How-To: Bet­ter Han­dling Through Bolt-On Coilovers


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Don’t be in­tim­i­dated by the word coilover, as this kit from Street or Track is truly an easy in­stall in your garage

WE’VE SAID IT BE­FORE AND WE’RE STILL SAY­ING IT TO­DAY: WE’RE EX­CITED TO SEE SO MANY FIRST- GEN­ER­A­TION MUS­TANG OWN­ERS TAK­ING TO THE STREETS WITH THEIR MUS­TANGS AND DRIV­ING THEM. En­joy­ing your car on some great Amer­i­can back­roads is a pre­cious, rare feat that too few get to en­joy to­day, and we salute those that make an ef­fort to get their Mus­tangs out for a fun Sun­day af­ter­noon drive, a Satur­day morn­ing trip to their lo­cal Cars & Cof­fee, or just for a trip to the lo­cal ice cream stand to hang out.

Now, while you can cer­tainly en­joy said drives with a stock sus­pen­sion un­der your sheet­metal, for the ma­jor­ity of us that like a windy road the stock bits cer­tainly leave us want­ing more; es­pe­cially if you’re run­ning mod­ern low-pro­file rub­ber on larger-di­am­e­ter alu­minum wheels too. Up­grad­ing your sus­pen­sion not only of­fers a firmer and more pre­cise ride, a prop­erly set up per­for­mance sus­pen­sion will ac­tu­ally help with brak­ing and trac­tion as well.

Of course, the sus­pen­sion op­tions out there lit­er­ally are from mild to wild for the first-gen­er­a­tion Mus­tang chas­sis, of­ten with a mind-blow­ing price tag and fab­ri­ca­tion or weld­ing skills that are out­side the realm of the av­er­age DIY Mus­tang owner. Even some of the bet­ter bolt-on kits re­quire cut­ting/grind­ing or other modifications for proper fit­ment. How­ever, the Street or Track coilover sys­tem is a true bolt-in coilover sus­pen­sion sys­tem that, if for some rea­son you ever wanted to, al­lows you to re­turn your front sus­pen­sion back to 100 per­cent stock. All you need

are some ba­sic hand tools, solid read­ing comprehension for the in­stal­la­tion in­struc­tions, and a de­sire to have a great-han­dling car.

Shaun Burgess launched Street or Track back in 2003 and has been de­sign­ing, build­ing, test­ing, and sell­ing his proven sus­pen­sion pieces for first-gen­er­a­tion Mus­tangs ever since he hung his sign out. If you hit a ma­jor Ford event, like the Carlisle Ford Na­tion­als, there’s a good chance you’ll spot Shaun in the ven­dor area with his prod­ucts. Even bet­ter is an event where he can put a few laps on one of his test ve­hi­cles. That’s right, ev­ery prod­uct he de­vel­ops is fully tested on the rig­ors of a road course, so you know it’ll last, be it street cruis­ing or your own track day fun. Best of all, Street or Track re­ally sup­ports its cus­tomers and will go the ex­tra mile.

The Street or Track Bil­stein Coilover Sys­tem in­cludes the hard­ware you see here—tubu­lar up­per and lower con­trol arms, ad­justable strut rods, 1-inch drop tem­plate for up­per con­trol arms, as­sem­bled coilover shocks, and up­per and lower shock mounts. Also shown are the op­tional Bil­stein bolt-in rear shocks and the lower con­trol arm cam­ber ad­just­ment kit, which is highly rec­om­mended. The shocks are avail­able in three rates: street, sport, or race valv­ing. This owner chose the sport op­tion.

The in­stal­la­tion re­quires re­moval of the com­plete front sus­pen­sion from the car, but the steer­ing pieces stay put and there’s no real need to dis­con­nect the caliper fluid lines. After safely wiring the caliper out of the way, the steer­ing tie-rod end is re­moved by way of a cou­ple of pre­cise hits from a ham­mer on the spin­dle steer­ing arm “eye.” The cas­tle nut is on, but loose, which will al­low us to see when the tie-rod end be­comes free with­out the steer­ing arm drop­ping to the ground.

Mov­ing on to the spin­dle assem­bly, both the up­per and lower ball joints need to be sep­a­rated for spin­dle re­moval. After cut­ting free the up­per and lower cot­ter pins the ball joint re­tain­ing nuts are backed off.

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