Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Results 11 to 19 of 19

Thread: Got me an 83

  1. #11
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Utah.
    Posts
    8,966
    Feedback Score
    2 (100%)

    Default

    A 225/60r16 is only 26.5" tall vs a stock sized tire right around 26". My guess is a really high spring rate front spring, maybe even a lowering spring for a fox stang. Fox springs drop the car about an inch, then if it was a 1-2" drop spring for a mustang, you might be sitting on the bump stops.

    Id try sn-95 springs all around and see where it sits. A few people here run them and really like the slight drop compared to our stock springs.
    Quote Originally Posted by jcassity
    I honestly dont think you could exceed the cost of a new car buy installing new *stock* parts everywhere in your coug our tbird. Its just plain impossible. You could revamp the entire drivetrain/engine/suspenstion and still come out ahead.
    Hooligans!
    1988 Crown Vic wagon. 120K California car. Wifes grocery getter. (junked)
    1987 Ford Thunderbird LX. 5.0. s.o., sn-95 t-5 and an f-150 clutch. Driven daily and going strong.
    1986 cougar.
    lilsammywasapunkrocker@yahoo.com

  2. #12
    Join Date
    Aug 2017
    Location
    New York
    Posts
    9
    Feedback Score
    0

    Default

    Thanks Haystack! I think that might be the route I go. Also anyone have experience with KYB AGX struts?

    The KYB 734014 (for sn95 mustang) is 20.83 and compressed is 14.57 compressed.
    The KYB 235002 (83 Tbird Excel-G) is 19.45 extended and 14.17 compressed. (for comparison sake)
    The KYB 734013 (for Fox mustang) is 19.25 extended and 13.15 compressed.

    I'm not sure which one to go with out of the AGX series, it seems the extended length is closer with the Fox but I would have slightly extra travel for the compressed so this should work better if I lower the car slightly with the SN95 springs? The more I read about it the more conflicting views I see. Aerocoupe posted to run Fox struts and Coolcats says DO NOT use fox struts.

  3. #13
    Join Date
    Aug 2014
    Location
    camdenton, mo
    Posts
    139
    Feedback Score
    1 (100%)

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by ZachReynolds View Post
    Thanks Haystack! I think that might be the route I go. Also anyone have experience with KYB AGX struts?

    The KYB 734014 (for sn95 mustang) is 20.83 and compressed is 14.57 compressed.
    The KYB 235002 (83 Tbird Excel-G) is 19.45 extended and 14.17 compressed. (for comparison sake)
    The KYB 734013 (for Fox mustang) is 19.25 extended and 13.15 compressed.

    I'm not sure which one to go with out of the AGX series, it seems the extended length is closer with the Fox but I would have slightly extra travel for the compressed so this should work better if I lower the car slightly with the SN95 springs? The more I read about it the more conflicting views I see. Aerocoupe posted to run Fox struts and Coolcats says DO NOT use fox struts.
    I would just run tbird/cougar struts and shocks if your keeping stock brakes. If you do end up lowering it some sn95 shocks would be nice.
    Last edited by Moonmount; 08-05-2017 at 07:26 AM.

  4. #14
    Join Date
    Aug 2017
    Location
    New York
    Posts
    9
    Feedback Score
    0

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Moonmount View Post
    I would just run tbird/cougar struts and shocks if your keeping stock brakes. If you do end up lowering it some sn95 shocks would be nice.
    I have 88 Mustang GT brakes and spindles up front. I just put Tbird shocks on the rear.

  5. #15
    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Location
    Terre Haute, IN and Centreville, VA
    Posts
    211
    Feedback Score
    0

    Default

    [QUOTE=ZachReynolds;462056]What style wheels do you have? I am interested in something different than whats on the car. QUOTE]

    https://indianapolis.craigslist.org/...185791628.html
    ^^^ link to the set of wheels and tires im selling.
    -Kyle
    1986 Ford Thunderchicken, 5.0 AOD w/ Shift kit, 350,XXX miles. 1-Family owned. Original engine/trans/axle. Unlocked Speedo, Lowering springs, Eibach sway bars front and rear. Ram air intake. chrome wheels/tires. EGR delete. AC delete. Smog Pump Delete.

  6. #16
    Join Date
    Aug 2017
    Location
    New York
    Posts
    9
    Feedback Score
    0

    Default

    I like those wheels do you know the offset?

  7. #17
    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Location
    Terre Haute, IN and Centreville, VA
    Posts
    211
    Feedback Score
    0

    Default

    Well it's a 15x7 wheel with about 4.5in backspace. So offset would be +1in, I think I math-ed that right. I had them mounted on my 86tbird. No issues with rubbing. And my car is lowered too. The tires are 4 yrs old
    1986 Ford Thunderchicken, 5.0 AOD w/ Shift kit, 350,XXX miles. 1-Family owned. Original engine/trans/axle. Unlocked Speedo, Lowering springs, Eibach sway bars front and rear. Ram air intake. chrome wheels/tires. EGR delete. AC delete. Smog Pump Delete.

  8. #18
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Utah.
    Posts
    8,966
    Feedback Score
    2 (100%)

    Default

    I had wheels just like that in a 14" rim on my first cougar.
    Quote Originally Posted by jcassity
    I honestly dont think you could exceed the cost of a new car buy installing new *stock* parts everywhere in your coug our tbird. Its just plain impossible. You could revamp the entire drivetrain/engine/suspenstion and still come out ahead.
    Hooligans!
    1988 Crown Vic wagon. 120K California car. Wifes grocery getter. (junked)
    1987 Ford Thunderbird LX. 5.0. s.o., sn-95 t-5 and an f-150 clutch. Driven daily and going strong.
    1986 cougar.
    lilsammywasapunkrocker@yahoo.com

  9. #19
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Jenks, OK
    Posts
    2,122
    Feedback Score
    4 (100%)

    Default

    Just a quick note, the SN95 front struts should not be used on a lowered Fox car. They have internal bump stops and will not compress as far as a Fox strut hence why the SN95 guys use the Fox struts when they lower their cars.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •