Just some fun pics of what went into my steering parts
Okay, so we all know just how lousy the factory Ford Mustangs were when it comes to front end control. So short of going with R/P or coil-over kits, I tried to use the right parts in the right places to help remedy the roll-a-long steering plague.
- Starting with the steering... I put in the Borgeson integral power steering box... tested the turn and it is just over three turns from stop to stop... much better than the quick ratio bloated non-integral power steering box the factory put in...
- Pitman Arm and Idler Arm. Purchased the quick ratio kit with the roller bearings for the idler arm from Cobra Automotive.. these longer than stock arms cause the steering to react quicker with less turn of the steering wheel... in this case, bigger is better
- Heavy duty tie-rods and billet tie-rod connectors (for looks)
- Cross Member... our factory cross members are junk at best... thin steel tube squished at the ends where they drilled a hole to mount on the bottom of the frame rail.... blahhhh. Again, from Cobra Automotive, I purchased a competition cross member that not only mounts in the same holes as does our horrible original, but it also mounts though where the lower control arms mount (long grade 8 bolts supplied). NOW my cross member actually will do something... like make the front end less likely to twist out of shape.
- Roller bearings in the spring saddle perches. These were made here in California (always buy local or in the USA if possible..) to order. Great husband and wife team in San Jose called Open Tracker Racing Products.
- Adjustable Strut Rods with bearings
- Decided to keep the original spindles as they were in very good shape... did have the powder coated though
- New upper and lower control arms.. learned something there too... the upper arms that come as repops usually do not have the shaft adjusted correctly. I bought both from OpenTracker Racing. OpenTracker actually take them apart and de-burred, pre-lubed and properly adjust them with the tab welded on to keep the shaft kit nuts from coming loose. Definitely an improvement over the factory looking to save a buck.
- Grade 8 bolts where ever I could... Borgeson supplies bolts for their steering box and I replaced them with Grade 8 as I did with everything else... just so the colors match :~P