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Old 10-04-2004, 04:53   #1 (permalink)
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Older falcon suspension mods

What are people doing to there XF and older falcons and muzzys to handle better
This is what I have done
Front: upper control arm lowered 1", upper balljoint relocated, 1" sway bar with blade adjustment, Urethane bushes, Koni shocks and heavier springs.
Rear, Reverse eye leaf springs, urethane bushes, koni shocks and a watts link. no sway bar.
This is in my XR with a 289 and glass gaurds and bonnet it is really well balanced especially since the body has been stiffend with a cage.
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Re: Older falcon suspension mods

You can't do too much more. Have you used urethane everywhere, or just certain bushes?- all bushes might help. You could go bigger on the front sway bar, and get a rear one to match, and that's about it unless you want to spend thousands and have it modified to a late model set-up. Putting a rear bar on my old XP worked very well, but I got the front to match. Actually if your front bar is adjustable, maybe just get a rear bar(I used a 22mm) and adjust you front to your driving style.
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Re: Older falcon suspension mods

Yeah I was really just interested in what others had done and had succsess with.
btw i wouldn't recommend putting a rear sway on a xy or earlier falcon - shit power down out of corners.
I know what my set up does and how it handles just interested in the opinion of others.
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Re: Older falcon suspension mods

Ive basicly done the same as you with UCA drop and a lot of urethane XRv8 springs and koni gtho shocks my next step will be these from RRS . They will take most of the binding out which is inherent in this style of suspension .
Got any pictures of your watts link?
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Re: Older falcon suspension mods

Unfortunatly I don't. It is basically modifyed xf unit but the centre mounts to the chasiss and the bars to the diff.
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Unfortunatly I don't. It is basically modifyed xf unit but the centre mounts to the chasiss and the bars to the diff.
Sounds like a watts link to me. The falcon we bought came fitted with a rear swaybar leafs six leafs per side and its a firm ride . I'll unhook it tommorrow and see what it feels like, it might be overkill with the springs ive got. When cornering sometimes i can feel the Inside rear lift on rough surfaces .But a watts my help if i like the way it feels with no rear bar as im running the tires close to the gaurds.
I have a spare set of front control arms which i plan to brace to stop a lot of the flex the factory arms have and give better feedback. the car has around 3deg castor -1camber
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Yeah I have found alot of older cars that run leaf springs don't really need a rear sway. Having it may look after your tyres better in an enduro but who does that in an old car
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Re: Older falcon suspension mods

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Front: upper control arm lowered 1",
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1 3/4"

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, 1" sway bar with blade adjustment, .
27mm adjustable k'mac. Set at 29mm.

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Urethane bushes,
Inner LCA and front and rear of leafs.

[QUOTE=Leadfootracing] heavier springs.

700lbs front, 220 rear

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Koni shocks .
Font and rear

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Reverse eye leaf springs,
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watts link. .
One day.

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no sway bar.
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balanced especially since the body has been stiffend with a cage.

A cage would be nice.

Have you considered subframe connectors?
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Tire wear is the least of my problems Are you running a shock tower brace as this is also supposed to help with flex in the unibody.for some reason they never used them over here but in the stats they were factory parts on the Hi-po mustangs.
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Yes i have sub frame connector - go to a wreckers and tip over any xd onwards falcon and cut the chassis conncetors out of them. Clean up and weld to the floor of older falcon. too easy.
I also have a strut tower brace.
I have done a few other mods to the suspension but will keep them under raps until i can prove they actually work.
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