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Justin: The Ford Performance Track Pack shock and strut kit will be a key component for those 2015 and newer non-MagnaRide owners out there looking to piece together a very capable suspension setup and, for whatever reason, don't wanna go with the complete track handling pack also from Ford Performance. Now, this product will include the two front and two rear monotube dampers for around that $600 price point. So these dampers can be found at the core of the very, very good M8 kit from Ford Performance, which is the company's turnkey track handling pack. Now that kit does contain these dampers, of course, along with the track lowering springs, otherwise known as the Y-spring, in addition to a set of sway bars for an additional 800 bucks on top of the 600 or so here for the dampers themselves. And as someone who has seen the full potential of this complete kit riding shotgun with a Ford Vehicle Dynamics engineer, who, by the way, is a much better driver than I am, I can tell you that this suspension kit will totally transform your car from a handling perspective. But since we are focusing in on the shocks and struts themselves for this video, let's dive in a little bit deeper. Now, these dampers do feature a monotube design and have been engineered by the gearheads at Ford and Ford Performance to take the already capable IRS Mustang and Performance Pack car to the next level. Now, these particular dampers are non-adjustable and do feature a firmer valving compared to the factory components, and even the Ford Performance street dampers, which, as the name implies, will be a little bit more on the soft side. Now the track dampers here, on the other hand, and their firmer valving will help keep the car a little bit more settled and composed at the limit, but will also be a little more rough around the edges while casually cruising on the street. So if you prefer all-out comfort to handling performance, then you might want to consider those street dampers instead. Now it is very important to point out that while yes, you can technically use whatever spring you want to with these particular dampers, Ford Performance is going to strongly recommend using them in conjunction with the Ford Performance track lowering springs, otherwise known as the Y-spring. In fact, they are designed and engineered to work in conjunction with one another, complement one another, if you will, using specific valving and the spring rates of those Y-springs, which will ultimately give you the best results right out of the box. And that is the goal with these pre-assembled kits. And for those of you guys wondering out there, those Y-springs, of course, are also available here on the site for around 270 bucks and will drop the car one inch on all four corners. Now if you do grab the springs, just make sure you grab the corresponding jounce bumpers as well. And while the damper and Y-spring combo will certainly enhance a base or even a Performance Pack car, topping it all off with the recommended sway bar kit from Ford Performance will complete the track handling pack. Now keep in mind, guys, if you like the sound of this complete turnkey kit, you can grab it here on the site for around 1500 bucks or so if you'd prefer to knock everything out at the same time. But let's switch gears and talk about the installation. And because we're talking about the dampers themselves here, it will involve a decent amount of work along with a spring compressor as you are swapping out the springs more than likely with this particular job. Now it's not going to be a terribly difficult install so we're going to go middle of the road, two out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter here and a few hours from start to finish.Tony: Tools used for this installation are as follows: we used a couple of impact guns or you can use a ratchet, a 24-millimeter socket, a 18-millimeter socket, a 15-millimeter socket, and an 8-millimeter socket. We also used a 18-millimeter wrench, a small pry tool, and a hammer. And now let's get started with the installation of our Ford Performance Track Pack strut kit for our 2018 EcoBoost. Now we gonna be putting our front struts together using a set of springs that we have in-house because we're not supposed to be using our stock springs with this. Ford actually recommends that we use their Performance Pack track spring. Now let's go ahead and get started. Now to assemble our front strut, we're gonna go ahead, take the strut from our kit that comes with our new top hat, our new isolator, and hardware to put it all together. Now we're gonna be using our aftermarket spring on this. Once again we can't use our factory spring that came on the vehicle, so we're gonna go ahead and get this together by installing our isolator first on the bottom of our strut. Now, this just slides in over a small tab on the back of your strut and locks in with two tabs that come out of the bottom of our isolator and lock into our strut. Next, we're gonna go ahead, take our spring and slide it down over top. Go ahead and get our new top hat installed. Now, using our 21-millimeter socket, we're gonna go ahead and tighten this all down. That's all it takes to assemble our strut assembly to go on the front of our vehicle. Now let's go ahead and get our vehicle in the air and we'll start taking it apart. Now you don't need a lift to do this job. You can do it on the ground with a floor jack and a set of jack stands but I highly recommend using those jack stands just at a safety standpoint. Now, let's go ahead and get our wheels and tires off. I'll show you how to start on the rear of our vehicle by swapping out the strut. Now on our vehicle, as you can see, we do have aftermarket wheels and wheel locks. Your vehicle might take a 22-millimeter to take your factory lug nuts off unless you've already changed your wheels and tires. In that case, use the proper tool to remove yours. Okay, now removal of our rear strut couldn't be any easier. We have 18-millimeter bolts up top. Down here underneath, we have two 15-millimeters that we're gonna remove and our strut should slide right out. Slide your factory strut out through the top and you can go ahead just throw this off to the side, save it for later. Maybe you want to put your car back to stock or you can go ahead and sell it at a swap meet. Now to install our new struts, it's the exact opposite of taking it apart. Just slide it down in through the top, reinstall your lower strut mounts, then we'll probably put a jack underneath and lift it up and get our upper bolts in. Now that our rear strut is loosely installed, we're gonna go ahead and just tighten everything now and we can throw our rear wheel on and move on to the front.That's all it takes to change your rear struts out. Now let's go ahead and move to the front. Now removal of our front strut is just a little bit more complicated than the rear. We are gonna have to remove our brake caliper and bracket to get the two lower bolts out of our strut followed by the sway bar end link that attaches to our strut. Then we're gonna go ahead, lower vehicle down, and remove the three retaining bolts that are at the top of our shock tower. Then we'll just go ahead and slide our strut out of place. Now to remove our brake caliper, I'm gonna go ahead and just pull the whole caliper and bracket right off of our spindle. Now to do this, I'm gonna use a 15-millimeter socket and remove the bolt that's right here and the one that is up here. We're gonna take the whole thing out and I'm gonna use a bungee cord and lock it down to the side of our subframe. This way, we don't cause any damage to our calipers. Now let's go ahead and get our strut out. Okay, now that our brake caliper's off, let's go ahead and get our lower strut bolts removed. I'm just gonna go ahead and slide our brake rotor out of the way because the caliper actually holds it in place and this way it doesn't fall or get damaged in any way. Okay, now using a 24-millimeter socket, we're gonna remove the two nuts that retain the bolts to our lower strut mount. Now, we're gonna have to use a hammer and knock these out. They are actually splined into our factory steering knuckle. This keeps it from losing adjustment. As you can see here on our lower strut bolts that this area here is splined to go into our steering knuckle. Now, this keeps these from moving, makes it a lot easier to take them off and on, but you do have to hammer them out. But when hitting them with a hammer, you wanna be extra careful that you don't hit the threaded area with your hammer because then you're gonna need to replace your bolt. Now let's go ahead and get our sway bar end link out and then we can move to the top and disconnect our strut from our strut tower. Next we're gonna use our 18-millimeter socket to go ahead and knock our end link loose but then there's a little trick to it because of the way it's designed. I'll show you how to take care of that in a minute. Now, because our sway bar end link actually utilizes a ball joint style design, we used our impact gun to knock it loose, but we're not gonna be able to get the nut all the way off that way. What we have to do is hold the nut in place using a 18-millimeter wrench and using and a 8-millimeter socket, we're gonna go ahead and slide it over the end of our end link here and actually screw it into the nut, thus releasing it from our strut. Now all you gotta do is go ahead and slide your end link out of your strut and then we're going to move to the top and disconnect our top strut tower bolts. Now before I forget, you are going to have to unclip your ABS line from the side of your strut. Just use a panel removal tool and knock the two clips out and you should be good to go. Now we're gonna to remove these three upper strut bolts from the top of our shock tower. Now when doing this, you wanna make sure to use your other hand and keep a tight grip on your strut. Otherwise, it will just fall out of the bottom. Now this may cause serious damage to maybe your ABS line, some of your suspension, or it may even hit your foot and you definitely don't want that to happen. So use a little safety precaution, keep a tight grip on it when removing the nuts. Now once your three nuts are removed from the top of your shock tower, just go ahead, slide your strut out, and put this with the rest of your stock parts. Let's go ahead and get the new one in. It's the exact reverse of disassembly. We're gonna to slide it up into our shock tower, secure it with our three upper bolts. All right now here's our new strut assembly. We're gonna go ahead and slide this in.Now when installing your hardware, you always, always, always want to make sure you start it by hand first. Don't use your impact gun or your drill to go ahead and install them. This could result in cross-threading and damage to your new parts or your original hardware or even your vehicle itself so just take your time and install everything by hand first. Then we can go back and we can tighten it down with our impact gun. All right now just go ahead and slide your end link back in place and lock it down with the original hardware. And the same goes for all the hardware. This goes back together with all your original hardware that you took off during disassembly. So let's just go ahead and get this all back together. Now when putting your strut lower bolts back in, you don't wanna go wailing on this side with the hammer because, well, it's gonna mess up your mating service for your socket. You just wanna give them a very light tap just to set the splines and then you can go ahead and tighten the bolts down. Now, don't forget the plug in the clips for your ABS line because you definitely don't want those getting hung up on anything. They just go back in the same place you removed them off of your stock strut. Next, we gonna go ahead and get our brake rotor back on, put our caliper from back in place, and then we can just go ahead and put our wheel and tire back on and we're done.All right now that is it. That completes the installation of our Ford Performance Track Pack strut package for our 2018 Mustang. Now I hope this video is informative to you for you to go ahead and to tackle this job at home. Now once you get your wheels and tires back on, go ahead and take your car and have an alignment done. I highly recommend this anytime you take suspension parts apart. Now for more parts and videos like these, make sure you give us a visit at americamuscle.com.
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