Tech tips to make your S197 Ford Mustang faster

By Staff Writer
Oct 6, 2022 | Ford, Mustang, Tech Tips, Buyer's Guide | Posted in Buyer's Guides | From the June 2016 issue | Never miss an article

Photography Credit: Courtesy Ford

Story by Ed Higginbotham

[Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in the June 2016 issue of Grassroots Motorsports.]

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10/24/19 10:38 a.m.

The first Mustang, so clean, great pic David.  Hope you all are doing well, look back on my time at GRM fondly!

Fair New Reader
10/25/19 8:12 a.m.

"The rear axle is offset from the factory. " - say what now?

I think (hope?) this was a mis-quote. The factory 8.8" solid axle in the S197 is perfectly centered from the factory at the stock ride height. But...

When lowered (lowering springs or coilovers) the original equipment S197's fixed length panhard bar will THEN make the axle sit off center. That is when an adjustable panhard rod or Watts Link kit is necessary to bring that back. Otherwise the left and right side tires will sit differently relative to the rear fenders - when lowered.

ultraclyde PowerDork
10/25/19 10:55 a.m.

Who owns the black car up top? I have those same GRM stickers in the same place on the quarter windows of mine!

Jordan Rimpela
Jordan Rimpela GRM+ Memberand Digital Editor
10/25/19 10:59 a.m.

A chap called Ben, according to the folder. 

thebc New Reader
10/25/19 1:25 p.m.

In reply to ultraclyde :

I owned it back in 2006, don't own it anymore.  At the time I worked at GRM, like I said in my first post, enjoyed it, good people.

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