Ridetech Level 2 HQ Series Coilover Kit for 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Mustangs.Ridetech coilovers offer the ultimate ride quality, handling performance and simplicity. HQ (Handling Quality) shocks are a step up from the RQ (Ride Quality) shocks. HQ shocks feature a different internal design and adjustability. A knob contains 26 clicks for you to adjust between a soft or firm ride. The kit includes front and rear coilovers so you gain full control of your Mustang.
- 26 clicks of adjustment
- Impact forged aluminum shock body
- Unique clamp doesn't use a set screw to ruin threads
- Monotube construction
- HyperCo 2-1/2" springs
Superior fade free performance and great ride quality come from the monotube construction. An impact forged aluminum body with an anodized finish provides superior strength and reliable service. A 5/8" chrome shock shaft moves a 1.834" piston that dampens suspension travel. Oil leakage is eliminated by use of a double sealed rod guide with a dust cover. The height adjuster uses a unique clamp and finer thread for easy adjustment. There is no set screw to ruin threads on the shock body. Includes 1/2" bore x 1" kevlar lined bearings for noise free operation and CNC machined billet hardware.
Ridetech chooses high quality springs that are manufactured in the USA. 2-1/2" coil springs are made in Indiana by HyperCo. HyperCo uses CNC'd cold wound high tensile premium steel. This lessens weight, resists bowing and increases travel. Ridetech engineers the spring rates to help your car handle to the best of its abilities.
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Does this kit require welding or is it a bolt on item?
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This kit will eliminate the rear springs correct?
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Josh: What we're working with here is our HQ-series coilovers for the 2005 and up Mustangs. These are monotube, fox-racing shock-and-strut combination, basically direct bolt-on for the car.
Bill: The shocks and struts are fully adjustable?
Josh: These right here are rebound-adjustable shocks. Basically, you're going to have a really nice ride, but a lot of performance with it.
Bill: What kind of spring rides am I looking at here?
Josh: These right here in the front, we're using the 325, and on the back, we're using the 225.
Bill: Tell us about the end links that are included in the kit.
Josh: These right here are designed to bolt up directly to the strut and the factory sway bar.
Bill: The stock ones won't work?
Josh: Correct. These right here bolt directly up to our piece.
Bill: Okay. Got you. Excellent. Let's get started.
Josh: All right.
Bill: For this installation, you'll need a jack and jack stands, or a lift-and-pull jack, 1/2" impact or 1/2" ratchet, 3/8 ratchet, 7/8 socket, 3/4 socket, 18mm socket, 16mm socket, 15mm socket, 14mm socket, 13mm socket, swivel, 6" extension, 7/8 wrench, 3/4 wrench, 19mm wrench, 18mm wrench, 17mm wrench, 14mm wrench, panel removal tool, hammer, cutting wheel, grinding bit, T10 torx bit, flashlight, measuring tape, and safety glasses.
It must be my lucky day. Now that Josh from Ridetech come out, he actually insists on doing the installation. He's going to handle the wrenching; I'm going to explain what we're doing.
We’re going to start by disconnecting the sway bar from the factory strut. You want to use a wrench to hold the back of the sway bar while you remove the nut from the front. Now remove the bolt that holds the brake hose at the back of the strut.
Now we're going to move the two bolts that hold the strut to the factory spindle. You want to make sure you support the control before you do, because it will separate. To remove the strut from the car, you're going to remove the four 13mm nuts on the strut tower. As you remove the last one, make sure you're holding on to the strut, because it will fall out.
Here you can see the Ridetech versus out stock suspension with the BMR springs. You can see the build quality -- obviously is a huge difference. Biggest difference, these two, is weight. Between the two of them, it's definitely a several pound weight savings with the coilovers. Nice thing, too, you don't need anything off your factory pieces. You can put this aside. The assembly goes in as one piece.
Josh: One thing you're going to watch whenever you're installing it, this sway bar tab is going to point towards the back of the car.
Bill: The hardware's a tight fit in the plates; you can actually thread them in from the bottom. That'll create studs. Put the studs up through your shock tower.
You can get a little bit of help for this section, it's a little bit easier too. You want to get a little bit of help lining it up.
Now we're going to remove the other side of the sway bar end links, since our Ridetech kit includes new sway bar end links that are designed to with their struts.
Josh: This is the end link we include with our kit. It's already pre-adjusted for your car, so all you have to do is install it.
We're going to attach the spindle to the new strut. We're going to re-use the factory lower bolt to mount it up, but we're going to use this upper offset bolt to mount the upper piece. This right here is how you set your camber.
Bill: Now we have the strut bolted to our spindle, we're going to tighten everything up, tighten up the sway bar, reattach the brake line, and move on to the other side.
Right here, we're just going to mount the brake line tab onto the strut body.
Now we're going to tighten the hardware at the shock tower.
Josh: We went ahead and pulled out the carpet in the trunk, but now we're going to remove these side panels here, so we have access to the shock towers.
Bill: We're going to start by removing the retaining nut that holds the shock to our trunk floor.
Now we're going to support the rear, so going to move our factory sway bar. Swing that down. Now we can remove the shocks.
Josh: Right here on this lip, we have to clearance it so the shock actually doesn't hit it. Just got a little bit you got to grind off there. This right here, we use the thick spacer on the inside and the small spacer on the outside.
Bill: Now you can tighten down the bolt in the trunk and repeat the process on the other side.
Our installation is finished. Now we can put our wheels back on the car. We'll put it back on the ground and check our ride height.
Josh: The Ridetech shocks and springs do come pre-set on the shocks, but you'll want to check the ride height as soon as you get them installed and adjust them there.
Bill: The Ridetech HQs were exactly what I was looking for for my 2011. They gave me the ride height I was looking for, plus the ability to adjust it, as well as dampen the shocks. You said these are available for the year '05 through 14. What other models are available now? Anything else?
Josh: Right now, we're working on the '79 to '93; the '94 through '04 is coming as well.
Bill: Excellent. Installation should take you around three or four hours. You'll be back on the road in no time.