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Old 06-19-2013, 06:48 AM
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front end lift

I have a fatman MII front suspension with stock control arms and strut rod. It gives the truck more rake than I like. Any easy way to lift front end a couple of inches?
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spring chart.

When I was an engineer at Ford I had the Front spring engineering chart. There were 11 different springs for the Mustang II-pinto suspension. The chart had all the info on the springs, Rate , free length, ride height of completed vehicle with various options, etc. There was only about 2 inches of ride height variations. You could order new springs from one of the vendors..I was giving advice to a kid that worked on the assembly line and raced a pinto in what I think was Called Mini Stock , on road race courses.
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Thanks...I should add I used mustang springs for an early 90s model, per fat man, I cut one coil. They recommended the V8 spring since I have a 460 engine. I also understand the lower control arms should sit level--which they do. Btw, love the improved ride compared to straight axle, again it lowered the front more than I like. On another note, if I could do it again, I would get new leaf springs, power steering and stay with the dropped axle.
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the lower A arm should be level at ride height, installing a longer spring would mess up your steering geometry
check to see that you do not have drop spindles
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Ogre's got it right. If you don't have dropped spindles, the only simple thing left is a taller wheel/tire combo.
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no dropped spindles...they are stock...guess I'll live with it...I don't want to put taller wheels on the front only. Thanks guys, maybe have to c notch and lower rear.....
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Old 06-20-2013, 06:38 PM
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that goes without saying.
what are you working on?
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56 ford panel truck...pics in my journal
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Why not try the same springs as before, w/o cutting a coil?

You could consider dropping the rear ride height as well...
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Well, I assumed they recommended cutting the coil to get control arms level. I most likely will drop the rear to get more level. Rake is cool for a muscle car, but looks kinda lame on a panel truck....live and learn
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My take on it is cutting off one coil isn't gonna change the geometry enough to really matter, and there's the possibility it was recommended for stance as much as anything- but asking them what the results would be in your case by leaving the spring uncut could be revealing.
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