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Discussion in '1979 - 1995 (Fox, SN95.0, & 2.3L) -General/Talk-' started by iwishiknew, Apr 7, 2007.
What are torque boxes on the fox body? What do they do and where are the located?
torque boxes are where the control arms go from the axle housing to the body of the car. Sometimes guys reinforce them to make them more durable. Unless your doing really hard launches with slicks I wouldnt worry about them. You should be ok with street tires. Once you plan on doing clutch dumps with slicks then i would recommend reinforcing them.
I would consider beefing them up as a Stock Mustang can tear them out!
I agree, you dont really need them unless you are HOOKING, otherwise your okay. Its very cheap insurance though, when the torque boxes tear, you might as well junk the car.
I got my reinforcements for $65 shipped on ebay and had a local fabrication shop weld them in.
Just a little extra insurance because I do drag race the car and drive it hard and Ive got aftermarket control arms in the rear.
Naaah....once they tear, it's time to mini tub it and back-half it
who sells good torque box reinforcements? Where can I buy them?
heres some pics that may help ya. i made my own but they are pretty cheap to buy
MY SMR's are pretty good and I got them on ebay for $65 shipped.
thoose pics are awsome...I was never really clear on where the TB's were. I knew kinda but I didn't think they would be so easy to acess
thanks, i made those after i made the cold side piping for my turbo.... at that point i could use the MIG welder in my sleep lol. those pics were just mock up pics, i actually painted them so its not all rusty
I wouldn't call them EASY, per se. You've still gotta fight with getting the LCA's busted loose so you can bolt them up - heard many horror stories of guys who can't bust that front bolt/nut loose sometimes when it's really rusted, even with air tools. But if you're putting in new LCA's, anyway, then you might as well do it all at once. I'll be bolting up a set of 'em, too, whenever I can afford a good set of upper/lower arms ... which is probably going to be quite awhile, being that I need to start saving up for a cheap-o beater car, first. (Gas prices are starting to kick my arse at $3.05/gallon and 800 miles every 2 weeks.)
Good reference pics, though.
+1 My car had never seen drag radials or slicks, car was about 98% stock, and i had about 1/2" tears in mine.