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Series 2 V8 Lowering blocks on parabolics?

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Hi all, i new here and hoping someone can help me out.

I've a Series 2 running a 3.5 V8. Ive just fitted new parabolics [GB Springs]. The car now sits around 2" higher but the bigger issue is the front UJ is catching due to the angle of the engine to the driveshaft with the new raised ride height. I'm thinking i could fit 2" lowering blocks to bring it back down and line things up again but i cant find any reference to anyone doing this on a Series.

Any one know of a reason it cant be done or who might supply Series specific lowering blocks - ia quick web search just seems to pull up Ford Escort specific blocks...

Thanks in advance

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Hi,

You can do this, depending on the length of thread you have on your u bolts. But I would start with removing the prop and slacken off the bolts of the shackle a bit. Drive it around for some time and let the springs settle, and do up the shackle bolts again. They tend to sag a little from new, then settle at the right hight.

Daan

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I'd give GB springs a call, get some advice.

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Scallop the crossmember for clearance like the military ones. That’s the usual way to do it.

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You used to be able to get wedges that correct the angle without too much lifting of the axle. Sure someone with a mill could knock something up.

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Thank you all. I've seen loads of people 'commenting' that their ride height was raised on parabolics but none seems to have tried to lower it back with blocks so I was slightly curious that there maybe a reason i wasnt aware of.

So I've spoken to GB, they suggest the springs will settle albeit not a huge amount.  I've removed the front prop for now and got a great 50 odd miles in yesterday (love the new ride).

I'm having some custom blocks and U-bolts made up which should be with me late next week so I'll update on fitment, height and hopefully a return to 4WD

Thanks again for the swift and valuable replies; I'm just getting started on the Series so I'll doubtless be back with more as it develops. 

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I would not suggest to use lowering blocks at all, especially if you use it off road. The reason you can't find any is it's the opposite of what most with a 4x4 would do as it will greatly restrict the already limited front axle travel. Instead, a better solution than lowering blocks would be a wide angle propshaft from Gwyn Lewis or somewhere. 
Firstly you need to identify which dampers and shackles you have as this will help determine the current castor angle possibilities and maximum suspension droop you have. You also don't want the suspension running 'topped out' all the time as it will quickly destroy your dampers so maybe the spring rate you picked might be a bit high? Are they a 'heavy duty' spring? 

 Normal series dampers wouldn't allow the prop UJ's to bind regardless of spring type fitted so I guess there's something else going on.. It could also be you have an aftermarket or wrong front prop shaft. Check that your UJ's move to 27º. If not, get a new (preferably wide angle) propshaft.
Also check everything including the clearance between the crossmember and the propshaft when the axle is hanging down by lifting off the bumper or chassis and the dampers are fully extended and don't do any of it at ride height which is irrelevant as your propshaft, UJ's etc have to operate throughout the whole suspension cycle. I'd also suggest that lowering blocks are a suspension modification which you'll need to advise your insurance about, a new propshaft isn't.

Some pictures might be helpful too.

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Blocks will also increase the axles tenancy to "wrap" the spring. As pointed out above, there are better solutions. 

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