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suspension setup?
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Since I'm leaning towards staying with a small block (393/408) Windsor or Cleveland, I'm interested in some ideas for my suspension. I currently have 600# springs in the front with a 1 1/8" sway bar from Maier Racing. In the rear, I have Maiers 160# leaf springs with a 3/4" sway bar. I also am using KYB socks and factory upper/lower control arms. My next plan it do get subframe connectors. I will be going with either a TKO or a T56.
For control arms, I'm looking at Global West or Total Control. My car will be a daily driver but it has to handle.
It's there anything different you would do? I've heard I should go with 200# springs due to the additional weight of my '73 over my '68. Any suggestions?
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Hello cazsper,

How do the Maiers 160# leaf springs ride on your Mach 1? Do they bounce or give a stiff ride?

I am running the same combo on my fastback, except the rear spring rate is lower plus an added leaf for 5 leafs along with one inch lowering block. My ride is not too bad. If to do it over again, I would purchase the Detroit Eaton Springs with the standard Mach 1 R-code spring with a 138 Lb Rate, add the -1 one inch. I believe the 200 # leafs would way too stiff for a daily driver. Just my 2 cents worth.

The Total Control Econo Bolt-On Coil-Over is nice piece to add to your stock suspension that will not break the bank.

http://www.totalcontrolproducts.com/vas_bolton-co.html

For the budget with no limits, then the TCP Front Coil-Over Conversion gives goose bumps!!

http://www.totalcontrolproducts.com/fcoc-fd.html

Sub Frame Connectors

I believe there are a few threads from forum members who installed Tinman's Sub frame connectors.

http://www.tinmanfabrication.com/index.c.../prd58.htm

Brakes! What are your thoughts on updating you brakes?

Check out Qcode351mach on some of his videos. Wealth of information on his suspension upgrades. Plus, search the suspensions forum section! There is a lot of great information from other forum members who have actually installed these upgrades. Let us know what direction you go in?

mustang7173 Big Grin
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Save you from searching heres the Street or track setup Both of my 72's have it installed..Matching Bilsteen shocks in the rear..subframe connectors..monte carlo bar...addco frt & rear sway bars..18" wheels & tires..4.5 mid eye leafs in the rear..
http://www.7173mustangs.com/thread-part-...er-install

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mustang7173;155213 Wrote:Hello cazsper,

How do the Maiers 160# leaf springs ride on your Mach 1? Do they bounce or give a stiff ride?

I am running the same combo on my fastback, except the rear spring rate is lower plus an added leaf for 5 leafs along with one inch lowering block. My ride is not too bad. If to do it over again, I would purchase the Detroit Eaton Springs with the standard Mach 1 R-code spring with a 138 Lb Rate, add the -1 one inch. I believe the 200 # leafs would way too stiff for a daily driver. Just my 2 cents worth.

The Total Control Econo Bolt-On Coil-Over is nice piece to add to your stock suspension that will not break the bank.

http://www.totalcontrolproducts.com/vas_bolton-co.html

For the budget with no limits, then the TCP Front Coil-Over Conversion gives goose bumps!!

http://www.totalcontrolproducts.com/fcoc-fd.html

Sub Frame Connectors

I believe there are a few threads from forum members who installed Tinman's Sub frame connectors.

http://www.tinmanfabrication.com/index.c.../prd58.htm

Brakes! What are your thoughts on updating you brakes?

Check out Qcode351mach on some of his videos. Wealth of information on his suspension upgrades. Plus, search the suspensions forum section! There is a lot of great information from other forum members who have actually installed these upgrades. Let us know what direction you go in?

mustang7173 Big Grin

As for the ride, it seems fine. Not to firm at all. It's actually a tad softer than my '68. Our at least it seems that way. I thought it might be due to the added weight but I'm also thinking adding subframe connectors and new control arms may tighten things up a bit.
As for brakes, I have a set of Baer brakes up front and willwoods in the rear of my '68. I'll probably go with that setup on my '73. I would go with Baers in the rear but I've always had problems with the Baer Emergency brake sticking.

Qcode351mach;155219 Wrote:Save you from searching heres the Street or track setup Both of my 72's have it installed..Matching Bilsteen shocks in the rear..subframe connectors..monte carlo bar...addco frt & rear sway bars..18" wheels & tires..4.5 mid eye leafs in the rear..
http://www.7173mustangs.com/thread-part-...er-install

Awesome, thank you..
Mike
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Mike,

Definitively, if the only thing you ever do to your mustang, is install a good set of sub frame connectors. It is amazing what they do for one.

Also, checkout Opentracker racing products. Nice stuff here for your Ford Mustang!

http://www.opentrackerracingproducts.com/products/


mustang7173
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Nice.. thank you.
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mustang7173;155234 Wrote:Mike,

Definitively, if the only thing you ever do to your mustang, is install a good set of sub frame connectors. It is amazing what they do for one.

Also, checkout Opentracker racing products. Nice stuff here for your Ford Mustang!

http://www.opentrackerracingproducts.com/products/


mustang7173

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I've driven cars with torque arms had anyone here driven a car with calTracs?
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As for me. I think I like TCP people vs Global West. As far as 200#. you might get a slightly stiffer ride. But 200# is like necessary for a road racer/autox. You might get a pretty stiff ride once you install the subframes. If you dont have any I would suggest using rubber bushing.

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