Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Colorado Springs
Personally, I think there's a lot of hype surrounding coilover suspensions. When I look at the front suspension of my Mach 1, I see a shock inside a coil spring. Isn't that a coilover?
I'm sure there are benefits to a coilover suspension over a modified factory suspension. But boy, those coilover setups are a lot more money. I guess one would have to think hard about how the car will actually be used and if the benefits are worth the extra money and extra fabrication. If the extra cost and work are justified, hey, go for it. But I've seen some Mustangs that handled amazingly well with slightly modified factory suspensions; no coilover.
I do admit I'm a very skeptical person. I feel the same way about rack and pinion setups. I've driven many classic Mustangs and I've driven a Mustang II. The Mustang II had a factory rack and pinion. It handled nice, but it was far from an earth-shattering improvement over the old steering setup.
Similarly, I see a lot of hype about IRS setups. And I always recall the Shelby prototype with IRS. It really didn't do anything more than the straight axle; other than add more weight. Did I mention I'm a skeptical person?
Last edited by Klutch; 05-14-2013 at 11:34 AM.