Ford Performance Track Handling Pack

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    #91 SVO MkII, Mar 10, 2020
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    I thought I'd post an update after getting this installed on my 2018 EB PP.

    Installation - Overall not too bad. However, the splined bolts that attach the front struts to the knuckles were an absolute bitch to get out. All the installation videos show the guys just tapping the bolts out with a hammer. Not mine. It took like 20 minutes of serious banging, with a sledge, to get a couple of these to budge. Installing the spherical bushing in the rear knuckles was pretty straightforward, with the knuckles on the car. You just need a good bearing press.

    Alignment - I took it to the Ford dealer afterwards for an alignment. Ford Perf suggests -1.5 front and -2.0 deg rear, camber. The service tech told me they were having a tough time getting it to those specs, essentially requiring a second mechanic to push out the bottom of the wheel while the other guy tightened the bolts (seems plausible). That resulted in a slightly more expensive alignment, $250 vs $180.

    Driving impressions - MUCH better on the street than I was expecting. I set up an early 911 for track use many years ago and it has a pretty harsh, jarring ride. I was expecting something similar from the Track Pack suspension, but it isn't so. Cruising down the highway, you hardly notice any difference. Yes, if you hit some abnormally rough roads, it transmits a bit more of that "texture" back into the car, but not bad at all. It definitely stays flatter around corners, and the rear end doesn't seen to squirm as much when powering out of corners. Personally, I think this is what the Performance Pack should be, and the Perf Pack should be the standard suspension. But I like firm, controlled handling.

    First track day will be Road America in early May. Getting some fresh RE71s for that as well. Can't wait!

    (Question: After driving it for a couple days, it developed a slight knocking sound from the front as I went in and out of driveways. No noise at speed, only very slow, going over bumps. I suspected that the front sway bar or drop links may not have been fully tightened. Went back in and checked every single nut and bolt that was touched when installing the front suspension. No obvious "smoking gun". Buttoned everything back up and it's not making the sound at the moment. But I'm not convinced I cured anything. Has anyone else experience this sort of behavior after installing this suspension kit?) Update: It was just a loose sway bar link.
     
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    A little update on the Ford Performance Track Pack suspension kit. Just did first my HPDE at Road America with the new suspension. Very happy! Car felt much more stable than with the PP suspension (although I opted for Firestone Iny 500s instead of RE71s...not a great move for track performance). I noticed better ability to counter understeer with the throttle (and the Indy 500s provided plenty of understeer!). With the PP suspension, if the car was understeering, more throttle seemed to exacerbate it. But now, with the Track Pack, a little more throttle made the car feel hooked up at the rear, and turn in. It's weird, because it's counter intuitive, i.e., if the rear hooks up while understeering, it should push the front out more, but it doesn't. It's almost like a four wheel steering effect, i.e., the rear wheels start to assist with the turning. All I can say is, it felt good! And I'll reiterate that this is still a very comfortable street suspension. Overall, very satisfied.
     
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    People talk about labor costs for non assembled springs. How much time does it take for non assembled?
     
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    The time delta between assembled struts and not for someone who's used to working on cars is no more than 1 hour.
     
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    I agree. But a shop might charge more than one hour.
     
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    Ok that isn't bad. Sounded like a 5 hour job or something lol

    Btw I sent you a pm the other day
     
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    No expert here but went with the track pack on my 2015 GT PP. Have to say could not be more satisfied. Only other mod is the Steeda brace. The ride is actually way better to me, the PP package was fine but little floaty. The Track pack is not really "firm" or rough to me unless you hit a speed bump. Overall it just feels very stable and comfortable. My thought was Ford designed the car so have to believe they can do a good job and one stop shop with out mixing parts etc. For someone like me that does not have time to mix match the best of everything the TP is great and the lowered ride looks really good. Frankly Ford should have made this the "standard" PP suspension.
     
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