Review & Install Video
Hey, guys, Adam here with americanmuscle.com. Today I'm bringing you a detailed overview and installation of the Pedders Sports Ryder Front and Rear Lowering Springs available for all 2005 to 2014 Mustangs. So in this video, I'll be going over the benefits of adding a set of lowering springs to your Mustang, the very specific application these are built for, and of course the styling and appearance of the drop you can expect when added to your suspension. I'll top the video off with the installation letting you know up front here it will get a two out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter, not the toughest job in the world but it's a little bit more involved than like a direct bolt-on cold air intake.The Pedders Sports Ryder Front and Rear Lowering Springs will be for any '05 to '14 Mustang owner who's looking to pick up a very, very unique set of springs specifically built for handling hard launches on both the street and the strip, all while offering a moderate drop in ride height. Now, this particular set of springs I have here from Pedders is currently the only option available on our site that offers a progressive front end and a linear rear. What that basically means is the progressive front end will adapt more to hard turns, say, on the street, while the back end with the linear springs will be more predictable, better for hard launches like on the strip. Now, all while offering a 1-inch drop all around, which is pretty moderate, but is good enough to get rid of some of that wheel gap without being overbearing and slamming the car.Now, if you're not gonna be launching your car too hard, you're probably not gonna reap the benefits of this fixed progressive front end and linear rear, in which case you'd probably wanna go with a full progressive or full linear kit depending on your choice. In which case there are tons of options available to fit that preference. Whenever you lower the center of gravity on your Mustang, you're immediately improving the suspension and handling performance of your car but the spring rate will play a huge factor in how exactly the suspension will perform. Now, the front two springs are a progressive spring rate which means they offer a comfortable ride under normal driving conditions, but they'll stiffen up as you take a faster or harder turn. They're less predictable but they're able to react in different driving situations which is perfect for a daily driver or a street performance car.Now, on the back end here the linear rear springs are going to be more predictable which allows the driver making hard launches, like at the drag strip, to know exactly how the springs will react at all times given a set spring rate or a linear spring rate. Now, when you put these two together, you're making a perfect combination for the guys with both street and drag applications, especially during hard launches. Now, putting a progressive front and linear rear is not a very common setup at all. In fact, Pedders is one of the first options I've ever seen personally to offer this particular setup in one kit. Now, obviously, this is gonna be geared for the guys willing to give up a more comfortable rear end setup for one that is race ready and especially for the guys doing a lot more track and strip driving.Now, if you're just doing a strict daily driver car setup, then a progressive front and a progressive rear is probably best in your favor. However, if you're just running a strict track car, linear is probably what you're looking for. If you are doing a little bit of both and you are constantly launching the car but you still want a comfortable front end, this is gonna be the kit for you. Now, as I just mentioned, this is a very uncommon setup so finding a different styling and appearance aspect, as far as ride head is concerned, will be pretty difficult to say the least. Now, as I said in the beginning, this offers a 1-inch drop all the way around the vehicle, which is enough to remove some of that wheel gap without slamming the car too much. You're lowering the center of gravity which improves your suspension and handling performance so they'll be a lot more comfortable there.Now, if you're really just in it for the styling or appearance aspect or how much you're dropping the car, there are plenty of other options out there that offer a 1-inch drop with a straight progressive front and rear. Now, like I said, if you're just going for that styling and appearance, you're probably doing more of a daily driver, not too concerned about hard launches, in which case mixing the progressive and linear is definitely not gonna be for you.Just a quick side note here, whenever you do lower the center of gravity on an S197, you immediately throw the rear end out of center alignment which is not something you wanna do. Now, I would recommend picking up a double adjustable panhard bar and there are plenty to choose from on the site to go along with any set of lowering springs you may find. A double adjustable panhard bar will allow you to fine-tune that rear end to put it back into center alignment for better straight line acceleration. Overall, it's not required but it's definitely recommended because throwing it out of alignment is definitely gonna cause some issue with the suspension.As far as the materials and construction goes, let's be honest, most of the lowering springs, if not all, are typically made of the same OEM quality, a premium steel construction. When it comes to the color, this was finished in a red powder coating which is signature to Pedders as a lot of manufacturers out there have a specific color they like to paint their options just to give it a signature brand name. Now, on top of that, it does come with a two-year warranty directly from Pedders which is great for the guys out there looking for some piece of mind. And on top of that, it will fit coupe and convertible S197 models.When it comes to the price tag, you do wanna factor in a couple of different things when looking at how much it costs. The fact that this one -- and I'm gonna keep driving this home -- is so very unique with the setup with progressive and linear, this one is gonna factor in toward the top of the price chain but not at the tippy top. Now, just north of $200 you can take this home for yourself. Since this is very, very specific to a very specific application, you do wanna answer the question, do you want a comfortable ride up front with a predictable rear, better for drag launches on the street and strip. If that's a yes, this is perfect for you. If that's a no or you're not sure, you might wanna look at the full progressive or full linear kits available on the market and then determine how low you wanna go from there.As far as the installation is concerned, it doesn't matter what set of springs you pick up, the install's staying consistently the same every single time. You wanna have very simple hand tools on deck like a ratchet and socket set, a jack and jack stands or a lift, if you have access to one, would make life a lot easier. Now, as far as the timing goes, expect three hours in the driveway at home give or take, and a two out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter.So first things first, we're gonna start up front. Jack the car up, support it on jack stands and remove one of the wheels. Remove the front caliper by the bolts and then drop the entire rotor assembly out of the way to gain access to the front strut and spring. From here, you wanna jack up the lower control arms, remove the two bottom bolts of the strut and remove the bolt holding on the sway bar end link. Slowly lower down the jack -- and slowly is definitely a word of caution -- to remove the load on the spring. Once that's loose, you can pull the spring out, swap it out for Pedders and repeat everything in the exact reverse order putting it all back together.So once you have the front taken care of, move on to the rear. Same process just minus the sway bar end link. Now, of course, you're gonna jack the car up, remove one of the wheels to gain access to the rotor, remove the caliper, drop the brake assembly out of the way to gain access to the shock and spring. Instead of jacking up the lower control arm, you're gonna jack up the rear differential. Once you have that jacked up, you can remove the pressure from the bolt, remove that shock bolt at the bottom, there should only be one. And then, of course, you'll gain access to the spring. Once you have that taken care of, you can slowly -- and again, slowly is a word of caution -- slowly lower down the jack to remove the pressure from the spring, pull that out of place, swap it with the Pedders, and put everything back together again. Repeat the process for the opposite side and you're good to go. Like I said earlier, it is gonna take about three hours' worth of time, very simple hand tools. Two out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter.Just to wrap things up here, if you're the owner of a 2005 to 2014 S197 Mustang, both coupe of convertible, you might be looking for an extremely unique and specific set of springs with a progressive front end and a linear rear. This is gonna be perfect for the guys out there with street performance applications and drag applications, all undergoing hard launches more often than not. In which case, if that sounds like you, you might wanna check out the Pedders Sports Ryder Front and Rear Lowering Springs with a 1-inch drop, available right here at americanmuscle.com.