Join Date: May 2012
Location: Surrey, United Kingdom
First impressions of upgraded front suspension, front brakes and steering.
I installed a number of upgrades to my 1969 Fastback and then embarked on repainting my car. So these upgrades took a long time before I was able to drive the car and see how well they worked.
Well, finally I have driven my car a few days ago. So this is not an extensive test, but just my initial impressions.
The upgrades are as follows.
Street Or Track full front suspension package. Everything is replaced with Sreet Or Track components and using coil over shocks.
Total Control Products front anti roll bar.
Steeroids rack and pinion steering. Using the original power steering pump, steering column and a Moto Lita 15" steering wheel.
SN-95 Cobra 13" front disk brakes. Using the Mustang Steve kit fitted to 1970 drum brake spindles, EBC RedStuff pads, a modern master cylinder and the 1969 brake servo.
Well, everything I have to say is positive.
The steering feels super precise now. It was pretty good before, as the old setup was all in good condition. But this just feels so much better now. I found with the old system, there was no road feeling through the steering wheel. It was as though the steering wheel is not really connected to the steering and just remotely telling the steering to work. This new system is very different. I can drive and feel the road through the steering wheel. The steering has a lot less turns lock to lock and just adds to the experience. And another big thing is the assistance is a lot less. With the old system, I could turn the steering wheel with my finger when the car is stationary. Now the assistance is a lot less but still enough. I have a Moto Lita 15" steering wheel and parking manoeuvres are fine. But driving along, it just feels great now. When driving at speed, the steering is heavier and not feather light. I know this is a big thing to say, but it steers like a much more modern car.
The front suspension feels really good. It is a fairly hard ride, but that was not to be unexpected. I have not done a lot of twisty roads, but ones that I have done, it handles great. And can corner at decent speeds and it handles great. The suspension coupled with the anti roll bar seem to be a really nice upgrade. And like the steering, my old suspension components were all in good health, so I am not comparing to an old worn out system. I need to drive the car more and on some twisty country roads to get a better impression, but initially it seems great.
The front brakes when I first got my car many decades ago were drums. After a year or so, I upgraded them to 1969 disk brakes and this was a big improvement. Now with the SN-95 brakes, it is another big improvement. I cannot believe how good they are. They really bite hard. As mentioned above, I need to get out onto some twisty country roads to really test them out. I did a lot of research on the EBC brake pads and finally settled on the red ones. They seem really good and work immediately from cold. Where some of their performance pads need to warm up before they work at their best. The modern master cylinder seems to work well and the braking effort seems just right. This is using the standard 1969 brake servo.
I did a 5 speed manual gearbox conversion a number of years ago with a hydraulic clutch and the above modifications seem to compliment it all really well.
I know I will probably get some flak because the old components work fine when in good condition. But I am very happy and that is all that matters to me. I have no connection to any of the companies involved and this is merely just my initial impressions. I am just writing this to hopefully help others who are considering such changes.