'72 Comet GT
OK, I've got factory air shocks on the rear and they suck! They leak down in like a day, and I end up riding on the springs. I want to change them over to something better, but I read a post on maverick.to and someone said they had put KYB GS-2 struts on the rear. I thought I could just replace them with Gas-A-Just shocks...whats the deal?
Theres no deal here. Use the shocks listed for the application in what ever brand you like.
The term 'strut' has no meaning on a Mav or Comet. Struts are a combination shock and support part found on the front suspension of 85 up Mustangs, and big Ford cars and many smaller cars in the line up. My Lincoln uses struts on the front. There nearly 30" long. The actual spring function is a seperate air filled rubber blatter.
'72 Comet GT
well i'm glad thats cleared up. what shocks did you use on your comet? I read on the other board i think about you changing your ride height by flipping your springs or pulling a leaf, i'm considering that, depending on how it sits after replacing the shocks. I am also considering replacing the front springs, maybe with something a little shorter, 1 to 1 1/2"...
The rear has been lowered 2" by placing spacer blocks between the axle housing and the springs. It is wise to go one size larger on the U bolts from 7/16 to 3/8" and the 2" longer. The bottom plate will need the holes drilled out to the 3/8 size. The rear shocks will be near the end of there travel, so 2" extensions should be used on the bottom.
On the front, the rule of thumb is 1 coil = 1". Measure from the center of the wheel to the fender lip and decide where you want the lip to be in relation to the tire. Do the same at the rear wheel to get the look you want. On the rear of my car, I have 4 leaf springs so the stiffness is greater. When lowering both ends take into account if your using rims that have a greater outward offset or the fender lips could rub in a tight turn or upward travel of the suspension.