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kenash - I sure did put the Shelby drop in my note file for future things that I might do....
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... And if you did a tubular UCA, you would pretty much eliminate the tendency to plow in most driving situations.
What's different about a tubular UCA that provides this benefit? And does this also apply to a '68?

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They typically have camber/cast correction built in and provide more adjustment
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What's different about a tubular UCA that provides this benefit? And does this also apply to a '68?

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Tubular UCA's get rid of that stupid steel-on-steel upper control arm shaft with
screw in end caps, improve the motion ratio, fix the ball joint angle issue, vastly
improve the camber curve and are a helluva lot stronger. (some also add positive
caster as well) The elimination of squeaks alone (and the potential for squeaks)
is worth the price of admission.
The cars are the same from 65-73 with this suspension improvement. (65/66
have a unique upper shaft bolt pattern but all the rest on up are the same)

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I disagree I put a 1" ADDCO bar in and it made a big difference. But do your self a favor and do the UCA drop as well both combined and a good alignment will do wonders
The OP says his car is pretty much stock. I think he’ll feel the car be a little tighter up front but I don’t think it’s going to be extremely noticeable like say some Bilstein or Koni shocks, the Shelby 1” drop, roller spring perches, adjustable strut rods, tubular UCA’s/LCA’s and so on. It also doesn’t sound like he wants to go that route though, so to the OP I’d recommend, like I said before, doing the Shelby 1” drop and maybe some roller spring perches or adjustable strut rods. Those are going to make your car drive more comfortably and the adjustable strut rods will make it stay straighter when accelerating or hard braking. If you do go through with the Shelby 1” drop, make sure you get it aligned to those specs though or else you’re going to have issues.
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I've had the export brace. 1" sway bar and Koni shocks since about 1991. I've done the Dragon multiple times, Snake and a lot of other roads that demand quick handling and good control. Never had a problem in 392,000+ miles. When I had my shop, almost every early mustang got the export brace, 1" sway bar and decent shocks and every owner noticed a major improvement. Unless you doing Autocross, over 1" can be detrimental. The original 13/16" can be almost as effective as the 1", so I wouldn't bother changing it. I was never a fan of monte carlo bars- they get in the way, need extra holes drilled and with the export brace already there, don't add much.
I added the curved Monte Carlo bar a couple years ago, (had the export brace on for a couple decades), and I definitely noticed a difference just on turning corners with the handling. And since I wasn't expecting any noticeable improvements, I was pretty surprised that I did.
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I actually went too large with my front sway bar and it actually rubs on the adjacent supports. So, I either need to find some offset supports or go back to a smaller front sway bar.
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Mahalo @2nd 66 and @GT289 for the info. Much appreciated.
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I added the curved Monte Carlo bar a couple years ago, (had the export brace on for a couple decades), and I definitely noticed a difference just on turning corners with the handling. And since I wasn't expecting any noticeable improvements, I was pretty surprised that I did.
I agree, monte carlo bar made a noticeable difference.

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