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Why is my Grandé so high in the front ?
#1
Hello guys, since I have the Mustang I wonder why it is so high in the front ?

I checked the springs and they look like the original springs but I'm not sure.
What's sure is that the previous owner put 15" wheels with big backspacing in the rear so he used higher suspension. Now I've bought 15"x7" wheels with standard backspacing so I'm going to mount them and lower the car in the rear.
Still the front looks too high when I look at other 71-73 Mustangs pictures.


Here is a pic of my Mustang I took recently (sorry no better picture) :

http://www.7173mustangs.com/gallery/798_...44_10.jpeg

What do you think ? I was thinking of buying stiffer and smaller aftermarket springs to get it right, but I'm not sure. Does it look normal to you ? (I know it's difficult to tell with such a pic but I'll try to capture a better one) Did the Grandé models have special springs in the front compared to the standard Coupes or fastbacks ?
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#2
Yes, it is hard to tell from the pic but it looks 'normal' to me. Mine looks the same.

'Mike'
73 Convertible - 351C/4V CC heads/4bolt/forged flat tops/comp 270/rhodes/mallory unilite/tri-power/hookers/glasspacks/c6/3.50 limited slip/Gear Vendors/Global West sub frames, strut rods and shelby style traction bars/ Rear sway bar/tilt steering (not original)

Pics of modifications included in:
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#3
Looks like normal ride height to me.

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Ken

73 Convertible 302-4v-3spd yellow /white int

08 Bullitt 4.6-5 spd black/black int


All I ask is a chance to prove that money can't make me happy
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#4
Thanks !

My step father used to own a 71 Coupe he bought in 1980 ; he unfortunately sold it a few years ago, and the front height really looked lower than mine, here it is :
http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-a...6056_n.jpg

He didn't do any suspension/spring mod and from what he recalls it looked like the factory height. He says he couldn't get his head under the car, whereas it's totally possible on my Mustang. Strange !
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#5
I agree the front could come down a little (1 - 2" (25 - 50mm) for my taste). Rather than buy different springs you can cut the existing spring. There are a couple of good threads here on the topic. For ride quality it's hard to beat the stock spring rate. Ride firmness is controlled by shock absorber valving.

Jeff T.

Low buck, touring style, '73 Convertible "rolling restoration", 351c, 2v heads with a shave and a haircut, Performer intake, Holley 650(ish), roller rockers, screw in studs, guideplates, stainless valves, Duraspark / Motorsports MSD, T-5 conversion. 1-1/8" front, 3/4" rear swaybars KYB shocks and some home brewed subframe connectors. Future plans; JGC steering box, Cobra brakes and... paint, interior, etc.

When I die I want to die like grandpa, peacefully in my sleep... not screaming, like his passenger.

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#6
Droptop73, thanks for the input, I exactly think my car is 1 or 2" "too high" on the front.

I recently upgraded to Koni classic shocks everywhere and it's a totally different car right now ! It made a world of difference to me. Now I'm going to search for a cutting spring tutorial !
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#7
Here's a good tutorial on removal
http://www.7173mustangs.com/thread-how-t...ont+spring

Look at post #8 in this thread for how much to cut the spring to get your desired result.
http://www.7173mustangs.com/thread-stanc...ut+springs

Jeff T.

Low buck, touring style, '73 Convertible "rolling restoration", 351c, 2v heads with a shave and a haircut, Performer intake, Holley 650(ish), roller rockers, screw in studs, guideplates, stainless valves, Duraspark / Motorsports MSD, T-5 conversion. 1-1/8" front, 3/4" rear swaybars KYB shocks and some home brewed subframe connectors. Future plans; JGC steering box, Cobra brakes and... paint, interior, etc.

When I die I want to die like grandpa, peacefully in my sleep... not screaming, like his passenger.

[Image: 1_12_09_14_10_15_11.png]
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#8
I think all of our cars are too high in the front, and low in the back, just my opinion. I changed out all springs while rebuilding the suspension, and went with 1" lowering on the front coils, and 1" lift in the back. I like the new stance that I have now.

1972 H-code Mach1
2010 GT Premium
2015 Hyundai Sonata Sport 2.0T
1995 F150- The "home depot" machine
2012 Harley Davidson Road Glide Ultra
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#9
I actually like the way they sit, a little high in the front and a little low in the back. Just my opinion.

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~Buddy
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#10
Being too high in the front means you need a bigger engine. Big Grin

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