Installation Time: Afternoon
August 25, 2017
Perfect fit - NO MORE SQUEAK!
I purchased these control arms because I was getting an absolutely ungodly squeak from the rear end of my Mustang every time I hit a bump, accelerated, or braked hard. It was driving me nuts and made my entire car sound like a jalopy. I took it to a mechanic and he basically said he had no idea what it was. I got under the car and sprayed down different components with WD40, and while this was not a permanent fix, it helped me to identify that the worn out bushings in the lower control arms were the problem. I ordered this particular set of lower control arms because the price was very reasonable, and because they were Ford factory products. I'm not sure what makes them a "performance" lower control arm, because upon thorough examination, they appear to be exact replacements for the factory control arms. Install was very easy. I just put the car on jackstands, and was able to complete both sides within an hour or so. I used a heavy amount of silicone paste on the bolts and bushings. This paste will not destroy rubber bushings, but I figured that it would help with the squeak. One thing I really liked about these control arms is that they have the slots cut out in the middle of the arm, so you can replace the brake cable right where it was supposed to be from the factory. You don't have to rig something up like you would with a BBK control arm. That was nice because I like everything to be factory, because when you start rigging stuff up you start running into problems.
I'm proud to say that a week later, I have yet to hear any form of squeak from the rear end. It's completely silent. I'm not sure if hook up is any improved from the old arms. It's definitely a lot better, but I'm not sure if that's because these are performance arms or just because the bushings are solid. Either way, for the price I am very happy with this purchase and it has definitely made my Mustang a lot more enjoyable to drive