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MidLifCrisis
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Registered: Oct 2001

posted 03-18-2002 07:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MidLifCrisis   Click Here to Email MidLifCrisis     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Okay, two teenagers in back and a trunk full of luggage. (I know the trunk is not that big, but it was full) The rear of my '67 convert was sagging. It has a small block, with Monroe shocks that are only a couple of years old and at best 3000 miles old. What rear springs do I use. I don't want to sacrifice ride, but want to keep ride height. Is a new stock spring adequate or do I go for the small block hi-po spring/standard big block spring? Please enlighten me guys. Thanks, Charlie

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thedave66
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From: mountain home, idaho
Registered: Sep 2001

posted 03-18-2002 08:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for thedave66   Click Here to Email thedave66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
well the mustangs only rated to hold about 700 pounds anyways, and it sounds like you were pushin that. Check what kind of springs you have already, if you have 4 leaf then try upgrading to 5 leaf. Cheaper is some auto part stores have helper spring kits that can help. Or a coilover kit, I have it in my 66, it keeps a good ride height and rides decently.

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MidLifCrisis
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posted 03-18-2002 10:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MidLifCrisis   Click Here to Email MidLifCrisis     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Dave. I'm leaning toward the five leaf springs, and if that doesn't do it I can always put on air shocks. Charlie

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thedave66
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posted 03-18-2002 10:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for thedave66   Click Here to Email thedave66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
i'd be careful with air shocks, i've heard instances where if they're not installed right they can blow a hole through the floor. Anybody else heard of that?

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Fastback68
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From: Sucat, Paranaque, Philippines
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posted 03-18-2002 11:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68   Click Here to Email Fastback68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Something I've done to beef up the rear end is to take the main leaves off a tired set of springs, cut off the eyes and a couple of inches at each end, and substitute them for the second leaves on my car. Does the trick, and doesn't cost a cent -- if you have an old set of springs lying around.

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mellowyellow
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posted 03-19-2002 12:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have mid eye rears on my 65. There is actually an extra leaf. The mid eye lowers the rear i" My car sits level but a bit low-like it that way. It's on my photo page. These springs give a firm but not uncomfortable ride. Combined with a rear sway bar and gas shocks, it handles very well. With three teenagers in the rear during a parade, the car rode well and did not sag. Well worth a little extra money. I got them at Canadian Mustang. Mustangs Plus has them along with CJ Mustang.

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DaveK
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Registered: Dec 99

posted 03-20-2002 11:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DaveK   Click Here to Email DaveK     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just got a '68 cougar that had air shocks on it to compensate for a rusted/broken leaf in the spring. The stem on the air shock had eventually worn through the edge of the hole it mounts in on the shock mounting plate and cracked the plate.

Just my experience.

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