Fox Body Front Suspension Question

Willybill32

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I’m slowly making progress on my ‘86 GT. It’s running, and I’m driving it. I notice the steering is a little sensitive on the highway at speed (70+) and figure it’s time to replace the front suspension bushings.

in looking at options, I can buy just the lower control arm bushings, or I can buy new lower control arms which include the bushings already installed along with new ball joints. If I were to go that route, I can buy the LCAs from Ford, reproductions from LMR, or replacements from Dorman, Moog or others. Can anyone offer any insight on which options are the best?
 
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I purchased the FRPP ones from LMR and they are good quality. The LMR ones are about $100 cheaper if you want to go that route. The quality of the ball joint is what I would be concerned about, but they do look like good repros.
 

Willybill32

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I purchased the FRPP ones from LMR and they are good quality. The LMR ones are about $100 cheaper if you want to go that route. The quality of the ball joint is what I would be concerned about, but they do look like good repros.

Yeah, they look pretty good. I’m hoping to hear from someone that used the LMR repros to make sure they had a good experience. I found Moog LCAs as well, and always felt a Moog made good products.
 

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Years ago, the 1993 service arms were the way to go.

Part number F3ZZ-3078-A (passenger) and F3ZZ-3079-A (driver).

They used the firmer SSP-spec bushings, upgraded low-friction balljoints, and were a little thicker steel.

Ford racing still has the M-3075-A control arm kit, which used to offer these arms, but they aren't the same these days. Think Cobra intake...the first version was the good one, and rd 2 was a cheap china copy.
 

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I’m slowly making progress on my ‘86 GT. It’s running, and I’m driving it. I notice the steering is a little sensitive on the highway at speed (70+) and figure it’s time to replace the front suspension bushings.

in looking at options, I can buy just the lower control arm bushings, or I can buy new lower control arms which include the bushings already installed along with new ball joints. If I were to go that route, I can buy the LCAs from Ford, reproductions from LMR, or replacements from Dorman, Moog or others. Can anyone offer any insight on which options are the best?


I've had aftermarket K-members and aftermarket A-arms. Honestly, stock is always the best option in my opinion. If it were my car.. I would pick up a set up replacement bushings and ball joints and go that route. If you're handy.. you can pop off the a-arms and drop them off at a shop to replace the bushings and ball joints and pick them up the next day. But that's just me!
 

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I went with polyurethane bushing front and rear in factory control arms. Don't remember if they were Prothane or Energy Suspension. I now have a set of aftermarket rear arms again with poly bushings. I have no complaints with them.
 

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If you have never pressed in control arm bushings....buy the whole control arm. That's a crap job right there.

Kurt
 
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I burned out the old bushings and left the shells on the red car.
It was as easy as burning down a house.

Once they started burning, they literally popped out of the old shells.
it was simply a matter of cleaning up the old shells, and beating in ( with a rubber mallet) the new replacements.

Why everybody has to go through the whole “ press the old one out, press the new one in” process is a mystery to me.
 
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revhead347

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I burned out the old bushings and left the shells on the red car.
It was as easy as burning down a house.

Once they started burning, they literally popped out of the old shells.
it was simply a matter of cleaning up the old shells, and beating in ( with a rubber mallet) the new replacements.

Why everybody has to go through the whole “ press the old one out, press the new one in” process is a mystery to me.

One generally presses in new shells. I've burned them out of the cast axle housing in the back, but that's not the correct process for the front control arm bushings. I have a press, and have done way too many BMW bushings that are all at odd angles; so the Mustang stuff doesn't bother me so much. However, if you don't have a press, and the right tools, odds are you will bend the control arm before you get that bushing out.

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Most auto shops can replace the bushings and ball joints; no problem. That's all i did. I dropped them off and picked them up the next day.
 
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