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mayo 02-27-2012 09:02 PM

Arrow in or arrow out on GT500 strut mounts?
Installing my front struts tomorrow (koni str.t) with some frpp p springs. I have read that you can keep the negative camber down by pointing the arrows on the strut mounts in toward the engine as opposed to pointing them out.
Never had an alignment on my stock setup, so should I play the %'s and point them in, assuming that I will have more neg camber than I did before?...or keep them out as recommeded, and wait to see what my camber is when I get it aligned?

Thread with related info...1st page, about 1/2 way down the page.
Please advise

Andy13186 02-27-2012 09:19 PM

here is a very helpful video

around 13:20 they say to point an arrow toward the fender, not sure if that is the same part you are asking about but maybe..

mayo 02-27-2012 09:51 PM

Thats the one I am referring to. Arrow out is what the instructions call for, but I have read that pointing it in will reduce neg camber produced from the drop about .5 degrees...thus the question, arrow in or arrow out?

05MustangSOA 03-02-2012 10:37 AM

I read the same thing although those owners had 11 and up gt's. Not sure if they are a different setup. I am installing this weekend with groundforce springs and was wondering the same thing?

mayo 03-02-2012 12:43 PM

So far, so good with them turned in toward the engine. No alignment to confirm yet (next week), but no tire wear so far and everything up front feels good. I would imagine with over 400 miles so far that if anything was that far out of wack, it would show at this point. The guy that suggested the idea originally drove an 06.

HxCGuitars 03-02-2012 02:23 PM

I've been curious about this as well. Even if you are in spec when you get an alignment, the thing is each car's different. But let us know your results Mayo!

Just from eyeballing it does it look like the front wheels are pretty straight up and down? Or do they have a hint of negative camber to them?

Jeffk 03-02-2012 02:31 PM

Here's my experience. Just got my alignment done today.

Installed FRPP K springs with Koni STR.T struts and GT500 mounts.

I installed the mounts with the arrows pointing in.

R- camber was at -2.0*
L- camber was at -1.5*

I don't have the print out in front of me but basically my front end was way out of spec.

with the BMR camber bolts he got it to

R -0.9*

I do agree that installing the strut mounts in the "reverse" position did help because when you look at the top of the strut you can see that it is offset towards the outside of the car.

mayo 03-02-2012 03:51 PM


Originally Posted by HxCGuitars (Post 7861466)
Just from eyeballing it does it look like the front wheels are pretty straight up and down? Or do they have a hint of negative camber to them?

Man its tuff to tell. Sometimes the fronts look straight, sometimes they dont. To be honest with you, it drives good and i'm not worried about it :)
I'm just keeping an eye on my tires until I get it aligned...and for now its all good!

HxCGuitars 03-02-2012 04:09 PM

Dang that looks good ;)

After doing some research, it does seem that it helps to point the arrow inward, as confirmed by JeffK. I'm interested to see how much it will help my car when I FINALLY lower it.

157dB 03-03-2012 04:06 PM

Service manual says

mayo 03-03-2012 05:34 PM


Originally Posted by 157dB (Post 7862652)

well bro its rollin, so I guess not ;)
besides i like to live DANGEROUS!!!lol

mayo 03-07-2012 08:26 AM

Alrighty, just got back from the shop with the alignment spec's...

FRPP P springs
Koni STR.T shocks/struts
GT500 strut mounts...arrows pointed toward engine.



Toe as stated by original member seemed to be effected, but an easy adjustment. All in spec, no unwanted noises from setup...mayo is a happy camper and V is one sexy bitch ;)

HxCGuitars 03-07-2012 10:20 AM

Dang! That's awesome Mayo! Congrats on the camber man haha.

mayo 03-07-2012 11:01 AM


Originally Posted by HxCGuitars (Post 7861633)
Dang that looks good ;)
I'm interested to see how much it will help my car when I FINALLY lower it.

Thanks bro...
Now here's the thing, and I'm just speculating here so don't quote me. This setup will probably work if you stay with the P springs, maybe even with the steeda springs as its only 1" of drop in the front.
Travel outside of those setups, like the K springs with 1.5" of drop and your camber will require adjustment I would think, like jeff.
Something to keep in mind.

J2L06GT 03-07-2012 03:04 PM

Mayo, glad you did this and posted specs sheets.
When I originally did this, didn't have a printout to post.
My springs are H&R Sports w/1" drop also.
I've got over 30k miles like this now with no problems.
The only reason the install instructions tell them to point
arrow out is with stock spings thats factory setup.
With arrow in and lowered there is actually less stress on
upper mount because its twisting it a smaller angle.

mayo 03-07-2012 03:18 PM


Originally Posted by J2L06GT (Post 7867187)
Mayo, glad you did this and posted specs sheets.

Dude thanks so much for the info that you posted, saved me some coin. Without your idea I would have probably purchased camber plates to finish the job. That being said I might use some of the extra $$ for some fog lights like your's, i'm diggin that setup you got goin bro...looks clean!
Thanks again, first round is on me :icon_drink:

Sethman29 08-30-2013 02:23 AM

Sub'd! Thank you all

hootie_john 08-30-2013 07:53 AM

I'll be doing my SR springs (1.5" drop) from AM with GT500 mounts in the morning. At my last tire rotation at the stealership, I was already -1* or so on the front from the factory with the 18" factory bullets. At 20K miles, I was noticing some slight inner tire wear. Nothing serious, but a hint was there for sure. I'm planning on turning the mounts "in" when I do the install to hopefully stay somewhat within spec. I think up to -1.5* is still considered within spec, but don't quote me on that. If nothing else, I'll just have to stay on top of tire rotations.

157dB 08-31-2013 10:29 AM

Align the notch on the upper bearing assembly
with the clevis at the bottom of the strut.

hootie_john 09-01-2013 12:36 PM

Got the springs in and the GT500 mounts. Turned the notch "in" on the mounts. Ill drive it for a while and let things settle before I check alignment. I'm hoping they settle some because it looks to have only dropped an inch at this point.

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