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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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August 12, 2019
light weight easy bolt on! ford quality never fails me and it paired up perfectly with my sr lowering springs a must have for track day !Helpful (1)
July 17, 2019
Solid shocks, great way to stiffen the ride
Drops the car a bit, nice stance overall. Definitely tightens up the ride and helps reduce some body rollHelpful (1)
July 11, 2019
How do these fit up with the E-Sportline Lowing spring? Anyone?Helpful (0)
May 02, 2019
After a lot of research
My '18 GT is a base model. I specifically chose it because I knew I'd want to select parts for it myself. I chose this kit, and paired it with the Ford Performace "Y" springs to really stiffen up the suspension, but still keep the car a compliant and fun street car at the same time. And boy did I make the perfect choice! This kit was installed by a Ford tech so I could keep the warranty with these parts. In the past, on different cars, I either didn't care about that aspect, or it just didn't matter. In the past I've chosen parts from Koni or Tokico, and had mixed results. After a lot of research, I decided I'd give Ford suspension a try and I am so glad I did. Fit and finish are perfect, the install time was approximately a day. Now the car rides more firm, but not so firm it jars you horribly like some other aftermarket stuff I've had. I've not tracked the car yet, so I haven't seen the full potential of my set up, but from what I can tell, and from what other people who've installed this kit say, I expect it to be able to corner faster and come out of the corners harder. If you are like me, and want the best for your ride, while keeping it under warranty, this kit is a no brainer.Helpful (2)
March 25, 2019
Feels like oem
I installed this kit over the weekend and I am very pleased with the kit over all. Suspension doesn't seem to be very stiff at all feels like oem ride quality but in the canyons the car is a completely different animal.Helpful (2)
January 18, 2019
Worked as desired
Definitely stiffened up the ride. You can feel the bumps much more but the handling is night and day.Helpful (3)
August 10, 2018
Hard to beat Ford Performance products...
It's kind of hard to beat the people behind all of Ford's true racecar builds... I paired these with Steeda Linear springs and it seems like it was a match made in heaven. I had a local shop do the install in order to avoid any potential headaches. During the install, I also had them do all of the other potential suspension mods (Front and Rear Sway bars, Rear IRS Subframe Support Braces, Vertical Links, Rear Toe Links, etc..). Due to this, it's hard to tell exactly what did what in terms of handling. All I know is that my car now handles like an absolute track car that is leaps and bounds beyond the already awesome Performance Pack offered by Ford for our cars (which is what my car used to have equipped). Due to all of these mods, I can now take corners at easily over double the speed that I used to. Canyon carving has become a much less scary and intense dream, as my car is absolutely planted to the pavement. Even better yet, the daily driving was by no means compromised, as the drivability is close to stock feeling (aside from being able to feel bumps more). But again, I think this is thanks to all of my suspension parts working in perfect harmony with one another. That said, I am sure that this FP Track Shock and Struck Kit is largely to thank . And again, it's hard to say no to the team that is responsible for turning our cars into true track monsters, all while being backed 100 by the big blue oval.Helpful (9)
March 10, 2018
Ford racing m-18000 -F Strut and Shocks
The best suspension system for you’re 2015 Thur to 2017 ,total control , and with Michelin pilot S4 tires.,and the use ford racing away bars and x springs.Helpful (10)
February 19, 2018
At 50k miles it was time to upgrade the shocks and struts on my s550 which is lowered on frpp xsprings. After much research I figured this would be the best way to go, as I knew I would get the dependability of a Ford oem part. I like this kit because it comes with new mounts, bearings, dust boots and bump stops. Not that the original parts were worn out, but it's a good feeling knowing everything is new. I definitely felt an improvement over stock but I was hoping for just a bit more. Overall I am happy with my purchase and would buy again.Helpful (12)
September 19, 2017
Shocks n struts ford performance
These worked very well with my steeda springs. The only down side is that they want u to use the same nuts and bolts for the install. The kit only comes with the 2 strut nuts. Ford says you should change all bolts and nuts when replacing. Shocks n struts. Other wise nice set up!Helpful (13)
How well would these work with the Eibach sportline lowering springs? I already have them installed on my 2018, would the steeda set up be better?
These shock and struts would work very well with the Eibach sportline springs yes.
Can I pair this kit with the Ford Performance X springs or are Y springs required ?
The Y-Springs are required for this kit.
This kit come ajustable
No, this kit is not offered with adjustable shocks and struts.
I just bought my 2019 gt with the performance package. Would this be a good upgrade for my suspension since I have the performance package?
As long as you do not have magneride suspension, this would be a great upgrade. Ford Performance engineers designed their Track Shock & Strut Kit to be installed along with a set of their Track Lowering Springs part# M-5300-Y (sold separately). It is also highly recommended to upgrade to new Jounce Bumpers part# M-5570-B at the same time. To further enhance the handling performance of your S550 Mustang AmericanMuscle highly recommends a Ford Racing Anti-roll Sway Bar Kit (M-5490-E).
Will this kit work well with Eibach Sportline Springs ?
This has not specifically been tested with Eibach springs, but as long as the springs will match fitment 18-19 GT and EcoBoost Fastback, they should work.
Yes, especially if you're looking to tighten up your handling on track day. The springs will give you the lower center of gravity to pull around corners more and this shock and strut kit will keep everything nice and tight as you pull around those corners quicker.
This will work yes.
You can use these with a different set of springs. However, to get the best ride quality the Y springs would be required since these were designed to work with the Y springs perfectly.
You would have to pair this kit with lowering springs to lower your car.
This kit can be used at stock ride height with no issues. We do not recommend exceeding 2" of lowering with this kit.
This kit is only designed to be used with the Ford Performance track lowering springs part #M-5300-Y, it cannot be used with the Ford Performance street lowering springs.
The Ford Performance Track Shock & Strut Kit can be used with the BMR Performance Springs. Caster Camber plates and bump stops should not be required.
This kit would be designed for the GT and EcoBoost models only and there would be enough differences int he V6 suspension that will make this not fit.
This Ford Performance Track Shock & Strut Kit will fit many lowering spring options on the market, however, these were designed and valved for the Ford Performance Track Lowering Y-Springs, item 388770. The use of a different set of springs may result in a less than suitable ride due to the springs and valving in the shocks and struts being different. https://www.americanmuscle.com/frpp-y-springs-2015gt.html
The Ford Performance Track Shock & Strut Kit is designed to be used with the Ford Performance Track Lowering Y-Springs. Your stock springs will fit but because the shocks and struts are not valved for the stock ride height using your OEM Springs and this kit could cause premature failure of the shocks and struts. So it is not recommended to use with the OEM Performance Pack springs.
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