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. A good front-end alignment provides greater stability, better steering response, increased front grip, and longer tire life. There are no drawbacks to having the proper alignment!
While originally intended for 2003-04 Cobras (equipped by Ford with Bilstein struts), these C/C Plates will fit any 1994-04 Mustang using Bilstein, MM Sport, or MM Race series front struts.
There are only 2 differences between these C/C Plates and our MMCC9994 Plates; the inclusion of dust boots, and the omission of our urethane bumpstops. Dust boots are included because the 2003-04 Cobra OEM dust boots are not compatible with our standard MMCC9994 Plates. The bumpstops are omitted because Bilstein and MM struts have internal bumpstops.
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 within the under hood 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 hood line of 1994-04 Mustang. 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 by 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.
• Limited 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 dust boot. Discard the factory bottom plate and dust boot.
9. With the strut shaft still collapsed, install one of the supplied dust boots onto the shaft. Pull the boot down until the opening seats below the step on the shaft.