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Old 11-27-2003, 02:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What is the Shelby Suspension Drop? someone enlighten me! ::
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Old 11-27-2003, 02:59 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The Shelby drop is the front suspension modification that was made on the shelbys. The Shelby drop repositions the upper control arm one inch lower than it sits normally, which when done right lowers the front end about an inch and dramatically improves handling. There are some jigs on this site that you can use to drill new holes on your car. Specify the year youve got and somebody will chime in with a link to a site with a template you can print to do the job.

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Old 11-27-2003, 03:34 AM   #3 (permalink)
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i did my car really and easy job to do .
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Old 11-27-2003, 04:10 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Simply put, it lowers the pivot point for the upper A-arms one inch and slightly rearward of the stock holes. This changes the geometry of the front suspension in a positive way. Instead of the top of the inside tire leaning away from the car in a curve, it will stay more straight up and down. Picture this and you get the idea....its MUCH better than before. The mod is not that difficult, find and download a template, then transfer it to a piece of sheet metal and drill away. You won't regret it. Also, it doesn't lower the front end very much, maybe a quarter to a half an inch at most. Most people install 1" lower coil springs along with the Shelby mod. This will lower the front end, which will also aid in handling (lower center of gravity, etc.). I suggest giving it a try...
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This is the best link I have found that covers this topic in detail. http://www.joesfalcon.com/frntsusp/susp1.html
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The often stated 1" drop was limited because of upper ball joint binding. If you want even more camber curve during cornering, you can drop UCAs 1 3/4" with negative wedge kits as stated in the nice link provided 65rangoon.

I suggest you do some searching, because this topic is discussed at least weekly. You get the idea what might be expected from others experience.
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Old 11-27-2003, 10:27 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I have a 1968 coupe, where can I find a template for my year Stang?
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Good suspension article here also, which talks about negative roll front geometry, and roll center changes. ::
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The Shelby drop is the front suspension modification that was made on the shelbys. The Shelby drop repositions the upper control arm one inch lower than it sits normally, [color:"red"]which when done right lowers the front end about an inch and dramatically improves handling [/color]. There are some jigs on this site that you can use to drill new holes on your car. Specify the year youve got and somebody will chime in with a link to a site with a template you can print to do the job.

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The 1" lowering of the UCA does NOT translate into a 1" lowering of the front end (most folks barely see 1/2", But it DOES improve handling.
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you are probly right but when i did it to my 66 it dropped teh car a 1/4-1/2 inch or so with the 6 cylinder in it and new springs and im assuming it will drop more with the weight of a V8 in it. Also my dad's done it to countless mustangs at his shop and it always drops it close to an inch but i guess it depends on the car and the springs you use as well as how worn in they are.

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