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Old 12-16-2008, 03:08 PM
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Bolt in or Weld in?

Could I please get some suggestions on bolt or weld in Mustang ll crossmembers for a 48 Chev sedan please. Its a toss up between Chassis Engineering or Heidts Superide. The cost is approx. the same but I just want the strongest and best riding setup. Thanks.

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Old 12-16-2008, 04:16 PM
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I will say this I have used chassis eng products and find them a good product that has quality engineering ... things fit
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I'll say the same thing about Heidts. I installed a Heidts unit on a 41 Chevy (same frame as yours) and it was a piece of cake. Even if you decide on a bolt on unit I would still weld it in. You can never be too safe.
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Always weld in if you have the tools there, the bolt in helps for lining parts up exactly where they were designed to fit.
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Never had a bad part from Heidt's. I like my suspensions welded also...
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Ok well thanks guys, I got the rear end all set up last night and i am very happy with the CE parts I got. It went so smooth. I would def buy from them again.
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I have a CE rear suspension and a TCI front suspension in my 41 (basically the same as your 48). Pleased with both. The TCI is a combination bolt in / weld in. The cross member bolts in just like the stocker. The spring hats weld in. You can see the install in my journal.
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I have a CE rear suspension and a TCI front suspension in my 41 (basically the same as your 48). Pleased with both. The TCI is a combination bolt in / weld in. The cross member bolts in just like the stocker. The spring hats weld in. You can see the install in my journal.
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Ok I have a couple more questions for you because I might use a TCI IFS now. Which spindles did you use? What spring rate? Did you use the standard or deluxe kit? And lastly, how does it ride in combination with the CE rear? Sorry about all the questions but I have to figure this out before I order it! Thanks!
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I got the 2" dropped spindles.

The springs are the ones that came with the kit. TCI knew I was going with a small block, so I assume they will be OK or might actually need to be cut slightly. I figure if they are too far off, springs are cheap enough to make it right once the cars weight is set.

I went with the standard tubular a-arm kit but added PS and sway bar.

Wish I knew about the ride. Still not done with the car. Based on the quality of the product, it should ride as good as if not better than comparable kits. If you really want to optimize the ride, go with bags front and rear. The fronts are easy since the MII ca be ordered with the correct mounts. The rear requires a four bar along with a track bar. I figured with the limited amount I will drive it, modern coils/modern leafs with gas shocks has to be better than stock. Plus, bagging it would bust my budget.
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If it were me, I'd get the bolt on one and bolt it and weld it in too...never can be too safe..lol
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Bolt in or Weld in?

I have TCI IFs and Chassis Eng rear springs,gas shocks, stabilizer bars in my 38 Chev. Car has 1000 miles on it, springs are settled.The car rides terrible, I can feel every crack in the road.Rides worse than stock. I think I need heavier shocks. I'm really disappointed as thought these kits were engineered. I phoned TCI and they said to track the shock # at Napa and find an adjustable shock.
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I would first remove one end link from the anti-roll bar on both the front and rear and test drive it. See if that makes any difference. Then, with the anti-roll bars still disconnected, try removing the shocks and bounce the suspension to get an idea of how compliant it is at each end. My guess is that it is first, over-sprung, or second, over-dampened.

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I would probably weld it, if you bolt it put some lock tight on the bolt/nut so its harder for them to back out.
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