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From: Vancouver, Canada
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posted 03-11-2002 08:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for craigber   Click Here to Email craigber     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi everyone,

getting ready to do my front end...Ford says never use new ball joints on old control this a ploy or really good thinking of a kit from Canadian Mustang but could go cheaper with an Energy Suspension kit and new ball joints...are the bushings hard to install or do I need to take them to a shop? all advice appreciated..

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posted 03-12-2002 09:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It is good advice, but I look at the arms very closely and if they look good I don't lose sleep reusing them with new balljoints and bushings.


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posted 03-12-2002 01:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68 S-code GT   Click Here to Email 68 S-code GT     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Doesn?t Ford have ball joint replacement in their shop manuals?

Originally posted by craigber:
Hi everyone,

...Ford says never use new ball joints on old control arms...

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posted 03-12-2002 02:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Never done lowers-got new but uppers are OK. Gotta check for cracks where the shafts 'thread' in and then use Moog BJ's.

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posted 03-12-2002 04:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SuperDave   Click Here to Email SuperDave     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The control arm shafts will never be easier to do than when you have the front end apart. Control arm bushing are the source of the annoying "squeak" in many Mustang front end. "Cheap ain't good and good ain't cheap." SD

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posted 03-12-2002 04:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68stang351   Click Here to Email 68stang351     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
THANK YOU SUPER DAVE!!!!!!! I have been looking for that d@mn squeek for a while now. You can sure hear it comin' down the road.

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posted 03-12-2002 06:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hemikiller   Click Here to Email Hemikiller     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When you do upper shafts, lube the hell out of them. Your kit should come with 90 degree zerk fittings, if not, get some. Otherwise, you can't lube the upper shafts after install. FYI, watch out for the bargain suspension kits, they often come with components made overseas, and are of questionable quality. I try to use Moog exclusively, but NAPA BJ's are good, and come with a lifetime warranty Ask your vendor where they get there components. I'd shop elsewhere if they aren't USA made.....

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