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streetstang67
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posted 11-26-2002 06:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for streetstang67   Click Here to Email streetstang67     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My front end of my car seems to sit about a inch or two higher than my back end. Also, I have a squeak up front that is very annoying. I plan on tearing the suspension apart to replace bushings and things like that...while its all apart, I was considering cutting my coil springs about a half, or a whole, inch, and also relocating my upper control arm as shelby did. I know if this it too drastic, my tires will rub and my ball joints will bind. Will this work? By the way, my car is a 67 mustang coupe.

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steve'66
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posted 11-27-2002 12:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for steve'66   Click Here to Email steve'66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The 1" Shelby drop is an option, but your real problem is that the rear springs have sagged. I see so many stang's with the "scared dog look" around California where there are plenty of originl daily driving everyday. If you're gonna drag race it, DON'T do the "shelby drop". Put new spring in the rear instead. If you want the template for the drop, I'm sure someone will come up with it. I lost my link to it a few years ago.

Steve

p.s. The Shelby drop has nothing to do with cutting your coil springs! You relocate the top 'A' arm 1" lower and a little to the rear instead. It kills weight transfer for drag racing though.

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unklshu
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posted 11-27-2002 12:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for unklshu   Click Here to Email unklshu     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It might kill drag racing but it is supposed to help you stang handle better on the road and curves.
I did the Shelby drop on my 68 when I rebuilt my front end. I really liked how the handling improved but keep in mind I did the whole front end.
I used 620 coil springs from "Mustangs Plus" which also drop the car just a touch then I used the thinner coil spring insulater to drop it a little more.
As for the template for the hole relocation....I got it out of the "Tony Branda Catalog", it was somewhere in the back pages and then had my machinist brother in law make me a metal template.

AS for cutting your spings.....if they are original like mines were they are just about useless. When I pulled mine off the car they almost felt like jello compared to the new springs.

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dark7068
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posted 11-27-2002 03:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dark7068   Click Here to Email dark7068     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
DO NOT cut a complete coil AND do the shelby drop together. Your car will be so low, (about 3 1/4") it will bang and make sooo much noise (I did it in my Fairlane, not cool). If you do cut a coil with the dropdo 1/4" at a time until the desired height is obtained.

www.themustangshop.com

has the shelby drop in the how to link.

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RADRIDE
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posted 11-28-2002 10:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for RADRIDE   Click Here to Email RADRIDE     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Good point a little cut goes a long way.I have dropped the upper arm, 620 Magna springs,thin insulater,but I needed more and ended up cutting about 1/2 coil.In 3 cuts,but now with alum heads installed it appears to be up too high in front.I try to keep it level front to back.Ill have to drive it since to get the super-comps off the car was so high the suspension was at full travel.I had to take export brace off to clearance the pistons for the new 2.02 valves so the shocks couldnt hold it up.

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streetstang67
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posted 12-02-2002 04:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for streetstang67   Click Here to Email streetstang67     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If I do this, will I have a problem with my ball joints binding?

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