Suspension upgrades - what are you guys running here?

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Posting over from the Ford Flex forum, so some of this may be different. Here's my current setup -

Monroe Heavy Duty Police Interceptor front struts
Motorcraft Police Interceptor front upper strut mounts
Monroe Police Interceptor front strut bellows kits
Monroe Police Interceptor front lower coil spring isolators
Monroe Heavy Duty Police Interceptor rear shock absorbers
Moog front lower control arm assemblies with ball joint
Moog front and rear sway bar links
Motorcraft front inner and outer tie rod ends
Motorcraft rear tie rod assemblies
BC Racing rear coil springs
BC Racing rear coil spring height adjusters
Timbren SES rear load leveling kit
Energy Suspension front and rear bar bushings
265/35/22 Continental DWS-06 tires, 22x9 Asanti ABL-31 Regal satin bronze wheels, and black spline drive lug nuts (summer setup)
235/60/17 Blizzak WS-90 tires, 17x8 ET35 Drag DR-31 white wheels, and black hex lug nuts (winter setup)

It ended up lowering the front about 1.5" and the rear about 3.5" after everything settled in from stock height. Rides nice and comfortable, but still "sporty" with a lot less nose drive and body roll over stock. Loaded up with 4 people, roof box, hitch cargo carrier, and all our gear it only ends up sagging about 1" in the rear. The summer setup handles very nicely and rides surprisingly smooth for a lower profile tire on a larger vehicle, and the winter setup clears the HD stock brakes but absolutely does amazing in the snow.

I would say besides the slight sag in the rear when loaded up, and that you need to be careful going over steep driveway approaches to not catch the center resonator or hitch, I'm very happy with it. I'm unsure if I would want to really go any lower at this point, especially when loaded up, and air suspension won't work for this vehicle since it's driven in the winter and I've dealt with frozen lines and blown bags in the past on other vehicles. I'm curious to hear from others on their setups as far as ride quality, rubbing/bottoming out issues, suspension rebound noise, and cargo carrying ability, or if there are any suspension upgrades/setups that have come out that I don't have.

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Any of us are using H&R springs to lower and fix the cars profile - however there are many coilovers others run, but I will let them chime in with what they use. To avoid messing with the PP struts and getting a POGO stick for front suspension for non PP owners, my guess coilovers can help dial that in, the PP struts and H&R springs pair very well.
 

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Nice to see another flex owner in here. I think I remember you from the flex forums with your crazy suspension setup but you guys overdid it, at least what I think. I wanted to keep the rake look since i liked it and i know most want to level front to back. Im on H&R's but I used the PP struts up front and the stocks for the rears. The front PP struts are a hair smaller than our Flex ones so it drops the front more than the rears and gives you the rake look. In this pic, the flex was loaded to the max, I was barely able to see out the rear window lol and the box on top was packed as well and still you dont see the rear lower than the front, which is what i love, hate the carolina squat lol
 

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Nice to see another flex owner in here. I think I remember you from the flex forums with your crazy suspension setup but you guys overdid it, at least what I think. I wanted to keep the rake look since i liked it and i know most want to level front to back. Im on H&R's but I used the PP struts up front and the stocks for the rears. The front PP struts are a hair smaller than our Flex ones so it drops the front more than the rears and gives you the rake look. In this pic, the flex was loaded to the max, I was barely able to see out the rear window lol and the box on top was packed as well and still you dont see the rear lower than the front, which is what i love, hate the carolina squat lol

There wasn't anything "crazy" about it, literally used all stock parts besides the BC rear coil springs and adjusters. The setup a lot of us are using is the PI front struts and PI rear shocks. If you're using H&R springs then you are most likely sitting lower than I am anyways.
 

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There wasn't anything "crazy" about it, literally used all stock parts besides the BC rear coil springs and adjusters. The setup a lot of us are using is the PI front struts and PI rear shocks. If you're using H&R springs then you are most likely sitting lower than I am anyways.
Yes I remember your setup and i wanted to definitely go lower. Personally its the best of both worlds, low enough without going coilovers
 

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Yes I remember your setup and i wanted to definitely go lower. Personally its the best of both worlds, low enough without going coilovers

I didn't want go go any lower than where I am now because this is the wife's vehicle, and the center resonator already scrapes.
 

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I have a non-pp sho and I'm running h&r springs with pp shocks. I love how she sits now compared to the muscle car raked look it had before. View attachment 89380

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I had a friend work on mine with me, when he saw the car the very first time, he said the Taurus looked like it was a 4x4 and looking for dunes.
 

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I had a friend work on mine with me, when he saw the car the very first time, he said the Taurus looked like it was a 4x4 and looking for dunes.
Haha ya, a few of the truck guys at work would tease me saying they didn't realize I bought a truck too.

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I have a non-pp sho and I'm running h&r springs with pp shocks. I love how she sits now compared to the muscle car raked look it had before. View attachment 89380

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Sweet setup with the GTR wheels, all fronts or staggered? Also post more pics of this thing!!!
 

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Sweet setup with the GTR wheels, all fronts or staggered? Also post more pics of this thing!!!
Actually, I have 4 rears, so I'm running 10.5's all the way around. Here are a couple of pics of most of the stuff I've done throughout my ownership of my sho.F8090ed7e836e75110d67cf7c24ef2019d94918785224f89f9964ee1ef41f9235b146900360fa13372ea1ae8a6167674Ee5f25e2070f2b7c6d1159756a11bfe4E5842535f4a0e877d268506217dfed5e5c10ac55d5ed97a90e3e9ae6bee59fb1B2a980531720a7e199d014cb77cb8a2fD7647c4f69451749339506d4155469226fac509e3d3398505e7ae9e2b56d37539a7b76bc7231f5b0412770dc4ef22406C2dd121942bf43a3d565a073b6633bde43d3d9d34f8b0a04636b2fc13c97b209

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