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NEW! Read the article Maximum Motorsports Tames Fox & SN95 Mustang Rear Suspensions on

MRT Exhaust! MM now offers premium MRT cat-back exhaust systems for 1996-2004 Mustangs.

New! for Street & Strip Mustangs! Big-bore rear wheel cylinders for 1979-1993 Mustang with 9" drum brakes. Improves braking when running big rear tires and front skinnies, and/or different OEM front brakes.

New! Swapping a Coyote into a Fox Mustang? MM's Hydroboost Conversion Kits allow easy installation of a 1996-2004 Mustang Hydroboost power brake assist unit into a 1979-1993 Mustang.

New! Swapping an IRS into your Fox Mustang? MM makes it easier with a brake line kit made just for this conversion. Bolts-in, with no cutting or flaring of brake lines. Designed to fit standard IRS brake hoses.

New! MM's billet aluminum Pedal Box Spacer for Fox Mustangs. Replace the breakage-prone OEM plastic spacer when converting to manual brakes or Hydroboost.

Canadians! Please read the latest about ordering from Canada/shipping to Canada.

We've posted the parts list and link to the video of MM's Mustang in /DRIVE Tuner car Shootout


Mustang Rear Lower Control Arm FAQs

Why change from the stock Mustang rear lower control arms?
Because the stock lower control arms were designed for a grocery-getter, not a performance car. One of Ford's main goals when they designed the rear suspension was to avoid complaints about NVH (Noise, Vibration, Harshness) from little old ladies. As performance enthusiasts, we have very different goals.

What do the rear lower control arms do?
Rear lower control arms, along with the upper arms, control axle rotation.

All of the forces that accelerate the car pass through the rear lower control arms: The tires rotate on the pavement, moving the axle forward. The axle pushes on the rear lower control arms, moving the rest of the car forward. The control arms, and their bushings, must withstand those forces.

What's wrong with the stock control arms?
In stock form, the rubber bushings in the control arms allow excessive deflection that prevents the rear axle from maintaining its correct position under the chassis. The axle is allowed to shift forwards, backwards, and sideways under the car. This is the primary cause of wheel hop, and leads to poor traction and poor handling.

The stock arms are made of stamped steel. That style of construction is very cheap for mass production, but it does not make for a rigid control arm. Deflection of the steel arm contributes to wheel hop.

Instead of improving the control arms, Ford's attempted solution to stop wheel hop was to add the quad shocks (the two horizontal shocks mounted behind the rear axle). These shocks damp out oscillation and reduce the axle rotation allowed by deflection of the rubber bushings. That rotation (axle wind-up) leads to wheel hop.

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