Better handling with Ridetechâ€™s new 2015+ MustangÂ coilovers
By Steve Turner
Photos courtesy of Ridetech
By adding a double-ball-joint front end and an independent rear suspension, Ford engineers took the handling of the latest Mustangs to a higher level. However, we always want a little bit more. If nothing else, we want the ride height a bit closer to the earth, but sharpening its handling is always good too.
There are many aftermarket options available to tune up your Mustang handling from simple lowering springs to complete suspension upgrades. One of the latter options thatâ€™s new to the market is from the specialists at Ridetech. The company offers a new coilover systems that bolts right into your 2015+ Mustang, and offers a few advantages over traditional spring and damper setups.
â€œThe most obvious advantage is that utilizing a coil-over allows you to fine tune the ride height to your preferences. However, I would say the biggest advantage is in the quality of the shock absorbers and their adjustability, which can make a dramatic improvement in the ride and handling of the car,â€ Ryan Morgan Account Manager Sales/Tech at Ridetech said. â€œAll RideTech shocks are monotube design, which features a much larger piston diameter than the average twin-tube shock. They are available in HQ Series with adjustable rebound or TQ Series with adjustments for rebound as well as high- and low-speed compression dampening. Also, our strut mounts feature adjustability for caster and camber, which is lacking in the factory components. All RideTech shocks carry a 1,000,001-mile warranty.â€
Now you might not be familiar with Ridetech, but the company does have a long history of developing Mustang suspensions. However, it got its start in the Ford world improving the handling of vintage Mustangs.
â€œIronically the very first vehicle to receive a RideTech suspension was Bret Voelkel’s (owner of RideTech) 1970 Mustang back in 1996 when he started the company,â€ Ryan explained. â€œOver the last 20 years we have built and raced several Mustangs to validate fitment and prove the performance of our productsâ€¦â€
During that time the company has developed parts on a 1965 Mustang, a 1969 Mustang, a 2005 Mustang GT, and a 2010 Mustang GT. The latest test bed for Ridetechâ€™s suspension systemâ€™s is Jeremiah Stotlerâ€™s 2015 Mustang, This car was equipped with Ridetechâ€™s prototype system and the car then competed in a qualifying event for the Optima Street Car Challenge, where it finished Fifth in the GT class and scored the First Timer award despite competing with only 430 horsepower against far more powerful cars.
You can watch Jeremiahâ€™s car in action on track right hereâ€¦
And here it is tearing up the autocrossâ€¦
If this setup looks compelling to you, it will be reassuring to know that you can most likely install the kit yourself.
â€œYour average hot-rodder with a bit of mechanical ability should be able to install this kit in a few hours. Everything is completely bolt-on, no fabrication or welding required,â€ Ryan added. â€œStep by step installation instructions are included, and RideTech is known for providing the best customer service and technical support in the world, if you have any questions just give us a call.â€
We had the opportunity to take a look at the systemâ€™s components to see how it installs, and the fitment looks pretty straightforward.