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Sorry to ask such a basic question, but everyone on this thread seems to have gone for the Shelby drop. Just picked up a very stock '65 "C" code and would really like some handling. Am changing wheels and tires, but is the "drop" a good choice for this street/ stock set up?
Can I do the drill myself, or is this an exact science needing specific engineering? Will stock/repro upper control arms bolt right into this drilled mod, or do I need to go to tubes?
Do I need to go to a shorter/GT spring, or can I use the stock springs?
Any info much appreciated! Thanks, guys.
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It definitely helps out a bunch and I use it on the street. They have a metal template out that you use to mark the spots to drill. Stock arms work fine with this, that is what most if not all of us are using. Stock springs work fine I was running them until I decided to upgrade to the 1" drop coils when I was beefing up the front.
Perhaps you wheel afficianados can assist me. These are the wheels I'd like to put on my Mustang, once I get to it. I put them on for a mock picture and I think they look pretty good, but I have no idea what kind of wheels they are
They're 15x7 (all four), and the tires are 205/50R15. I love the tires but I can't find them locally, from BFG. I have no stats on the ride height and springs, because all of that isn't installed yet
I can't find any brand on the wheels. All it has "engraved" on it is "15 x 7"
and the tires are 205/50R15. I love the tires but I can't find them locally, from BFG.
205/50-15 is a bit light size-wise for a 3000# car, and will look a little small in the wheelwells once you get it all together. I'd look at least up to 205/55 or perhaps 205/60. I think 205/60-15 is the closest diameter to the OE tires at about 24.7" OD.
Point of reference - one of my cars is a 1995 Mazda 626, about 2900 lbs with an OE tire size of 205/55-15 (on 15x6's). I do run extra-capacity competition tires in 205/50-15 on 15x7's at autocross that are good for the same load, but the gap between the tire OD and the wheel well is pretty big when I've got them mounted up. With the suspension compressed to the bump stops, there's still an inch or so gap.
'08 GT/5MT (mine)
'10 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT/6MT (hers)
'01 Maxima 20AE/5MT (spare, my occasional winter driver)
'95 626/V6/5MT (still in the family but not at this address)
Last edited by Norm Peterson; 01-27-2010 at 03:06 PM.
here is mine..
cut stock springs 1 1/2 coil.. had performance drop springs but didnt drop it
1" lowering leafs for the rear
1" front sway bar.. 1/2" rear sway bar
17x8 wheels 225/45/17 tires up front
17x9 wheels 245/40/17 tires on the rear.
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