turn. After, sits a little higher, so it does look less aggressive, however everything else is great. The car is much happier on real world roads, drives 100 better than before and is surprisingly compliant while being very stable and planted. Turn in is excellent and the tail tracks much, much better. A word to the reviewers that were “surprised” by the ride quality. Literally the product is from “Ford Performance”, go ride in a BOSS 302, Z/28, or GT-R and then jump back into this setup. THOSE cars have a stiff ride. This setup is defiantly firm, but most certainly acceptable for a daily driver or weekend warrior. I had a local shop do the installation for me as I don’t have a lift, and the tech was very impressed with the ease of installation and how well everything fit. He actually eyeballed the alignment to almost perfect. When we put it on the alignment machine it took about 10 minutes to lock everything in. I had him leave in a small amount of negative camber, but could have easily adjusted to OEM numbers. The tech said the caster plates where a big help, but could have passed on the end links as the minimal drop wouldn’t have pre-loaded the front bar that much. So all in all VERY happy that I spent the little extra on the Ford parts. Pleased (and surprised) with the significant decrease in NVH. Only thing I may consider is switching back to the k-springs to drop the height back down, and with this setup (adjustable everything) should be a fairly straight forward swap.

            ChrisH

            Year: 2009 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (10)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Weekend

            January 21, 2018

            Great buy

            Great add on to my mustang, do wish it was more of a drop

            GilbertoH

            Year: 2007 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (7)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            July 21, 2017

            Rodeheavers Hotrod Shop

            This is a great kit to improve handling and road grip! And American muscle has a great price and ships super fast!!

            TimRodeheaver

            Year: 2015 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (7)

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