help me out with my suspension and alignment questions
so over the summer i did 95 calipers, spindles, hubs, rotors, pads, softlines, 94-04 balljoints, urethane control arm bushings, mm cc plates, and before that i had tokico blue shocks and struts, ford racing c springs, stock isos in front, none in the rear, griggs std. length subframes underneath, rear is just ranger axles stock width and 5 lug drums, and i also did a k-member brace (4pt. for the stock k member), solid spherical rack mount center drilled bushings from mm, a new rack, new tie rods, and a new ps pump. im on oem 17x8 bullitts with 245/45/17 sumitumo htrz II's.
my ride height is wierd, my back right(passenger) is about a half inch higher than the back left, and ive been told its normal for this and it doesnt mean ive got a warped chassis, but some people still say its a damaged chassis. everyone has different views. cars never been totaled, i rear ended someone going 10-15 i guess and it didn't cause much damage, but that's another project.
so now im back at school, ive invested in some ramps to help me get it up in the air to work on it more ( getting a jack under it is a major pain most of the time), a torque wrench, a creeper, and im gonna pick up two more stands, so ill have 4 stands, and i have a jack.
i paid performance autosport (mustang place out here) to put it on a lift and tell me what i needed, they said my control arm bushings in the front (the poly ones) were very dry, and i needed to lube them, and my rear control arm bushings upper and lower were pretty shot. and my motor mounts are dead, and my h-pipes mount is kinda screwed up where the thing inside the mount has pushed out so that makes noise every now and then.
my plan when i get back is find a h-pipe i like, get that, then get under there and pull it all apart and lube the control arm bushings, and torque everything to spec. i still feel like theres a knock in my front end sometimes, and my ps pump is making allot of noise and the wheels will jitter if you turn it allot going very slow or sitting still, so i dont know what im gonna do about that, but after that stuffs all finished my plan was to get mm's ford upper control arms, and get there XD adjustable lower control arms, at that point aside from iso's im pretty sure that all my bushings will be new. then do bilstein hd shocks, struts, quad shocks and then mm road and track springs with poly iso's in the front and rear. that way i can dial ride height in front to rear, and driver to passenger if it still has the lean.
they sound like concrete plans ? im wondering how i would tell if i have a chassis problem or if its theses c springs settlign wierd, becuase i swapped the springs driver to passenger and pass to driver side and it sat pretty level for a while, then went back to driver side sag.
also i have plans to fix the 95 calipers with stock booster and mc too so i got my brake plans straight. im just wondering what could be knocking in the front end at this point, why the hell my ps is still messing up after ive bled the heck out of the system and back, and why my ride height is so funky.
also would it be a worthwhile investment to do 99-04 shocks and struts?
my alignment is
caster 2.87 2.92
camber -.66 -.70
toe'd in 1/8th of an inch.
and im still tram-lining allot. i was gonna push the cc plates back an equal amount probably a half inch or so to see if that helps, and i was planning on buying those 2 alignment tools from mm so i can do my alignments and bumpsteer it.
any ideas on what i should be focusing on now please feel free. sorry its so long.
1990 GT hatch 5 speed
Last edited by fivespeedsteed; 08-20-2009 at 01:19 PM.