Toe links work like a bump steer kit and help to keep the toe angle of your rear wheels within spec. Toe links optimize and improve traction, especially off of the line, and provide a more balanced ride. When toe settings are set incorrectly, your tire will drag or skip along the road surface instead of smoothly rolling. From the factory, Mustangs have stamped steel rear toe rods with rubber bushings. These factory rods will deflect under heavy loading, allowing the rear wheels to toe in or toe out. This can lead to erratic handling characteristics or uneven tire wear. Installing adjustable toe rods are an excellent idea when lowering the vehicle. It allows you to correct rear end geometry after lowering and keeps the toe settings locked in place by reducing deflection. Non-adjustable toe rods can be used as well, but should be reserved for Mustang owners who don’t plan on lowering their cars. Without the adjustability from the toe rod, your alignment specs may be stuck in an unfavorable position.
An upgrade to an adjustable rear toe link offers many improvements:
- Stiffer steel tubing with Heim joint construction
- Fully adjustable to dial in handling
- Reduced deflection helps to eliminate wheel-hop
- Bolt lockout plates to prevent bolt slip and changing alignment specs after they have been set
Elimination of flex in the chassis is a goal of any owner who wants to get the best handling from their Mustang. Any flex will affect alignment angles leading to decreased control and steering feel. When shopping for a toe rod, be sure to choose one with a threaded adjuster. Threaded adjusters are more accurate, easier to use, have greater adjustment range, and are not prone to slip like toe rods that utilize eccentric bolts. You should also consider choosing a toe rod that has a bearing on it instead of a polyurethane bushing. This will allow the toe rod to properly articulate and will reduce toe deflection during suspension travel. Keeping your toe consistent will go a long way to maintaining proper steering properties of your Mustang.
Finally, a quality set of toe rods should include, a set of lockout plates for the bolts. These plates prevent bolt slip after installation, which would ruin your alignment settings. They eliminate the factory adjustment bolts; all adjustments are then made on the toe rod. Lockout plates are used to minimize to change and deflection from the factory bolt slipping and losing adjustment. We recommend lockout plates if you have more than stock horsepower, or if you're running soft compound tires.