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- How to Install Ford Racing Front Lower Control Arms on Your 2005-2012 Mustang
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Hey guys, Stephanie with AmericanMuscle.com here with the Ford Racing Front Lower Control Arms for '05 to 2009 V6s, '05 to 2010 GTs, and 2007 to 2009 GT500s. The Ford Racing Front Lower Control Arms are going to be for anyone that's looking to solve some of the common ball joint issues and improve a little bit of handling while they're at it and all without changing the ride quality too much or having to drop some big bucks for some of the more aggressive aftermarket options.These arms from Ford Racing are original equipment for the GT500s of this year range, but they're going to be an upgrade for the GTs and V6s so these guys are going to gain some handling benefits from a higher quality option that is still technically in the OE field. Putting the GT500s aside since these are going to be a stock replacement for those guys that need a regular maintenance replacement, the stock ball joints in the older S197s are prone to failure. The biggest and most complained about issue that this causes is the infamous squeak and the noises during road travel, but it's also going to give you some sloppy front end handling at the same time. So these control arms do look like the factory arms, but the ball joints are going to be an upgrade. They're low friction ball joints with an upgraded inner bushing. Now that may not sound like a whole lot to you, but it does translate to a largely improved impact harshness and that means a better ride quality. So ultimately you can net some handling benefits without gaining any NVH and it doesn't get much better than that.So more improved handling is going to come from the fact that Ford Racing also uses a better stamp steel on these arms than on the factory arms. The heavy-duty steel's going to be stronger which is going to help with handling. The GT500 was built as more of a high-performance platform than the GTs and V6s of this year so upgrading the GT500 components will help you got some better driving performance out of your car. So these are listed as being a direct fit upgrade for '05 to '09 V6s and 2005 to 2010 GTs, but you should check your production date because these are for the cars that specifically have 18mm ball joint shafts. So that's all of you '05 to '09 V6s that were built on or before 2/26 '09 and the '05 to '10 GTs that were built on or before August 3rd of '09, and of course all of the '07 to '09 GT500s no matter what the production date is.As far as price, these lower control arms are going to cost just over 300 bucks. These are less expensive than other more aggressive aftermarket options, they're about half the price, but they do cost a little bit more than the factory replacements do of course. The factory replacements aren't going to have upgraded components and these are a little bit more expensive, but the improvements and handling and performance pays off, at least in my opinion.So the install here isn't too difficult, but I am going to call it a three out of three wrenches and you can expect the install to take about two hours. You need a handful of different tools for this install and a way to get the car in the air so you can work under it. Just giving a general overview here, but the stock front lower arms obviously need to be removed so you're looking at removing the steering knuckle pinch bolt, separating the steering knuckle from the ball joint and the control arm, and removing the forward pivot bolt. To get the lower control arm out the strut end brake assembly will need to be held out of the way.The new lower control arm is best installed by getting the pivot point in first and then get the ball joint into the steering knuckle. Then the rear mounted bolts come next and then you tighten everything down to spec with a torque wrench. Both sides install the same way and as always when you do suspension upgrades or replacements it's always a good idea to get a fresh alignment after the install.Wrapping things up here, the Ford Racing Front Lower Control Arms are a factory replacement for GT500s, but they're an upgrade for the V6 and the GT so they're going to give some nice performance and ride quality upgrades over the factory units. They have upgraded ball joints, they're made from heavy-duty steel so they're both stronger and better performing. They're a good option if you're looking to upgrade or if you're just looking to fix some high-mileage ball joints and you can check them out more online right here at AmericanMuscle.com.
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Technical Note. Reuses factory hardware for installation.
Fitment: 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Details
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May 19, 2020
What can I say, they are great quality. Simple to install if you watch videos. Driver side is more difficult to install than passenger side because of a screw That belongs in the middle.Helpful (0)
May 19, 2020
My stock control arms were due to be changed and decided to upgrade to these. They feel more balanced and way less sloppy then the stock arms. Very controlled. Slightly stiffer feel really doesn't effect drive comfort, but preforms extremely well. Definately recommend them to anyone. Definately bring the penetrating fluid for this one.Helpful (0)
May 08, 2020
GREAT UPGRADE FROM STOCK
The new lower control arms greatly improved handling but also helped get rid of my suspension rattleHelpful (1)
May 03, 2020
Needed to replace old control arms, they weren't painted at factory so they had rusted. Cheaper to get Ford performance than replace stocked, and it does handle betterHelpful (1)
April 29, 2020
Easy install, tightened up the front end. Solid upgrade from the stock control arms.Helpful (3)
April 28, 2020
I have a V6- had them installed, and was a night and day difference. Feels really responsive. Would recommend for anyone upgrading their lower control arms from any stock ones. Great for price.Helpful (4)
April 26, 2020
Install wasn't too difficult. I can definitely notice the difference between the stock lower control arms in a GT500 Ford performance lower control arms the suspension feels tighter in the car actually feels a little more responsive than it did before I would highly recommend and I will use these again in the future.Helpful (3)
April 25, 2020
Great product, fast shipping. Really tightened the steering feel after my old ball joints were shot. A must buy.Helpful (5)
April 20, 2020
Is great and after install is drive so smooth after is doneHelpful (3)
April 19, 2020
Best upgrade for your money!
After over 200,000 miles I needed this upgrade, it was so well worth it. Can't tell you how different the ride is. The front end is stiffer and no sway, bumps on the road don't effect the steering, like a whole new ride. /no more vibrations at higher speeds. Recommend 100Helpful (3)
ball joint size I understand the ball joints are beefier, however, are they still compatible with the original gt ball joints? Better question is, will I be able to press in the steeda x5 or the moog k500112 into these lower control arms?
I don't know about the Steeda or Moog stuff that you mentioned, but I do know that I replaced my stock ones with these and they ROCK! If you drive on rough roads or go to the track like I do you need this upgrade. Far superior to the stock junk!!
Hi. Do these control arms come with new bushings?
Yes, new bushings are included with this kit.
Do you know the torque specs for the installation?
The front lower control arms should be torqued down to 130 ft-lbs of torque as specified by Ford.
Can anyone who has actually purchase these control arms or can actually go look at a pair tell me whether the ball joints that come with these control arms are removable, are they just held in with a snap ring? And also are the ball joints greasable?
The Ford Performance Front Lower Control Arms utilize pressed in balljoints that are not greaseable.
Are the ball joints in these control arms replacable? If the ball joints wear out will i need a whole new control arm or can i press new ball joints in
Hello. You will be able to replace these Ball Joints in the Ford Performance Front Lower Control Arms.
Unfortunately we only offer the kits. We recommend reaching out to Ford Performance as they may be able to further assist you.
The Ford Performance Front Lower Control Arms come with pre-installed bushings and ball joints.
The Ford Performance Front Lower Control Arms already have ball joints installed, and they would not be available with the Steeda ball joints installed.
The Ford Performance Front Lower Control Arms (05-09 V6, 05-10 GT and 07-09 GT500) are sold as a pair which will accommodate both right and left side.
Looks as though Ford Performance has updated the item. But we still may have some of the non-gusset styles in stock.
Unfortunately these control arms will not work with the 2010 V6 models. Only the 05-09 V6 Mustang models.
Unfortunately these control arms will not fit the 11-14 models. Only the 05-10 Mustang models.
Yes, they will work with all 2005-2010 Mustang GT models.
The Ford Performance Front Lower Control Arms are non grease-able.
(approx) 2 Hours
Mechanical expertise or professional installation required.
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