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    Re: 67 Cougar Rear Suspension - Watts Link, Torque Arm, Composite Springs

    Here are pictures of the rear wheel and tire from two angles. If I tuck the tire anymore inboard, it rubs on the front inner wheel well. Where it's at, I don't notice it rubbing anywhere. Boy, the car sure needs cleaned up....
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    Re: 67 Cougar Rear Suspension - Watts Link, Torque Arm, Composite Springs

    Quote Originally Posted by reldla1996 View Post
    Here are pictures of the rear wheel and tire from two angles. If I tuck the tire anymore inboard, it rubs on the front inner wheel well. Where it's at, I don't notice it rubbing anywhere. Boy, the car sure needs cleaned up....
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    Looks good to me. I like the way that the 275 fits on the 9.5" wheel. I am planning on cutting/ rolling my fender lips with the Eastwood rolling tool, maybe I can squeeze a 295 back there, with a little less backspacing. What are you running for rear brakes?

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    Re: 67 Cougar Rear Suspension - Watts Link, Torque Arm, Composite Springs

    I'm running the original 9" rear axle with factory drum brakes; it's a 390 GT car. As you can see, I lowered the rear an inch or so with the springs.
    Ron
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    Re: 67 Cougar Rear Suspension - Watts Link, Torque Arm, Composite Springs

    Before spending megabucks on a suspension replacement, get some real shock absorbers. Koni shocks will fix all the issues that you are mentioning. There are other brands that are well regarded, but I only have experience with Koni. Compared to cheapie shocks like KYB, Monroe, or Gabriel etc the difference is breathtaking.



    Quote Originally Posted by VMacKenzie View Post
    reldla1996 instead of me taking my own front suspension thread off track I figured I'd kick this one up instead. I'm curious if the front and rear spring rates and ride is reasonably consistent between the front and rear of your car. My stock '68 the ride in back was boingy and bouncy (typical stock leaf spring ride, quickly bounces up and down), while the front was soft and floaty and long duration response to road undulations. . .quite a significant difference in ride behavior between each end. I'm hoping to gain more consistency with my upgrades. I'll be happy with a stiffer ride, I'm expecting that, so long as it's not a harsh ride.

    How much did the torque arm help, do you feel it would be a beneficial upgrade for a 300 hp 302 with 5 speed? I'm hoping to avoid that upgrade since it seems every vehicle I've put traction bars or Caltracs on have always had maddening problems. I've never done a torque arm (well my 1938 has one built in, but the ol' straight 8 ain't a powerhouse) but that may be the way to go. I know if I switch from auto to T5 manual it will torque the rear axle more.

    I might shoot you a PM. . .
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    Re: 67 Cougar Rear Suspension - Watts Link, Torque Arm, Composite Springs

    That's good to hear Royce, wouldn't have thought the difference would be that significant. I do plan to do the watts link and mono rear leaf, regardless of the shock choice I feel those upgrades would be worthwhile. I'm on the fence about the torque arm though, I'll see how it does with the mentioned upgrades then decide later whether or not to spring for the torque arm.

    By the way since I posted last I just bought a solid '68 project car to get started on soon. 99% rust free and much of the bodywork done, and it's pretty much disassembled. With only 90,900 miles on the 4V 302 car the front shock towers are in great shape with no cracks or holes drilled for grease zerk access. I'm still installing the shock tower reinforcement plates, the stronger crossmember and monte carlo bar. I'm also adding the sheetmetal divider that goes behind the back seat that WCCC sells.
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