|But most of us who own mavericks don’t have that kinda of time, maybe even skill and never less the money to upgrade to something like that.
So personally I think the easiest and most effective way to lower a maverick with someone on a budget would be to cut springs. Now I know already someone saying, you’ll lose spring rate when you cut springs or you should never cut your springs. Or whats the difference between cutting them why don't you just heating them or clamp them.
Well in my opinion by heating a spring all you do is weaken then construction and the integrity of the spring and you will practically get worse handling then you would have if you left the springs alone. By spring clamping them (though an effective and easy way to lower a car) all this does is make your ride harder, lose alignment all the time, not to mention the car doesn’t get lowered no more then ¼ to ½ of an inch. All of the above methods will not only make you lose your spring rate, but most of all make your car ride like crap!
So back to cutting springs. You probably saying all Mavericks are not alike. Your right! Some have cars with air conditioning, some are 6cyl and other may have wide tires etc. Anyhow this is my experience with my own car, which is a V8 and a 250 I6.. I know many have asked how much do I cut? What springs to buy? Will my tires rub?
Ok… This is what is did. I finally decided to re-lower my car with a new set of springs and start from scratch taking pictures and long the most important things down. Just so you know this is not a tech install story where I will show you each step and what tools to use. I figure, if you’re reading this your probably already mechanically inclined. If your still reading this and you not mechanically inclined I wouldn’t try to do this yourself.
The key part of this is to answer the most common question of what parts do I use how much to cut?
Here is my list of parts.
1. One Pair of “PRE-SETTELED” 1inch lowering spring rated at 650 lbs that was for a 67-73 Mustang.
2. One Pair of ¼ inch Polyurethane Coil Spring Insulators for a 67-73 Mustang Spring.
3. One Pair of Coil Spring Mounting Seats with Polyurethane Bushings.
Again you MUST use all of the following parts listed above. If you use any stock replacement part or your original parts it will change the high of your car! Again if you are using this method I would suggest to use all the above parts. If your not don’t follow this method.
You can obtain any of these parts from any mustang aftermarket parts house. My suggestion is to shop around some mail order houses have complete kits for the above parts and could save you about $100 bucks if you buy it as a kit.
I cut exactly 1 and ½ coil off of these aftermarket coils. Below are pictures of how much I cut.
|Coils and Suspention Questions|
|Ok I know people are always asking about lowering the front of their maverick and how to do it. Well I’m sure there are many ways you can do it. A few in my opinion to be the right way would be going to a pinto / mustang II rack, Relocating your upper control arms, putting drop spindles in or going to a full coil over system. Below are some photos of a MII Rack.|
|all very cool ways to do it huh?|
|For those of you still convinced your going to lose spring rate when you cut them. Your right. But remember that’s why I went to a 650 instead of a 600. In addition I have a nice set of aftermarket gas shocks and sway bars. Besides how many of you have actually took your Maverick out and tested them safely? Personally I think the car handles great! Can it out corner a new Corvette no? But can it handle better then any stock Maverick or your average stock car out there. YES!
Below is a picture of my car out at Fontana Speedway. This shot was taken by editor Johnny Hunkins of Popular Hot Rodding. This shot is in the Rain, at 60+ mph making a hard left hand turn. YES I drive my car in the rain! As you can see the car has limited body roll. Just so you know the tires do not rub and the car did not spin out! Please note that these are on a good set of all season performance Bridgestone Radials. fyi Tires are 245/40 on the front with aftermarket rotors spaced out 1/4 from stock, so if your worried about rubbing on your mavericks it shouldn't unless you have soemthing wider then 245/40 on them
Please note these were under safe conditions and I do not recommend you doing this yourself.
|So in conclusion I hope this page will help people that have the same old question time and time again! “What coils do I use and how much do I cut?” Good Luck!
More to come later on Suspention for a Maverick.
|Please note by doing the above suggestion from www.maverickman.com is at your own risk and I do not take responsibly for your own actions.|
|Here is what the car looks like after the springs were in. If you don't wnat your car this low you can always cut less. How much well thats back to the same old question. But at least now you will have some what of an idea on how much to cut.|
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