The Mustang II Front Suspension is often overlooked as a T-Bucket component, but under the right circumstances and when done correctly can offer some interesting comfort and performance benefits.
Street rodders started using the Mustang II front suspension shortly after the Mustang II was introduced in 1974. Today, the Mustang II Front Suspension is without a doubt the most widely used independent front suspension in street rodding.
Why the Mustang II Front Suspension?
You might wonder why no other IFS has come along over the past 40 years to overtake the Mustang II Front Suspension’s popularity. There’s a simple reason why the Mustang II Front Suspension has reigned supreme: everything the auto industry has built after the Mustang II Front Suspension design has been either front-wheel drive or a tower-type configuration.
But, the real reason hot rodders consider the Mustang II is because it handles so well, it provides better brakes and is an easy way to adapt precise rack and pinion steering.
Of course, like everything in hot rod building the final result is only as good as the care and thought that were put into it. So, some Mustang II conversions are much cleaner looking than others.
In essence, the Mustang II crossmember replaces the conventional T-Bucket crossmember that’s used with a transverse leaf spring and the track width works out to be about the same as when a straight front axle is used.
It’s really a personal choice. Do you like the cleaner look of a traditional dropped straight front axle or are you wanting a much smoother ride with better cornering and stopping capability? Sometimes such decisions are easy and sometimes they’re tough, but if you’d like to learn more about the Mustang II Front Suspension as a possible T-Bucket or street rod alternative, we have some great additional information available on our sister website, www.HotRodPlans.com.
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