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Yesterday, 08:27 AM
Replies: 4
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Posted By Norm Peterson

"Correct" with respect to alignment can be a...

"Correct" with respect to alignment can be a somewhat fuzzy thing. There's 'factory preferred', which generally falls in the middle of some acceptable range - where anything within that range is...
10-20-2018, 08:30 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 175
Posted By Norm Peterson

You mean to tell me that the TC on your '07...

You mean to tell me that the TC on your '07 actually did anything?

TC on my '08 has been useless since day 1, not that I cared.


Norm
10-19-2018, 04:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 230
Posted By Norm Peterson

Toe out will make a car drive "twitchy", which...

Toe out will make a car drive "twitchy", which worn tierod ends would only make worse.

Wheel width (are they OE or aftermarket?) and tire size and make/model can also be involved.


Norm
10-19-2018, 03:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 175
Posted By Norm Peterson

I don't see much reason why you couldn't as long...

I don't see much reason why you couldn't as long as you changed to 5W30 for oil and tires suitable for the temperatures. There might be differences in axle and/or transmission fluid, so that'd be...
10-10-2018, 07:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 409
Posted By Norm Peterson

Camber is something that you can check for...

Camber is something that you can check for yourself with a level, a small scale, and a little trig function math. Or with a digital angle finder; then you can read camber angles directly (to 0.1,...
10-07-2018, 09:03 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 178
Posted By Norm Peterson

4.88 axle gears are very 'short' gears - you...

4.88 axle gears are very 'short' gears - you don't get as many mph out of each gear given the same engine rpm limit.

There's a lot going on with automatics for drag racing that have no counterpart...
10-03-2018, 10:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 445
Posted By Norm Peterson

Sidewall cracking should be reason enough to get...

Sidewall cracking should be reason enough to get new tires even without the chance of failing inspection if you don't. How many miles on your car?

FWIW, these days I'm splitting the miles on my...
09-27-2018, 06:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,644
Posted By Norm Peterson

Thanks, 79. I imagine you're aware of the...

Thanks, 79.

I imagine you're aware of the problems Ford had with the early S197 strut to knuckle fasteners, where there was at least one knuckle failure that was traced back to insufficient clamp...
09-27-2018, 06:08 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 365
Posted By Norm Peterson

Stranger still . . . here it is, ten days after...

Stranger still . . . here it is, ten days after the date stamp on Post #1 and three days after the last post in the thread and I'm getting a notice of reply to topic that only contains post #1's...
09-25-2018, 03:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,644
Posted By Norm Peterson

SCCA's Street Category is essentially for...

SCCA's Street Category is essentially for factory-stock cars. Only a few modifications are permitted (Ford's own camber bolts are permitted as part of an approved procedure, while aftermarket camber...
09-25-2018, 07:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 517
Posted By Norm Peterson

Yes, those flag nuts sure do make life easier . ....

Yes, those flag nuts sure do make life easier . . . most of the time.

The ones up front for the strut to knuckle fasteners aren't quite strong enough, though. They will bend over if you don't grab...
09-24-2018, 04:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,644
Posted By Norm Peterson

Because camber plates or caster-camber plates are...

Because camber plates or caster-camber plates are not legal in SCCA's Street Category. Picky, but that's life in the lowest preparation level of SCCA autocrossing.


Norm
09-24-2018, 09:30 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 365
Posted By Norm Peterson

How fussy are you about running tires that are...

How fussy are you about running tires that are the full diameter of those 235/50-18's?
What do you mean by "lose speed"? Less speed possible in each gear, or lower acceleration?

You can either...
09-21-2018, 02:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 865
Posted By Norm Peterson

It might be a matter of not being able to access...

It might be a matter of not being able to access the pivot bolt well enough to properly torque it. The factory shop manual specifically calls for removing the bracket when removing the arm, and...
09-21-2018, 02:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,644
Posted By Norm Peterson

It should be contained in the Factory Shop Manual...

It should be contained in the Factory Shop Manual in a section called something like "General Procedures/Camber Adjustment - Front". I think DickR over on M u s t a n g 6G dot com knows the little...
09-21-2018, 06:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 865
Posted By Norm Peterson

If you're only replacing a short (2005-2010) OE...

If you're only replacing a short (2005-2010) OE arm with an aftermarket arm of the same length, you don't need to replace the bracket.

It's when you put the later (2011-up) longer arm into a car...
09-19-2018, 09:53 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 198
Posted By Norm Peterson

Depends on whether you want to run in F-Street...

Depends on whether you want to run in F-Street (you'd have to put the correct OE springs back in and maybe have to undo other mods) or run in some other class that allows swapped springs and whatever...
09-17-2018, 05:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 727
Posted By Norm Peterson

With 'level' sleeves, you wouldn't have put much...

With 'level' sleeves, you wouldn't have put much of your bolt torque into compressing the poly. That's the good part.

The OE PHB is partly filled with something granular as a NVH reduction...
09-17-2018, 01:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 727
Posted By Norm Peterson

This is something that most people don't know...

This is something that most people don't know enough about to even think about looking for, and in the usual polyurethane-bushed aftermarket components the poly is longer than the inner sleeve.
...
09-17-2018, 09:14 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 6,369
Posted By Norm Peterson

The only common engine problem I can think of is...

The only common engine problem I can think of is with the tendency of the 2005 - early 2008 spark plugs to break on removal (this was fixed midway through the MY2008 production run). The earlier...
09-17-2018, 07:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 728
Posted By Norm Peterson

Thanks for this. I've known that ATs these days...

Thanks for this. I've known that ATs these days used solenoids instead of "hydraulic logic" but never guessed that those solenoids could be anything but binary, either all the way applied or all the...
09-17-2018, 06:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 727
Posted By Norm Peterson

Nice to see that J&M didn't give up on their...

Nice to see that J&M didn't give up on their "poly-ball" approach.

As in the PHB thread, did you make sure the metal inner sleeves in the LCA bushings was longer than the bushings? Proper joint...
09-17-2018, 06:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 865
Posted By Norm Peterson

Before bolting this part up, did you make sure...

Before bolting this part up, did you make sure that the metal inner sleeves in the new PHB bushings were ever so slightly longer than the bushing material itself?


Norm
09-04-2018, 05:31 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 180
Posted By Norm Peterson

I think the first thing you're going to have to...

I think the first thing you're going to have to do is figure out the lowest-preparation-level class or classes your car will fit in, given that just those lowering springs alone will bump you out of...
08-31-2018, 05:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 840
Posted By Norm Peterson

What point on the TOB are you measuring to? Or...

What point on the TOB are you measuring to? Or is the slave cylinder spring-loaded to retract?

I may be in for the same job later this year or early next year.


Norm
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