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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-11-2014, 11:18 AM Thread Starter
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Cobra Automotive Reinforced Center Link

Does anyone have any experience with the CA Center link? If so, was it used as insurance or is there a noticeable difference in autocross and high performance use?
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Good question. I think someone on here fabricated their own
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Vintage Mustang Rear Suspension aftermarket comparison. - Page 4 - Corner-Carvers Forums

This thread is about vintage mustang rear suspension. They get into suspension design a bit. There should be a pic in post #129 that shows the application. It's to control axle hop and aid in traction.

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I think he means the front steering center link ? IMO it's not necessary unless you're racing, or running the car very hard, just like upgraded spindles and hubs.
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The one that I made? Links in sig.

buening made one too.

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Center Link, Not Crossmember

I'm trying to learn about the Steering Center Link, not Crossmember

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The one that I made? Links in sig.

buening made one too.
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jimeast- I'm not bagging on you when I say this..... try to use the
correct terminology. You're looking at the Draglink, or more specifically
upgrading the draglink.

I've never beefed one of those up. Not really sure you'd need to do
that. B302 Chassis Manual seemed to show it as an important upgrade.
I don't recall a single time we followed that guidance.
The #2 bolt-in crossmember is a whole 'nother story......

CA seems to march to their own drum-beat. That draglink may be
one of those instances. They are successful but no more so than
others that are lesser known shops.

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Center Link

I thought something was wrong with my last post (used the term Cross Link by mistake), I edited it. Regarding Terminology, CA calls it the Center Link, so I tried to stick with the terminology they use in their catalog.

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jimeast- I'm not bagging on you when I say this..... try to use the
correct terminology. You're looking at the Draglink, or more specifically
upgrading the draglink.

I've never beefed one of those up. Not really sure you'd need to do
that. B302 Chassis Manual seemed to show it as an important upgrade.
I don't recall a single time we followed that guidance.
The #2 bolt-in crossmember is a whole 'nother story......

CA seems to march to their own drum-beat. That draglink may be
one of those instances. They are successful but no more so than
others that are lesser known shops.

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I did not see your original post , but I think most knew what a center link means. I've known it as the "center drag link" (aka. center link) since I was a kid in the 80's, working at a 'real' parts store. But, to answer your question, I don't think I've ever seen an original one fail at the point its re-enforced on the CA, probably more for keeping it from flexing under load. I'd say a bit overkill unless you're building a full racer.
Thanks HSR for the helpful links. I'm working on a crossmember now for my car to clear the RR 7qt pan.

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Bringing this back from the dead.

Does anyone have any experience with the Cobra Automotive center drag steering link. It is a bit hard to swallow the price without some feedback. its literally 3 times the cost of a stock replacement. I am building a fun car that may see some track time, but mostly just spirited street driving. Its already got SoT coilovers on the front, just trying to piece together the steering now.

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I bit the bullet and bought one of these, the truth is I couldn't honestly tell you if it made any difference or not. It was installed at the same time that every other piece of the front suspension was installed. Global West upper and lower arms, roller spring perches, larger sway bar, Shelby Quick steer kit, bumpsteer correction kit, and adjustable strut rods.
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Cobra Automotive Reinforced Center Link

No frackn way I'd throw that much money at an already beefy steering part if I was not going home with prize $$. Money is better spent elsewhere.

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