View Full Version : Ride Height

06-12-2004, 05:33 AM
This past winter I rebuilt the front end of my 67 Mark 1A. Replaced the bushings with poly, new ball joints, tie rods and spring cushion( the rubber donut at the top of the spring tower). This raised the ride height up from where it was with the old spring cushion. I can't find a ride height dimension in any of my manuals to determine if the current setting is too high or if the old height was too low.

06-12-2004, 09:45 AM
You don't mention the condition of the old spring cushions.Were the old cushions in good shape?This is rubber and will deteriate with age such as 37 years.Do you still have 1 inch lower at the front than the rear?If you do then I would say it is right.

09-28-2004, 04:29 PM
Guess it all depends on the usage. With the 700# and shortened front springs, the Xmember clears by about 3". Haven't run it in many moon but it does corner as if on rails. Doesn't handle dropping the inside front wheel at the apex very well. Did that once at Aspen Raceway and tore a hole in the pan.

09-29-2004, 12:44 PM
Later cars had a higher ride height compared to the earlier ones when new due to bumper heigth regulations of the time. It looks a little odd but that fact, combined with the smaller diameter tires of today, can leave a gap at the top.

09-29-2004, 08:51 PM
The springs were original, measured at the correct unloaded length. Would like to know what height other listers cars are at as measured at the cross member or at the front of the rocker moulding. Thanks Rick

09-30-2004, 09:53 AM
3 inch clearance on the crossmember is too low.
Sorry that I can't give you the info.I just can't go out and measure anymore.The Tiger was sold this past spring and it was correct.My Lister clone's front end is barely sunbeam.The crossmember is modified to accept Mustang 2 upper amd lower A arms.Mustang springs and Mustang 2 spindles. rotors and calipers.Am using the Mustang rack and pinion.There is also the 14 x 7 rims and tires to fit. This and the 8 inch ford rear end has given me more height.I had to use longer shackles.Here we do have some high speed bumps that I had to bypass a few times as I scraped them.
The ackerman problem is also eliminated except on tight lock on the steering when I'm turning into our driveway which is inclined uphill and there are cars opposite the entrance.

11-12-2004, 05:58 PM
Guess I agree that ride height of 3" is too low...unless it is for an SCCA GT2 prepared gato and race track use only. Should have admitted that tidbit of detail. The ride height is with 8X13 rims and Goodyear Blue Streak Gumball race tires with a very low profile.