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Old 12-08-2010, 12:32 PM   #1
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Correct suspension for a V6 to V8 conversion?

Just wanted to throw out a post about obtaining the correct suspension for an eventual V6 to V8 swap project I plan on doing.

Basically I am doing some basic mods now to my recently acquired 2004 V6 so I can have the correct foundation on the car when I am ready to make the swap.

I have an 8.8 rear with 3.73 gears with t-loc on order. I want to order the suspension parts or "kit" that will support the future V8 and ride well with my current V6 set up.

Does anybody have any suggestions? Is there a kit available for this? I have asked around locally and keep getting mixed answers.

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Re: Correct suspension for a V6 to V8 conversion?

the v6 vs v8 suspension wise is pretty much identical as far as what swaps in and out.

the uppers/lowers will work on 7.5 or 8.8 as far as I know.

what exactly do you want the end results to be, autox, street car, track car etc? or you just want the basic mods for your car
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Re: Correct suspension for a V6 to V8 conversion?

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This will just be a street car. I want to make the basic mods but want to make sure that the car is safe and stable.

It sounds like what you are saying is that I do not need to beef up the suspension in the front?

My plan is to drop a GT engine...4.6.
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Re: Correct suspension for a V6 to V8 conversion?

the springs in the V6 are not that far off from the V8, but you can pick up a set of Ford C springs for cheap which offer a good rate and work good on V6 and V8 cars (now and later with the new engine they will continue to work fine).

You can update the shocks/struts if they are worn out. There isnt much more up front other than a new sway bar... I cant remember if the GT front sway bar is thicker or not
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Re: Correct suspension for a V6 to V8 conversion?

If your doing an engine swap may I suggest going ahead and skipping the 4.6 and getting a 5.4?
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Re: Correct suspension for a V6 to V8 conversion?

or perhaps a 4v 4.6L or a new 05+ 3v
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Re: Correct suspension for a V6 to V8 conversion?

5.4 is nice. I was quoted $3700 for a rebuilt 4.6. How much would a 5.4 run?

Also I was told yesterday that FRPP is no longer shipping the 8.8 rear??? Is this true?
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Re: Correct suspension for a V6 to V8 conversion?

hmm since the 05+ have them I wouldnt think thats true, it could be true for your year body style but... that is still a big market so not sure about that either. Call tousleyfordparts.com and check with them.

suspension you can go wild or you can stay stock, no need to over do it if you never plan to autox the car etc etc.

Springs, shocks/struts, subframes, sway bars (front/back), and perhaps lower control arms will do good. Also, if you lower it to much you may need C/C plates. The quality of the parts also matter.
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Re: Correct suspension for a V6 to V8 conversion?

you will need the acc.. from a v8 motor also...on the 96-98 v6s when you do a swap you need the complete kmember setup also...

i have a 4.6longblock with extras i will cut you a great deal on....shortblock has 20k miles on it...heads will have 0....shoot me a pm if interested..will come from tb to oil pan
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