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Arrived yesterday. Will install this weekend!! I will post some pics of the install!

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5 hours ago, Mach1s said:

Arrived yesterday. Will install this weekend!! I will post some pics of the install!

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They look awesome. Good luck.

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1971 M-Code Mach 1 w/Ram Air, 408 stroker, 285/291 0.558" roller cam, Blue Thunder intake, TKO600, Hooker headers with electric cut-offs, FiTech EFI w/ RobBMC PowerSurge pump

Strange center section with Truetrac, 3.5 gear and 31 spline axles, 4-wheel disc brakes

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Wow, what a beautiful piece of equipment!

What kind of spring compressor must you use for these?

73 modified Grande 351C. (Finally back on the road woohoo!) 

71 429CJ. ( In progress )

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Ok. Started Saturday and finished today (Sunday) installation was pretty easy with some mechanical ability. Safety is something everyone needs to follow when completing or working on vehicles. With that said, here is the install. 
 

1: measure original ride height from floor to wheel opening at wheels center. 
2: Put car on stands and remove wheels. 
3: remove sway bar links on both sides. 
4: support lower control arm with floor jack. 
5: remove upper shock mount and bushings. 
6: remove lower shock mounts. 
7. Remove shock tower top/strut tower brace and remove shock. 
8: remove shock tower outer cover. 
9: install spring compressor and compress spring. 
10: remove lower spring perch. 

11: remove coil spring. 
12: clean area, make sure upper coil spring insulator comes off with coil. 
13: install upper coil over mount under strut braces  

14: put anti seize on lower shock threads where adjustment nuts will be and install lock ring with raised portion up, stainless washer then adjustment nut with collar up  coat all mating surfaces with anti seize. (Putting nut to lowest portion of shock will give you about a 3” drop)
15: install coil on shock and upper spring insulator ring. Extend shock to full length. Put assembled unit into place (rotate lower mount as needed) . 
16: install hardware on lower shock mount onto upper control arm and torque to spec. 
17: jack up lower control arm until upper shock mount is aligned and insert hardware, torque to spec  

18: reinstall outer shock tower cover and torque to spec  

19: reinstall sway bar end links after both sides are complete  

20: check that all hardware is torqued to spec and install tires.

21: remove car from jack stands and lower to ground . Either bounce on  front or move car a bit to seat the suspension. Recheck ride height and adjust  to liking.
22: be sure to torque lug nuts before driving on road. 
23:  adjust shocks with knob on side  specs are in the instruction and this setting will make all the difference in the world.  
24: enjoy the ride  

I hope this covers everything. I will edit it as needed . I found that I should have replaced my upper control arms as they looked like they could use to be replaced. My lower spring perches were horrible as seen I pics. Easier to replace now then after install . I will attach pics in next post. I have not been able to go out and drive it much but the little I did tells me I Love these things. I need to play with the adjustment more but I started on 10 and so far have dialed it back to 8 clicks. I started on the lowest drop just to see what I could do then raised them 1” to where it is now. (As seen in pics). I did this conversion because I wanted the adjustability of ride not to lower my car. I found that I like my car 1.5” lower . My car started at 27-1/4”and the 1st pic is 24-1/8 (3” drop). The second pic is 26” which I’m calling good. Now I just have to drop the rear about an inch and I can call it good  let me know what you think  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1st pic is all the shit that was stick in the shock tower cover after I took it off and tipped it upside down. 
 

second pic is how bad my spring perches were. 

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1st 2  pics  is my Final height.

2nd pic is with 3” drop

3rd pic is original ride hight. 
 

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Looks awesome, love that stance!

The only thing I don't understand, is how you can mount such beautiful pieces on such rusty towers.
Wish I could do this at times. The reason you drive and me push my cars around :D

73 modified Grande 351C. (Finally back on the road woohoo!) 

71 429CJ. ( In progress )

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I have driven this car on almost every sunny day for the last for the last 25 years. Its not a trailer queen of a show winner. A little surface rust is not much of a concern to me. When I get around to replacing the control arms I will more than likely clean and paint the area but for now  WE DRIVE !!

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You are so right! Glad you take my remark exactly how it was ment!
I really need to buy dark shades and drive more :D

73 modified Grande 351C. (Finally back on the road woohoo!) 

71 429CJ. ( In progress )

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Posted (edited)

Looking good. What is the height from the front pinch welds to the ground. I ended up with 8 1/8". I dont have experience with those springs but expect them to set some. My coil overs sat about 1/4" after a few miles.

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1971 M-Code Mach 1 w/Ram Air, 408 stroker, 285/291 0.558" roller cam, Blue Thunder intake, TKO600, Hooker headers with electric cut-offs, FiTech EFI w/ RobBMC PowerSurge pump

Strange center section with Truetrac, 3.5 gear and 31 spline axles, 4-wheel disc brakes

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I am 8-5/8” right behind the fender bolt at the bottom of pinch weld. Put about 30 miles on today and I am going to drop the adjustment to 6 clicks as the roads around here  are a bit harsh. At 10 clicks they really flattened out my corners and feel great. Need to get an alignment. Feels to be over steering a bit. 
 

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Just seen Summit Racing has these QA1's on sale again at $566.96 a pair. (QA1-MS402-10400CNormal price is $629.95 if anyone is interested. I noticed because I went on to check on the price of the matching single adjustable rear shocks QA1-TS601 - QA1 Stocker Star Shocks which are also on sale so I ordered them. I'm really digging mine!!

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