Yes, there are a lot of different ways you can go with the five lug swap. There are also "right" and "wrong" ways of doing it depending on what wheels you want to run.
Here's the way I did it. I can run any 5 lug wheel a 94-04 can run (unless they are running a riduculously big wheel).
- 94-95 Spindles
- 94-95 Front Brake Rotors and Calipers (I actually upgraded to 99-04 PBRs, but these will do)
- Have balljoints from a 94-95 pressed into your A-arms. You'll probably want to do this at the same time you change the springs. Reason being that the easiest way to change the front springs on a fox is to unbolt the a-arms and drop them down, place the springs in, and jack them back up. This way you only have to drop the A-arms once, which, I assure you, is not the most fun thing to do in the world, ever. Ever.
- Swap to 94-04 front brake lines. I recommend the Stainless Steel brake lines from Maximum Motorsports. Call them and they will get you the right part.
- Ford Racing Rear 5-lug swap. This kit has new 5-lug rear axles and brake drums. It is all you need for the rear. However, you may want to rebuild your rear brakes and also replace your axle seals and bearings while you are at it, especially if the car is high mileage.
This method is a little expensive. I paid $150 for 94-95 spindles and front brakes from a junkyard, but I ended up not using the brakes. They were pretty rusty and may not have been any good. The balljoints were cheap. I forgot how much. I had a friend at the Ford dealership press them in for free. The brake lines are about $70-80 from MM. The Ford Racing Rear 5-lug kit was $200 at the time, but I've heard it's gone up. So total... I probably paid $500 with all the miscellaneous parts (axle bearings, seals, brake fluid, rear-end grease), not counting what I gave for the PBRs.
If I had to do it all again, the only thing I would have done differently is the brakes. I probably would have went ahead with the 13" 94-04 Cobra brakes up front, along with a special bracket and the 94-04 Cobra rear disc brakes as well. If you do this, you will also need to upgrade your master cylinder, possibly your brake booster, and will have to do something about the emergency brake.
Now... the "wrong" way to do it. Rear is the same. Either get the Ford Racing kit or get the axles used in the kit from a junkyard (I really wouldn't recommend this and don't even remember what vehicles they come on... Aerostars and Rangers or something). Then get the Lincoln Mark VII front rotors/hub assembly.
This will give you 5-lug. However, the dust caps on most Ford and aftermarket wheels will not clear the hub. I believe this includes all 99+ Ford wheels (2000 Cobra R's, 2003 Cobras, Bullits, etc etc etc). This probably also includes a lot of the aftermarket wheels. I would not go this route unless you are 100% sure that the wheels you want to use will not have clearance issues. Even then, the 94-04 set-up gives you so many more options as far as later brake upgrades are concerned.
Then there is one last alternative which works great, but is expensive. That is the Ford Racing M2300-K kit (i.e. this...)
. This has everything you need for 5 lug and the upgrade to late-model Cobra brakes front and rear. As you can see, it's pretty damn expensive though. Baer also has a similar kit (and slightly nicer kit), but it's around 2500 bucks.
Damn... I really shoulda just made this an article.