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Coilovers or conventional?

I'm going to install Strange 10 way struts and shocks on my nearly full weight '95 GT. This is a stick car.

Is it worth going with coilovers up front and why?

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Go coilover up front cause u can adjust ride height, select specific spring rates and drop a bit of weight.


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Get the 10 way see if it does what you want. If not buy them. No reason to spend money if you may not need too. You can always add later.

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Go coilover up front cause u can adjust ride height, select specific spring rates and drop a bit of weight.
x2 ..coil overs are cheap enough too buy that theres no real reason not to go front coil overs

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Go coilover up front cause u can adjust ride height, select specific spring rates and drop a bit of weight.
This exactly^^^. Especially for the price of coilovers. My opinion, you’ll get a better ride quality and handling too.

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Go coilover up front cause u can adjust ride height, select specific spring rates and drop a bit of weight.
Ah whadda you know?

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Which coilover kit to use with Strange struts?

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RaceCraft here. Can’t go wrong with Team Z, UPR, Maximum Motorsports.....all depends on your budget. They all perform well for people.

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RaceCraft here. Can’t go wrong with Team Z, UPR, Maximum Motorsports.....all depends on your budget. They all perform well for people.
I remember reading something about the UPR kits being noisey?

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RaceCraft here. Can’t go wrong with Team Z, UPR, Maximum Motorsports.....all depends on your budget. They all perform well for people.
I remember reading something about the UPR kits being noisey?
The sleeve kits are pretty much the same. Noise comes from improper top hat installation and 14in spring rubbing the threaded sleeve.

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The sleeve kits are pretty much the same. Noise comes from improper top hat installation and 14in spring rubbing the threaded sleeve.
Gotcha.

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It depends on the spring. I run 14" front springs and they do not touch at all.

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i use whatever coil over kit comes with the team z front kit with 14" 175lb springs and have no issues

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RaceCraft here. Can’t go wrong with Team Z, UPR, Maximum Motorsports.....all depends on your budget. They all perform well for people.
I remember reading something about the UPR kits being noisey?
The sleeve kits are pretty much the same. Noise comes from improper top hat installation and 14in spring rubbing the threaded sleeve.
Yup, this exactly. I have RaceCraft Kit w/ RaceCraft 12” springs. Also RaceCraft Caster/Camber plates. No noise here.

Had a UPR kit on my previous car with MM caster/camber plates, no noise there as well.

Stick with a kit from a reputable company and you can’t go wrong either way.

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I went with the Strange struts and coilover kits. 12-170 springs. We'll see how they do. Thanks guys!

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I installed some custom rear suspension bits onto my 1987 Mustang, which included QA-1 coil-overs and springs.

https://goo.gl/photos/wjq1JSeY3dBndJPG6

The thing you have to realize with coil-overs is that all the loads are now born by the shock or strut. So whatever you have the shock or strut bolted to needs to be really strong. If you look at spec cars, they actually use adjustable springs outboard of the dampers, so the loads are spread out over over more structure.

I also did a similar modification on the front suspension:

https://goo.gl/photos/A6DML7hjefLR2Vzz6
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I installed some custom rear suspension bits onto my 1987 Mustang, which included QA-1 coil-overs and springs.

https://goo.gl/photos/wjq1JSeY3dBndJPG6

The thing you have to realize with coil-overs is that all the loads are now born by the shock or strut. So whatever you have the shock or strut bolted to needs to be really strong. If you look at spec cars, they actually use adjustable springs outboard of the dampers, so the loads are spread out over over more structure.

I also did a similar modification on the front suspension:

https://goo.gl/photos/A6DML7hjefLR2Vzz6
He's only talking about coilovers up front, not rear.

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