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craigber
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posted 03-20-2002 04:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for craigber   Click Here to Email craigber     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
really need an answer to this one ASAP as I am doing the suspension in the next week or so...

thanx

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Craigber
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T5owner
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posted 03-20-2002 04:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for T5owner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What are you thinking of? Shelby drop 1"? I'd guess there is quite another best way due to the heavy weight up front.
You may get some other idea on the 71-72 Shelby Europa website (it happens to be mine)
here

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craigber
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posted 03-21-2002 11:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for craigber   Click Here to Email craigber     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was thinking of doing the 1" drop but the template on the web only goes up to a 1970...just wondering if I can apply it to my 71 convertible...thanks for the link...very interesting...mentions suspension mods but doesn't really specify what they are...

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Craigber
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69 Sportsroof
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posted 03-21-2002 11:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 69 Sportsroof   Click Here to Email 69 Sportsroof     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When you say template, are you refering to the template used for relocating the upper control arm an inch lower? If so, thats not going to lower the car. Lowering the control arm only affects the camber for cornering purposes. Reducing the height or rate of the spring will lower the car.

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T5owner
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posted 03-21-2002 03:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for T5owner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
craigber - I will check with one or two of the owners and will let you know. Claude Dubois himself does not recall a lot of details, but I check my notes of my interview with him and will be right back to you.
I know somebody of the Dark Horse Racing Team (that races the below pictured 71), if you want professsional advice, I can give you his e-mail address.
Well, o.k. you don't need to build a replica of that one to get good performance

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T5owner
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posted 03-21-2002 04:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for T5owner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Checked my notes..for the Shelby Europes
Claude Dubois just remembered he added shocks and underride bars and some stuff.
SAAC registry specs speak of special geometry, competition front springs, KONI adjustable shock absorbers, special racing stabilizer, fully adjustable with strut stabilized lower arms,
rear asymmetrical variable-rate design,4-leaf springs, special adj. diagonally mounted Koni shock aborbers, extra-load.compensating coil springs, twin torque absorbing connecting chassis to axle and eliminating acle hop (dealer fitted)
If you'd need pics, I could ask one of the owners.
Wolfgang

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 03-21-2002 04:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Craig, as far as if it's worth it to redrill your shock towers, personally I wouldn't bother.

I always thought my Sprint handled great, and the upper control arms are right where Ford put them.

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MrXerox
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posted 03-21-2002 08:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrXerox   Click Here to Email MrXerox     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jheeze that car is Fugly! Looks like something out of a japanese godzilla movie!

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craigber
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posted 03-22-2002 01:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for craigber   Click Here to Email craigber     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
thanks for all the input...this isn't to drop the car...I was under the impression that the mod would greatly improve my handling...something about changing the "curve"...I have no big problems with the handling of my car but as I am going to have the front end all apart I thought I might as well do the mod...maybe some of the earlier stangs benefit more than the later ones...surprised that no one at M&M has attempted this mod on a 71-73...

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T5owner
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posted 03-22-2002 01:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for T5owner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
o.k, the above picture was a little bit misleading. This is the IMSA car of Dark Horse Racing Team. I thought you know the main 71 race car of them.

Check out www.darkhorseracing.net and give Brion Gluck a call. Check out their various subpages on the a.m. website as well.

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67coupe
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posted 03-23-2002 11:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 67coupe   Click Here to Email 67coupe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
it will lower the car some because its like a se saw effect with the coil spring on top of the control arm i cant really say how much it helps cuz i did that a 1" sway bar and went from 15 " wheels to 16" Z rated wheels which made a big differnce but like i said i did it all at once so dont know which part really made the most diff

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in process 67 convt with efi 5.0 and t5

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