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Front Suspension Upgrades
#1
In my build plan post, I got a lot of negative feedback regarding the Rod and Custom front coil over conversion I was planning. I am open to change but I need other ideas. Here is the situation with the car. The bottom plate of the front crossmember is showing rust damage. I have a replacement OEM crossmember than I obtained years ago but just never installed.

The question is which way to go. Do I install a replacement OEM crossmember or do I install a new aftermarket crossmember with rack and pinion steering and get rid of the shock towers to open up the engine bay for better access to everything.

If I go back with the OEM crossmember, then I assume the recommendation would be to go to stronger tubular control arms and front strut such as the stuff Global West and Street or Track sells.

If I go with an aftermarket crossmember with suspension and brakes already installed, then which brand. I saw a lot of good reviews about Rod and Custom on other mustang forums but if there is something better out there, please point me to it.

Thanks
Wayne
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(12-06-2018, 11:05 AM)wdills Wrote: In my build plan post, I got a lot of negative feedback regarding the Rod and Custom front coil over conversion I was planning. I am open to change but I need other ideas. Here is the situation with the car. The bottom plate of the front crossmember is showing rust damage. I have a replacement OEM crossmember than I obtained years ago but just never installed.

The question is which way to go. Do I install a replacement OEM crossmember or do I install a new aftermarket crossmember with rack and pinion steering and get rid of the shock towers to open up the engine bay for better access to everything.

If I go back with the OEM crossmember, then I assume the recommendation would be to go to stronger tubular control arms and front strut such as the stuff Global West and Street or Track sells.

If I go with an aftermarket crossmember with suspension and brakes already installed, then which brand. I saw a lot of good reviews about Rod and Custom on other mustang forums but if there is something better out there, please point me to it.

Thanks
Wayne

Not up to speed on what they offer. There is a shop in Charlotte NC called Fat Man. They build lots of different front end kits do not know if they have something for 71 - 73 or not. Hope you are a great welder and you have to get that front end exactly right before welding. Check them out might have nothing. I have bought lowering spindles for older cars that worked great.


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#3
(12-06-2018, 11:05 AM)wdills Wrote: In my build plan post, I got a lot of negative feedback regarding the Rod and Custom front coil over conversion I was planning. I am open to change but I need other ideas. Here is the situation with the car. The bottom plate of the front crossmember is showing rust damage. I have a replacement OEM crossmember than I obtained years ago but just never installed.

The question is which way to go. Do I install a replacement OEM crossmember or do I install a new aftermarket crossmember with rack and pinion steering and get rid of the shock towers to open up the engine bay for better access to everything.

If I go back with the OEM crossmember, then I assume the recommendation would be to go to stronger tubular control arms and front strut such as the stuff Global West and Street or Track sells.

If I go with an aftermarket crossmember with suspension and brakes already installed, then which brand. I saw a lot of good reviews about Rod and Custom on other mustang forums but if there is something better out there, please point me to it.

Thanks
Wayne

I recently installed the Street or Track set up. I have only put a few hundred miles on it so far but really like it at this point. I looked at the Fatman Rack and pinion conversion but to me looked like it set to close to the ground and escort parts really did not appeal to me. Both set ups are bolt in.


http://www.fatmanfab.com/product/1964-%C...ersion-kit

http://www.streetortrack.com/Street-or-T...24491.html
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#4
Box your OEM LCA and use it.
https://www.speedwaymotors.com/the-toolb...arms/29323

You can also box your uppers.



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#5
I boxed my LCA's huge difference.

Here is the thread on it.

https://www.7173mustangs.com/thread-lca-...hlight=lca

'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)

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