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    Had a Dr appt today; drove the Admiral's '02 3.8 on the Toll Road. The ride was decent; the 3.8 had more than enough pep.
    (Ran it up to 90; was still fairly smooth). She commented "This is close to our T Bird"!
    Now the T BIrd had the 5.0 F/I package; and was a rocket. It also rode like floating on a cloud. The weight was 3800 lbs.
    The '02 Mustang is 3200 +or-. Haven't checked the shocks (TDC); but maybe original.
    My question is: without trying to make a Silk purse out of a Sow's ear; are softer shocks available; considering the weight difference? What Brands;etc
    I should comment that this is HER ride; she fell in love with it; we bought it. It has 91K; interior is perfect; and got it that way for less than $100. It won't be driven daily; definitely not "Rode hard and hung up wet"!
    Any thoughts or suggestions??

  • #2
    Does it have the low profile tires on it? Some of the newer cars that have the low profile aspects on the tires (bigger rims) have a rougher ride (IMHO). I've never owned one like that, but it's suggested that changing back to wheels and tires with the bigger aspect ratio can smooth things out.

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    • #3
      Yes. They are a Road Hugger brand; P225/255R16. Discount Tire said they were a good tire; made by YOHO; but they were NLA. (Figures).
      Can give history if anybody is interested. Bought new;one owner; non smoker; by another senior. She fell down some stairs; shoulder; collarbone;and hip are history. Some friends at Church had their 50th thing; and the Admiral found out. They are Ram people.

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      • #4
        Was hoping for some comments (Good or Bad).!

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        • #5
          get better tires (cheap chinese tires....ride.....well....like cheap tires), check the control arm bushings (they are most likely worn out) if the bushings are bad, it affects ride quality....and replace the shocks

          the shocks are there to dampen movement. Shocks only last about 30,000-40,000 miles prior to needing replacement (as they can only do so many cycles)
          Cheesehead boating the Gulf Coast of FLA 27.51° N, 82.53° W

          1988 Cruisers Rogue 2420 -VP 290 DP now powered by custom 468 - https://forums.iboats.com/forum/owner...988-rogue-2420

          Past Boats
          1970 Wooster Hellion - Merc 9.8
          2002 SeaRay 190BR - 5.0 - A1G2 - "Cheeseheads in Paradise"
          1984 Avanti 170DLI -3.0 stringer- "Ship Happens"

          What’s behind you doesn’t matter.Enzo Ferrari

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          • #6
            I have found that the ride, soft or tight, is a driver preferred thing. I like a tight or stiff response and my wife likes a soft or cloud like ride. It may just be how the Mustang is supposed to ride. Take another for a ride off a lot before you try and fix something not broke. Tires will make a huge difference. I was driving when bias ply went out and radials came in, wow that was amazingly different. Many have never driven a bias ply in their lives to know the difference.

            Sports cars aren't supposed to ride cloud like, quite the opposite in fact.
            Experience is a lifetime of mistakes, wisdom is not making them again.

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            • #7
              Thanks for the thoughts To reply skipping around; agree tires are cheap ($60-$70) when available;will probably go with Radials.The steering seems OK; (Both have the same type) no clunks or play; but will check. When I say "Riding on a Cloud" I'm (and her) remember that T Bird. brand new it was air tight;said it had the Lotus steering (it didn't); with other features. Got on the Toll Road;it jumped from 45 to 100+! Scarey! Ran it a few miles; held the road great! I definitely won't be driving like that now; but hoping I could improve the ride. I was thinking about the weight difference.(5K). Thanks for your thoughts!

              The T Bird? My brother passed in '05. We drove the S/C to Baton Rouge for the space. While there; our Son called;said He wanted to come but didn't trust his ride. She OK'd the T Bird. After getting back; I took it to Ford for Oil change;etc They kept it 3 days; went to pick it up; and was given a bill of $480. They also cancelled the extended warranty. The Service Manager was waiting for me.He showed me a tray with 2 brown Oil filters (Autolite are White) with the gasket missing.He also had a paper cup half full of Black Oil, Then he showed me 8 S/P's with no electrode. According to him
              "Someone ran that car hard; blew out over 7 qts of Oil; and used cheap gas"!
              That was '05. He hasn't borrowed anything since. No Moral needed.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Redfred1 View Post
                Thanks for the thoughts To reply skipping around; agree tires are cheap ($60-$70) when available;will probably go with Radials.The steering seems OK; (Both have the same type) no clunks or play; but will check.
                good tires will cost you about $100+ a corner. dont assume the bushings are good. get under the car with a prybar and jack and verify. the bushings dont last more than maybe 60-80k on a SN-bodied mustang. less on the 05 and later
                Cheesehead boating the Gulf Coast of FLA 27.51° N, 82.53° W

                1988 Cruisers Rogue 2420 -VP 290 DP now powered by custom 468 - https://forums.iboats.com/forum/owner...988-rogue-2420

                Past Boats
                1970 Wooster Hellion - Merc 9.8
                2002 SeaRay 190BR - 5.0 - A1G2 - "Cheeseheads in Paradise"
                1984 Avanti 170DLI -3.0 stringer- "Ship Happens"

                What’s behind you doesn’t matter.Enzo Ferrari

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                • #9
                  Don't worry; I've 3 Ford P/U's. Have gone through the front end on all 3. From shocks; pads; bushings; ball joints; etc they all have been reworked. Have only had 2 months; still got a lot of checking to do.Thanks for the thoughts!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Redfred1 View Post
                    Don't worry; I've 3 Ford P/U's. Have gone through the front end on all 3. From shocks; pads; bushings; ball joints; etc they all have been reworked. Have only had 2 months; still got a lot of checking to do.Thanks for the thoughts!
                    Keep checking!!!

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                    • #11
                      Mustangs by design are not supposed to ride like you are on a cloud, they are a sport touring car, hence they have a stiffer suspension, as you go up in trim levels and motors options, they get stiffer. Like Scott said, check the suspension parts, replace what is needed and also replace the tires with some better quality ones.

                      I would not recommend changing the profile to a larger tire with a taller sidewall, the car is designed a particular way for a reason, soft sidewalls on a touring car makes it feel mushy and not like a cloud type ride. Fix what needs to be fixed and enjoy it for what it was made for.

                      One thing that does help with ride and still maintains handling is upgrade the bushings in it to polyurethane over rubber they ride well and still maintain firm control during cornering.

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                      • #12
                        Just played the ride game myself with my Civic SI Coupe

                        I wanted a smoother ride quality than stock. Unfortunately, the SI is a “Tuner” favorite and most after market parts are geared towards a stiffer, racing ride.

                        Took the advise of one of the kids I work with and installed Koni adjustable struts and shocks all around.

                        It took a bit of tweaking but I got the feel I was looking for. Completed the transistion with a set of Michelin Defender tires. I like the results
                        ....

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                        • #13
                          More comments; Keep the thoughts coming! A lot of things put on hold (DR. Appt; Honey DO's; and the weather). No Snow; but crappy Rain; and that cutting N wind.
                          Seems like everybody agrees that suspension. and tires are the key. Car has been sitting in garage; had a chance to raise up the front in for a look. No leaks or wetspots;checked bushings; grommets;etc. To me; everything is still tight; but Original! Rubber stuff shows aged (1K).Not bad but needs replacing.Shocks look original;they are on the list. Tires! I think everybody will agree that hard; fast turns etc. will eat up front tires. All 4 look the same; just wear. Verifys Post #3,
                          No doubt; the front end needs attention;nothing major; but replaced.
                          Somebody suggested to drive a new one for comparison. I did: ('18 Mustang; (Price 42K). Was disappointed; our '03 Ranger rode equal .

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                          • #14
                            Update! Got all the bushings installed (Poly; same price). Front end has struts (Have been replaced). Got new shocks for the rear. Discount Tire cut me a Good deal on tires; got Goodyear All Season 225X60RX16. We got our Cloud! Thanks for all the advice and help!!

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