Search



Go Back   MustangForums.com > Ford Mustang Tech > Classic Mustangs (Tech)
Sign in using an external account
Register Forgot Password?
Search

Classic Mustangs (Tech) Technical discussions about the Mustangs of yester-year.

Welcome to Mustang Forums!
Welcome to Mustang Forums.

You are currently viewing our forum as a guest, which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our community, at no cost, you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is free, fast and simple, so please join our community today!


Reply
 
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 08-05-2013, 05:29 PM   #1
unit91
3rd Gear Member
 
unit91's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Vehicle: 1968 Mustang convertible
Location: Virginia
Posts: 861
Unhappy Spring Saddle Bushings

Finished my rear leaf springs about a week ago - WITH YOUR HELP!!! A couple hours ago I was greasing the front end and noticed that the coil spring saddle bushings need to be replaced. I know I'll have to buy a spring compressor. How much more or less difficult and involved is this job compared to the leaf springs I just did? And, what might happen if one of those bushings gave way while I'm driving?
This ad is not displayed to registered or logged-in members.
Register your free account today and become a member on Mustang Forums!
unit91 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2013, 05:50 PM   #2
4reboy
5th Gear Member
 
4reboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Vehicle: 1969 Mach1
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 2,990
Default

I would say it is easier than the leaf springs, provided that your leaf spring bolts didn't give you a ton of trouble (some people have to cut the bolts). For me the leaf spring bushings were a complete pain to get in given how snug they were.

If my memory is correct, once you remove the front shock and spring with a compressor, the spring saddle will be right there on top of the control arm. Undo those two(?) bolts and you can replace it.

Rather than replacing the bushings, get roller spring perches instead as they are well worth it. I would also consider doing the shelby drop (which is a little more involved) since you'll have the springs out.

http://opentrackerracingproducts.com/rollerperch/

If your spring perch bushings are bad, you should also inspect the control arm bushings, they might be bad as well.
__________________
1969 Winter Blue Mach 1 M-code


Classic ROTM 2009 winner thanks everybody

Last edited by 4reboy; 08-05-2013 at 05:53 PM.
4reboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2013, 06:34 PM   #3
rmodel65
Yukon Cornelius
 
rmodel65's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Vehicle: 1965, ford, mustang fastback
Location: deep in the heart of dixie GEORGIA
Posts: 11,608
Send a message via AIM to rmodel65 Send a message via MSN to rmodel65 Send a message via Yahoo to rmodel65
Default

are you planning on lowering springs?? what i did with my 65 was leave the shock in place and i just cut a couple of coils on each side then i removed the shock and the coil fell out in pieces. the new 620 coils went in without the need of a spring compressor
rmodel65 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2013, 07:48 PM   #4
unit91
3rd Gear Member
 
unit91's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Vehicle: 1968 Mustang convertible
Location: Virginia
Posts: 861
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by 4reboy View Post
I would say it is easier than the leaf springs, provided that your leaf spring bolts didn't give you a ton of trouble (some people have to cut the bolts). For me the leaf spring bushings were a complete pain to get in given how snug they were.

If my memory is correct, once you remove the front shock and spring with a compressor, the spring saddle will be right there on top of the control arm. Undo those two(?) bolts and you can replace it.

Rather than replacing the bushings, get roller spring perches instead as they are well worth it. I would also consider doing the shelby drop (which is a little more involved) since you'll have the springs out.

http://opentrackerracingproducts.com/rollerperch/

If your spring perch bushings are bad, you should also inspect the control arm bushings, they might be bad as well.
OK, thanks. Doesn't sound NEAR as bad as those leaf springs were!
unit91 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2013, 07:49 PM   #5
unit91
3rd Gear Member
 
unit91's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Vehicle: 1968 Mustang convertible
Location: Virginia
Posts: 861
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by rmodel65 View Post
are you planning on lowering springs?? what i did with my 65 was leave the shock in place and i just cut a couple of coils on each side then i removed the shock and the coil fell out in pieces. the new 620 coils went in without the need of a spring compressor
Not gonna lower.......will be replacing stock. Thanks though for the reply.
unit91 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2013, 08:09 PM   #6
rmodel65
Yukon Cornelius
 
rmodel65's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Vehicle: 1965, ford, mustang fastback
Location: deep in the heart of dixie GEORGIA
Posts: 11,608
Send a message via AIM to rmodel65 Send a message via MSN to rmodel65 Send a message via Yahoo to rmodel65
Default

even so you can still cut the old spring then you only have to worry with the compressor once
rmodel65 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2013, 08:25 PM   #7
Boogie's_AutoRama
1st Gear Member
 
Boogie's_AutoRama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Vehicle: 1966 Mustang Convertible / 1965 Mustang Fastback
Location: Louisiana
Posts: 115
Default

Quote:
I know I'll have to buy a spring compressor.
Most auto parts store will rent you a spring compressor for cheap.
My local Advance Auto Parts store will even let you use it for free (deposit required).
__________________
The first car I ever drove, ca. 1975
Restored in '93 -'94.
Still use it as a daily driver.

Boogie's_AutoRama is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2013, 08:05 AM   #8
unit91
3rd Gear Member
 
unit91's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Vehicle: 1968 Mustang convertible
Location: Virginia
Posts: 861
Default

I'll check that out. Thanks!
unit91 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2013, 08:24 AM   #9
unit91
3rd Gear Member
 
unit91's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Vehicle: 1968 Mustang convertible
Location: Virginia
Posts: 861
Default

If your spring perch bushings are bad, you should also inspect the control arm bushings, they might be bad as well.[/QUOTE]

How do you remove the control arm bushings?
unit91 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2013, 09:12 AM   #10
Boogie's_AutoRama
1st Gear Member
 
Boogie's_AutoRama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Vehicle: 1966 Mustang Convertible / 1965 Mustang Fastback
Location: Louisiana
Posts: 115
Default

The upper A-arm bushings are a solid metal-to-metal contact. They don't wear out as often as the lower.

After you get the spring out, just grab the upper arm and see if you can wiggle it. It should have a (kinda) firm up and down motion but no side-to-side.
The upper bushings thread out. Been a while since I did one but I'm pretty sure there is a left & right hand threaded bushing (one or the other one each side).

The lower bushing is a piece of cake to swap out. It's in there with a light press, knock it out with a hammer.
Keep an eye on your lwr control arm though. You don't want it to collapse while your bangin' on it. I've stuck a block of wood, socket, ex-wife's pictures, etc. in there to maintain the spacing.

Actually, on the ones in my '66, I've welded in a small plate across the bottom that boxes in the whole inner part of the lwr arm. Easy mod if you have a MIG and makes the lwr arm quite a bit tougher than stock.

I'm sure there are youtube vids out there that show the whole thing.
__________________
The first car I ever drove, ca. 1975
Restored in '93 -'94.
Still use it as a daily driver.

Boogie's_AutoRama is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2013, 09:12 AM
MustangForums
Ford Mustang




Paid Advertisement

 
 
 
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Forum Jump

Advertising

Featured Sponsors
Vendor Directory
New Sponsors
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:17 AM.

© Internet Brands, Inc.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

This forum is owned and operated by Internet Brands, Inc., a Delaware corporation. It is not authorized or endorsed by the Ford Motor Company and is not affiliated with the Ford Motor Company or its related companies in any way. Ford® is a registered trademark of the Ford Motor Company
Emails Backup