Brought to you in part by:

.

Shop Eastwood for your Auto Restoration Needs!


  Mustangsandmore Forums
  '64 1/2 to '73 -- The Classic Mustang
  shocks

Post New Topic  Post A Reply
profile | register | preferences | faq | search

UBBFriend: Email This Page to Someone! next newest topic | next oldest topic
Author Topic:   shocks
catman_45
Journeyman

Posts: 63
From: Moscow, ID, USA
Registered: Jan 2002

posted 10-06-2002 05:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for catman_45   Click Here to Email catman_45     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Alright guys, I need some advice for my shock setup on my 66 coupe. I will have a 351 W under the hood. The old suspension is from the original engine... an I-6. So, what would be a good setup for front and rear shocks? Anyother elements I should add? Maybe a thicker sway bar? I'm looking for modest pricing, nothing too expensive or fancy. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

------------------
1966 Coupe w/ 351 Windsor, BM Slap shifter, aqua blue, dual exhaust with turbo mufflers

IP: Logged

Fastymz
Moderator

Posts: 12015
From: Reno Nv USA MEM#1240
Registered: Apr 2001

posted 10-06-2002 05:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What kinda of set up is the car most used for?
If it's a everyday driver then go with the KYB shocks I know a few people that love them.They will give the car good handling with out a real firm ride.The price is good on them too.
620 front coils would help too,and some new leaf springs I'd good with a 4leaf,for a mild set up.

SCOOP

------------------
2.26 60'S
14.9 @ 90.86MPH

65 coupe,351w,C4,Big Boss 429 hood scoop,8"3.40 TracLoc,Cragar SS,Black Suede.

https://mustangsandmore.com/ubb/Fastymz.html

IP: Logged

catman_45
Journeyman

Posts: 63
From: Moscow, ID, USA
Registered: Jan 2002

posted 10-06-2002 07:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for catman_45   Click Here to Email catman_45     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The car will be more of a weekend warrior type, it will have a close to 400hp engine in it when the restoration (God forbid) is complete.

------------------
1966 Coupe w/ 351 Windsor, BM Slap shifter, aqua blue, dual exhaust with turbo mufflers

IP: Logged

Fastymz
Moderator

Posts: 12015
From: Reno Nv USA MEM#1240
Registered: Apr 2001

posted 10-06-2002 07:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Are you going more for a race set up?
What kind of ride are looking for?

SCOOP

------------------
2.26 60'S
14.9 @ 90.86MPH

65 coupe,351w,C4,Big Boss 429 hood scoop,8"3.40 TracLoc,Cragar SS,Black Suede.

https://mustangsandmore.com/ubb/Fastymz.html

IP: Logged

indyphil
Gearhead

Posts: 877
From: Lafayette, IN, USA
Registered: Jul 2002

posted 10-06-2002 08:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for indyphil   Click Here to Email indyphil     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just put 4-1/2 leafs from mustangs plus on the rear of my 289 powered coupe. They really helped with traction, and didnt have too firm a ride. I carry passengers on occasion (the car is a regular driver) and i think they are just right. For a "weekend warrior" with big torque like yours I would recommend maybe the 5 leaf springs. I also bought the cheapo "grab a track" gas shocks, which ride nice but not spongy. I also polybushed the heavy duty shackles. All in all its a sweet set up, but you may need more firmness for the 351 especially if you intend on putting wide/sticky tyres on. cant help with the front because I have not started there yet... Ive been busy with my [email protected]%#ing pertronix igntion

IP: Logged

catman_45
Journeyman

Posts: 63
From: Moscow, ID, USA
Registered: Jan 2002

posted 10-06-2002 10:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for catman_45   Click Here to Email catman_45     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was looking for a controllable ride actually Right now my steering is really squirelly because the suspension can't handle the weight of my V8. What I really want is not to be scared out of my mind when I'm doing 110 like I am now. So I guess the answer to your question would be "controllable".

------------------
1966 Coupe w/ 351 Windsor, BM Slap shifter, aqua blue, dual exhaust with turbo mufflers

IP: Logged

ValkariaKid
Journeyman

Posts: 10
From: Sebastian, FL
Registered: Oct 2002

posted 10-06-2002 11:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ValkariaKid   Click Here to Email ValkariaKid     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
The old suspension is from the original engine... an I-6.

Well that's the first thing I'd change! I'd get a set of stock V8 springs at the very least. Shocks alone won't make a huge difference with your current springs. A really neat spring is the progressive spring that Eibach makes. I put them on my '65 fastback, and I absolutely loved them. They were soft enough for daily driving, and they really tightened up in the corners. I tried the 620# springs and found them to be a bit harsh for normal street driving.

As for shocks I'd definately go with the KYB's. I put them on all my Mustangs.

I'd also look into picking up a set of V8 spindles & brakes. The I6 stuff is just too [joke]"spindly"[/joke] for a 351.

-Paul

IP: Logged

catman_45
Journeyman

Posts: 63
From: Moscow, ID, USA
Registered: Jan 2002

posted 10-07-2002 03:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for catman_45   Click Here to Email catman_45     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Actually the spindles have already been updated, and I'm working on disc brakes for the beast. Thanks for all the advice.

------------------
1966 Coupe w/ 351 Windsor, BM Slap shifter, aqua blue, dual exhaust with turbo mufflers

IP: Logged

catman_45
Journeyman

Posts: 63
From: Moscow, ID, USA
Registered: Jan 2002

posted 10-07-2002 03:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for catman_45   Click Here to Email catman_45     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Paul, what type of Eibach progressive springs did you buy? I did some looking around on the net, but the springs seem to be specific for certain models of cars. Can you direct me to where I might find information on the springs you used?

Thanks,
-Bill

------------------
1966 Coupe w/ 351 Windsor, BM Slap shifter, aqua blue, dual exhaust with turbo mufflers

IP: Logged

ValkariaKid
Journeyman

Posts: 10
From: Sebastian, FL
Registered: Oct 2002

posted 10-07-2002 12:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ValkariaKid   Click Here to Email ValkariaKid     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Bill-

I bought them from Pro-Motorsports Engineering, in Sandy, Utah. 801/571-6097.

I don't know the exact Eibach part number because when I bought these I didn't know that Eibach even made them. I thought Pro-Motorsports did. It wasn't until I got them that I noticed that "Eibach" was stamped onto one of the coils.

I don't know if these guys are still around, but it's worth a call. I bought these back in either '93 or '94 for a '65 fastback. They were great springs!

I'll see if I can dig up a receipt for them that may have a part number.
Hope this helps

-Paul

IP: Logged

catman_45
Journeyman

Posts: 63
From: Moscow, ID, USA
Registered: Jan 2002

posted 10-07-2002 04:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for catman_45   Click Here to Email catman_45     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Paul,

Thanks very much for that info, I found promotorsports engineering online and they list the springs you were talking about. Now I just must make my checkbook like this idea...

------------------
1966 Coupe w/ 351 Windsor, BM Slap shifter, aqua blue, dual exhaust with turbo mufflers

IP: Logged

Mustang66
Journeyman

Posts: 48
From: Tuttle Okla
Registered: Mar 2002

posted 10-07-2002 04:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mustang66   Click Here to Email Mustang66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What is the web sight. I am doing the same thing you are so any info will be helpfull

------------------
66 coupe 351W C-6 100hp NO2

IP: Logged

catman_45
Journeyman

Posts: 63
From: Moscow, ID, USA
Registered: Jan 2002

posted 10-07-2002 05:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for catman_45   Click Here to Email catman_45     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The website is www.drgas.com

------------------
1966 Coupe w/ 351 Windsor, BM Slap shifter, aqua blue, dual exhaust with turbo mufflers

IP: Logged

All times are ET (US)

next newest topic | next oldest topic

Administrative Options: Close Topic | Archive/Move | Delete Topic
Post New Topic  Post A Reply
Hop to:

Contact Us | Mustangsandmore Front Page

Copyright 2003, Steve LaRiviere. All Rights Reserved.


Ultimate Bulletin Board 5.47d

Amazon Honor System Click Here to Pay Learn More

[Build a free Mustangsandmore.ws Home Page!]

[About M&M][Acronyms][Calendar][Chat][Classifieds] [Members' Pics] [M&M Mug Shots]

[ Mustangsandmore.com Bookstore] [Mustangsandmore.com T-Shirts][Tech Articles]