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ProStreet64Falcon
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posted 12-28-2001 08:38 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I want to lower my front end of my Falcon about two inches. It still has stock suspension under it. the car is back halfed with a 4 link but still sits up too high for my liking. does any one make lowering springs for a 64 Falcon? It has the same suspension as the Mustangs of that year. I really do not want to cut the spring I already have if I do not have to.

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V8 Thumper
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posted 12-28-2001 08:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for V8 Thumper   Click Here to Email V8 Thumper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mustangs Plus does have lowering coils available (drop you about one inch), and I've read about guys cutting 1/2 to 3/4 coil off of those to get the ride height they want. I've looked into dropped spindles, can't find anyone who makes them, but I haven't given up yet. Big or small block? Probably a big factor... (nose weight)

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ProStreet64Falcon
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posted 12-28-2001 08:55 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
351 Cleveland 4V soon to be blown with a Powerdyne Supercharger.(Christmas Present)

The car rides at stock height now with the Cleveland.

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V8 Thumper
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posted 12-28-2001 09:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for V8 Thumper   Click Here to Email V8 Thumper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow! Merry Christmas to you! That's some gift. Why didn't I get one of those?

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ProStreet64Falcon
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posted 12-28-2001 09:08 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm still in shock. Guess I was a good boy last year.

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Just Strokin
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posted 12-28-2001 09:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Just Strokin   Click Here to Email Just Strokin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What springs do you have in the car now? V8 or 6 cylinder springs? 6 cylinder springs might be softer. You might look in a catalog for different rate springs of the same diameter and same or less height and less lb/inch.

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ProStreet64Falcon
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posted 12-28-2001 11:57 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have the V-8 Springs. I saw that there are 620 Springs and 750 Springs. I would assume the 620 Springs are softer and would possibly bring the front end down some. Anyone have experience with these? Or know what the ration is on Stock Springs? i drag race the car on occasions so I do not want to make the springs so soft that they take traction off of the reaR END.

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Just Strokin
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posted 12-28-2001 01:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Just Strokin   Click Here to Email Just Strokin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Actually the softer springs might help you in drag racing.

The old 'super stock' coil springs were softer than stock springs. Probably smaller diameter wire and more coils. This allowed the weight of the front end to compress the springs more than stiffer springs. This compression stored energy that was released when the weight started to shift to the rear during take off. Moroso use to stock some 'trick' springs. Don't know if any were for Ford's. But a spring that fits, right diameter compressed height can be installed.

Moroso springs, check here

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kid vishus
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posted 12-28-2001 04:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kid vishus   Click Here to Email kid vishus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have 620 springs on the front of my 70 mustang, and they are stiffer than a typical big block spring. They did lower the front about an inch, but it now rides fairly rough, and there wouldnt be any weight transfer for drag racing.

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V8 Thumper
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posted 12-28-2001 07:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for V8 Thumper   Click Here to Email V8 Thumper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Those 620's are rough.. the 750's are ridiculous. I believe that 'GT' coils are available through Mustangs Plus, they'd be even softer that the 620's.

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Gary
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posted 12-28-2001 10:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gary   Click Here to Email Gary     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I used a Pro-motorsports drop kit which included all the hardware necessary. I got the neg. wedge ball joints kits, instuctions, templates for upper a-arm relocation ect. I used Progressive rate BB springs, the more aggressive you are on the car the stiffer the springs become while still giving a nice ride. I have nice weight transfer to the rear wheels as well. I lowered mine an 1-1/2 but can go as much as 2-7/8". My limiting factor is the darn Lakewood bell, that thing is huge and is the lowest part under the car. I did have to remove a 1/2 coil to get the front down where im at right now, another 1/4-1/2 coil I think would be perfect for my car without fears of tire rub during tight corners at low speeds. While I was at it and had the engine out I installed (welded in) their shock tower brace kit to repair and strengthen the towers.
Mine was not an original BB car so figured adding the brace kit was a good idea
Im totally happy with my kit

http://www.drgas.com/promotor/

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John Holloway
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posted 12-28-2001 10:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for John Holloway   Click Here to Email John Holloway     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Howa bout a shorter tire in the front,Coker Tire makes a 23" tall tire that fits a 15" rim,It looks like a VW Tire and will fit on a 3.5-4.0" wide rim

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posted 12-31-2001 01:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Stay away from Moroso springs like the plague!

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ProStreet64Falcon
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posted 01-02-2002 08:23 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I want to still drive the car on the street so I am hesitant in getting a smaller tire.

Gary, who did you buy that lowering kit from? And how much cash did you have to part with? Sorry, I missed the website you referenced me to the first time around. Thanks for the information Gary!

I think I will stay away from the 620 and 750s. I have to trim the shock towers this winter To have more room to get around my Cleveland. (how to information I got from this Forum) Would cutting a coil off the existing springs be a solution? They are V8 Springs.

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