Review & Install Video
OPR's passenger side front lower control arm that we're taking a quick look at today is going to be a good option for any Mustang owner out there that might be in need of a new control arm after years of abuse. [In] terms of the installation here, expect a light to a moderate two out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter here and about a two-hour job. So these aren't going to be geared towards any type of performance benefit, as they're going to be fixed and nonadjustable, and a factory replacement for a broken one. If you're lowered or you're thinking about lowering your Mustang down the road, I definitely suggest checking out some of the options from QA1. Now, some of the telltale signs of failing or just a worn-out control arm would be similar to a bad sway bar end link. So you'd be feeling a little bit of a loose steering wheel, lots of noise, and some clunking. So OPR's offering here is going to be just like your factory lower control arm with ball joint, and it's manufactured from a high-strength steel with a black oxidized finish. Now, this front lower control arm will feature a preinstalled ball joint, as well as a rubber bushing, as well as being greaseable, which is great. Because they're not sealed components, and they can be maintained over the course of your car's life. But in terms of the pricing here, guys, expect to be spending around $100 per side for these replacements, which will likely cost considerably less than the factory equipment. So if you're looking for something a little bit more performance-oriented, QA1 has an adjustable set that is going to weigh less. But expect to be spending about $220 to $300 on those. Now, switching gears to the installation, like I said a little bit earlier, you're going to be looking at a moderate two out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter here, and about a two-hour job. Now, looking ahead, I'd just make sure to have a full socket set, a jack, and jack stands. So getting started, you're going to want to get your car off the ground, pull your front wheels and tires, unbolt your calipers and ABS lines if equipped. You can then remove your sway bar end links and bushings. Then, get your floor jack under one of the control arms in order to support that.You're going to want to jack that up slightly in order to get the load off of the strut and the spindle. Once you're done there, remove the cotter pin and the castle nut on the ball joint. You then loosen the castle nut just enough to separate it from the ball joint, and then remove the castle nut itself. Now, you'll then need to loosen and remove the two bolts that are retaining the strut to the spindle, then slowly lower that jack down. So after that, guys, simply repeat the process on the opposite side. Then, you can begin getting your new equipment in place. So that's more or less the difficult part here, and your new lower control arm assemblies are going to be reinstalling in the reverse order. So that's going to wrap up my quick review of OPR's passenger side front lower control arm and ball joint assembly, fitting your '94 through '04 Mustang, that can be found right here at americanmuscle.com.
Direct Fit Replacement.
Regain the lost ride comfort and handling performance of your SN95 or New Edge Pony. Replace that bent or damaged factory OPR Front Lower Control Arm with a direct fit replacement, complete with ball joint assembly to improve directional stability and offers a smooth ride and agile handling.OEM Quality.
Manufactured to the original factory specifications from heavy duty steel for extra strength and durability, this greasable Driver Side Front LCA features a preinstalled ball joint and rubber bushings to improve ride quality and has been completed in a black oxide coating for rust and corrosion resistance.Application.
This Driver Side Front OPR Lower Control Arm and Ball Joint Assembly is designed as a direct fit replacement for all 1994 to 2004 Mustangs, including the V6, GT, Bullitt and Cobra Mustangs. Sold individually.Technical Note.
Reuses factory hardware for installation.
- What's in the Box
- (1) Front Lower Control Arm/Ball Joint Assembly
- Installation Info
Installation Time: (approx) 2 Hours
Difficulty Level:Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
- Tech Specs
- Will it fit my Mustang?
- Bullitt - 01
- Cobra - 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 01, 03, 04
- Cobra R - 95, 00
- GT - 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04
- Mach 1 - 03, 04
- V6 - 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04