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Originally posted by changinlatitudes changinlatitudes wrote:

Russ, I think it all boils down to a matte of taste. I have almost the same setup you do....72 Montego 351/C-4, 235/60-15 on the front with 15x8 rims. I went with CVPI Moog #80090 with 1/2 coil cut, and front shocks are KYB Excel-G #343128. It lowered the front end to the perfect height (for me), and handling/ride is MUCH improved.

I had the same problem when going through these posts. A LOT of good information here, but hard to dissect in a usable format.


Matt,
I wanted to double check on the shock part number you gave. I looked those up on Amazon and the ad mentions Ford Focus. Confused
Someone else recommended Bilstiens, but those are a bit out of my budget for now.
I did just get the Moog 80090 springs today. Haven't installed yet, front suspension is still completely apart.
Thanks,
Russ


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All,
Have we discussed the rear coils and shocks in here? I'll go back and look, but I am wanting some suggestions  for a 72 Ranchero, which will have to be used as a truck at times.Cry
But I am still wanting good handling, otherwise I would just put a pair of air shocks back in it. It does have a class 3 or 4 hitch welded in. Not sure I would ever use it except in an emergency.
I know I may have to compromise a bit here. Thinking that I might need something a bit different from a regular Torino though.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Canuck Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28-October-2017 at 7:45PM
have you considered getting "cargo" springs? I went with them on the rear of my 72 wagon, they're stock springs made with the next thickness up of wire. Our local spring shop custom wound them for me, price was pretty reasonable.

I went with CVPI springs in front, and Monroe 550010/550011 shocks front and rear. Zero complaints, the car handles wonderfully.


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Nope, but that is why I asked, I need ideas. LOL
Getting custom wound ones probably isn't a possibility, but over the counter ones maybe.
Am I limited to Ranchero/Torino springs for the rear, or do other models coils work?
Etc.
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Russ


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Originally posted by russosborne russosborne wrote:

Originally posted by changinlatitudes changinlatitudes wrote:

Russ, I think it all boils down to a matte of taste. I have almost the same setup you do....72 Montego 351/C-4, 235/60-15 on the front with 15x8 rims. I went with CVPI Moog #80090 with 1/2 coil cut, and front shocks are KYB Excel-G #343128. It lowered the front end to the perfect height (for me), and handling/ride is MUCH improved.

I had the same problem when going through these posts. A LOT of good information here, but hard to dissect in a usable format.


Matt,
I wanted to double check on the shock part number you gave. I looked those up on Amazon and the ad mentions Ford Focus. Confused
Someone else recommended Bilstiens, but those are a bit out of my budget for now.
I did just get the Moog 80090 springs today. Haven't installed yet, front suspension is still completely apart.
Thanks,
Russ


Russ, I double checked that part number on Rock Auto and eBay and that's the right # for 1972 Ford Gran Torino. Looks like Rock Auto still has a really good price on them. FYI I also went with the KYB #343135 for my rear shocks.


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Russ here is the direct link on Rock Auto to all the '72 Torino shocks:
 
 
You'll notice KYB's come in both Excel-G and Gas-A-Just versions.
 
Bilsteins are more expensive and probably the stiffest riding, but IMO the best for all out performance.  You have to search for a late model Crown Vic to find them through:
 


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Originally posted by 72FordGTS 72FordGTS wrote:

Russ here is the direct link on Rock Auto to all the '72 Torino shocks:
 
 
You'll notice KYB's come in both Excel-G and Gas-A-Just versions.
 
Bilsteins are more expensive and probably the stiffest riding, but IMO the best for all out performance.  You have to search for a late model Crown Vic to find them through:
 


i just put a set of the kyb excel-g's on mine, good all around oem replacement shock. I did replace the upper bushins with the poly type just for the heck of it.
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Russ,
As far as rear springs go, somewhere on here I put a link to spring charts at Moog's site and I think an interactive search thing.
Rear springs for a 65-78 fullsize, 67-79 Thunderbird will all fit as well as the standard options. you need to look at installed height, as well as spring rate and effective spring length.
Are you looking to raise the rear, stockish height but stiffer, factory ride, marshmallow ride?
I have Mark V springs in my Thunderbird because I wanted a 70s rake and didn't want cargo coils.
There are Galaxie springs that will give you a stock height, but stiffer as well.
I have not seen any factory springs that will lower the car.
 
 


Edited by Big Bird - 29-October-2017 at 10:37AM
The above post should be read in a "Grumpy Old Man" voice.
Almost forgot: "Get off my lawn!!!"
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Thanks.

The ultimate goal is stock height but better handling in the rear. I like stock rear height with the front lowered a bit.
Having a Ranchero makes it a little tougher choice since I will have to use it as a truck once in a while.
I'll look for those spring charts.

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