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Bulletproof upper and lower control arms and strut rods for vintage Mustangs are direct replacements for the stock pieces
November 07, 2005
As was done on '65 Shelby GT350s, the Blue Moon instructions state to drill new holes in the shock towers to relocate (lower) the upper arms in the shock tower using supplied templates as guides. Although Blue Moon recommends relocating the upper arm for optimum performance and geometry, we decided to forgo that for now and install the arms in the stock holes, which Blue Moon also said is adequate for a street car. But we had to enlarge the stock holes to accept Blue Moon's 9/16-inch hardware.
As was done on '65 Shelby GT350s, the Blue Moon instructions state to drill new holes in t
Whether or not you drill new holes, the remaining installation procedure is the same. The new arms install into the shock tower using the supplied hardware. The Blue Moon arm is a direct replacement for the stock arm and reinstalls as such. The bolts go through the shock tower (with the spacer plate between the arm and shock tower) and attach with the supplied nuts on the other side of the tower.
Whether or not you drill new holes, the remaining installation procedure is the same. The
With the arm installed, reconnect the spindle to the new arm with the supplied hardware. Be sure to install the supplied cotter pin once the castle nut is tightened.
With the arm installed, reconnect the spindle to the new arm with the supplied hardware. B
With the upper arm installed, the techs at Don & Harold's use a block of wood to keep the upper arm and spindle up and out of the way while they remove the lower arm and strut rod. In this photo, the spindle has already been disconnected from the lower arm.
With the upper arm installed, the techs at Don & Harold's use a block of wood to keep the
The next step is to remove the strut rod, which is a fairly easy task. Unbolt the large nut at the front of the rod and remove the rod from the lower control arm by loosening and removing the two bolts.
The next step is to remove the strut rod, which is a fairly easy task. Unbolt the large nu
After disconnecting the antisway bar from the lower arm and removing the bolt that holds the other end of the lower arm in place near the oil pan, the lower arm is removed from the car.
After disconnecting the antisway bar from the lower arm and removing the bolt that holds t
The Blue Moon lower arm installs in place of the stock arm. You might have to spread the mounting ears slightly where the lower arm attaches to the car near the oil pan; otherwise, the Blue Moon arm is a direct replacement. Use the car's existing hardware (be sure to include the alignment eccentric) to secure the lower arm in place.
The Blue Moon lower arm installs in place of the stock arm. You might have to spread the m
As with the other parts, the Global West strut rods are a direct replacement and come with all required hardware. Attach the front of the strut rod and secure into place with the supplied hardware. The Global West rods also replace the stock rubber bushings where the rod attaches at the front of the car. Tighten the large nut as shown.
As with the other parts, the Global West strut rods are a direct replacement and come with
Here, the antisway bar has already been reattached to the Blue Moon lower arm using the existing hardware. Next, attach the strut rod to the lower control arm with the supplied bolt and one bolt from the stock strut rod. This bolt installs next to the steering stop on the Global West strut rod. Securely tighten the bolts and nuts to complete the installation of the strut rod.
Here, the antisway bar has already been reattached to the Blue Moon lower arm using the ex
Next, the lower arm and spindle are connected and secured together with the supplied castle nut and cotter pin.
Next, the lower arm and spindle are connected and secured together with the supplied castl
Remove the stock bolts from the spring perch by tapping them out with a hammer. This is best achieved while the perch is placed in a bench vise.
Remove the stock bolts from the spring perch by tapping them out with a hammer. This is be
Remove the supplied hardware on the Blue Moon upper arm and install the longer bolts into the spring perch. The longer bolts are required to run through the thicker perch-mounts on the Blue Moon upper arm.
Remove the supplied hardware on the Blue Moon upper arm and install the longer bolts into
According to the Blue Moon instructions, some spring perches must be trimmed for clearance on the upper arm. We determined our perches would need trimming to clear the tubular construction of the Blue Moon arm when the suspension is in motion. We took off about 1/8 inch of material with a die grinder.
According to the Blue Moon instructions, some spring perches must be trimmed for clearance
The perch is installed onto the upper control arm...
...and secured into place with the supplied hardware.
By reinstalling the spring, installation is almost complete.
Reinstall the shock, and lubricate the upper and lower ball joints with grease.
Have the car aligned to complete the installation. Don & Harold's has a fully computerized Hunter alignment rack and did it on the spot. Caster was set at about 2 degrees positive (tops of spindles tilted toward the back of the car), camber at about 3/4 degree negative (tops of wheels tilting in toward the center of the car), and toe-in at 1/16 of an inch--all fairly typical street-oriented settings. For more sporting open-track activity, set camber to around 2-3 degrees negative, caster to around 3 degrees positive, and toe-in about the same or slightly less at 1/32 inch. If ride height changes and you want to retain the height you had before installation, the coil springs might need to be trimmed. Each car is different. We trimmed three quarters of a coil from our front springs with a cutoff wheel to get the height we wanted, which was slightly lower than where we began. For more information on this subject, see page 54 of our August '04 issue.
Have the car aligned to complete the installation. Don & Harold's has a fully computerized
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