July 20, 2016
Love these things on my 2014 manual 3.7
I have done research on control arms, and JandM are known for great suspension products on the mustang. I saw where a lot of guys put these arms on their GT500s, the ones specifically were 2008s, and they loved them and had no troubles with them at all....so I could imagine what they would do for the 2011-2014 5.0s!
I mainly got these because these have a 50/50, or really a 100/100 focus on performance and drivability. But I know you all are wanting to know, so here it is-YES, this does eliminate wheel hop! I like to come out hard from side roads or a driveway to quickly catch up in traffic, and I barely chirp, once in a while, when I gun it! Before, when I did this, I would always spin tires and have to let go to regain traction. Now, they hook up and go. In a straight line or when driving, they are beast! These put the power to the ground consistently. Also, when I am shifting hard, the car doesn't jerk (when the front goes up then down) near as much as it used to. I would say about 80 of the jerk is gone now!
Now, the other half of it-I usually am driving 80 miles a day, with half of that on country back roads, and then the other half on the rough construction roads of I-40 in Raleigh, NC (My Raleigh folks know what I'm talking about (2016)). So what this means is, I am driving through ruts (where asphalt is scraped down to the old concrete road), bumps, bridges, and rough roads. I was afraid of the control arms being too stiff, and these roads tearing up my rear end and suspension with stiffer arms, but that is where these spherical bearings come into play. Don't be afraid of them-they don't work like full spherical-ended control arms, but they allow the arm to have a little flex room, while yet being very stiff-my ride is so smooth! Yes it is stiffer, but the car doesn't bounce like it used too-it absorbs the road so that it keeps the wheels planted, while keeping the chassis riding smooth and stiff as well. These arms do not jerk you around in the car. They transfer the same amount of road noise as the stock arms, so it's not much at all. They are maintenance free also, which is good, because a lot of 3.7 specific control arms have grease nipples and have to be re-greased so often-these come with the marine grease needed, and once they're in, they're in, no troubles or maintenance at all. Overall, I am VERY pleased with these, and can't wait to start going to a 1/4 mile drag to see how these do. I've had them for a few weeks and it still is working well. I plan to come back and post after a year. My mods are not much-just an AIRRAID CAI and hurst shifter from AM, and then a BBK 73mm throttle body. I still have stock wheels, rims, suspension/everything else. These definitely have made the difference, and I suggest them for everyone! If you want a good ride and great traction, these are the way to go.
Thank you AM for keeping the July 4th sale one day longer than everyone else-that one day literally made the difference! I had been looking at these and was trying to get the money ready for it, and that one day made the difference. They shipped it to me pretty quickly and it came in no time. Great pricing and great quality. I am also glad the mustang has great working ergonmics-installation was simple, but took 3 hours-that's from start to finish-literally trying to position the jack in place and then dropping the car after we torqued it down while under load in the air. We also had trouble with our tools and were taking our time. the 129 ft lbs was a bear to do, but with the right torque wrench, you can do it much easier.