65 dodge dart 270

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  1. Dennis Richardson

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    What's the best way to update front suspension. Any thoughts on tube type k-members like AJE . Car is going to be street car.
     
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    The K-frame isn't very heavy, so doubt you would save much weight w/ a tube type. Tubular upper control arms have adjustable mounts so you can set caster better for radial tires. With the factory UCA, you must use Moog offset bushings to get caster right. Forget the PST poly LCA bushings. They seemed hokey since the LCA could then slide backwards, and I recall PST even stopped selling them. Some people cut off the factory frame rails and weld on a coil-over suspension kit, I think some w/ rack & pinion steering, but >$3000 and irreversible. I recall some that bolt on instead, but I don't venture in those play-pens.
     
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    • Dennis Richardson

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      Thank for the input. I'm going with adjustable control arms. Saving original k-member.
       
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        It all depends what how you're going to drive the car and what you want out of it? IMO the stock Chrysler suspension is pretty good as is (when is good condition). Again What do you want to get out it?
         
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        • Dennis Richardson

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          Just cruise and show. Maybe some race days
           
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          I'd just rebuild what you got. Things like anti-sway bars, adjustable control arms, poly bushings, frame connectors, and other things like larger wheels may make it handle better, but will stiffen the ride a good bit as well. Brakes would be a good upgrade if not anything else.
           
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          Some of the mods I did on my 65 where front and rear anti-sway bars, sub frame connectors, 17" performance tires and big front disc brakes and car handles and stops pretty good for an old girl. The ride is a on the stiff side but it's barable. I also aready had tge heavy-duty suspension in the car to begin with
           
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          Rebuild the stock suspension, equip it with shocks,torsion bars and a sway bar matched to your tastes, add Street type Wilwood disc brakes, and you will be happy and can have a 4.5 bolt circle to boot!
           
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          this is my 65 dart. i went this way to get rid of my torsion bars. i was unable to pass up the price. i was going to with a rack setup but felt this would. if you are interested in something like this contact hemi denny.

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          That's pretty nice. Like the stance. What's the price tag on a set up like that.
           
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          In need of 65 taillights if you know anybody place thats got good ones.
           
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          i am probably 1500 into my setup. not sure what hemi denny charges. he is only one making a kit.
           
        • 1968Dart

          1968Dart My 63 Dart 2 door Sedan

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          Hi, I was wondering how you like this kit? I'm thinking of getting it for my 63 Dart. Did it come with the coils or did you have to buy extra?

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          pishta I know I'm right....

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          What lights: bezels or lenses? stiffer torsion bars help. sub frame connectors really help.
           
        • 65dartcharger

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          Awesome look!
           
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            . this kit did come with the coils. i have yet to drive mine more then 10 ft. so as far as ride still up in the air. i feel as if there will be no problems. talk to hemi denny. he is the only one making these kits. super nice guy and very knowledgeable.
             
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            Lets see some more of this car
             
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              . thank you . it is not much. as i am working on swapping the rear axle out. but here is a idea of what it will look like when finished.

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              17x7 and 17x8
               
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              That has a nice stance. I like the wheels you have except I like the gray centers
               
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