I’ve been told that my car is in need of new Lower Control Arm ball joints and outer tie rod ends. I attempted to get it aligned, but the alignment shop told me it would be futile to attempt an alignment until these issues were resolved. My research has informed me that this is a common early failure item on the early Mustangs including the SGT and GT-H. Ford even issued a TSB about it. Apparently it isn’t all to uncommon for these ball joints to fail at around 30K miles, so some people were able to have the repair done while still under warranty. The suggested fix is to replace the entire LCA since the ball joint is an unserviceable part. The recommendation is to use the beefier GT500 LCA as a direct replacement. The part number is M-3075-E and is also in the Ford Racing Catalog.
I’ve also noticed some squeaking in the rear going over bumps and have been told the polyurethane bushings installed by Shelby on the rear sway bars need to be re-lubricated. Since this is a wear item, and my car has nearly 50K miles, I went ahead and ordered new Ford Racing replacement bushings as well. I guess it turns out that #229 will be getting more than a simple cosmetic restoration after-all. The entire brake system has been replaced including new BOSS 302 brake lines, 4 new rotors, pads and fluid. A new Ford M/C and reservoir is also awaiting installation shortly. When I’m completed with all this, I will have no doubt that my car will be better than those lower mileage examples on the market commanding premium $$.
My buddy and I replaced the control arms with the GT500 versions along with new MOOG outer tie rods, camber bolts and full alignment. The install was a bit tricky as we couldn’t figure out how to drop the rack as the nuts were welded onto the support, requiring you to loosen the bolts from the TOP of the support. A bit tricky to wrench in this tight space, so now you know! The old ball joints were very loose and very tired….definitely needing replacement for some time now. These cars definitely would benefit from the the beefier GT500 versions upon replacement. I didn’t replace the rear sway bar bushings yet (I do have new ones on hand), and I also plan to install the adjustable panhard bar that I purchased as well. I’m not in a hurry on these items and may simply wait until it’s time for tire replacement and do the CS69 wheel upgrade all together at once.