Dropping Front Suspension

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Dropping Front Suspension

Post by bdeshane » Tue Apr 25, 2023 7:37 pm

I am looking for ideas and experience with how to drop the front suspension by 2 to 3 inches - more than achievable by altering torsion bar settings. Are there any modified pin and stubshaft spindles available? Has anyone modified stock parts to lower the car and still maintain sufficient suspension travel? Any help or advice will be appreciated.

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Re: Dropping Front Suspension

Post by MarinaCoupe » Tue Apr 25, 2023 9:21 pm

I managed to drop the front of my Ital Pickup by 2 inches (50mm) just by adjusting the torsion bar trimmers where they meet the chassis rail. No need for spline adjustment or any special parts, although as the Pickup didn’t have a front anti-roll bar, so I can’t say whether there would be any problem there.

Check your workshop manual for how to do it.
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Re: Dropping Front Suspension

Post by balmy » Wed Apr 26, 2023 8:11 am

You’ll easily get 2-3 inches by using the trimmers. If you want more then moving the bars a spline or two will also achieve it and more.

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Re: Dropping Front Suspension

Post by PHUQ » Wed Apr 26, 2023 12:06 pm

I'm not aware of anyone lowering a car by any other method than using the adjusters or moving the splines on the torsion bar. Important bits of car start getting unpleasantly close to the floor if you go much lower...
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Re: Dropping Front Suspension

Post by da55ter » Thu May 18, 2023 6:58 am

MarinaCoupe wrote: Tue Apr 25, 2023 9:21 pm I managed to drop the front of my Ital Pickup by 2 inches (50mm) just by adjusting the torsion bar trimmers where they meet the chassis rail. No need for spline adjustment or any special parts, although as the Pickup didn’t have a front anti-roll bar, so I can’t say whether there would be any problem there.

Check your workshop manual for how to do it.

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Re: Dropping Front Suspension

Post by MarinaCoupe » Thu May 18, 2023 10:04 am

Old school lowering blocks and longer U bolts.

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Re: Dropping Front Suspension

Post by da55ter » Fri May 19, 2023 10:55 am

MarinaCoupe wrote: Thu May 18, 2023 10:04 am Old school lowering blocks and longer U bolts.
Well, that's the way I'm going to go. Until I fabricate a cantilever coilober system.
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Re: Dropping Front Suspension

Post by MarinaCoupe » Fri May 19, 2023 1:41 pm

I have often wondered about grafting in the rear axle pickup points from a Triumph Dolomite onto the Marina floorpan and then using the 1850 Dolomite rear axle , which has four links, anti-roll bar and coil springs, but it retains a solid rear axle, essentially the same as a Marina, diff, halfshafts, bearings brakes.

You would need to fabricate top mounts for the coil springs.

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Re: Dropping Front Suspension

Post by david painter » Fri May 19, 2023 5:53 pm

Have thought about cutting the floor section out of a Scrap Tr7 I have, to give a similar arangment. A lot of work. Same could be achived by fitting a Phannard Rod or Watts Linkage Fuel tank does sit close to rear axle though. I currently run MK1 Escort lowering blocks moified to fitthe Marina Springs with a pair of GaZ coil overs with very low poundage springs as assistors This with the Telescopic front Sherpa shock absorbers I use seem to work well
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