Worth while suspension up grades.

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Post by Blitz » 18 Jul 2017, 14:34

Don't forget the one-piece "export" brace: http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com/07041333.html
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Post by 7TXR7 » 06 Aug 2017, 01:44

I did the Shelby drop and 600 springs with 1" drop, it sits about 1" lower than the stock set up. With my long tube headers I have to watch speed bumps tho. I did'nt do the tower braces but wished I would have. I put in the one piece export brace and KYB shocks. The entire front end is new parts as well. It handles very good in the corners for an old muscle car and I'm very pleased with the handling and stance. I have a rear sway bar set up that I will put in this winter and I'm going to put in a set of roller perches.

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Post by bob hess » 08 Oct 2017, 14:46

Any option on an after market part , or the parts company that is offering the "Shelby Drop" , engineered within the geometry of there replacement tubular "A" arm ? So NO need to drill the lowering holes in a classic Mustang / Cougar , that part sounds good... right ? BUT ! It's a package deal , in that you need to purchase there ( 1" lowering ) leaf springs . Over all it still sounds like a good deal . But I was curious as to why no one else is offering either part . Both sound like a win-win . And given the time it takes to get a part patented , well that would be more then enough time to be seeing it offered by it competitors ? Is this co. cutting edge OR shade tree engineering ?
I have purposefully not supplied the above company's name. As to not praise or damn ANY One in this public forum. I believe these parts are only offered by this company , but I could be mistaken .

------Any one had luck with the 1" lowering leaf spring route ?
OR
------Adjustable shocks ( KYB / Koni etc. ) in general ?

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Post by scottfzeller » 09 Oct 2017, 07:41

Blitz wrote:
18 Jul 2017, 14:34
Don't forget the one-piece "export" brace: http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com/07041333.html
Agreed....Immediate improvement on cornering and easy install.
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Post by Caleb » 09 Oct 2017, 09:40

Has anyone done the adjustable strut rods?

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Post by Don Rush » 09 Oct 2017, 10:24

If you want to limit flex a little in your front end the shock tower plates will help. But keep in mind your towers are not prone to cracking as they have the external reinforcement plates. The main reason for doing the weld in plates is to stop cracking on the early towers found on Cougars and 302 / 6cy Mustangs.

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Post by jcbingcougar » 09 Oct 2017, 11:06

Caleb wrote:
09 Oct 2017, 09:40
Has anyone done the adjustable strut rods?
I have. Along with the Shelby drop, 1" lowering springs and roller spring perches.
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Post by wish » 09 Oct 2017, 12:20

bob hess wrote:
08 Oct 2017, 14:46
Any option on an after market part , or the parts company that is offering the "Shelby Drop" , engineered within the geometry of there replacement tubular "A" arm ? So NO need to drill the lowering holes in a classic Mustang / Cougar , that part sounds good... right ? BUT ! It's a package deal
The primary concern with this design is that having the bolts out of line with the pivot axis for the control arm will induce a bending moment within the cross rod there. The question becomes whether that moment could be enough to cause issues or if their materials overcompensate for any loads that may be encountered and not cause a problem.

I am also torn on this because I don't intend to go ripping around in the Cougar the way I do with the Mustang (it was built/modified for that sort of thing), but I don't want to induce any unforeseen issues with it either.

The package deal is the breaker for me. I'm not really interested in switching over to their coil-over system and all of the associated bits they include in the package. If it were just a regular control arm replacement it would be more in line with what I was looking for.

Edit : Looking at this URL on Ebay it claims that these work with stock style suspension or coil-overs.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/SPC-Front-Cambe ... PP&vxp=mtr
------Any one had luck with the 1" lowering leaf spring route ?
OR
------Adjustable shocks ( KYB / Koni etc. ) in general ?
These would be going after two separate purposes. Ideally you want to match your springs to your shocks fairly well or you are going to have one bumpy ride, not to mention front and rear matching to avoid the porpoising that you see many cars that are too low exhibiting.
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Post by Caleb » 09 Oct 2017, 14:16

jcbingcougar wrote:
09 Oct 2017, 11:06
Caleb wrote:
09 Oct 2017, 09:40
Has anyone done the adjustable strut rods?
I have. Along with the Shelby drop, 1" lowering springs and roller spring perches.
Who's did you go with and woupd you recommend thr strut rods? Mine seem pretty sloppy and if I'm going to be spending rhe money to redo factory ones I'd like to know what people think of the aftermarket ones available.

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Post by jcbingcougar » 09 Oct 2017, 18:01

Caleb wrote:
09 Oct 2017, 14:16
jcbingcougar wrote:
09 Oct 2017, 11:06
Caleb wrote:
09 Oct 2017, 09:40
Has anyone done the adjustable strut rods?
I have. Along with the Shelby drop, 1" lowering springs and roller spring perches.
Who's did you go with and woupd you recommend thr strut rods? Mine seem pretty sloppy and if I'm going to be spending rhe money to redo factory ones I'd like to know what people think of the aftermarket ones available.
I used Open Tracker for the roller perches and Street or Track for the adjustable strut rods. I am very happy with both products and so was my alignment guy.
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