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danielruhe
Daniel Ruhe

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Fast Cars Front Suspension Opinions
Posted by: danielruhe
Date: November 19, 2019 08:35PM

Hi everyone, Im doing my ford 302 v8 conversion on my 1974 mgb and I am debating on pulling the trigger on a fast cars front suspension. I want to hear from some people who have used it what their take is. What has it improved on the car and is it worth it or just rebuild the stock suspension?


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 Front Suspension Opinions
Posted by: mowog1
Date: November 28, 2019 10:41AM

Personally, I believe it transforms the handling of the car....and it is adjustable, something you will not have with the stock setup.

I saved about 75 pounds over the stock unit as well....

Decide before you buy if you will need the wider version....especially nice if you're adding flares to the wings.

The Sennekers are good people to work with.

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MG four six eight
Bill Jacobson
Wa state
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10/23/2007 02:15AM

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73 MGB Buick 215, Eaton/GM supercharger

Re: Fast Cars Front Suspension Opinions
Posted by: MG four six eight
Date: December 04, 2019 01:49AM

I have one and I would agree with Rick, less weight and better handling. The bigger brakes are an added plus as well.
Since my car has flared fenders, I opted for the 2" wider version. It allowed me to use wheels with better back spacing, which improved the scrub radius and handling.

Bill


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
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10/23/2007 12:59PM

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1971 MGB Blown,Injected,Intercooled Buick 340/AA80E/JagIRS

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Re: Fast Cars Front Suspension Opinions
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: December 04, 2019 11:39AM

I rebuilt the stock suspension. Most of the weight loss is in the hubs, brakes and shocks. Probably 10 and certainly no more than 20 lbs in the crossmember. CCE is presently selling off their last remaining stock in aluminum hubs for something around $400 a set. That's a good deal, I spent nearly $100 on the billet stock to turn mine from. I used WW's reman shocks with external valving, most of that is sprung weight and they are superior to coil-over units but heavier. I also used air bags in place of the springs. Jury is still out on that one but I will have decided by this summer what the advantages/disadvantages are. So far the ride is very good but I'm not yet convinced of any handling advantages.

The FC unit is good kit, the one weakness in in the upper and lower shock attachments which should be replaced periodically. (annually maybe)

Jim


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

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'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: Fast Cars Front Suspension Opinions
Posted by: rficalora
Date: December 04, 2019 05:46PM

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The FC unit is good kit, the one weakness in in the upper and lower shock attachments which should be replaced periodically. (annually maybe)

You're talking about the bearings Jim? I've had mine for 6-8 years & about 26k miles. Only one of the four (upper/lower each side) bearings has shown signs of wear.


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
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1971 MGB Blown,Injected,Intercooled Buick 340/AA80E/JagIRS

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Re: Fast Cars Front Suspension Opinions
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: December 05, 2019 12:00AM

Yeah, the rod ends on the shocks, I think the life can vary a great deal depending on a lot of different things.

Jim


steveng
Steve Engelman
Ohio
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06/14/2013 06:56AM

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1968 MGB Ford 302 V8

Re: Fast Cars Front Suspension Opinions
Posted by: steveng
Date: December 26, 2019 08:29AM

Just thought I would weigh in here with my 2 cents on the Fast Cars front suspension unit. I used it on my car with a Ford 302 V8 conversion and I absolutely love it. I saved weight and improved the handling and stopping of the car, without question. I used the wider version as I added flares and that gave me some more options on wheel choice. Overall, very happy with my decision to go with this unit.



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