Installation Time: Weekend
August 26, 2013
Prothane Complete Bushing Kit
I have a 1997 SN95 Mustang GT that see some autocross track time and regular street driving with approx. 78k miles. I decided to refresh and upgrade my entire suspension system front and rear. I purchased the Prothane complete bushing replacement kit from AM and was amazed with the quantity of the bushings it included. The kit comes with the installation lubricant - this is VERY necessary for installation of the new bushings and when re-installing the suspension pieces after the new bushings are in place. It is a bit tacky but sure makes sliding the pieces back together much easier. Also, the bushings can be a bit confusing in the kit on where they go - be sure to consult a repair manual and other resources to ensure the bushings are organized and you have right bushings for the right location before your begin.
The installation of the new bushings can be a bit labor intensive if you don't have a pneumatic press. Removing the old rubber bushings is equally as taxing without an air chisel or a press - an acetylene torch also works well to melt out the old rubber bushings. Just be sure that the metal bushing sleeve stays in tact and undamaged as the Prothane bushing will be re-installed into the sleeve. I had to use a mini-sledge hammer to install the Prothane bushings - it was hard but the bushings are very stiff and strong and retained their shape during the press in process.
The hard work was worth it! The car handles better than new - much better than expected. Suspension travel is straight and crisp with almost no lateral play whatsoever even in hard cornering. The body roll was also greatly reduced in high G force situations. There is no squeaks or rattles (something the stock rubber was doing). The quality of the product is wonderful and the results have made my Pony quit a performer. The steering has improved and changing lanes at highway speeds is a laser precise motion.
If you can afford to have your mustang on jack-stands for a week and have basic hand tools and some time, this upgrade is a must. Be careful with your front control arms if you plan on reusing them. I also recommend lowering springs, shocks/struts, ball joints, and bump steers if you can to make the most out of your suspension diss-assembly. Coupled with caster camber plates, your mustang will have a whole new stance. Mine has so much more grip and handling I need new tires just to keep up. I upgraded brakes also while I was under there.
I highly recommend this product - good value for the shade tree mechanic.