Modified Mustangs & Fords
TCI Suspension Upgrade - Get A Handle On It!, Part 2
We wrap up our Falcon’s suspension upgrade project with TCI’s bolt-in four-link rear setup
Last month, we introduced you to Nick Licata and his '64 Falcon Futura that Total Cost Involved (TCI) has been using for R&D of new suspension products. We showed readers TCI's new front coil spring based double A-arm suspension system in that story. This month, in Part 2 of our look at Nick's Falcon, we'll be focusing our cameras on TCI's new Triangulated 4-Link rear suspension kit for the '60-'65 Falcon, '62-'65 Ranchero, and '62-'65 Comet.
TCI's Triangulated 4-Link is designed to improve the handling of your early Falcon/Ranchero/Comet while lowering its stance via an adjustable ride height coilover shock setup. The suspension system is designed as a near bolt-in solution, requiring drilling a few holes and the welding of four housing tabs on your 8-inch axle housing (TCI offers an optional 9-inch axle housing with the tabs already located and welded in place). If you option the antisway bar, there are two additional brackets that require welding to your housing as well. The Triangulated 4-Link can easily be installed on its own, but complements the TCI front suspension already installed on Nick's Falcon very well. Remember, too, just like the front kit we installed last month, all TCI suspensions are built with U.S.-manufactured DOM steel and include a lifetime warranty as well!
The Triangulated 4-Link kit, PN 527-5106-00, retails for $1,099 and includes 1-inch-diameter adjustable upper and lower links (control arms) with stainless steel adjusters, frame brackets, floor reinforcement plates, bolt-in rear crossmember, bolt-on coilover mounting brackets, and adjustable coilover shocks. TCI's option list is lengthy, including such suspension goodies as a rear antisway bar, aluminum adjustable coilover shocks, Shockwave air shocks, and a whole bevy of brake packages ranging from 11- to 13-inch rotors, all with four-piston aluminum calipers. As mentioned earlier, TCI offers a bolt-in 9-inch axle housing with drum brakes and open differential if you don't own a welder, and TCI even has optional posi units and an upgrade to a Currie-built F-9 sheetmetal housing if you want the best of the best for your build. See how it's done in the following photos and be sure to check out TCI's website for more on all the options available for their Ford suspension kits.