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04-16-2019 12:25 AM
Voo Doo Ooooops...my bad, sorry EH !! lol
04-12-2019 11:23 AM
JackDW - 852
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Originally Posted by Voo Doo View Post
I have to install the Steeda IRS Brackets and bushings set... will install their lowering springs as well to go with my 20inch Wheels n tires!! I live 15 min from Blaine border and have a ship to address there... saves me tons of money!!!

https://www.steeda.com/steeda-s550-m...-555-5754.html
Ric, just wanted to point out that his is an 08/09 discussion. No problem with you input. Actually, I highly encourage anyone's input but I just wanted to point is out in case you were looking for a response.

Thanks for posting.
04-11-2019 11:34 AM
Voo Doo I have to install the Steeda IRS Brackets and bushings set... will install their lowering springs as well to go with my 20inch Wheels n tires!! I live 15 min from Blaine border and have a ship to address there... saves me tons of money!!!

https://www.steeda.com/steeda-s550-m...-555-5754.html
04-10-2019 09:47 AM
JERIC Thanks for providing the updates 3337 and for everyone else who chimed in. It's helped me make a decision on my next mods. I love this community!
07-21-2018 11:42 PM
Bullitt 3337 Another Update:
I finally got around to installing the Ford Performance rear lower control arms today. It turned out to be an easier install than I expected - much easier than the shifter install. AM has a great step by step installation guide:
https://www.americanmuscle.com/ford-...t-install.html
I think it took me 1 1/2 hours from start to finish.

I was not really expecting a significant difference in normal driving with the control arm upgrade but was pleasantly surprised by the noticeable improvements....

1) My car had been making an annoying squeaking/squealing noise every time I pulled away in 1st gear and when shifting into 2nd. I had my mechanic check it out and he thought it was a small amount of play in the rear driveshaft CV joint (nothing to worry about he assured me). It must have been caused by the old brittle bushings in my old control arms, because the noise is now GONE

2) Pulling away from a stop in 1st gear even at very low speeds is now much more direct (for lack of a better term) I now realize that there was a noticeable amount of shunting or movement of the suspension/axle previously that made pulling away slowly and smoothly in traffic or doing a hill start slightly annoying - these issues are now GONE

3) The rear suspension feels slightly firmer. I drove a road I take frequently that has a series of large speed bumps. I can now drive slightly faster over the speed bumps without bottoming out the suspension. I also noticed that there is a slight increase in oversteer when applying throttle in a hard corner (don't worry, nothing bad happened - I just noticed a slight increase in rotation on throttle application).

4) Axle Hop.. the main reason I upgraded... I was enjoying the other improvements so much (1-3 above) I forgot to even check this. However I'm pretty sure there is going to be some benefit.

That's it for now
Cheers
07-07-2018 11:09 PM
Bullitt 3337 Quick Update:
I picked up the parts last weekend during my recent trip to Washington state. I installed an intake air filter and a cabin air filter as soon as I returned. While I had the air cleaner dismantled i also installed some brighter Sylvania headlight bulbs.

Today I installed the MGW shifter. It was a pain to install, although I would describe it it as more awkward than difficult. Getting access to the required parts of the car proved challenging. Once installed, the change to the shifter feel is dramatic. The MGW shifter is a big improvement over stock. The action is very precise and provides a far more mechanical feel (similar to a good quality bolt action rifle). The spring loaded self centering makes the 2- 3 shift almost foolproof. I did notice that the self centering action can make it easy to accidentally shift from 1 to 4 if you are not paying enough attention to shifting precisely (ie: slowly pulling away in stop and go traffic). I found I need to provide a slight amount of left pressure to go from 1 -2, (rather than 1-4) - I'm sure it will become second nature after a bit more practice.

Cheers
06-18-2018 11:22 PM
Warlock
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Originally Posted by rangerdoc View Post
Keep the sway bars and get poly bushings and new links. Spend your money on the driveshaft.
Well I ordered the "Boss 302" rear sway bar only. I decided the stock Bullitt front unit was good enough since I don't motorcross or anything like that, just upping street handling a little, but later on... As far as the driveshaft, it'll be in the box with the sway bar. I'll teach my kids and grandkids to stiff me on Father's Day, inheritance just went down a few hundred dollars and maybe more later.
06-11-2018 04:55 PM
rangerdoc
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Originally Posted by Warlock View Post
I went with the FR GT500 LCA's also. I figured if they were designed to handle a 500+ hp. car, they could handle 315+ easy. I also threw on a set of Roush springs (dropped almost an inch) in the rear to lower it so it sits level. I am still running the never mentioned anymore, Hurst shifter. Hey, in almost 10 years of ownership it's been speed shifted thru all the gears maybe 5-6 times and I'm one of those that like the notchiness of the shifter. Sitting here now trying to decide on either larger front & rear sway bars or the aluminum driveshaft.....

Keep the sway bars and get poly bushings and new links. Spend your money on the driveshaft.
06-10-2018 08:24 PM
Bullitt 3337 Road noise? What road noise? ...I typically drive with the windows open, and the noise from the FRS 500 exhaust drowns out everything else - in a good way

I put a piece of dense foam (2'x2'x1/2" +/-) between my full size spare and the crappy fiberboard panel, in the trunk, so if I ever close the windows and slow down, hopefully it will have a similar noise reduction effect.

Glad to hear you like the MGW shifter. I am glad I asked around before ordering the Barton, since the consensus seems to be that the MGW is the best.
06-10-2018 05:50 PM
chitownson I installed the MGW shifter, best out there, easy DIY install with their website's video instructions. That, with the sound insulation MGW supplies for the trans tunnel hole was a great upgrade. (You'd be surprised how much noise comes out of the transmission tunnel.) Speaking of noise, I replaced the crappy fiberboard trunk floor under the carpet with a thin sheet of wood cut to the same dimensions - I have a post about this somewhere on the IMBOC website. You'd be surprised how much less road noises passes into the passenger compartment through that fiberboard garbage on the highway.
06-10-2018 09:03 AM
Warlock I went with the FR GT500 LCA's also. I figured if they were designed to handle a 500+ hp. car, they could handle 315+ easy. I also threw on a set of Roush springs (dropped almost an inch) in the rear to lower it so it sits level. I am still running the never mentioned anymore, Hurst shifter. Hey, in almost 10 years of ownership it's been speed shifted thru all the gears maybe 5-6 times and I'm one of those that like the notchiness of the shifter. Sitting here now trying to decide on either larger front & rear sway bars or the aluminum driveshaft.....
06-09-2018 11:13 PM
Bullitt 3337 The Canadian import rules have certainly become more lenient in the last few years. Unfortunately it looks like Canada and the US are headed for a trade war, so I expect things may be changing soon
06-09-2018 01:18 AM
pwd72s You have generous customs laws...
06-09-2018 12:13 AM
Bullitt 3337 I am planning to go to Washington for a few days at the end of the month, so I can bring back up to $800 worth of goods with no tax or duty. I am going to try installing the LCAs and shifter myself. Even though I have not been very mechanically inclined in the past, I have watched a few installation videos and figure it is something I should be able to handle. It is amazing what you can learn watching Youtube videos these days!
06-08-2018 04:28 PM
pwd72s
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Originally Posted by Bullitt 3337 View Post
This was my plan also. I am planning a trip to to Washington State at the end of June. I was hoping to find one supplier for all the items I needed in order to simplify things. But 2 orders (MGW & CJ Pony Parts) is doable.
Hmmm, any good shops in the Washington State area you're visiting? Have the parts shipped to and installed there? "Anything to declare?" "Nope...".

All parties deceased now, so no harm in telling this story. Back in the 70's a friend in London helped a USA based race team at Lemans. He drove his old 356A Porsche to France running a worn out VW engine. He returned with it running a very rare and valuable 4 cam 356 powerplant. You see, to French customs, all race team "spare parts" look alike.
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