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FASTFORD
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Registered: Aug 2002

posted 10-11-2002 01:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FASTFORD   Click Here to Email FASTFORD     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My handle plain out sucks right now. I was going to cut my coil springs and do the shelby upper control arm relocation, but you told me my upper ball joint would bind, so I now I'm trying to decide between just doin the shelby mod, getting kyb shocks, getting 660# coil springs, or something else. I only have money to do one of these things. What do you suggest?

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1967 Mustang coupe
originally a c-code 289 with a c-4 tranny, I added holley 600cfm 4bbl, edelbrock performer intake manifold, hooker competition headers, and dual 3 chamber flowmaster exhaust
exterior is acapulco blue with black vinyl top
interior is stock with a kenwood cd player
goal is to have a streetable muscle car that can run with a late model cobra mustang

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68DARKHORSE
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From: Austin, Tx
Registered: Aug 2002

posted 10-11-2002 02:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68DARKHORSE   Click Here to Email 68DARKHORSE     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I really like my 620# 1" drop coils. Look and handling are much improved.

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Alton

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67coupe
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posted 10-11-2002 05:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 67coupe   Click Here to Email 67coupe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
ive got bout 2"drop on 620 springs and the shelby mod with 16" wheels and a 1" sway bar and it corners real well

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Josh
67 coupe with 351c
94 Explorer
30 model A currently rustbucket
in process 67 convt with efi 5.0 and t5

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Moneymaker
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posted 10-11-2002 08:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
4 Koni adjustable shocks will cost you about twice that, but that will give you the most bang of the handling buck you can get on an early Mustang. Maybe a bit less if you shop around

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 10-11-2002 09:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
First of all, are all your steering and suspension components in good shape?

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pthornton
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posted 10-11-2002 10:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for pthornton   Click Here to Email pthornton     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I vote for something else. Weld-in subframe connectors make a world of difference on a 30 year uni-body. You will be amazed how much better a car handles when it isn't twisting in the middle.

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MidLifCrisis
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Registered: Oct 2001

posted 10-11-2002 11:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MidLifCrisis   Click Here to Email MidLifCrisis     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would first get the GT/Shelby 1" front sway bar with poly bushings. This will try to keep you car flat in the corners. A 1/2-5/8" rear sway bar would be next on my list. Number three would be the 620# coil springs with the 1" drop, or the progressive-rate coil springs which would maintain better ride quality, then the KYB shocks. If you are looking for corner carving handling this is how I would go. I you are looking for ride quality, I would start with the shocks and then springs. Hope this helps. Charlie

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Calcat
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From: Los Angeles, CA
Registered: Feb 2002

posted 10-12-2002 02:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Calcat   Click Here to Email Calcat     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm with Steve on this, all the mods in the world won't help if you have trashed bushings fatigued metal and a worn box. If you have not done a rebuild of the suspension/steering, that is the absolute first step.

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