Read all instructions before beginning work. Following instructions in the proper sequence will ensure the best and easiest installation.
Thank you for purchasing Maximum Motorsports’ Caster/ Camber Plates. Our Caster/Camber Plates are designed to maximize the performance of your Mustang’s front suspension. You will find many features that set our Caster/Camber Plates apart from the rest:
- The widest range of camber adjustment in the industry: Side-to-side reversible bearing plates double the camber adjustment with the underhood space limitations for camber slot length.
- Lifetime guaranteed high grade Teflon® lined spherical bearings are used at the strut top mounting point. Urethane bushings do not provide positive location, and induce bending loads on the strut that reduce the strut’s lifespan and may even break the strut shaft.
- The main plates are spaced above the strut tower, while maintaining good hood clearance, to restore bump travel for lowered cars.
- Our unique design places the bearing cup on top of the main plate, further maximizing precious bump travel with the low hoodline of 94 cars. Bearing plates placed under the main plate typically have 1/2” less bump travel than our configuration.
- High grade alloy steel allows our plates to be thin and fatigue proof. Aluminum plates must be very thick and will un-necessarily reduce bump travel and hood clearance.
- Patented 4 bolt X 4 bolt configuration. This means that 4 bolts secure the bearing plate to evenly spread the load into the main plate. 4 bolts also secure the main plate to the car’s strut tower to eliminate strut tower bending.
- Lifetime warranty against main plate bending.
IMPORTANT: The bearing used in our Caster/Camber Plates is swaged together with Teflon® in between the race and ball. This provides a very tight tolerance fit that prevents dirt from entering the bearing. The Teflon® reduces friction and minimizes wear over the lifespan of the bearing. The tight tolerances will not allow easy movement of the bearing center by hand. If the center of the bearing must be rotated, use the strut shaft as a lever to facilitate movement. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO LUBRICATE THE BEARING. Any oil or grease will attract dirt and damage the Teflon®, voiding your warranty.
1. Jack up the front of the vehicle and place firmly on jack stands.
2. Remove the front wheels.
3. On the passenger side of the car, place a floor jack under the control arm and jack up until slightly loaded.
4. Remove the strut top nut. Save the strut top nut, it will be used later.
NOTE: It may be easier to initially loosen the nut with air tools.
5. Remove the three nuts/bolts that hold the factory strut mount in place. If present, drill and remove the pop rivet that retains the top mounting plate. Keep the top mounting plate handy as it will be used as a marking template for the fourth bolt hole.
6. Carefully lower the jack to bring the strut shaft down through the strut tower center hole, but do not completely unload the jack: the spring may become dislodged, causing injury and/or damage.
7. From the top of the strut tower, remove and discard the thrust washer, the top rubber bushing and the crush sleeves from the strut shaft.
8. Collapse the strut shaft down into the strut body far enough to remove the factory bottom plate and the dust boot. Discard the factory bottom plate. Save the dust boot.
9. Relax the strut shaft. Through the strut tower center hole, remove and discard the OEM bumpstop from the strut shaft.
10. Cut and remove the steel band clamp securing the plastic dust boot tube to the molded rubber/steel top mount. Seperate the dust boot tube from the rubber/ steel top mount. Discard the rubber/steel top mount, but save the dust boot tube.
11. Slip the dust boot tube back over the strut body. Lubricate the MM urethane bumpstop and slide it over the strut shaft with the conical portion facing upward. It is easiest to attach the bumpstop and the dust boot to one another later in the installation.
NOTE: The factory dust boot and MM bumpstops are NOT used in coil-over applications. If using Bilstein struts, the MM bumpstops and the factory dust boots are not used. Bilstein struts have internal bumpstops and their own dust boots. For replacement dust boots for Bilstein struts, you can order a Service-6 kit from MM for conventional spring applications, or a Service-7 kit for coil over applications.
12. Now you must drill the fourth hole for the MM 4-boltbottom plate. Using the Ford top plate as a template, rotate it 180O from the stock position, aligning the holes with the inner edge of the factory slots in the strut tower. Scribe the position of the hole on the strut tower. Passenger side shown in the following photos.