(approx) 6 Hours
Mechanical expertise or professional installation required.
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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.
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March 18, 2020
Installed my self in a day. Was relatively easy to do myself however Ford's instructions were not well explained. Overall the ride is night in day. Much better! Mustang had 126,000 miles on what I believe may have been original equipment. I replace front and rear lower control arms too and tie rods. Car now drives like it should.Helpful (0)
January 21, 2020
My 06 GT had 90000 on the clock, so it is a big improvement over the worn out stock suspension. I had front lower control arms, rear pinion and axle seals all at the same time. About 10 hours of labor.Helpful (0)
October 13, 2019
Ford performance handling kit
Awesome kit! Lowered car about an inch, along with AM gt rims and nitros the car looks and handles great! Can’t be more pleased.Helpful (0)
May 03, 2019
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 AMHelpful (0)
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!Helpful (1)
April 03, 2019
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.Helpful (0)
March 17, 2019
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.Helpful (2)
March 11, 2019
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.Helpful (2)
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.Helpful (0)
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.Helpful (1)
I would like to know about weight details for this product ?
The shipped weight of the Ford Performance Assembled Handling Pack is 155lb. 0oz.
Will this fit a 2014 Mustang GT with track pack?
This will fit your car, however, this kit is basically what comes factory on the track packs.
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.
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.
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?
Hey Mike, So those springs will work with the rest of the kit but we cannot swap the springs in the kit. So the easiest method would be to purchase each component separately to create your own kit with the springs you prefer.
The Ford Performance Assembled Handling Pack will significantly help eliminate body roll and wheel hop.
When using the Ford Performance Assembled Handling Pack or any other suspension, as a rule of thumb, a shorter sidewall will provide greater handling, and lower ride quality. This can be effected by the type of tire used, as a performance tire will typically have a stiffer sidewall than an all season, and competition tires meant for road racing/autocross will typically have a stiffer sidewall than this, however drag radials and drag slicks, meant for the 1/4 mile will almost always have a softer sidewall than any of the other tire types listed, due to their design.
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.
Hey Windvail, So the sway bars that come in the kit are going to be the same size as the ones you currently have on the car (front 35mm rear 22mm) so you really aren't looking at anything different in terms of sway bars
It all depends on how the manufacturer makes the product. Some designs will only fit the newer model S197 Mustangs while other designs fit all the years. There are slight changes between the years which can cause fitment issues with some products. It is recommended to get a suspension kit that states it works with your year.
It will depend on if the vehicle is lowered or not. Please give us a call at 1-866-959-7369 and we'll be happy to assist.
This does not come in red.
This does not come with front end links, just rear ones.
Ford Performance does not offer a similar kit for convertible models.
If you do not want to lower your Mustang, do not install this kit, as it will lower your Mustang about 1 inch.
(approx) 6 Hours
Mechanical expertise or professional installation required.
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