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Old 01-21-2013, 06:53 PM   #1
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Failed Roush Splitter install

Mechanically, this is very simple. But I will be damned if I could get my lowered car high enough to get the drill under the rocker panels.

I tried everything ... ramps not high enough, stands not high enough, etc. Finally gave up and I'll pay someone to do this simple install just because it's ticked me off.

AND I have a short drill, too ... just not enough room with a drill bit in there to get under the rocker panel.

Silly to have to abort a simple install for a reason like this.

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Mechanically, this is very simple. But I will be damned if I could get my lowered car high enough to get the drill under the rocker panels.

I tried everything ... ramps not high enough, stands not high enough, etc. Finally gave up and I'll pay someone to do this simple install just because it's ticked me off.

AND I have a short drill, too ... just not enough room with a drill bit in there to get under the rocker panel.

Silly to have to abort a simple install for a reason like this.

Try boards under the stands? Only thing I can think of.
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Old 01-21-2013, 07:05 PM   #3
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I feel your pain, I just jacked one side up and drilled quickly then let it down, then moved to the other side (the rear as well). It sucks but it worked. i jacked it up high enough for my drill to get under it.
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I went as high as the jackstands would go - wife refuses to let me under the car in any way if it's not on ramps or stands.
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Good attempt at it, but sometimes it's better to have somebody else do it.
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I've got a low-profile racing jack, I jacked the car up by the rear suspension mount point and placed a jack-stand there, then jacked up the front end of the car.... with that I was able to get the car plenty high to get my drill under it and drill with no problem. I installed the splitters into the stock locations before drilling the additional holes, and just didn't push the clips all the way in, leaving maybe a 1/4 inch out. Once I got them all in, I drilled the final holes, put the fasteners in, pulled off the tape for the adhesive, and pushed the rest of the clips all the way in. I watched this video a few times also...thought it might be helpful.
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I went as high as the jackstands would go - wife refuses to let me under the car in any way if it's not on ramps or stands.
I didn't use stands just the floor jack.
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Using just the floor jack, what did you use as jack points?
I have the harbor freight low profile racing jack.
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Yep, that's what I use too, i've got the aluminum 2 ton jack from Harbor Freight... might be the same one. I use the rear lower control arm mount, and put the jack stand under the control arm since it's nearly level when i get it jacked up. For the front, I use the front control arm mount points, being careful not to touch the bushings at all, just under the front of the the foot-well area.
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Using just the floor jack, what did you use as jack points?
I have the harbor freight low profile racing jack.
Check out this thread...the pic shows two blue arrows, those are the spots I used.

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Yep, that's what I use too, i've got the aluminum 2 ton jack from Harbor Freight... might be the same one. I use the rear lower control arm mount, and put the jack stand under the control arm since it's nearly level when i get it jacked up. For the front, I use the front control arm mount points, being careful not to touch the bushings at all, just under the front of the the foot-well area.
If I have relo brackets will I be able to put a jack there in the rear?
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maybe you could jack up only one side of the car. start by jacking up the rear, put a jackstand on the right or left side, then jack up the corresponding side in the front, and put a stand on that.
you could get under there, drill your holes, and get out.
just don't keep it too long
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Problem was with the stands fully extended, the car was still too low for the drill. Not much, but too low.
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maybe you could jack up only one side of the car. start by jacking up the rear, put a jackstand on the right or left side, then jack up the corresponding side in the front, and put a stand on that.
you could get under there, drill your holes, and get out.
just don't keep it too long

That's what I did, worked fine.



Always use jack stands, no matter what. I have 2 sturdy sets in staggered heights, just in case I need more than 2, or a shorter/taller option.

NEVER EVER TRUST A JACK... I wouldn't bet my life on a jack. One of my brothers had a car fall on him, he was ok, but got VERY lucky while working on an exhaust issue on his car. Since then, i've always been sure to use them, and have a phone where I can reach it in the event of an emergency (if working alone).
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That is why i did my full roush kit before doing suspension lol.
I used a dremel drill.
Make your own ramps from wood.
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Go as high as you want!
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That's what I did, worked fine.

Always use jack stands, no matter what. I have 2 sturdy sets in staggered heights, just in case I need more than 2, or a shorter/taller option.

NEVER EVER TRUST A JACK... I wouldn't bet my life on a jack. One of my brothers had a car fall on him, he was ok, but got VERY lucky while working on an exhaust issue on his car. Since then, i've always been sure to use them, and have a phone where I can reach it in the event of an emergency (if working alone).
Funny story
I ordered 2 jacks
4 came in
I got lucky
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Funny story
I ordered 2 jacks
4 came in
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Sweet deal.
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Two ways to do this you can cut the drill bit down to make your drill shorter or put a 6x6 block on top of you jack and some boards or blocks under jack stands to make them taller
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Two ways to do this you can cut the drill bit down to make your drill shorter or put a 6x6 block on top of you jack and some boards or blocks under jack stands to make them taller
Just a random question, wouldn't that possibly snap the boards?
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Just a random question, wouldn't that possibly snap the boards?
Nope, if it works with my almost 6000 pound truck it should work for a Mustang.
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Go as high as you want!
I built something like this after I lowered my car, looks almost identical and worked like a charm installing my splitters!
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Another easy option is to get a set of 6 ton jack stands. Makes it really easy to get under the car.
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Foundation blocks. If they can support my house, they can support my car.

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Foundation blocks. If they can support my house, they can support my car.
They will support a car, but if you put them on there sides, you run the risk of it crushing you.
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They will support a car, but if you put them on there sides, you run the risk of them crushing you.
I don't understand what you mean. How would the bricks crush me?
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I don't understand what you mean. How would the bricks crush me?
Lol, not the blocks, the car. If your not using a solid block, the holes need to be vertically, not horizontal. They don't have much strength on there sides.
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Lol, not the blocks, the car. If your not using a solid block, the holes need to be vertically, not horizontal. They don't have much strength on there sides.
Ah! I got solid blocks. So no worries
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I see where you got that now. Lol
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Right angle adapter for your drill. You're only drilling plastic.

http://www.harborfreight.com/3-8-eig...uck-92188.html
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I backed my stang up on a set of ramps that came with my grandfathers 1989 toyota supra and my 16yr old cousin instaled them for me at 1am in the morning... We fit the drill no problem and im lowerd.... He had no problems.. When we drilled the fron I drove up on some stacked 2x6s...little guy did a wicked job... I let him drive my stang for his services kept it in 2nd gear thats it
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Right angle adapter for your drill. You're only drilling plastic.

3/8" Angle Drill Attachment with Keyless Chuck
Yeah, that's exactly what I need. Thanks.
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Done and done.

What a difference a week makes. Annoyed that I didn't see it last week, but it's done now.

Drive one side up one some 2x4's to give it a slight lift ...

I realized that I COULD slide the Harbor Freight low profile jack under the differential housing .... put a block of wood on the foot and jacked up the rear, slid my ramp under the wheel, jacked the front and did the same.

The body settles too much with stands on the axles, and by using the ramps it worked much better. It was so simple I feel like an idiot ...

Install was smooth except one push pin will not go in all the way - it's out about 1/16" of an inch or so. They are single use only, so I can't pull it out and I tried to tap it in with the dowel and a mallet to no avail.

I will need to get a replacement plug and yank it out ... but it's not going anywhere so I am not going to lose sleep over it.

Come on Roush - you couldn't include 1 or 2 extra cheap-o plastic plugs in the box?
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Done and done.

What a difference a week makes. Annoyed that I didn't see it last week, but it's done now.

Drive one side up one some 2x4's to give it a slight lift ...

I realized that I COULD slide the Harbor Freight low profile jack under the differential housing .... put a block of wood on the foot and jacked up the rear, slid my ramp under the wheel, jacked the front and did the same.

The body settles too much with stands on the axles, and by using the ramps it worked much better. It was so simple I feel like an idiot ...

Install was smooth except one push pin will not go in all the way - it's out about 1/16" of an inch or so. They are single use only, so I can't pull it out and I tried to tap it in with the dowel and a mallet to no avail.

I will need to get a replacement plug and yank it out ... but it's not going anywhere so I am not going to lose sleep over it.

Come on Roush - you couldn't include 1 or 2 extra cheap-o plastic plugs in the box?
I just did it yesterday, dude it was mad easy i lifted it with the car lifter lol
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