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

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    • 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

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

    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
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    30 Questions / 29 Answers

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

    Mishaari

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

      AMJackson

    Helpful (1)

    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?

    MikeH

    • 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.

      Cobra_Machine04

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    Why do some of the suspension kits list 05-14 and some list 11-14 only?

    Anonymous

    • 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.

      AshleyK

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    I have a 2014 GT with a track package installed, what would be the difference in the suspension between the track pack and the Ford performance handling pack?

    DeepBlue5oh

    I have a Gt convertible 2007 It says it will not work with this but, one the website doesn’t have that option as far as fitting you vehicle, and two I’m kinda wondering why it wouldn’t fit a convertible?

    Perzuazion

    • The Ford Performance Assembled Handling Pack uses springs designed specifically for the weight and weight distribution of the Coupe. The Convertible will be heavier, with more weight in the rear especially. Because of this, handling will be effected.

      AMRobD

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    Does the kit contain sway bar links? I had to replace mine at 36,000 miles and need upgraded links along with the rest of the kit. If they aren't included, which ones are a good fit with this kit?

    DSO

    • Yes, this kit does come with upgraded sway bar end links.

      AMPaulS

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    Customer Reviews (23) Write a Review

    Overall Rating 4.5

    out of 5 stars

    Installation Time:Full Day

    Installation Cost:$500-$1000

    • Handling Improvement 4.65 4.7
    • Ride Quality 4.4 4.4
    • Appearance 4.35 4.4
    • Bang For Your Buck 4.4 4.4



    • 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 (1)

    • 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

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    • 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

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    • 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 (1)

    • 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

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    • 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

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    • 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

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      July 17, 2017

      Overall great product

      All in all, this is a great package. My preference was an engineered package designed to work together and stiffen / lower the car without over-the-top harshness. In that respect it is a great package. Everything bolted right up and my alignment specs were perfect. I had to make a small panhard bar adjustment to re-center the rear end but that was it. My only slight criticism is that it only lowered my rear-end about 3/4". The front came down a good 1", but the rear is still perched a little higher than advertised. Ride quality is excellent and the car does handle better.

      HandyAndy

      Year: 2014 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: $250-$500

      June 09, 2017

      Perfect handling upgrade

      Just had a shop install done a few days ago. Lowers the car just enough...looks good but I don't scrape bottom every time I pull out of my driveway or go over a speed bump. The ride quality is great, and cornering is like a go-cart. The installer commented on how well everything fit during install. They didn't have any issues at all. Cost me $375 plus $75 for the alignment.

      StevenL

      Year: 2007 Submodel: GT

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      June 07, 2017

      Beware of UPS!

      First of all, I just came home from a trip to Tennessee to conquer, "The Dragon," and this kit completely destroyed the other GT I was with. He couldn't keep up. I kept having to slow down so he could catch up to me. However, if you are going to be taking this kit to the track, I would definitely recommend upgrading your brakes before. The stock brakes simply could not keep up with speed this kit could handle. Secondly, UPS delivered my kit 2 hours late than my scheduled appointment with them. Then, come to find out, they charged me an extra $50 just for the phone call to set up the delivery appointment. I called and complained and am currently waiting to see what's happens. But if you're on the fence about this kit, get off the fence and get it on your car. The price is a little scary but it's worth every penny. Just beware of UPS.

      Mack

      Year: 2009 Submodel: Bullitt

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    • 5/5

      May 17, 2017

      Ford GT handling pack

      Haven't put it on yet but same as on my Shelby GT. can't beat the price.

      JeromeL

      Year: 2007 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (2)

    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      January 29, 2017

      Like The Difference

      I installed this in my garage using air and hand tools. Took about 5 hours, including beer breaks. I had the Ford instructions from a local dealer which made it easy to install. the ride is rougher but not horrible. The better handling makes up for the rougher ride. I like the drop but it would have been better with a larger drop in the rear. Overall I am very pleased with the end result.

      Chuck

      Year: 2014 Submodel: GT

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    • 3/5

      September 15, 2016

      Much stiffer than expected

      The ride is very stiff. I am not sure why other reviews don't say that. Had I known that, I would not have upgraded. You feel every bump. The handling is very good if you don't mind bouncing around the road. Hopefully I'll get use to it. I would not recommend this upgrade..!

      PonyExpress50

      Year: 2011 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      August 16, 2016

      Much better than stock.

      I can't believe the difference this kit makes. Everything works perfectly and is flawless. Great price compared to other kits.

      ConnorH

      Year: 2005 Submodel: GT

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    • 4/5

      July 19, 2016

      Ford Performance suspension kit

      Great product improving the vehicle handling and performance while not producing an uncomfortable ride. Enhanced appearance w/lowering approximately an 1". Needs most up to date Ford Performance installation instructions in which they faxed to me.

      StephenL

      Year: 2013 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (3)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      April 07, 2016

      Ford Racing Handling Pack - What an great improvement!

      I have a stock 2005 Ford Mustang GT. We decided to try to improve on the stock suspension. We choose the Ford Racing Assembled Handling Package. We were very impressed with the quality of the parts. The instructions were concise and clear. Each part fit perfectly up on the car. When we were completed, we felt immediately a difference in how the car handled. No more washing out in the rear on hard curves. Also, the tires just feel more planted, than the stock suspension. We are glad we made this investment. It makes our 11 year old car drive like a new pony again!

      MagMetallic15

      Year: 2005 Submodel: GT

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      March 03, 2016

      Great Kit that fits well - needs better instructions

      Put this kit on ourselves in about 4 hours with a lift and the right tools. Downloaded the 13 page PDF instruction manual from FRPP web-site. It is good, but does not give you a parts list so as you get to different parts of the kit it can be confusing to determine what bolts, fasteners, etc.. are for what. The most confusing part was the bolts and fasteners for the install of the new struts. The bag of hardware has standard and eccentric bolts, but really does not tell you which to use. You can only use the eccentric bolts on the lower mounting hole (as instructed) if you enlarge the mounting hole in the strut (it is etched so you can see how far to enlarge it), but there is nothing in the instructions that even mentions this. I called FRPP and asked them about this and was told if I wanted to keep it to the stock alignment specs that I only needed to re-install the stock strut bolts - the eccentric was only if I wanted a more performance alignment. I took it back to a Ford dealer for the alignment and I already knew by looking that my right front was way out on camber so the first thing they tell me is they can't get it back to stock spec without the eccentric bolt in the lower mounting hole. Called FRPP back and got a different tech and he confirmed that I needed to enlarge the hole and use the eccentric bolt. My advice is to enlarge the holes on both struts and use the eccentric bolts in the lower holes on both sides and then you have the adjustment even if you don't need it to get back to stock specs. If you take it back to Ford for the alignment make sure they "listen" when you tell them this is a FORD product. They kept my car all day and then told me when I picked it up that they couldn't get the right front to spec because of the "aftermarket" parts that I installed - this was disappointing since each part is FORD blue, with FORD model numbers and the logo clearly printed on them - doesn't give me a lot of faith when Ford service techs can't recognize Ford products, but after "further discussion" they actually modify the strut and installed my eccentric bolt and got it back to stock spec.

      BlueCoyote14

      Year: 2014 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      June 17, 2015

      This kit fits perfect

      I expected some challenges with this kit, but it fits perfect. Good quality parts and packaged well, which is a good thing, because UPS Freight did not take good care of the pallet at all! The only downside is the lack of instructions, but YouTube and the Ford Racing tech line can answer your questions. I had this done on jack stands in may garage in 4 hours, so its an easy install if you are used to working on suspension. The 1" drop is fairly mild though....I would like to see more like 1.5"

      myoldmetal

      Year: 2014 Submodel: GT Lake Stevens, WA

      Helpful (2)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      November 11, 2014

      Everything needed in one box

      After a lot of extensive research, this by far is the best way to go. All ford parts and all matched to work together. Nice to have everything needed and not having to mix and match, and struts already pre-assembled. If you know what you are doing you can have it all installed in a few hours.

      Twiztid1

      Year: 2007 Submodel: GT Denver, CO, USA

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      August 25, 2014

      You get what you pay for, and this has it all

      This product is amazing. I have seen other mustangs just do the sway bars or just the shocks, but this kit gives you the best of it all and it's worth every penny. And since its made by Ford, all the parts fit like a dream. No having to get creative to make things fit or line up. only thing I wish it had was torque ratings for each bolt. I had to find a service manual online to make sure everything is tight and not gonna fall apart when I take a turn at the track at 80+ mph

      mitch24

      Year: 2011 Submodel: GT FL

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