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Old 05-15-2012, 01:40 AM
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53-56 front wheels set far back

Hi guys,

Im new to this site. It's likely posted here somewhere and a topic thats probably been exhausted but I cant seem to find too much information on it on the web.

I have recently got a 53 F100. Its needs restored but its a real clean truck (front body parts are off). It came with aftermarket Mustang II front suspension, but just the components, no cross member. Ive noticed and read that the wheels are set back toward the cab on these years trucks. Here's my question-finally, based on these cars having the same chassis (?), is there a general measurement as to how far the suspension needs to be moved forward to center the wheels in the fender ? Ive heard people mentioning 3/4 of an inch to some say 1 & 1/2 inches. Does anyone know if theres a general agreement on this measurement?

I realize there's more to it than a simple equation, but just a general consensus would be appreciated.

Thanks.
 
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I had set mine 3/4" forward; but that still doesn't place the wheel exactly centered....it's still back some. But then there may be the engine (oil Pan) to concider when moving it. I have heard that there is a hotrod shop somewhere that is customizing the front AND rear fenders to place the wheels in the middle of the opening.
 
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I think TCI recommends moving the center forward 1.25 inches. That is my plan.
 
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First, welcome and thanks for sharing. I am not sure if the mustang 2 suspension compression travel is straight up and down or moves forward like my aerostar IFS but when I was measuring/eyeballing 20+ times I ended up setting it back close to original location with no load. It helped me to mock everything up (cab, fenders, front end with wheels/tires) and get a visual.
 
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The axle center line needs to move forward 1-1/8 to 1-1/4 inch to center the wheel.
 
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I honestly don't know how far I moved it but a total wheelbase is 113" sets it just about perfect
 
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Originally Posted by devof100 View Post
Hi guys,

Im new to this site. It's likely posted here somewhere and a topic thats probably been exhausted but I cant seem to find too much information on it on the web.

I have recently got a 53 F100. Its needs restored but its a real clean truck (front body parts are off). It came with aftermarket Mustang II front suspension, but just the components, no cross member. Ive noticed and read that the wheels are set back toward the cab on these years trucks. Here's my question-finally, based on these cars having the same chassis (?), is there a general measurement as to how far the suspension needs to be moved forward to center the wheels in the fender ? Ive heard people mentioning 3/4 of an inch to some say 1 & 1/2 inches. Does anyone know if theres a general agreement on this measurement?

I realize there's more to it than a simple equation, but just a general consensus would be appreciated.

Thanks.
here is a link to the TCI MII install doc which shows the exact distance and points of measurement
http://www.totalcostinvolved.com/pdf...ustang_IFS.pdf

sam
 
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Wow,

thanks for all your responses guys. This is great. I'll keep pics of the build as she goes and post as I go.

Steve
 
 
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