What Do I Need to Lower My Mustang?

Question: I want to lower my Mustang; do I need anything other than lowering springs?

Answer:

Lowering springs are one of our biggest sellers, and if you want to slam your Stang to the pavement and tighten up your handling they’re undoubtedly the way to go, but installing just springs could lead to a slew of other problems down the road.  Check out our article on suspension basics and terminology, it will help you visualize what’s going on with your suspension from stock to slammed.

A Shocking Revelation…

$200-$300 for a 1”-2” drop seems like a steal, but in a few thousand miles your OE shocks and struts will be crying for help – aftermarket shocks/struts are a must.  Lowering springs are shorter than factory, so they compress the factory shock/strut beyond what it’s designed to handle. The additional pressure will eventually break through the seals, resulting in a “blown” shock/strut.  Lowering a car over stock shocks/struts causes the suspension to react uncharacteristically and can result in bottoming out and/or loss of control of the vehicle.  Tokico HP shocks/struts are a great match for any aftermarket spring and would be my recommendation for a daily driver or non-track car.  Adjustable shocks struts are great for street/track use, but keep in mind that they do not change the ride height – they allow the dampening to be fine-tuned for race applications.

AmericanMuscle Sends Mustangs to Troops

Not everybody can be home for the holidays. It’s sad but true, especially for the people who are deployed far from home while serving in the military. There are a few ways to help deployed military personnel make the best of their situations, including sending care packages. Two of the members of ModdedMustangs.com, a forum AmericanMuscle has worked closely with for years, decided to put together care packages for any deployed member of the forum who would like to get one. The organizers, Bob and Brandon, have both been deployed themselves, so they knew exactly what would be most useful and most appreciated.

Several members stepped up to the plate and donated cash or supplies, and AmericanMuscle was among them. We decided to send radio-controlled Mustangs, since the folks getting the packages hadn’t seen their ‘Stangs in a while. They were our favorite contribution, but we rounded things out with some coffee, beef jerky, and other provisions that are generally in short supply when you’re overseas. Other donations followed the same pattern and mixed the fun and the practical, too.

AMs donation to the care package for the troops
AM's donation to the care package for the troops


Happy 87th Birthday, Carroll Shelby!

Carroll Shelby is an icon in the Mustang performance world. Today, he’s celebrating his 87th birthday. His main goal in life has simply been to move faster, whether it was in the airplanes he’s flown or  the cars he’s raced. Shelby’s legacy is one defined by the many roles he took in the automotive world and by the legendary high performance Mustangs he created.

Carroll Shelby
Carroll Shelby - Image property of carrollshelby.com

Shelby has worn many hats over the years, and one of the very first was an aviator’s cap. He was a flight instructor and test pilot in Texas during WWII. When he returned to civilian life, he started farming chickens and driving in local races, often neglecting to change out of his work clothing before a race. The odd racing uniform didn’t seem to discourage major racing teams from asking him to drive for them.

Shelby’s racing career lasted from 1952-1960. During that time, he raced for some of the most famous teams of the era, including Cad-Allard, Aston Martin, and Maserati. In the 1959 season, he and Roy Salvadori won the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which is one of the racing world’s most grueling, challenging events. Shelby’s racing career ended shortly after this win, however, because of health reasons.

Pix 4 Pinups: Get a Free 2010 AmericanMuscle Calendar

This Promotion has ended! Thanks for entering, we hope you enjoy your wicked cool calendars!

Ah, the 2010 AmericanMuscle Calendar. It’s both practical (you can use it to keep track of things like days, weeks, and even months) and sexy (hot chicks, hot Mustangs). And best of all, we’re giving it to you for free.

You’re probably thinking ‘there must be a catch’. You are, aren’t you? Well, you’re right. If you want one of our sweet calendars, you have to send us a picture of a part you got from AmericanMuscle installed on your Mustang. It’ll take you a couple of minutes, and you’ll reap the rewards all year!

My Mustang FotoFix: Fox Bodies

Let’s be frank; words are tiring. Sure, they’re useful, but they’re also exhausting. Unless you’re a hermit who lives in a remote mountain cabin, you’re expected to read and listen to words all day, every day, and even put forth some of your own. We know how much this takes out of  you. And friends, we’re here to help. Welcome to My Mustang FotoFix, where all you need to do is sit back, relax and check out some really cool pictures of the best car to ever hit the street. While you’re at it, check out our fox body Mustang parts.

The only thing cooler than taking your Mustang to the track is gaining a little altitude while you do it.

How Can I Install a Supercharger on a Budget?

Ford Mustang Q&A

Michael asked: “I purchased a Vortech V2 supercharger for my ‘98 Mustang GT. What can I do to install it on a budget? I bought it second hand, and like so many other people, I don’t have money burning holes in my pockets. I was told to invest in an intercooler, MSD ignition, headers, and to remap my computer. It is a weekend driver so it won’t see any track time, only the road. The engine is a mostly-stock 4.6-liter V-8, just a chip and Borla exhaust. Any other info or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again!”


Answer: With the economy in the crapper, it seems we’re all on a budget these days. Many of our customers are taking the Do-It-Yourself route, which is saving them big bucks on install fees. However, Mustang supercharger kits are NOT a DIY project for anyone without years of hands-on experience with cars and performance mods.

Doing engine work like this “on a budget” is risky. It’s imperative that everything be installed correctly or you could wind up with a connecting rod poking through your engine block. No one wants to see that. If you don’t have the dough for the best parts and the best shop, then putting your money in the right places can make all the difference.

Buzz Worthy Parts: Stack Racing Cold Air Intakes

It’s no secret that a cold air intake is one of the best ways to get more power out of your Mustang. This simple bolt-on performance clears the way for your powerplant to pull more fresh cold air into the combustion chamber, often resulting in an additional 5 to 10 ponies or more at the rear wheel. But with so many cold air intake kits or, CAIs, available for virtually every Mustang to come out of the Blue Oval, choosing one that’s right for you can be a serious challenge.

Happy Holidays from AmericanMuscle.com

As the holiday rush draws slowly to a gentle calm and frantic preparations turn to focus on family and friends, AmericanMuscle would like to wish all of our fellow Mustang fans, and friends, a very happy holiday and a prosperous New Year.

2009 was a banner year for the Mustang, and for AmericanMuscle.com. Why just this month the return of the 5.0 has been confirmed by the Blue Oval, and we have emerged as the leading, and best source for all aftermarket Mustang parts. Needless to say, the many Mustang owners here at AmericanMuscle are pleased.

12 Days of Giftmas: Day 12 AmericanMuscle.com Gift Certificates

Not sure what to get your favorite Mustang Enthusiast this holiday season? Sometimes the best gift of all is the gift of choice. AmericanMuscle.com has more than 2,500 unique Mustang parts to choose from. So when it comes time to go shopping, your Mustang fan will have no problem finding the right part or accessory for their ‘Stang.

• Free T-shirts with All $50 and $75 Gift Cards
• Free Hoodies with All Gift Cards $100 or more
• Fitments for All Stocking and Christmas Trees

For more information go to Gift Certificates at AmericanMuscle.com.

12 Days of Giftmas: Day 11 SCT Flash Tuner

There is no better way to get the most performance out of your Mustang than an SCT tuner. With the ability to deliver more horsepower and better fuel economy, this amazing piece of technology really does give you the best of both worlds.

• Easy Operation
• Holds 3 Custom Tunes
• Maximize the Power of Your Mods
• Reads and Clears DTC Trouble Codes
• Fitments for All Mustangs ’96 and Newer

For more information go to SCT Tuners at AmericanMuscle.com.