I have a block strap with fluid filled mounts, works great. I can see how much the powertrain moves very easily with a manual trans shifter and it barely even vibrates anymore, let alone jerk to the side at WOT like before without it.
Its the weight of the body with all the bracing you added that’s loading up the poor bushings 😆Sounds good thanks for the advice! Just gotta make sure I don’t get some weak stuff that’s gonna break after a few months.
Now all I need is a lead on those ball joints! I know it’s overkill but I really don’t like those strut rod bushings, they simply weren’t meant for any type of spirited driving. The added weight of the saleen and cobra brake most def arent helping it out.
The open hook is adequate for NA power(torque) levels, I’ve obvserved no spread in my setup since I installed it, I just checked it last weekend when I changed the oil.That's pretty much what I bought from Rod, but the hook part is welded closed. One end bolts to the block, the forged loop is in a hole drilled thru the k-member. It won't move, lol.
An A arm wouldn’t change it either, I do wish Ford used an A arm from a simplicity/durability standpoint, but geometry being equal it won’t perform any differently, the LCA/strut rod is a virtual A arm in the way it works.Haha don’t burst my bubble 😂 man I’m just fed up with the front end. I really wish ford had gone with a traditional an arm up front. It might be me just exaggerating I guess but I gotta do something soon.
Heims wear out too, they’ll actually start rattling like a ball joint after awhile, SRBs are mushy but for rutted street duty I’d give them the advantage. I don’t want heims anyplace on a street driven vehicle, that’s what I most disliked about the old design AJE K members.I see what you mean, there’s plenty of cars that have this setup, the last gen GTO has strut rod aswell so it can’t be that bad. LA roads are horrible and the constant braking and rough terrain wears these suckers out quickly specially at almost 4000lbs haha. I highly dislike the idea of constantly changing these out tho. It seems like the easiest idea is to just make a heim strut rod. Similar to how the 60’s mustangs have readily available and a couple fellow members on the forum have done. Seems easier than making a whole arm.
I also plan on getting this other project on the road soon, I’ve been talking about it but it’s time to handle this scandle. Let me know what you think, it’s an X brace for the shock towers. I’m planning on using square tube maybe .083, .120 starts getting heavy heavy. Keeping the strut bar and tying it to just above where package tray.
I will say I’ve noticed how the new cars, mustangs in particular have the shocks double bolted to the frame rails. I’m assuming it’s to control the shocks pulling and pushing a forces. Which I’m assuming the x brace will help by keeping that area stable.
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mayer(sp?) racing had an interesting set of bushings for first gen Mustangs that used Delrin bushings that when put together on each side of the K member formed a sphere, which then had two aluminum cups rotate around it on the strut rod itself. I tried pitching that idea to DLF before he died, because that I think would have been perfect for us.There was a project on sccoa a few years back, were they looked into using spherical bearings. I don't remember it ever becoming a thing.
The hole is smaller through the K member on Mustangs, and if the thickness of the K member is different on our cars from mustangs the delrin won’t firm a proper ball, so it’ll bind under articulation, if it’s thinner you might be able to add a sleeve and a big washer but otherwise it’s probably a no go trying to retrofit themI do remember you talking about the pivot location. I’m pretty sure it won’t help in the handling dep, but I’m still sure it’ll be better than that sorry ass bushing being pummeled every time the brakes grab.
You think that company your posted would make a custom piece for our cars?? Or if we can maybe drill out the holes and get bigger sleeves to accommodate our strut rods?? That’s still cheaper than the stock style bushings over at SCP, what a joke he charges for them.