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Old 01-22-2002, 10:32 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I did the Granada swap a couple of years ago, and a nagging question has been floating around in my head since. When it was all done, and I set all the weight on the new front, the stance was considerably lower than before. I also did the Shelby drop, but why would the whole setup drop over two inches? Do Granada spindles have a drop built into them?
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Old 01-22-2002, 10:47 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I am not aware that the Granada spindles have any lowering effect.

Since you also did the Shelby mod, did you also install 620# springs? Most 620 springs advertise lowering things an inch. Add 1/2" for the Shelby mod and there is most of your difference. I have seen some poor quality control with springs, so they could have been either a little to short or too soft causing your car to settle more than expected.

If it is too low, you can use 1" poly spring isolators to bring it back up.

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I saw before and after photos of the Shelby relocation. The differences was about 1/2". As far as I know, the ride height should be the same for either spindle. To the best of my knowledge, I don't ever recall anyone having that kind of problem with the ride height after the swap.

About the only thing that I can think of that made the change might be that the last time the front end was rebuilt, when the bolt for the lower control arm was tightened, the suspension was fully extended. This could add some artificial spring rates from the bushings being locked into place at this location. Now, when you took things apart, you tightened the lower arm at it's normal ride height, taking away the added artificial spring rate. I've seen this happen on a friends 65 Fairlane and also have read about it too. BTW, was the 351 already in place or did you add it at the time of relocating the arms/ The 351W is about 75 pounds heavier.
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Old 01-22-2002, 02:10 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I experienced the same effect. I found two things in my quest to solve it (before scrapping the whole Granada setup). First I used the 1" poly spacers as already suggested and then I installed shorter end links on the swaybar. These combined brought things back where they 'should' be.
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Old 01-23-2002, 11:51 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I used stock V-8 springs when I changed everything over. The car was originally a 200 ci 6cyl, so I thought the standard springs would be enough. How do shorter end links change the height? They are pretty short already (about 1&1/2"). Thanks for the info!
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