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Old 05-13-2019, 06:47 AM   #21
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Picked up some Cougar 6 spoke 16's yesterday. I'm thinking I'll paint them White
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Sweet! What year are they off of? I wanted to get the SVT six spoke, but way too much money.
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Sweet! What year are they off of? I wanted to get the SVT six spoke, but way too much money.
I think the guy said 99 Cougar.
I like the SVT wheels, but I wanted 16's to get more sidewall on the tire
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I like that idea, I might try to source some as well.
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Old 05-13-2019, 01:06 PM   #25
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Looks good to me!
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Maybe you could grind down the area that says cougar. Or use putty to fill it in.
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Front end is back together and feels good. New SVT Struts, ZX3 Springs with Pre-Load Spacers, SVT Swaybar with Poly bushings, and Poly Control Arm Bushings.


Struts assembled


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On the ground. 1-1/8" taller. (27-1/2")


Showing stock height (26-3/8")

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Front end is back together and feels good. New SVT Struts, ZX3 Springs with Pre-Load Spacers, SVT Swaybar with Poly bushings, and Poly Control Arm Bushings.


Struts assembled


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On the ground. 1-1/8" taller. (27-1/2")


Showing stock height (26-3/8")
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So for the front-you are running SVT struts,stock zx3 springs-plus your spacer?

How thick is the spacer-as far as lift?

I ask because I ran the old discontinued ST spacers pictured here:



These look to be quite a bit less lift than your spacers.

I ran them on the shorter SVT front springs as that is what I had on the car, I wanted the increased rate over zx3 springs ,and was concerned about droop travel.

My Tokico struts had confirmed travel same length as stock zx3 struts.

I forget the exact droop travel-but it was good.

I can't find SVT strut extended to collapsed measurements but it certainly isn't going to be any longer than stock-most likely the same or less.

I would guess the same as a zx3 stocker.

If you are running stock travel front struts with the tall ZX3 stock springs plus your tall spacers-I'll bet you have almost no droop.

Topping out your suspension all the time or even over regular size bumps sucks and seriously affects traction and handling-plus the car rides like crap.

You might want to check that.

When I dumped my svt spring/spacer combo for a custom spring I factored that in and jacked the car up and measured my droop.

It was a hair less than calculated but close enough and worked well.
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So for the front-you are running SVT struts,stock zx3 springs-plus your spacer?

How thick is the spacer-as far as lift?

I ask because I ran the old discontinued ST spacers pictured here:



These look to be quite a bit less lift than your spacers.

I ran them on the shorter SVT front springs as that is what I had on the car, I wanted the increased rate over zx3 springs ,and was concerned about droop travel.

My Tokico struts had confirmed travel same length as stock zx3 struts.

I forget the exact droop travel-but it was good.

I can't find SVT strut extended to collapsed measurements but it certainly isn't going to be any longer than stock-most likely the same or less.

I would guess the same as a zx3 stocker.

If you are running stock travel front struts with the tall ZX3 stock springs plus your tall spacers-I'll bet you have almost no droop.

Topping out your suspension all the time or even over regular size bumps sucks and seriously affects traction and handling-plus the car rides like crap.

You might want to check that.

When I dumped my svt spring/spacer combo for a custom spring I factored that in and jacked the car up and measured my droop.

It was a hair less than calculated but close enough and worked well.

I copied "The Norm's" setup: SVT strut, ZX3 Spring, 29mm Thick Billet Spacer. (1-1/8").

The preload stiffens the ride noticeably. Feels nice. Still has droop travel available. I'll measure how much droop I have tonight.

SVT and ZX3 struts are the same length just valved differently.

I have not touched the rear of the car yet, but with the added 1-1/8" lift in the front it sits pretty level now
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