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Old 05-29-2016, 09:21 AM   #1
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Hey guys, I've been having an issue coming from the back half of the car for awhile an it's just been low priority but it's time to fix it. When I hit bumps in the road (at low speeds like 1-2nd gear), there a small clicking sound coming from the back, it also happens when I shift sometimes and the car jerks a bit the clicking happens, you can hear it from outside the car as well an it's fairly loud. Any ideas??


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I'm thinking it's your control arms, bushings are probably worn out. I had the same issue on my Mach 1. Put new uppers and lowers on and it's running smoothly and launching straight as an arrow. You can get a new set for $100- $200, took about 4 hours to put on. It's definitely worth it.

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Old 05-29-2016, 10:58 AM   #3
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What brand do you recommend??


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I bought the non adjustable SR performance set from American Muscle, they seemed of good construction. Not sure how they will hold up I put them on only a few months ago but they made a big difference in handling. But the old bushings were shot, as you can see in the pic.

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I would go with steeda they have better bushings that last

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I'm trying to decide between the MM ones and the Steedas. Both seem to be good quality, though I may go with the MM as they are a little cheaper.

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Does steeda not make a upper and lower set?? I can only find uppers or lowers, not a whole set from am


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dont forget, its not really a good idea to replace the uppers with polyurethane without reinforcing the torque boxes. launching will cause extra stress on them. MM doesnt even sell uppers except for replacement stock bushings.
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I have Steeda lower control arms installed in my 04 GT. Best suspension upgrade I did.





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Yes they do on steedas site

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dont forget, its not really a good idea to replace the uppers with polyurethane without reinforcing the torque boxes. launching will cause extra stress on them. MM doesnt even sell uppers except for replacement stock bushings.
Well steeda says theres is different and wont damage the torque boxes due to their design in the bushings did some research and all seems good

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Well steeda says theres is different and wont damage the torque boxes due to their design in the bushings did some research and all seems good

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I kinda remember reading about that actually.

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I bought the non adjustable SR performance set from American Muscle, they seemed of good construction. Not sure how they will hold up I put them on only a few months ago but they made a big difference in handling. But the old bushings were shot, as you can see in the pic.

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Watch the bushings in those SR ones. They are not the best by any means.
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Thanks man, after reading this I'm starting to think I should have gotten something else, I only drive that car like once a month or so, so hopefully they'll hold up at least a little while.

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Thanks man, after reading this I'm starting to think I should have gotten something else, I only drive that car like once a month or so, so hopefully they'll hold up at least a little while.

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Thanks man, after reading this I'm starting to think I should have gotten something else, I only drive that car like once a month or so, so hopefully they'll hold up at least a little while.

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If the car is driven that little Im sure you are fine, even if you drove it more it would be fine I would think for a couple years. Unless its being pushed to the max all the time

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Sometimes lol oh well I'll run them till they wear out and get new ones. At least I did beef up the torque boxes while I was in there so they should be good. One had a small tear so I went ahead and welded them 100%

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Don't they sell replacement bushings for cheap anyway? If the arms hold out, just replace the bushings next time.

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Don't they sell replacement bushings for cheap anyway? If the arms hold out, just replace the bushings next time.

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Good point. I was also thinking this, unless they are an odd size or something.

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If they sell replacement bushings can't I just buy those instead of new Control arms?? Or is that just for aftermarket ones??


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Im sure you can

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yes you can. in fact i already bought some, but I am leaning toward buying the steeda control arms instead. The replacements require you to tear the old rubber bushings out of the metal cups which are pressed into the stock control arm. you need to clean it our with a wire wheel or sandpaper. then you slide in the polyurethane bushings into the cups and bolt them back on. the easiest way is one control arm at a time, which would take quite a while. i only have sundays off from work, so i havent really attempted it yet. its like 80 bucks and they sold it on amazon and american muscle. made by Prothane.
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yes you can. in fact i already bought some, but I am leaning toward buying the steeda control arms instead. The replacements require you to tear the old rubber bushings out of the metal cups which are pressed into the stock control arm. you need to clean it our with a wire wheel or sandpaper. then you slide in the polyurethane bushings into the cups and bolt them back on. the easiest way is one control arm at a time, which would take quite a while. i only have sundays off from work, so i havent really attempted it yet. its like 80 bucks and they sold it on amazon and american muscle. made by Prothane.
Eh, at 80 bucks and the effort required I'd go with the Steedas or MM's.

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