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I thought for $50 a FRPP A-arm brace part #M-5025-A is good idea, it comes on convertibles and on Shelbys. I ordered it over a month ago from AM and it arrived as a bare bar and a bag of nuts that go to nothing. I looked at the pic and it is supposed to have pressed in studs. AM was great sent me a return shipping label and back it went. The second one arrived and the same thing, I sent that one back. I told AM that before they sent a third one to please open the box and verify all parts are there. They opened all the ones they had and all were missing studs. They called Ford Racing and said they would get back with me.......after a few days I went ahead and called FR. Talked to a real helpful guy that said it looks like they have changed the part and now they don't come with studs, I can just use bolts. He did tell me that the nuts that come with the bar are metric M10x1.5 but didn't mention length. I called AM and said just ship one and I will buy bolts. If anyone buys one of these, you need grade 10.9 M10x1.5 30mm long bolts. The guy at Ford thought the studs are in the A-arm on 2010 and newer, I can't say, I have a 2006. So if you are going to put one of these on a 2005-2009 for sure you'll need to buy bolts.
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Most 05-09 chassis and suspension parts are interchangeable with 2010.
The 2010 A-bars will most likely work on the 05-09 models, Same frame, different body.
It's that way on the front stabilizer links, strut mounts, sway bars, etc. For example the 2010+ stabilizer links have a fine thread vs coarse thread on older models, and also have a bigger nut at the base of the joints. Makes it easier to torque the bolts to the 85 ft/lbs required and the finer thread makes it harder for the bolts to loosen up. When I did my front suspension (struts and strut mounts) I went ahead and replaced the sway bar links with the 2010.
Update - I guess I was the only one to call FRPP about this and I have to say I couldn't be more impressed by FRPP. Steve, my point of contact, never let this go and called me three days ago, said it is now a recognized issue and he has the bolts that FRPP is going to now include with new ones. He confirmed my mailing address to ship me the bolts and they arrived yesterday. In this day and age I cannot believe that FRPP would pay that much attention to something like this, but they did. FRPP, you guys rock.
2006 GT/5MT White/Red leather, FRPP CAI, AM painted chin spoiler, MGW Shifter, FR500 axle backs, 2008 Bullitt shift **** and boot, Bama 93 P tune, 4,200 miles (mine)
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