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windsoreight
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From: Ocean City, MD
Registered: Sep 2002

posted 10-26-2002 11:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for windsoreight   Click Here to Email windsoreight     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am looking for a way to remove or relocate the strut rods. I need the clearance but also don't want to lose the stability. This car will be driven on the street. I am sure the sway bar will keep the lower arm from moving too much but I don't want to have to worry. On the aftermarket set-ups they widen the lower arm and change the crossmember to accommodate it. Thanks

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IIGood
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From: Arnold, MD, USA
Registered: Jun 99

posted 10-27-2002 12:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for IIGood   Click Here to Email IIGood     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm no structural engineer by any means, but I'd think those strut rods are pretty important.

I kinda just went through this myself. My '77 was falling victim to rusty strut rod mounts. Bad rust too...it was severely eating away at the holes the bolts go through to hold the mounts to the frame. The mechanic said if that doesn't get taken care of, I could potentially "lose" the front end if I were to brake a little too hard.

I found a pair of good, but used strut rod mounts and just had them replaced back in August. No more clunking noises up front now. And I feel a little better driving the car again.

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Maxwell_fax
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From: Port Royal, PA, USA
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posted 10-28-2002 03:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Maxwell_fax   Click Here to Email Maxwell_fax     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had asked this same question myself a while back... They do make a lower control arm made to eliminate the strut rod, but they are intended to be used with the aftermarket cross members... Apparently the original II cross memeber isn't quite strong enuff.. I don't know if one could possibly reinforce the cross member enuff to take the addes front to rear stress..

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windsoreight
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From: Ocean City, MD
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posted 10-31-2002 09:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for windsoreight   Click Here to Email windsoreight     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just founnd the answer to my problem a company in Canada called Macguyver's makes a strut rod eliminator kit for the stock MII suspension. Now my only problem is getting one here is the US.

http://www.macgyvers.com/mustang.html

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windsoreight
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posted 10-31-2002 09:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for windsoreight   Click Here to Email windsoreight     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
just found another company is the US who also makes the kit.

http://www.fulltiltstreetrods.com/

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