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Does it hurt the front suspension to be stored on stands for the winter? The car is on and off of them as I work through my projects this winter.
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Take the tires off if it's going to be on them for the whole winter.

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Does it hurt the front suspension to be stored on stands for the winter? The car is on and off of them as I work through my projects this winter.
Based on your pic I assume your question pertains to letting the suspension 'hang'. I think ideally if you dont want the tires touching the ground during storage you want the stands under the control arms and leaf springs so you are not hanging the suspension.

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Ideally the tires shouldn't be on the ground ( I should take my own advice, lazy) Hanging the suspension shouldn't cause any issue


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Does it hurt the front suspension to be stored on stands for the winter? The car is on and off of them as I work through my projects this winter.
I have not experienced a problem first hand but it seems possible damage may occur if your let the front suspension hang. The 65 Mustang Shop Manual, page 3-14 shows you how to make a tool to support the upper control arm. There is a good thread over on the concours forum regarding this topic. You can't see all of the pictures if you aren't logged into the site but its a good read.

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The original use of that support is for replacing upper ball joints
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The original use of that support is for replacing upper ball joints
Yes, that's correct.
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With newer tire technology these days, they do not flat spot any longer. Unless your storing your car long term (multiple plus years) leave the tires on ground, pump them up to 45 psi, put a battery tender on the car, 91 or higher octane with stabil in the tank, cover it, and walk away until spring.

I've been storing cars every winter since I was 28 (so 22 years) and I have never once had an issue with flat spotting on tires.
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My car has spent many a winter on stands both loaded suspension and unloaded - no problems


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Same here- I used to jack them all up and put them on stands for the winter thinking I was 'saving' the tires. It only took a few times of having to drop them off stands and move them around for access when buying/selling more, and that was enough. Now I've got about 32 jack stands in the corner of my shop!

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Great advise! I should have been more clear. I might have it on the stands for 2 -4 weeks doing a project then then back on the ground for a while, then back up on stands. The question; will the suspension be damaged by hanging with the wheels on? I will just pull the wheels when I set the car up.

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I have never had a problem on or off stands.

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