There are a lot of DD drivers out there like me who rarely or never see the track and their car rides like a dump truck on wagon wheels. About every few weeks I also see peeps asking how to improve their ride quality and they are usually told to get new shocks, struts, less harsh lowering springs, it's a Mustang, or to buy a BMW/Cadillac.
This is usually correct, but if you are like me and 80% after a smooth ride and looking good, and 20% about handling and turning better than stock, then go and get OEM Rubber Bushings and suspension components.
The stock rubber bushings wear out drastically overtime. Usually people swap out to polyurethane for better handling, but ride suffers.
I decided to start doing some research to locate and swap out all my bushings for new rubber ones. So far I've replaced the ones on my steering rack, front sway bar, and as a bonus replaced the end-links...
HOLY SHIT WHAT A F***IN DIFFERENCE. Girlfriend quotes "100% Better."
In Mustang talk I'm no longer scared of small pot holes, sewer covers, or poorly patched roads.
Here's what I bought and swapped out. I couldn't find Rubber Bushings anywhere online so I got them from the dealership.
For 99-04 Mustangs at least. The pictures provided below I pulled offline:
(4) OEM Rubber Steering Rack Bushings: Part#: E5DZ-3F640
(2) OEM Rubber Front Sway Bar Bushings: Part#: XR3Z-5493
(2) Front Sway Bar Endlinks: Part#: F6ZZ-5K483
-BA ***NOTE:Each set only came with two links, so I had to pick out and re-use two of my old ones. I placed those on the top and bottom, and used the new links in the middle.***
I spent a total of $88.35 for the 8 pieces.
The install process wasn't too hard. The most time was figuring out where the 13mm bolt was on the steering rack to pull out the rack. The end links we're shot to hell, sway bar bushings were stretched and one was ripped, and the steering back bushings were hard as rocks.
Here's the install guide I used for the steering rack: I DID NOT shorten the metal sleeve. I tightened each bushing back down to 40lbs.
Here's the link that I used to narrow down the bushings in the front suspension, except in this case I ignored the written content about switching to poly or solid bushings.
I want to do the front control arms too, but that will have to wait until I slap on the coilovers since I don't want to get an alignment twice.
Next is to take a crack at replacing the Rear LCA's and UCA's with new rubbers and while I'm at it get new quad shocks.
The overall plan is to give a lot of the ride quality back and then take away some when I lower the car. Hopefully I won't end up where I started when I'm done.
-Replace all Bushings with new Rubber, replace endlinks and quad shocks:
(4) Front Contol Arm Bushings
(4) Steering Rack Bushings (DONE)
(2) Front SwayBar Endlinks (DONE)
(2) Front Sway Bar Bushings (DONE)
(4) Rear LCA Bushings
(4 or 8 possibly) Upper Control Arm Bushings. They may be 2 pieces per housing.
(2) Rear Quad Shocks (DONE)
-Lube inside Tie-Rod end boots with all purpose lithium grease (DONE)
Already had these but just wanted to verify I did shocks before this project
-Tokico Blues in the front with Tokico D-Specs in the Back
UPR Front Coilovers with a significant drop on 12-175, 12-200, or 10 by something...still doing the research on best ride with greatest drop.
Eibach Rear Lowering Springs or some linear spring brand and possible cutting coils. I do not want rear coilovers.
Let's see if this works. I'm excited to see what ride I get back replacing 12 year old bushings and components, and I hope this helps other DD drivers with the same goals as me get their ride quality back.