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Old 05-26-2002, 06:12 PM
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just getting started got everything out of the way except stock front suspension my questions are do i level the frame rails front to back,side to side or both and any easy thoughts on finding the axel centerline ,trying to get everything ready so when i get my x member i will be ready to go. thanks

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Level from side to side at several places along the frame and place the frame at the approximate ride height you want it to have. This maybe with the front 2 or 3 inches lower than the rear but if you support it with enough jack stands over the length of the frame it will make it a lot easier to align lateron. The only other advice I would stress is measure, measure and measure. Make sure everything is square and in the right place twice.
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Should have added use a chalk line to put a centerline on between your spindle ends now and find a point near the firewall(mounts?) that is the ame on both side and measure to the center line and measure back from the tip of the frame horns to the center line. Did I mention measure?
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If you're buying a quality kit like Heidts or any of the other name brands, then all the instructions on placement of the crossmember and top hats should be included with the kit. If, on the other hand, you're buying a crossmember from someplace like Jonny's Mustang kits and Plumbing Supply, then you absolutely need to mark the centerline on the frame before removing the axle.

Level the frame side-to-side and front to back. Don't worry about ride height. The design of the kit will govern that anyway. Once level, use a plumb bob to find the center of the axle and mark it on the top of the frame. Then you should be OK providing the kit you purchased has adequate instructions.

You get what you pay for when it comes to Mustang II kits and there are a number of small guys who sell them. Unfortunately most don't do the engineering required to make it work correctly for each specific application. It may look like a Mustang II setup and use the same parts but its very possible the geometry may be incorrect. It's too bad many people will sacrifice the performance and ride of their car just to save a few bucks on a kit price.

Good luck.

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