Axle location kit help

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Axle location kit help

Post by Stanspeedautocare » Sat Nov 30, 2019 3:42 pm

Hi all I'm after an axle location kit for my 85 2L buy all the ones on ebay are for single leaf where as mine has 3 ? Anyone point me in the right direction

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Re: Axle location kit help

Post by Caprigear » Sat Nov 30, 2019 4:20 pm

You can't use them on multileaf springs. If you want to fit the kit you'll have to change to single leaf springs
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Re: Axle location kit help

Post by Stanspeedautocare » Sat Nov 30, 2019 4:56 pm

Thanks for reply . Do I really need them on at 150bhp

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Re: Axle location kit help

Post by Caprigear » Sat Nov 30, 2019 6:25 pm

Not really, they do improve things especially if you have the front strut brace as well but on the majority of my customer builds I just polybush everything and that helps a lot.
I stock all of the Superflex range of polybushes for the Capri.
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Re: Axle location kit help

Post by Andrew 2.8i » Sat Nov 30, 2019 6:54 pm

Stanspeedautocare wrote:
Sat Nov 30, 2019 4:56 pm
Do I really need them on at 150bhp
The SVE department at Ford didn't consider it necessary to fit an axle location kit when they developed the 160 BHP 2.8 Injection....

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Re: Axle location kit help

Post by Not_Anumber » Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:38 am

Ive got one I bought a couple of years ago and have never fitted.

I later read they can cause damage to the leaf springs over time so decided to leave the thing in it's box to gather dust. Not sure why i thought it was a good idea at the time. More clutter to sell on really.

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Re: Axle location kit help

Post by 340truck » Mon Dec 02, 2019 5:29 pm

It makes the back end easier to control.....you can still get it sideways coming off a roundabout but without spinning it.
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Re: Axle location kit help

Post by Bug » Tue Dec 03, 2019 8:54 am

340truck wrote:
Mon Dec 02, 2019 5:29 pm
It makes the back end easier to control.....you can still get it sideways coming off a roundabout but without spinning it.
I fitted a genuine Skorpion X-frame on my 2.8i way back in the early 90s. It actually gave me understeer!
Easy solution.....give it more welly off roundabouts.
Expensive solution.................1" front ARB, 5/8" rear ARB, uprated -1" front springs, Skorpion strut brace.
Ended up with almost perfect balance and in the wet I could sometimes manage to 4-wheel drift it, but that was more luck than any skill on my part, and often involved carrying a spare pair of pants :xd:

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Re: Axle location kit help

Post by Major_Tom » Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:29 pm

Not_Anumber wrote:
Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:38 am
Ive got one I bought a couple of years ago and have never fitted.

I later read they can cause damage to the leaf springs over time so decided to leave the thing in it's box to gather dust. Not sure why i thought it was a good idea at the time. More clutter to sell on really.
They are great. I read something about them causing warping too but I can promise you that they do not, had mine fitted for 15 years now (x-frame), car gets plenty of abuse and springs are fine.

The guy who fabricated them said responded (in those care free halcyon days..) he couldnt see how they would cause damage considering they reduce the amount of play and strain on the components.

Who knows... the guy who was moaning about it might have fitted it wrong, had worn / crap springs / bushes to begin with..... we just dont know. Only way is to try it and find out for yourself. Im glad I did, it can keep up with anything in the corners now (in the dry mind!).
My car isn't stupid.... it's MENTAL.

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Re: Axle location kit help

Post by Major_Tom » Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:31 pm

Bug wrote:
Tue Dec 03, 2019 8:54 am
340truck wrote:
Mon Dec 02, 2019 5:29 pm
It makes the back end easier to control.....you can still get it sideways coming off a roundabout but without spinning it.
Expensive solution.................1" front ARB, 5/8" rear ARB, uprated -1" front springs, Skorpion strut brace.
Ended up with almost perfect balance and in the wet I could sometimes manage to 4-wheel drift..
*scribbles it down*
My car isn't stupid.... it's MENTAL.

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Re: Axle location kit help

Post by 340truck » Wed Dec 04, 2019 5:49 pm

Yep I had 190 front springs - 1" on the Rat (I so miss that car) and Marham was always so much fun. One year in the wet the marshalls were marking the slides like strictly - but only for those of us that dared to go out.

Bolt on mods did not solve the Capri's handling problems any more than the "bags of cement" bollocks. But what they did do was make it easy to learn to control the car's foibles. Without the mods losing control was an occupational hazard of cornering at speed - often with disastrous results.
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