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Old 03-08-2015, 01:19 PM   #1
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Fix for stock front control arms?

To date I've had the stock front control arms changed under warranty for the faulty hydro bushing 3 times. Each time the car has driven well with no noise for 5-8000 miles and then the noise returns same as before. Seems to be yet another issue FoMoCo knows about and fails to properly address. Whats the permanent fix for this......AM poly bushings in the stock arms, new arms altogether? Steeda sells the Boss arms with upgraded bushings and ball joint at a reasonable price. Is that the way to go? Also, I've heard that some aftermarket arms require the use of the 302r steering rack at an additional cost of $1000. I'd really like to avoid that, but this incessant noise is driving me bat***t. Of course I could go have them swapped again at the dealer free of charge, but I want this to go away and stay away. Input appreciated.
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In the same boat as you. I've had mine replaced twice and the issue returns after about 500 miles. So annoying.
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I'm curious too! Never had the originals replaced under warranty because I'd heard that the new Ford arms (with heat shields) didn't fix the problem.

I was wondering if just the hydro bushing could be replaced with a poly part.
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Is that the crack sound I hear when I turn as I'm starting to move ?? It drives me nuts too !!!!
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^ I'm not sure about that. The most commonly described sound for the front LCA hydro bushings is a groan/grunt going over speed bumps and the like at low speeds, usually worse when the outside (or the engine) is hot. For me, the sound goes away almost completely in the winter. In the summer, it comes back and I can sometimes even feel it in the floorboard with my feet.
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That sounds about right, I've had mine out the last couple days, and low-n-behold I haven't heard it at all. I have an 06 with 22,000, so it shouldn't be anything wore out... Guess I gotta get to my ford dealer to find out, thanks.......
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We have a set of aftermarket control arms that have been well received:

2011-14 Mustang Front Lower Control Arms w/ Ball Joints - Made in USA 777-4900 - Free Shipping!

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My car: 2012 V6 base coupe
My original control arms were fine (not making the clunking/squeaking noises some folks complain about), but I wanted the better bushings and ball joints so I ordered these. I did the install myself (without the help of any friends), and it took about three hours. The result was noticeable. Steering became much more precise and predictable.

If you're serious about your car's handling, get these control arms. - See more at: 2011-14 Mustang Front Lower Control Arms w/ Ball Joints - Made in USA 777-4900 - Free Shipping!
You can check out our instructions under installation info!

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TJ can you confirm that your offering does not require the use of the boss 302r electric steering rack that some other arms require with higher durometer bushings? It was these arms I referred to at thread start.
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TJ can you confirm that your offering does not require the use of the boss 302r electric steering rack that some other arms require with higher durometer bushings? It was these arms I referred to at thread start.
+1...my first question too.
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No changes to the steering rack or steering rack software are necessary with our 777-4900 control arms!

Let me know if I can help assist with a set!!

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Also TJ, the product page for these arms does not specify what ball joint upgrade is in them........I assume the x11 Steeda units?
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That is correct.

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People with cars post 2011 model year do not need to worry about the steering rack, as your is fine. Many of the 2011 cars shipped with defective racks that could not undo the auto learn feature, and that would cause mayhem with stiffer bushings. I have been fine with my high durometer bushings, and am considering making a set from delrin to further decrease deflection. If you do have a problem, just buy a used '13 rack, and it will solve the problem for about $250.
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