Good Morning, Sorry if this has been beaten like a dead horse, but I cant seem to find exactly what I am looking for. Locally I can not find a trust worthy "vintage mechanic" that knows how to set up suspension.
So my day dream is to have a street car, rides like a comfortable go cart (lol) that I can take to the occasional local autocross track day.
I have had this car 12 years, so here is the very quick run down.... Ford Racing 306 Crate engine, AOD w/2500 stall, Currie 9 inch 3.89 gears w/true track diff, 4 wheel discs, 17x8 235s and 17x7 215s, progressive rate coils, and 5 leaf mid eye leafs, bilsteins on all 4s. Global west strut and monte carlo bar, sub frame connectors.... In the garage, but not yet installed, Global west tublar uppers, and boxed stock lowers - and Hotchkis sway bar kit.
So heres the issure, I am throwing a ton of high quality parts, but the car still is not dialed in, and handles well, kind of lame. Any advice on what I am missing? Is there a local actual shop in the Tampa Bay area that can set this up for auto cross? Should I keep the shelby traction bars on with the rear sway bar, or is that not a good idea.
By all means I am not a newb, I just cant seem to figure this car out.....
Please, any help would be appreciated.
There's nothing to really "figure out." Install the rest of the package and tune it.
Get rid of the progressive springs. My experience with them is that they flat out don't work.
You'll need some Moog 8534 front springs, trimmed for ride height in the front of your (unknown)
year Mustang. That will get you where you need to be there.
What mid-eye leafs are on there? What's the rate? How are they mounted? (GW bushing & shackle kit?)
The shelby rear traction things ARE NOT part of that balanced package. As such, they will not help you.
The rear sway bar could possibly help you at some autocross events; it is usually not needed at open
track events and can be detrimental on the street.
My suspicion is that you will have an oversteer tendency with Bilsteins in the rear.
You'll need an 8" rim in the front with a 225 series tire. You literally can't get enough rubber on the
front to stem the vintage Mustang tendency to push.
That'll get you started in the right direction.
I unfortunately don't know anyone in the Tampa Bay area to help you set up. I've been out of that
part of the biz for a long time.....
PM sent too.
ex-Global West GM