(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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Justin: If you're looking to replace a set of blown out or high mileage factory dampers on your 2005 to 2010 Mustang, the Roush Front Strut kit here would certainly be an excellent choice. Now, the Roush struts will feature a nonadjustable monotube design. They will be sold in sets of two for right around 300 bucks and will work with any set of springs, whether stock or aftermarket. Your installation won't be terrible so let's call it a middle of the road two out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter and a couple of hours from start to finish. So, again, these guys are going to appeal to those early S197 owners out there for a couple of big reasons. Now, first and foremost, if you're still on your factory dampers and the ride is just terrible or you've known you've blown one out, it's time to look into a replacement. Now, if you have a set of lowering springs, the Roush struts here would be a better choice as they're better suited to handle the lower ride height and the firmer spring rate much better than say, a factory front strut.Now, Roush has utilized a tuned monotube damper design here with preset rebound and compression, meaning these guys won't be adjustable like a set of KONI Yellows, per se. But, at the same time, the Roush options will be far more affordable, along with delivering a ride quality that will be sporty and firm but without being too bouncy. Altogether, guys, I'd say these things will certainly help instill a little bit more confidence in turns, especially so, when paired with an aftermarket spring of your choice. But, again, you can use these things with your stock springs, if you prefer.Now, I briefly did mention the monotube design earlier but that internal piston of the Roush options here will be slightly larger compared to that of your stocker while the steel housing strut will be nitrogen-charged, then finally finished off in this blue coating to promote better durability over the years. Now, if you are wondering, guys, Roush does also offer a set of matching air shocks along with a few different spring options for the early S197 here on the site, if you wanted to keep things consistent with the Roush brand. But what do you say we get into the installation and again, middle the road two out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter here and for a bit more detail on the job, here is a brief walkthrough, along with the tool breakdown.Tony: Tools used for this installation are as follows, an impact gun or a ratchet, a 18 and 19-millimeter deep socket, a 10-millimeter socket, and an 18-millimeter wrench. Let's go ahead and get our front tire off and we'll walk you through the disassembly and the reassembly of changing out to your new Roush front struts. All right, now that our car is in the air, the wheel is off, we are ready to go ahead and start disassembling our strut assembly. Now, to do so, we're gonna start back here and remove a 10-millimeter bolt that attaches our brake line to the back of our strut. Next, we're gonna go ahead and disconnect our sway bar end link using an 18-millimeter socket. After that, we're gonna come up front and take off the two lower strut mount bolts, those you will also use an 18-millimeter socket. After that, we're gonna lower our car back down, pop our hood open, and we're gonna get our upper strut mount disconnected. Now, with our 10-millimeter socket, we're gonna go ahead and disconnect this. Now, with our 18-millimeter socket, we'll disconnect our sway bar end link. All right, next, we got these two bolts right here and they're both 18-mils. Now, you don't need an impact gun but it definitely makes life a lot easier.Okay, as you can see, we have the whole lower assembly of our strut disconnected from our car. Now, we're gonna go ahead, lower it down, open up the hood, and get the three upper bolts disconnected. We'll slide our strut out and I'll show you how to assemble your new strut and get it put in. All right, now with the use of a 12-millimeter socket on my slightly smaller impact gun, we're gonna remove the four bolts that actually secure our upper strut mount to our strut tower, making sure that we keep a firm grip on the strut once we get to that last bolt so it doesn't fall out and cause any damage. Now, here we have our original OE strut and you can see, this car actually has lowering springs on it, which is a good thing because, with our new struts, a lowering spring will be so beneficial. Now, we're gonna go ahead and get this one apart. We're gonna need our upper strut mount and hardware for our new strut. Let's go ahead and get this taken off. I'll show you how to use a spring compressor to do so. Then we'll go ahead and get our other strut all put together. We're gonna use our wall-mounted spring compressor. If you have access to one of these, that is wonderful. They are great to use but they are also very dangerous. Just like with any spring compressor, keep yourself out of harm's way.If you do not have access to a spring compressor, you can take them down the street to your local shop and have them disassemble them for you. Now, we're just gonna go ahead and get our spring set up on our spring compressor. Now, when using your spring compressor, you wanna make sure you put just enough pressure on the spring that you can get your upper strut mount off. You don't wanna overcompress the spring. If the spring does cut loose, it could cause serious damage to a vehicle, to a person, anything. With our 21-millimeter socket on our impact gun, we're gonna go ahead and remove our upper strut mount. You can do this with a wrench or a ratchet. I'm using my impact gun because it's what I have on hand. Now, carefully unload your spring. Now, we've removed our dust cover and our factory bump stop from our original strut. We're gonna use these on our new Roush struts. Begin by sliding our bumps stop down and over, followed by our dust shield. Next, we're gonna get our spring sat in place. Now, you wanna make sure that this is clocked correctly inside the spring perch and our upper strut mount back in place. Back into our spring compressor.All right, now that our strut is all fully assembled, we're gonna slide it up into our strut tower and re-secure it with the four upper mount bolts. All right, now, reassembly is the exact opposite as disassembly. Our upper strut mount is already in, bolted down, and secured. We're gonna go ahead and get our lower mounts in, follow that up by our sway bar end link, and our brake line bracket. After that, go ahead and throw our wheel on to get it back down on the ground. Now, using our same 18-millimeter, just tighten them up. All right, well that ties it all up. That completes our install for our new Roush front struts on our '06 Mustang GT. Now, once you get your wheel and tire back on, just go ahead and take it for a drive. And I highly recommend getting an alignment because just like any time you take your suspension apart, it is highly advisable getting an alignment done, just to get the most out of your vehicle. It could also cause your tires to wear prematurely if you don't get an alignment. Now, for more parts and videos like these, make sure you give us a visit at americanmuscle.com.
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