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Strut choices are limited on the 86 and earlier cars because of the wider strut to spindle mounting flange. Most of the aftermarket offerings don't include a front strut that will fit. For my 86 GT, the first set of performance struts/shocks were made by Monroe and called Formula GP. These were also run on early Saleen Mustangs. They were Ok but no match for a Bilstein or Koni especially if stiffer lowering springs are used (I had Ford "C" springs).

Frankly, the 10" front discs on the 86 don't inspire stopping confidence. I eventually went to the 87+ v8 spindle which not only provides an 11" rotor, but also permits the use of typical after market performance struts because the strut to spindle mounting flange is narrow and designed for the newer offerings. You can still run the 15" phone dial wheels if that is the goal.
 
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