(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
- How to install BMR Rear Lower Control Arm Relocation Brackets on your 2005-2012 Mustang
Hey, guys, Stephanie with AmericanMuscle.com. Here with a review of BMR's Rear Lower Control Arm Relocation Brackets fitting all 2005 to 2014 Mustangs. BMR's rear lower control arm relocation brackets are going to be a good option for the lowered S197 owners that are looking for a way to keep the geometry correct in the rear suspension and create a better angle for the lower control arms. A better angled lower control arms means less wheel hop and better traction. Traction wheel hopper issues that the factory rear suspension allows for and the more power and torque that your car's making the worse the problems seems to get.Lower control arms are very beneficial to help with these issues, but if you've lowered your S197 then you might still be seeing a lot of these characteristics in your suspension. And so the relocation brackets are going to put the lower control arms at a better angle to correct these issues. These relocation brackets are specifically designed to work with BMR's lower control arms, but they can still be used with the stock control arms as well. But modifications may be necessary for the install if you're still rocking the factory arms. Relocation brackets are generally used more with aftermarket control arms since the control arms are the first place to start.And like I mentioned, relocation brackets are almost necessary for a proper set up if you've lowered your car at all because it can be hard to get the correct angle out of the control arm otherwise. With control arms, it really is all about the angle. Once you get the correct set up in the rear, you're looking at gaining benefits like better launches, smooth cornering and power delivery, and of course, better performance at the track as well. A lot of times lower control arms are not right without these relocation brackets, which is why these things are so important.These brackets are pretty hardy. They're made from 3/16th-inch steel plates that are CNCed [SP] and laser cut. So they're very solid and can support high horsepower and torque. They're also powder coated for a nice finish. And yes, these are going to be visible under the car. These brackets basically act as an extension for the factory mounting location, and they're going to move the lower control arm down so it will hang lower.But like I said, this is so the lower control arm can have a better angle and perform better, but the tradeoff's going to be some lower hanging suspension components. This just means that you'll have to watch your ground clearance, especially with lowered cars. Depending how low you're sitting certain situations can be tricky, and if you aren't careful, you may find yourself bumping these things on the pavement at certain points like pulling into a steep driveway, on a curve, or at a gas station. So just be aware of that.Personally, I think the benefits of these brackets offer far outweigh the downsides of having to be a little bit more careful, and we are going to install these for you to see so you can check out what I mean in a minute here. One thing to keep in mind is that the lower control arm relocation brackets will help performance wise with things like better traction, better hooking, and better handling. But they are only one component of a handful of other pieces that all work together. If you're really looking to improve things in the rear, there are a handful of other components that you should look into as well like aftermarket lower control arms if you don't already have them, and an adjustable upper control arm setup or a panhard bar just to name a few things.But these are still a finishing step for some aftermarket lower control arms that will certainly help to eliminate even more of the wheel hop and get the rear more stable allowing for harder launches and keeping the suspension more consistent. As far as price, these brackets are going to cost a little over $100, and these are on the less expensive side of the offerings. Ford Racing, Steeda, and Whiteline also have some options too if you wanna check those out, but just keep in mind the brand of lower control arms that you have or plan on getting since sometimes crossing brands doesn't work out too well.So the install here is really pretty easy, and I'll give you a quick overview of the install so you can decide if this is something you'd like to try for yourself or not. You are going to need to get the rear of the car in the air and remove the rear wheels of course. The lower control arm will need to be removed so you have access to the area so the lower control arm bolt has to be backed out. The relocation bracket just goes right over the OE mount, and you can use the gold bolt spacer to hold the bracket to the OE mounting location, but don't tighten it down yet. The short 14 mm bolt and nut from the hardware packet go in the upper mount of the bracket, and you can tighten and torque that down like the directions say to. After that, it's just a matter of positioning the control arm into the desired location. You do have an option of three mounting locations here, and then insert the new bolt and nut and torque that down. Both sides install the same way, and overall, this is one wrench install on our scale here and should take about two hours to complete. Wrapping things up here these Lower Control Relocation Brackets from BMR are a quick and easy way to make your lower control arms even more effective by positioning them differently than the stock mount can. They work perfectly with BMR Lower Control Arms, and they're a very solid bracket that'll hold up to higher horsepower and torque ratings. You can check these relocation brackets out some more online for yourself, and for all things Mustang, keep it right here at AmericanMuscle.com.
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October 09, 2019
BMR Relocation Brackets
Not as easy as stated to install. Brackets had to be hammered in place with a rubber mallet. Both directions to which side either went on. Took some guess work. Not an AM issue, but man BMR get some instructions in your products...and not those cheap bandw printed with low ink paper messes either. Once installed it was fine. Holding up nicely and solid manufacturing of the product too.Helpful (1)
July 16, 2019
BMR relocation mounts are awesome
The product was perfect and was easy to install. It allowed me to change the angle of the co trip arms so it hooks up much better. I highly recommend this product.Helpful (0)
March 27, 2019
Seems to be a great product
Looks great, these do hang LOW and if you get a flat tire on the rear your car will most likely drop weight on to these so keep this in mind. Took my brother maybe an hour and a half to get these and the BMR LCA's installed at his work on a lift. Overall looks a lot better than the cheesy looking stock ones. I would give a 5* rating but one of mine came with a deep scratch in the powder coating and here in the Midwest where we see salty roads in the winter, it'll cause rusting. Other than that no complaints.Helpful (0)
February 26, 2019
BMR and done!
Another fine product from BMR. You can't go wrong with anything from BMR. Fit, finish and quality are excellent!Helpful (0)
February 20, 2019
Great welds and very sturdy. Keeps the rear planted to the ground for solid launches and with other BMR supported mods!Helpful (1)
February 07, 2019
So for all of you guys looking to corners, and just want a set of drop springs. Don't!! I installed CJ drag springs. I didn't have these BMR LCA brackets and my car walked all over the road under heard acceleration. These BMR LCA brackets fixed my self inflicted issue. Also a panhard bar is a must.. Only thing I have that is not positive about the product. is the upper hole on the passenger side didn't line up well enough for one guy to handle. So a small prybar was needed to tweak it into place. And a friend and 2 minutes of his time..Helpful (3)
February 05, 2019
great addition to my s197. paired with bmr 1 1/4 in boxed lower control arms. hooks greatHelpful (2)
October 24, 2018
BMR lower control arm brackets
They work get , I get better traction, I still get spin in the rear tires but not like before , can’t wait to try them with better tires , thanksHelpful (4)
July 17, 2018
BMR Relocation Brackets
These relocation brackets along with BMR’s non-adjustable lower control arms w/poly bushings eliminated all my wheel hop as far as I can tell. The brackets and LCAs are high quality, easily installed, they look great, and they vastly improved how my rear end handles. Also take into account that I installed BC Racing coilovers so I’m sure they contribute as well. The car is completely refined. It hooks up easily and launches hard. The rear end also doesn’t get as squirrelly. I am completely happy with my setup and would recommend that every S197 owner purchases a wheel hop kit. For $260, your car performs like how it should perform. You won’t regret the purchase. Installation is easy and instructions are provided! Thanks BMR!Helpful (5)
February 13, 2018
Must have with control arms
Having after-market control arms without brackets Is kinda like having a CAI without the filter...Helpful (6)
I'm a bit confused. Are Lower Control Arm Relocation brackets still necessary on a lowered mustang if you have Adjustable Rear Upper Control Arms?
Well, the adjustable rear UCA and the rear LCA relocation brackets serve to correct two separate angles in the rear suspension geometry. One does not substitute for the other. When you lower your mustang you essentially compress (jounce) the rear suspension, positioning the axle up closer to the chassis. Control arms and driveshaft flex/pivot up with the axle, placing them at an unfavorable angle. An adjustable rear UCA allows for correction of the pinion angle after lowering your mustang while also adding strength and rigidity. Pinion angle is critical to driveshaft operation. The rear LCA relocation brackets correct the LCA angle (geometry) so that your rear axle will not be prone to "axle wrap" or twisting of the rear axle under heavy torque. The lower you drop your mustang's suspension, the more both of these modifications are necessitated to maintain the best level of performance and rigidity.
Will the BMR rear lower control arm relocation brackets work with the SR performance non adjustable lower control arms?
Hello, the BMR Rear Lower Control Arm Relocation Brackets (05-14 All) will only work with BMR Suspension Rear Lower Control Arms.
Is this needed only if you lower your car? I am thinking of upgrading my rear lower control arms but I will not be lowering my car. Are the relocation brackets only used primarily if you lower your car? Or do they offer an improvement with stock suspension(other than just upgraded rear lower control arms) Thanks.
Yes. The brackets are only needed if you are lowering the car. Lowering the car changes the angle of the control arms from horizontal to making them tip low towards the front of the car. Thus loosing traction in the rear. Adding the brackets makes the lower control arms go back to horizontal or tip back towards the rear of the car. Thus getting back or improving your traction.
Will this work with 15 inch rims
Fitment would depend on the offset and backspacing of the wheel that you would be running.
will these work with the bmr rear sway bar relocation kiy
Yes, this kit should work with a sway bar relocation kit as we have not experienced issues with the two kits being installed together.
We have not tested the BMR Rear Lower Control Arm Relocation Brackets with a 19x11" wheel using an 8" backspace, however based on similar configurations this should not have issues with clearance.
You can use the BMR Rear Lower Control Arm Relocation Brackets on a car that is stock height.
The BMR Rear Lower Control Arm Relocation Brackets offer you to lower your controll arms 1 inch, 1.5 inch, and 2.5 inches from you stock mounting point.
The BMR Rear Lower Control Arm Relocation Brackets will work with the OEM Track pack control arms, however modifications may be required to allow use of the top mounting position.
The BMR Rear Lower Control Arm Relocation Brackets can not be used with the SR performance sway bar relocation brackets.
The installation insructions come with the brackets and are easy to understand. With the proper tools, which are listed on the instructions, you should be looking at about 30-45 minutes per side - giving a few extra minutes if you are installing adjustable LCA's.
The relocation brackets are attached at the axle center, meaning that they travel up and down with the axle and wheel, so speed-bumps should not be an issue. However, I have heard of cases where automatic car washes can be an issue where the guiding track is concerned - since the wheel rides "inside" the track, allowing the "track edge" to hit the relocation bracket in some cases.
No. But depending on how much you've lowered it, you may need an adjustable upper control arm to reset your pinion angle. I have the bmr brackets and fixed length lca's set in the bottom mounting hole and they're awesome. It hooks amazing.
Yes you can. They have the same mounting dimensions as the factory mount. I have aftermarket LCA's too and they fit fine.
Justin, You want to mount the control arms to the hole that will keep them at the stock 'angle'. It is the angle of the control arm that is important and why these are needed when you lower the car. If the angle is incorrect it will have an adverse affect on your grip/launch and pinion angle of your driveshaft. If you haven't lowered the car yet, attach them to the hole that is as close to the stock position for now and once it is lowered, just remove the one bolt on each side and attach the arms to the hole that maintains the 'angle' of the control arm the same as when it was stock (you can use an angle gauge to check the stock angle before removing and check it again once they are adjusted). Hope this helps.
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