Installation Time: Shop Install
Installation Cost: $250-$500
May 08, 2017
Great upgrade for improving handling
These dampers immediately changed the feeling of the car for the better. You never really realize how much body roll and bounce the stock dampers impart into the car until you swap them out with something like this. With the stock dampers, when I took hard turns the entire car seemed to roll and pitch into the turn and shift its weight over the entire course of the turn. This made the car feel very loose in the corners, and hard turns were very unpredictable because the weight transfer was all over the place. Depending on how you started the turn, the weight wouldn't 'settle' for a while and would make it almost impossible to predict how the car was going to react. These dampers really help to eliminate that uncertainty.
Now the car feels firmly planted during hard turns and is much more stable. I can't describe it very well, but with the new dampers the removal of the weight transfer uncertainty makes it much easier to focus on the traction that you have instead of the pitch and yaw of the body as you make turns. Before, because the stock dampers had so much bounce and rebound, the car would let go seemingly at random during hard turns. One moment you had great traction, the next the wheels are slipping and you were never really sure why. The additional movement of the body in the turn made it really difficult to accurately judge the forces on the car, so you'd end up pushing further and harder than you thought you were. With these dampers, the body feels locked in place, so you can tell with great certainty when the car itself is at its limits. The wheels no longer 'let go' on you without warning, and with a little practice you can very easily tell when you're at your traction limit.
Adjusting them is extremely simple. They come with adjustment knobs (the front and rears are different, so make sure you keep at least one of each). You can adjust them on the car without removing or unscrewing anything. Pop the hood for the fronts, pop the trunk and pull the carpet out of the way for the rears. You can adjust all 4 dampers in less than 5 minutes. The adjustment range is 720* (2 full rotations). They come at full-soft from the factory, I currently have mine at 360* (one full turn) in both front and rear. Full-firm should probably only be used on a track because the ride is so firm that on a bumpy highway there is a very real risk that you'll go airborne. Full soft is still firmer than the factory suspension, but not unpleasant. Overall, the adjustability range is large enough that you will likely not find yourself thinking that it doesn't get soft enough or firm enough, which is great. At my setting of one full turn, the ride is 'harsh' but not too unpleasant. I probably wouldn't use that setting when driving other people around but just for me I like it.
Ford has done a great job constantly updating and improving the performance on the engine for our cars, but the suspension has been a little neglected, and it really shows with a 420hp car. These dampers are a huge improvement over stock, and they really change the driving dynamics of the car for the better. A common theme in most of the reviews I read is 'these are the dampers that should have come from the factory,' and from a purely performance standpoint I'm inclined to agree with that. These dampers make it feel like you're driving a different car, and their adjustability allows you to dial in whatever setting you want to make the car handle exactly the way you want. They're expensive, but I would recommend them in a heartbeat to anyone who wants to improve the handling characteristics of their Mustang.