Review & Install Video
So OPR's front lower ball joint end that we're taking a look at today is going to be a good quality, factory-style replacement for the Mustang owner out there that's on a budget, and that need to replace a worn out or a broken joint. So some typical signs of a bad ball joint can easily be characterized by the following. You're going to be hearing some clunking. You might have some bad vibrations. But from personal experience, what I've felt in the past is that the steering wheel has a tendency to travel a little bit easier. Now, looking ahead to the installation, despite how small this sucker is, it's going to be a pretty involved one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter here, and you should expect to be wrenching for about four hours. So manufactured from factory-style equipment, this direct fit replacement is going to be manufactured out of a block of fine-grain, high alloy steel. That's going to be for strength, as well as durability. Now, this is also going to feature a powdered metal gusher bearing with grooves. What that essentially means is that it's going to allow grease to flow through the joint to the stud, to ensure you're going to have a long life out of this part. Now, additionally, this is going to feature a patented press-in cover plate, which is going to help minimize deflection and give you better overall steering feel. Now, a great thing about this ball joint is that it is going to feature a grease relief valve, so you can flush out dirt and debris to extend its life. Now, the boot itself is going to be made out of a polyurethane compound that's going to be able to withstand dirt, abrasion, as well as high temperatures. Now, doing my job here, guys, I do want to call it out that this is a factory-style replacement, compared to the Whiteline option that we do have back on the website. It's going to be a difference of about $5. But between the OPR to the Whiteline, your main difference is only going to be the pressed-in cover plates. But on the flipside of the equation here, in comparison to the Steeda offering, that's going to run about $140. But that unit is going to be geared towards a lowered car, and they're essentially going to help get your suspension geometry back into check, give you better steering feel, as well as improve the handling overall. Looking at the pricing here, expect to be spending about $40 to $50 to get these onto your car per side. I will mention that if you were to pick these up from your local dealer, you would be looking at closer to around $100. Installation-wise, you should expect to be wrenching for about three to four hours. It is a very straightforward job, and we will be giving it one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter here. Now, looking ahead here, guys, you're going to need the entire toolbox. There's so much needed that I'm going to have it listed right here. But at a glance here, guys, you're going to have to get that car off the ground. You're going to need to pull your wheels, tires, caliper, rotor. You're also going to need to disconnect the bottom of the strut from the spindle, as well as pulling out your factory spring. But once everything is out of the way, it's more or less just going to be getting your new ball joint end in place and reinstalling everything in the opposite order, then you're good to go. So that's going to wrap up my quick review of OPR's front lower ball joint end, fitting your 1994 through 2004 Mustang, which can be found right here at americanmuscle.com.
If you're experiencing sloppy steering and loud "clunks or squeaks" when going around corners it may be time to replace those old worn out stock ball joints. Installing new replacement OPR ball joints will greatly improve your Mustangs steering and ride quality while getting rid of those annoying noises at the same time.
These replacement OPR ball joint housings are manufactured from a single block of fine-grain alloy steel, providing unequaled strength and durability. Powdered-metal gusher bearings with grooves allows grease to flow through the bearing to the stud to provide a smooth, durable surface that extends service life. Patented pressed-in cover plates minimize deflection for solid-steering feel.
These OPR replacement ball joint dust boots are made from a polychloroprene and polyurethane compound that can easily withstand dirt, abrasion, and temperature extremes. The boots also feature a grease relief valve so that debris can easily be flushed out when serviced to help prevent contamination.
This OPR replacement lower front ball joint is designed to be a direct fit replacement for the 1994 to 2004 Mustangs including V6, GT, Bullitt, Mach 1 and SVT Cobra. Sold individually.
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- What's in the Box
- (1) Ball Joint
- (1) Castle Nut
- (1) Dust Boot
- (1) Cotter Pin
- (1) Grease Fitting
- Installation Info
(approx) a Day
Mechanical expertise or professional installation 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