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  1. #901
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    Re: 1967 Cougar build

    I recently completed a 1000 mile road trip in the Cougar and I noticed that the steering was particularly numb on center. While driving down the highway I found myself having to constantly steer it in order to keep it going straight. I attributed this mostly to the windy conditions that I encountered at various points on the trip, but I didn't give it much more thought.


    After getting home, I noticed that there was a little squeaking noise from the front end when I made slow right hand turns. I suspected that maybe the preload on the front bearings has loosened up, so I jacked it up to investigate. Rocking the wheel at the 12 and 6 o'clock position really didn't show any unusual looseness in the bearings, however, I did find significant slop when I rocked the wheel at the 3 and 9 o'clock positions:





    Although all of my front end components are "new" they do have about 15K miles on them since installation. After seeing the slop in the rack, I called TCP and was surprised and pleased to get a live tech guy on the line. His name was Mike and he was very helpful. He told me that due to the straight cut gears of the rack and pinion gears, periodic inspection and adjustment is necessary to minimize the backlash. He outlined the procedure and I went outside and did it. I also noticed that the passenger side inner tie rod was a little loose where it was bolted to the rack, and I was able to address that.


    Needles to say, the steering feels much better. The return to center is much improved and the on center feel is also much better (no duh...considering how much slop was there)! I plan to have the car up on a rack in the near future to inspect all of the steering and the suspension components and fix anything I find.


    Take away: don't assume everything is tight and working properly just because all of the components are "new."


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    Re: 1967 Cougar build

    Going to rock a slightly different look and feel for a bit. It is definitely a different driving experience with proper front tires.


    The tires are Dunlop Direzza (who comes up with these names!?) DZ102s sized 225/55-16 all the way around, mounted on 16x7 1997ish Crown Vic wheels. The fitment is very good. In retrospect, I probably could have gone with 245/50s all the way around, but I was afraid of fitment issues in the front.





    Some lowering in the front and rear is probably in order.


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    Looks good. I think those wheels are a better look with your car. Agreed a slight drop would finish the job
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    Re: 1967 Cougar build

    Great information and really good work done by Mr. Phil


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    Re: 1967 Cougar build

    I like the look! Maybe the tires could be a bit lower / wider. That would lower the car and give a bit more room in the wheelwells.


    Quote Originally Posted by andrewb70 View Post
    Going to rock a slightly different look and feel for a bit. It is definitely a different driving experience with proper front tires.


    The tires are Dunlop Direzza (who comes up with these names!?) DZ102s sized 225/55-16 all the way around, mounted on 16x7 1997ish Crown Vic wheels. The fitment is very good. In retrospect, I probably could have gone with 245/50s all the way around, but I was afraid of fitment issues in the front.





    Some lowering in the front and rear is probably in order.


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    Re: 1967 Cougar build

    The front can come down, but it looks pretty tough with those 225s. I wish I had gone with 245/50s in the rear, but they were not available in this tire anyway. Maybe next set? The shorter tire height is also impacting cruise engine speed. Seventy five MPH is up to about 2500rpm, which is a few hundred more than before.

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  8. #907

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    kinda has a mad max feel to it. I dig it!

  9. #908

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    great work

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