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Old 10-18-2006, 11:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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drag shocks out back stock in front? Streetable? What would happen??

my 1991 mustangs rear shocks are.... both leaking! I don't know why but they really are... both at the same time!

It might be because they are the OEM stock, and I just installed a tough transmission and have been *a bit* hard on the car lately...

since I have to change them out, what ones should I get? I see that there are *drag REAR shocks* but I know that drag shocks/ struts for front really make a difference... for example the lakewood drag shocks are set at 50/50, but I read that so are the stock fox v8 rear shocks!

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Old 10-18-2006, 11:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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drag shocks out back stock in front? Streetable? What would happen??

for example, I was reading up on the Competition Engineering drag shocks
they have a 50/50 setting, but can get softer on the compression. Here is what I found, but still dont know how they would do with tired stock front struts, would it be a bad idea, would it act normal becasue the Lakewood, even though drag shocks, are a quality shock close to stock specs? Thats what I'm wondering
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CEE-2750 Competition Engineering Adjustable Drag Shocks
Shock/ Strut, Monotube, Adjustable, Rear, Ford/ Mercury, RWD, Each
Tomorrow $41.88
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Competition Engineering drag shocks
The fronts can be set to one of three positions, 90/10, 80/20 and 60/40. These numbers reflect the percentage of force required to extend and compress the shock absorber, with the first number refering to compression and the second extension.

The rears are adjustable to 30/70, 40/60, and 50/50. The smaller the first number, the faster the shock will compress.

We set our front shocks to 90/10, to allow for the fastest possible extension. This will cause the nose of the car to pitch upwards, transferring maximum weight to the rear suspension. The rear shocks were set to 40/60, allowing for some compression, but not excessively stiff or soft. The 50/50 setting for the rears is a bit stiffer, meaning the force of the launch hits the tires harder, rather than being dampened by the shock. The setting you choose will depend on your car as well as how well your track hooks up.



Q&A direct form comp enginering

Q: With three settings to choose from, which one do I start out with?

A: Determining the correct shock setting is a trial and error process. However, knowing the condition of the track surface helps. If the track is slick, you want the shocks to provide maximum weight transfer to the rear tires. A 10/90 front setting extends the shock with little effort, allowing the front end to lift quickly for maximum weight transfer - and traction - to the rear tires. By using a 50/50 setting at the rear, the rear end will "squat" easily which allows more of the car's body weight to get the tires hooked up.

When track conditions are ideal, your goal is to minimize weight transfer. A 20/80 or 40/60 front setting will keep the front end from rising too high, preventing air from getting trapped under the car. At the rear, a 70/30 or 60/40 shock setting requires more force to squat the rear end which will take some bite out of the car. [/small]
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drag shocks out back stock in front? Streetable? What would happen??

With the rears, you won't notice much of a difference. The car will feel much better with drag shocks than it will with worn out 'street' shocks.

Rear drag shocks are pretty much just like the stockers, anyway.
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drag shocks out back stock in front? Streetable? What would happen??

thanks n2omike!
... that being said, would you suggest the non-adj Lakewoods or the adj (with a pain an the a$$) Competition Engineering units? Or would you go as cheap as possible and get super saver shocks ?
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drag shocks out back stock in front? Streetable? What would happen??

You probably won't see much difference, either way. If you were to get serious and had a good suspension, you could start to make some gains with good shocks. With a stock (Fox) suspension that doesn't have any real modifications, there aren't any serious gains to be had with the shocks you mentioned.
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drag shocks out back stock in front? Streetable? What would happen??

I've got the el' cheapo 90/10's on my car. No problems. I also drive it mostly on the street. No problems.
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drag shocks out back stock in front? Streetable? What would happen??

the lakewood 50/50's are installed.

the weird noises that came from the rear area of the car when in motion are gone... the old shocks did nothing for the first 3" of travel... no resistance up or down.. now when shifting from 1st to 2nd, under a good amount of throttle, it doesnt 'chirp', it burns outtttttt.........

of course thats easy w/ the peg leg rear ....
but with 3.0:1 gears

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[ This Message was edited by: 67fastback on 10/24/06 7:32am ]

...uhh are the stock shocks (mine from 1991) made in *Japan* because the ones I took off seemed stock &....."made in Japan"....wtf? could this be correct.... not *right* but ?correct?

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