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Advice on coil springs

Replacing these is long overdue and i feel is time now. CJPP has one set that looks to be stock, SD has 3 different sets and Mustang Plus's brand GrabATrak have a replacement similar to SD's with 1" lower than stock. Anyone who bought any of these and feel like sharing their experience i'll appreciate it or if you have something else in mind i'm open to suggestions. Also, does anybody know if this compressor is worth buying? https://www.summitracing.com/parts/wmr-w80554/reviews/ price looks reasonable and the reviews seem to favor it. Thanks





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I got mine for my 68 from eaton Detroit springs. Really high quality steal

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...Anyone who bought any of these and feel like sharing their experience i'll appreciate it or if you have something else in mind i'm open to suggestions. Also, does anybody know if this compressor is worth buying? https://www.summitracing.com/parts/wmr-w80554/reviews/ price looks reasonable and the reviews seem to favor it. Thanks
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I have one like this I've used on my '66, but last time I settled on the one below. It worked fine, but I don't really remember why I picked it over the old one.

https://www.summitracing.com/parts/oes-27035
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IMHO, I would 1st go to a real suspension/spring shop and if that is not an option, buy from the mfg (such as Eaton) NOT the "mail order guru's" who are experts from reading from a PR doc and then demonstrate their expertise by creating a vid showing how to install their product.....you will get the springs that you want not what you are told is available or what you need to buy...IMHO of course

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I got mine for my 68 from eaton Detroit springs. Really high quality steal

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Eaton's are by far the most expensive coil springs out of all them, did you go 1" lower or kept it stock height?




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1965 Mustang Resto-Modded with a classic charm
347 ci stroker 10:1 CR ( street warrior engine) Weiand Stealth,mild roller camshaft, intake ported to AFR 185 cc ,CompCams GOLD 1.6 Roller rockers, Hedman ceramic shorties
AOD stage 1(450 HP), 3.80 gears, MG Trac Lok LSD, 15" shoes
1970 Mustang fastback BOSS 302 tribute in the works..
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I have one like this I've used on my '66, but last time I settled on the one below. It worked fine, but I don't really remember why I picked it over the old one.

https://www.summitracing.com/parts/oes-27035


Thanks Charles!





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1965 Mustang Resto-Modded with a classic charm
347 ci stroker 10:1 CR ( street warrior engine) Weiand Stealth,mild roller camshaft, intake ported to AFR 185 cc ,CompCams GOLD 1.6 Roller rockers, Hedman ceramic shorties
AOD stage 1(450 HP), 3.80 gears, MG Trac Lok LSD, 15" shoes
1970 Mustang fastback BOSS 302 tribute in the works..
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None of the springs sold today will be like the originals. And to me it looks like everyone, Moog and Eaton included, are all selling the same two coil springs as 'original' for an early Mustang which are sort of correct, but not really. One or the other of those two companies may well be who is making all of the springs now for sale?

If you want the details they are in a prior thread of mine; link below. For those of you interested in what was original I think you will find enough detail to create a very close to original spring from the options being sold today. Exactly which spring to buy and what mods you will have to make depends upon your particular car and what options it has. Ford installed SIX different coil spring options and no one sells that many today.

https://www.allfordmustangs.com/foru...gs-8326-a.html

Unfortunately, nearly 4 years later I have not yet found the time to finish this spring project and update the referenced thread. Too many toys, not enough time. However, I have cut the springs a couple of times so they are very close to original specs. Close enough that I drive the car with those springs installed but not close enough that I consider the project completed. Its ONLY been 37 years now that I have been working to finish this restoration.
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I purchased a spring compressor a few years ago from a guy selling them on ebay that works great. You remove the front shock, install the spring compressor where the shock was, and release the tension from the spring while it's still contained between the shock tower and the upper control arm. Easy and drama free. It also works on most other Ford's (and some Chevy's) of that era with a similar style suspension. FWIW, I put lowering springs on my '65 6 cyl coupe (from NPD), and I went with the lowest # spring they had, which was still more than stock, but gave me the results I was after.

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Look in about the middle of this album. There is a home brew compressor that will not kill you. I once launched a spring about fifty feet. There is also a nice spring and shock from Viking. And also a spindle tool.

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Eaton's are by far the most expensive coil springs out of all them, did you go 1" lower or kept it stock height?









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I got the stock height ones. One the old ones my fenders were actually hitting the tires before I replaces them. The eaton ones brought the front end back to where it is supposed to be.

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I appreciate all the feedback guys! i still haven't decided which brand to go for but i can tell you coil spring replacement and upper control arm with ball joints will be done next year around my birthday. I went over my budget yesterday with my exhaust. Last time i took car out to test my new driveshaft one of my exhaust tip hangers broke off and the rattling coming from under the car was torture. I drove to my muffler shop yesterday and the exhaust wasn't really in the best of shapes which is what i was afraid of. My worn out leaf springs were the culprit to basically smashing my mufflers and banging the pipes real good. It was either a patch up job and suffer the consequences later down the road or make a brand new exhaust system from scratch right after my H pipe all the way down to my tail pipes. New 2.25 diameter piping and Magnaflow universal mufflers replaced the old beat up Franken-exhaust system. Although my wallet is not too happy, i'm very happy with the way it turned out. I had the old V2 chamber mufflers for some years now and i was happy with the noise but i must say the new Magnaflow mufflers have an enchantment of their own. Very refined sound compared to my old mufflers.



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347 ci stroker 10:1 CR ( street warrior engine) Weiand Stealth,mild roller camshaft, intake ported to AFR 185 cc ,CompCams GOLD 1.6 Roller rockers, Hedman ceramic shorties
AOD stage 1(450 HP), 3.80 gears, MG Trac Lok LSD, 15" shoes
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