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Old 06-27-2016, 05:56 AM   #1
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Upper Control Arms

Are aftermarket upper control arms worth the price, or will just getting lower arms be sufficient on street/mild strip applications?

Seems like the lowers take the brunt of abuse and the uppers are just there for support/connection purposes??



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It is preferable to leave the stock upper control arms and the OEM rubber bushings. That way the upper control arms can still flex without tearing up the torque boxes. It is probably a good idea to replace the upper control arms with an OEM set, so that you will have a fresh set of upper bushings. There is also rubber bushings pressed into the top of the rear end that should be replaced.
And be sure to purchase a quality set of aftermarket lowers.
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Thats what I had always heard. Thanks for the confirmation.

Im looking at BMR lowers. Any opinions on them?


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BMR is a good brand. I'd go with MM or Steeda tho.


As far as the uppers. Leave them stock, try to find a new OEM set, put a poly bushing on the axle side and leave the rubber up in the torque boxes. When my Steeda GT had the SRA in it they actually took a set of stock uppers and welded a plate across the bottom. I had not seen that before but it makes a ton of sense. Stiffens it up a bit without sacrificing the give of the stock control arms.




You could also try trading your SRA for an IRS straight up if you don't want to deal with a 4 link or doing the whole TA/PHB conversion.
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So leave the uppers stock? Should the lowers be adjustable?

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Leave the uppers stock and put poly bushings in the axle where they attach. There is a tool to do this you can get from MM I believe, makes it easy to do with the axle still attached although dropping a rear is pretty easy. Lowers don't need to be adjustable.
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BMR is a good brand. I'd go with MM or Steeda tho.


As far as the uppers. Leave them stock, try to find a new OEM set, put a poly bushing on the axle side and leave the rubber up in the torque boxes. When my Steeda GT had the SRA in it they actually took a set of stock uppers and welded a plate across the bottom. I had not seen that before but it makes a ton of sense. Stiffens it up a bit without sacrificing the give of the stock control arms.




You could also try trading your SRA for an IRS straight up if you don't want to deal with a 4 link or doing the whole TA/PHB conversion.
Hmmm.
I never really thought about boxing the stock control arms. I can't use aftermarket control arms in the autocross class that I race in. I don't remember reading any rules about not being able to box the original control arms though.
I'm definitely going to add that to my list of "grey area" modifications!
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Thanks for the info guys.

Im planning on a small suspension build this fall.

Here is my short list -

Eibach or Steeda lowering springs
Koni yellow shocks and struts
Lower control arms (and advice above on poly in the factory uppers) on axle side)
Steeda bump steer kit
CC plates

Anything else while I'm in there?

Im working off of a semi budget and cant get too crazy or the Misses will go bezerk. πŸ˜‚

I thought seriously about trading this car for a Boss or 5.0 Coyote car, but I swear I just cant part with it. I ask myself if I would miss it if there was a new 5.0 in its place and I honestly would. Its my first Mustang so it has some sentimental value.


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Thanks for the info guys.

Im planning on a small suspension build this fall.

Here is my short list -

Eibach or Steeda lowering springs
Koni yellow shocks and struts
Lower control arms (and advice above on poly in the factory uppers) on axle side)
Steeda bump steer kit
CC plates

Anything else while I'm in there?

Im working off of a semi budget and cant get too crazy or the Misses will go bezerk. πŸ˜‚

I thought seriously about trading this car for a Boss or 5.0 Coyote car, but I swear I just cant part with it. I ask myself if I would miss it if there was a new 5.0 in its place and I honestly would. Its my first Mustang so it has some sentimental value.


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Hmmm.
I never really thought about boxing the stock control arms. I can't use aftermarket control arms in the autocross class that I race in. I don't remember reading any rules about not being able to box the original control arms though.
I'm definitely going to add that to my list of "grey area" modifications!
Came from Steeda like that.

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Came from Steeda like that.

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Interesting, if I wasn't already sold on the Steedas I'd probably weld in some plates.

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Im working off of a semi budget and cant get too crazy or the Misses will go bezerk. ν ½νΈ‚
Happy to help with forum pricing!

You can email me at tim@steeda.com - well get you taken care of!

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Here's some stockers from lmr
https://lmr.com/item/LRS-5500CA-K/mu...RS5500CAK_7904

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Thanks for the link Jeno.

Do we have a forum discount code with LMR?

I have the one thru AM.


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There always out there just Google lmr discount

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+10000000 on the subframe connectors. Should be the first modification you invest in.

As far as the uppers go, on my car after lowering springs and lower control arms, my driveshaft angles were off and I got a really bad vibration at high speeds.

Aluminum driveshaft and adjustable uppers were the only solution. Hope you have better luck than I did

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