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Front suspension
#1
Time to do replace the front suspension on my 72 w/ 351C. The old stuff was shot. I tore it all out weeks ago and blasted the outer engine bay and got it painted this weekend
This will be a street car that will get driven a lot. No plans to take track it. I’m in Colorado so I will be driving some twisty mountain roads for fun. 

My question is this. Should I go with a coil over system or do less expensive upgrades and stay with factory style coil springs?  Even if I go coil over up  I will stay with leaf springs in the back for now, although leafs and rear shocks need to be replaced too. Your thoughts and advice are appreciated!  Btw I’ve budgeted 4500 for suspension
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#2
I say if you have the budget for it, go coil over.  There are a few very nice setups out there.  I would also strongly consider Rack & Pinion steering.  That will go a long way in helping carve those mountain curves.

Personally, I like the TCP Coil over set up, like this. $2733.00
http://totalcontrolproducts.com/fcoc-fd.html
[Image: FCOC-FD-front-wide-AT.jpg]

I would also go with their Sway bar set up as well. ~$650 without shocks.
http://totalcontrolproducts.com/ars.html

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Rack and pinion set up.  totally amazing. $2647.00
http://totalcontrolproducts.com/rack.html
[Image: RCKPS-FD-AT.jpg]

This is what I would do If I had $4500 to spend.
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(10-22-2018, 02:09 PM)jowens1126 Wrote: This is what I would do If I had $4500 to spend.

With the above you are over 6k without shocks  Smile

73 modified Grandé 351C. Almost done. 
71 429CJ. In progress
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#4
What drove me to coil over was wanting adjustable ride height.

If you don’t need or want that I don’t think there is a reason to go coilover. I disagree on the rack and pinion, to me that is a huge cost for very little gain, plus you have to cut up the car a bit. If you want quicker steering swap in 12.7:1 guts out of a different Saginaw box into yours and be done with it for a few hundred. You can have a steering shop do it or DIY if you read the thread I posted on it a couple years ago.

If you stay stock up front one thing you can do for more shock choices is to swap the upper shock mount for the 68-70 style, then you can run the earlier shocks of which there are many more choices including Bilsteins.

Be sure to look at Street or Track, Mike Maier Inc, Opentracker Racing, and others before you decide.
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(10-23-2018, 08:36 AM)Bentworker Wrote: What drove me to coil over was wanting adjustable ride height.

If you don’t need or want that I don’t think there is a reason to go coilover.  I disagree on the rack and pinion, to me that is a huge cost for very little gain, plus you have to cut up the car a bit.  If you want quicker steering swap in 12.7:1 guts out of a different Saginaw box into yours and be done with it for a few hundred.  You can have a steering shop do it or DIY if you read the thread I posted on it a couple years ago.

If you stay stock up front one thing you can do for more shock choices is to swap the upper shock mount for the 68-70 style, then you can run the earlier shocks of which there are many more choices including Bilsteins.

Be sure to look at Street or Track, Mike Maier Inc, Opentracker Racing, and others before you decide.

+1 on this.  I upgraded my steering box to the quick ratio when I did my steering and suspension. I went with stock style parts from moog. I boxed the LCA's. Car handles fantastic. All for way less than $1,000. I will eventually swap out the upper shock mounts as suggested above as I am not overly impressed with the gas-a-just shocks from KYB.

'73 Grandé H Code. Headman long tube headers, T-5 Transmission, 3.70 Traclok, Lowered 1" all around, Aussie 2v heads w/ 2.19 intake, 1.71 exhaust, screw in studs, full roller cam 608/612 lift 280/281 duration LSA 112, Quick Fuel 750 CFM double pumper, AirGap intake.

'73 F code convertible. Bright red. Needs total restore. (IE HOT MESS)

- Jason
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#6
If I had $4500 to spend on suspension and steering, I'd call Street or Track and have them work me up a package.


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(10-23-2018, 09:45 AM)Hemikiller Wrote: If I had $4500 to spend on suspension and steering, I'd call Street or Track and have them work me up a package.

That's exactly what I did. I also added the camber kit.

http://www.streetortrack.com/Street-or-T...24491.html
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#8
For those who have the street or track coil overs, which setup did you go with? The street, or sport shocks? I’d like your feed back on how your car drives with the coil overs. Thanks
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#9
Sweet stuff guys.

Where do you guys get a quick ratio steering box?
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(10-24-2018, 07:37 AM)jowens1126 Wrote: Sweet stuff guys.  

Where do you guys get a quick ratio steering box?

I had these guys do mine. They did a fantastic job. My box was leaking, loose, and all around worn out. Had them rebuild it with quick ratio and wow what a difference.

powersteering.com

'73 Grandé H Code. Headman long tube headers, T-5 Transmission, 3.70 Traclok, Lowered 1" all around, Aussie 2v heads w/ 2.19 intake, 1.71 exhaust, screw in studs, full roller cam 608/612 lift 280/281 duration LSA 112, Quick Fuel 750 CFM double pumper, AirGap intake.

'73 F code convertible. Bright red. Needs total restore. (IE HOT MESS)

- Jason
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