Mach1 Shock and Strut Install

 

 

When the Mach1 was reproduced by Ford in 2003, the Mustang was outfitted with revalved Tokiko shocks and struts. These high quality aftermarket units greatly improved handling and offered excellent ride quality. As the aftermarket got their hands on the Mach's suspension parts, it became commonplace to upgrade your GT and V6 Mustang suspension with the tighter Mach units - especially on lowered Mustangs.

Mach 1 Shocks and Struts

The part numbers are:

Front Strut 3R3Z-18124-AB (03-04 Mach1)
Rear Shock 3R3Z-18125-AB (03-04 Mach1)


Replace the Shocks

1. Raise the rear of vehicle and support frame on jack stands.
2. Support the rear axle with floor jack.
3. Locate the upper retaining nuts for shock inside trunk.

View from the trunk of the Mustang

4. Remove 15mm upper retaining nut.
5. Remove lower 18mm retaining nut and 15mm retaining bolt.


Remove the shocks

6. Remove old shock absorber.

 

Finished with the rear shocks

7. Installation is in reverse order of removal.

 

 

Replace the Struts

1. Raise the front of vehicle and support frame on jack stands.
2. Support the lower control arm with floor jack.

Raise the control arm

3. Raise the lower control arm slightly

 

strut tower

4. Remove 21mm that attaches the strut to the upper mount.

 

 

Steering knuckle

5. Remove the strut to steering knuckle 24mm nuts and 21mm bolts.

 

Mach1 strut installed

6. Remove old strut.
7. Installation is in reverse order of removal.

 

 

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- Written by Roadhawg and mdvaldosta.