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Mustang II or Ranger front suspension ?

Post  JBR-3 on April 3rd 2018, 1:43 pm

1971 Mustang project. I would be grafting the new suspension onto the car, probably also getting new front frame rails.

The ranger suspension looks like it might be more heavy duty than the Mustang II, plus would have bigger brakes.

Any advice on the Ranger suspension ? 1998 and on.

Ultimate goal is that I don't want any crossmembers under the engine, I want to use a full length oil pan. And no strut suspensions.

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Post  rbro460 on April 3rd 2018, 2:37 pm

JBR-3 wrote:1971 Mustang project. I would be grafting the new suspension onto the car, probably also getting new front frame rails.

The ranger suspension looks like it might be more heavy duty than the Mustang II, plus would have bigger brakes.

Any advice on the Ranger suspension ? 1998 and on.

Ultimate goal is that I don't want any crossmembers under the engine, I want to use a full length oil pan. And no strut suspensions.

Are you going to use motor plates with this application??
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Post  JBR-3 on April 3rd 2018, 3:58 pm

I don't think I'll go with motor plates.

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Post  jasonf on April 3rd 2018, 6:01 pm

JBR-3 wrote:1971 Mustang project. I would be grafting the new suspension onto the car, probably also getting new front frame rails.

The ranger suspension looks like it might be more heavy duty than the Mustang II, plus would have bigger brakes.

Any advice on the Ranger suspension ? 1998 and on.

Ultimate goal is that I don't want any crossmembers under the engine, I want to use a full length oil pan. And no strut suspensions.

I googled to see if they were the same as the explorer but could not find an answer. I have an 04 Explorer and they handle like crap and have wicked bump steer. I could not imagine ever wanting to go race car fast in it that's for sure.
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Post  69F100 on April 3rd 2018, 7:23 pm

JBR-3 wrote:1971 Mustang project. I would be grafting the new suspension onto the car, probably also getting new front frame rails.

The ranger suspension looks like it might be more heavy duty than the Mustang II, plus would have bigger brakes.

Any advice on the Ranger suspension ? 1998 and on.

Ultimate goal is that I don't want any crossmembers under the engine, I want to use a full length oil pan. And no strut suspensions.

I ran the ranger frontend under my 2000 ranger with the 460 and the 552 never had a problem only reason taking it out was to give more room and less weight on the frontend the ranger front clip is heavy for sure
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Post  JBR-3 on April 4th 2018, 12:06 am

Thanks Gents.

69F100, did you set the firewall back ?

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Post  69F100 on April 4th 2018, 9:42 am

Yes moved it back to the door opening when I set the engine I put the front of the engine center of the front spindles
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Post  dfree383 on April 4th 2018, 10:18 am

Why are you so against struts?
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Post  JBR-3 on April 4th 2018, 12:17 pm

On the strut deal, I'm going to use fairly wide front wheels and tires, not a typical skinny drag/pro street build.

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Post  dfree383 on April 4th 2018, 4:07 pm

JBR-3 wrote:On the strut deal, I'm going to use fairly wide front wheels and tires, not a typical skinny drag/pro street build.

So a fox or sn95 style front?
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Re: Mustang II or Ranger front suspension ?

Post  Colt Macara on April 8th 2018, 9:40 pm

JBR-3 wrote:On the strut deal, I'm going to use fairly wide front wheels and tires, not a typical skinny drag/pro street build.

As far as the MII, you can buy just about any configuration you want. Everybody makes everything for a II crossmember...... thru the coil, coil overs, bags, extended tube control arms, standard-lowered spindles and every brake configuration up to 13" rotors, stabilizer bars, Every wheel bolt pattern. etc, etc. I believe there is a weld in with reinforcements for every Mustang any early year gen 1 thru all fox's. It is akin to saying 350/350!
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