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jim0899
James Willenbrink
Florence, KY
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Main British Car:
1978 MGB Chevrolet 327

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Fast Cars Independant front suspension
Posted by: jim0899
Date: August 20, 2015 05:14PM

Been thinking about using the Fast Cars IFS. Just curious to find out how many have installed it, and how they like it. It will be going in to a '78 MGB roadster.


Capt'n Moorgone
Mike Moor
Angola,IN
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11/20/2008 07:05PM

Main British Car:
1973 MGB 300 Buick

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Re: Fast Cars Independant front suspension
Posted by: Capt'n Moorgone
Date: August 20, 2015 06:28PM

Fantastic product! Mine has nearly 40,000s miles on it. The weight savings and brakes are huge improvements. Totally adjustable is a great thing too. Perfect road manners. Would do another on the next car.
Last I heard, they had sold over 150 units worldwide.
Mike


jim0899
James Willenbrink
Florence, KY
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Main British Car:
1978 MGB Chevrolet 327

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Re: Fast Cars Independant front suspension
Posted by: jim0899
Date: August 20, 2015 06:31PM

Thank you sir, that is quite an endorsement, mostly interested in better ride and safety.

Jim W.


danmas
Dan Masters
Alcoa, Tennessee
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10/28/2007 12:11AM

Main British Car:
1974 MGBGT Ford 302

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Re: Fast Cars Independant front suspension
Posted by: danmas
Date: August 20, 2015 06:47PM

I only have 17,000 miles on mine, but I agree with everything Mike said.

Mike, wasn't yours the first one installed?


jim0899
James Willenbrink
Florence, KY
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Main British Car:
1978 MGB Chevrolet 327

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Re: Fast Cars Independant front suspension
Posted by: jim0899
Date: August 20, 2015 08:21PM

Thanks for the reply Dan, much appreciated, it will help me convince my wife (think I will probably have to remodel the kitchen if I go for the ifs) :)


mowog1
Rick Ingram
Central Illinois
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10/17/2007 09:36PM

Main British Car:
1974.5 MGB/GT 3.9l Rover

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Re: Fast Cars Independant front suspension
Posted by: mowog1
Date: August 20, 2015 10:32PM

I've got about 5000 miles on mine.

I love it.

I saved 75 pounds compared to the stock crossmember.

I spent some time with the new owners, the Sennekers, at BritishV8 and up at the UML Summer Party a couple of weeks ago....great people, just like Ted and Judy Lathrop.

FastCars Weight.jpg

Stock crossmemember_2.jpg

FastCars Weight_1.jpg

Stock crossmember_1.jpg


jim0899
James Willenbrink
Florence, KY
(59 posts)

Registered:
10/05/2010 04:46PM

Main British Car:
1978 MGB Chevrolet 327

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Re: Fast Cars Independant front suspension
Posted by: jim0899
Date: August 21, 2015 01:09AM

Thank you for the reply Rick, and the pictures are much appreciated, more pics always a good thing. :) Just out of curiosity, what did you do with your old front suspension? I was hoping someone on the site (with a pre '75) might be able to use mine.

Jim W.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/21/2015 05:10PM by jim0899.



MGB567
Barrie Braxton

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04/26/2015 12:13AM

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Re: Fast Cars Independant front suspension
Posted by: MGB567
Date: August 21, 2015 05:33AM

I'll try this forum. Any Aussies fitted one or am I going to be the first?


kerbau53
Geoff Morton
Naples, FL
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Registered:
08/09/2010 10:27PM

Main British Car:
78 MGB Ford 5L

Re: Fast Cars Independant front suspension
Posted by: kerbau53
Date: August 21, 2015 06:31AM

Great unit!


mowog1
Rick Ingram
Central Illinois
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10/17/2007 09:36PM

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1974.5 MGB/GT 3.9l Rover

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Re: Fast Cars Independant front suspension
Posted by: mowog1
Date: August 21, 2015 10:32AM

Jim....my old crossmember went to Pete Mantell of Mantell Motorsport.

I see you're in Florence, KY.

You need to hook up with Jim Blackwood......he's also in Florence.

Eddie Cole is in Walton, KY.

Fastcars Front Suspension.jpg


jim0899
James Willenbrink
Florence, KY
(59 posts)

Registered:
10/05/2010 04:46PM

Main British Car:
1978 MGB Chevrolet 327

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Re: Fast Cars Independant front suspension
Posted by: jim0899
Date: August 21, 2015 04:16PM

Rick, thanks for the info and picture of your ifs. Have met Jim Blackwood but not Eddie Cole. :)
More pictures of the Fast Cars IFS installed would be much appreciated.

Jim W.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/21/2015 04:39PM by jim0899.


danmas
Dan Masters
Alcoa, Tennessee
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10/28/2007 12:11AM

Main British Car:
1974 MGBGT Ford 302

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Re: Fast Cars Independant front suspension
Posted by: danmas
Date: August 21, 2015 07:25PM

Quote:
Just out of curiosity, what did you do with your old front suspension?

I modified my crossmember to take the Ford 302 oil pan and gave it away as a door prize at a V8 meet.


jim0899
James Willenbrink
Florence, KY
(59 posts)

Registered:
10/05/2010 04:46PM

Main British Car:
1978 MGB Chevrolet 327

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Re: Fast Cars Independant front suspension
Posted by: jim0899
Date: August 22, 2015 12:42PM

Thanks Dan, you have one beautiful car, almost a work of art. Hope to see it in person next year.

Jim W.


jim0899
James Willenbrink
Florence, KY
(59 posts)

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10/05/2010 04:46PM

Main British Car:
1978 MGB Chevrolet 327

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Re: Fast Cars Independant front suspension
Posted by: jim0899
Date: August 23, 2015 02:05PM

One more question for those who have installed the Fast Cars IFS- that is; is the origional torsion bar used in congunction with the new front suspension?


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
(2668 posts)

Registered:
10/24/2007 02:46PM

Main British Car:
'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: Fast Cars Independant front suspension
Posted by: rficalora
Date: August 23, 2015 11:36PM

James - if you're refering to the anti-roll bar, I went to either a 3/4" or 7/8" (would need to check my notes to be sure which).



jim0899
James Willenbrink
Florence, KY
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10/05/2010 04:46PM

Main British Car:
1978 MGB Chevrolet 327

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Re: Fast Cars Independant front suspension
Posted by: jim0899
Date: August 24, 2015 01:43AM

I think I used the wrong term, after looking at the Moss Motors catalog think it is called the sway bar(you can see what I'm referring to at the top of the picture). Just curious to find out if that was to be connected to the Fast Cars independent front suspension.

I used this photo from one that was posted online by Mike Adams, hope he doesn't mind.

MikeAdams-MG-MGB-CB.jpg



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/24/2015 01:45AM by jim0899.


kerbau53
Geoff Morton
Naples, FL
(109 posts)

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08/09/2010 10:27PM

Main British Car:
78 MGB Ford 5L

Re: Fast Cars Independant front suspension
Posted by: kerbau53
Date: August 24, 2015 06:46AM

Choice of swaybar is up to you.


jim0899
James Willenbrink
Florence, KY
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10/05/2010 04:46PM

Main British Car:
1978 MGB Chevrolet 327

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Re: Fast Cars Independant front suspension
Posted by: jim0899
Date: August 24, 2015 09:54AM

Thanks Geoff,

Are you using the Fast Cars IFS?

Jim W.


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
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Registered:
10/24/2007 02:46PM

Main British Car:
'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: Fast Cars Independant front suspension
Posted by: rficalora
Date: August 24, 2015 05:36PM

Anti-roll bar & "sway" bar are the same thing. They come in different diameters. Amount of roll control goes up exponentially with diameter (e.g., 3/4" is way more 5/8" & 7/8" is way way way more).

To some degree it's personal preference. Depending on how you dirve, you minght not be pushing through the corners hard enough to change from stock.

Here's some good info on sway bars... [www.vikingspeedshop.com]


danmas
Dan Masters
Alcoa, Tennessee
(576 posts)

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10/28/2007 12:11AM

Main British Car:
1974 MGBGT Ford 302

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Re: Fast Cars Independant front suspension
Posted by: danmas
Date: August 24, 2015 06:53PM

Fast Cars' sway bar mounting.
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