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Well, if you put something absurd like that in the manual, knowing full well that absolutely no one will take those precautions...
But I don't know that no one takes these precautions Kelly, why I was shocked (pun intended) to read of this, and why I started this thread. To find out if this is something some VMF'ers do as a matter of course, and if this is worthy of concern.
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So let me get this right. If I had a flat tire on a dark road in the middle of the night in a bad neighborhood I would have to install one of those dohickies in the control arm to keep it over extending and causing damage before the tire lifts off the pavement? Right.
Why would you be driving your Mustang at night in a bad neighborhood to start with?. LOL
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I remember seeing that tool also back around late 60s or so. Needed to support the upper arm at some point just used a 1/2 .. 9/16 open end wrench purchased back in those years
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So let me get this right. If I had a flat tire on a dark road in the middle of the night in a bad neighborhood I would have to install one of those dohickies in the control arm to keep it over extending and causing damage before the tire lifts off the pavement? Right.
I don't think that's what they meant nor did they probably intend for it to be taken so literally. The 5 minutes you have your car jacked up in the front isn't going to hurt anything. My 67 has sat on jackstands for MONTHS with no support on the front.


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Maybe that's why they used a Mopar in Dukes of Hazzard because the Mustangs can't handle big air ;o)

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My car spends a lot of time up on stands. It has never had any kind of block to limit the droop of the suspension. There's no need to worry about it. My suspension only bottoms out when it's in the air if I manually force it down. All the parts together including the sway bar won't let it droop to it's lower maximum.

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I too, have seen references to those factory made tools. In the end, I jacked it at the torque boxes and when needed, used this tool to position the "A" arm. Has worked many times over.
BTW, this wood is IPE (Handroanthus ), a very dense and extremely hard wood.
Anyway, it works for me.
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Redneck tool....

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Then what is this from, normal use? (Pic from the article as example given.)
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Normal use. The Ford-designed, rubber bushing derived, coil spring saddle support, which is "loaded" (putting strain against the top of the
shock), is another EINSTEIN moment for the Ford engineers.
Yeah, I know there's a coil spring imparting its forces on the stuff too but that rubber saddle design blows me away.....

Photo below shows the original design saddle (Falcon/Fairlane) that is far superior IMO.


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If I were going to store my car on axle stands with the front wheels hanging for an extended period of time, I guess I could see some benefit. That is not going to happen anytime soon so I think I'll pass on them and continue to jack the car like has been done for the last 50 years.


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I don't see a need either. I couldn't tell you how many Mustangs, Fairlanes, Comets, Cougars, Falcons... I've just jacked up and left the front wheels hanging, NEVER seen any bushing split or any other damage....
I read the article and found it clearly explains why my right front shock looks like the one in the pictures below.)
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Then what is this from, normal use? (Pic from the article as example given.)
I'm saying I didn't see that picture in the post. However, look at that shock, that rubber looks pretty old as well as the shock body. I would have said it was already on it's way out rather than blame the suspension drop. That and the crappier materials stuff seems to made of nowadays.

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Redneck tool....

Doesn't that mean it needs to be made out of redwood?

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Lol! Thanks for posting up Vermont. I wouldn't mind hearing from Pennsylvania and S. Carolina too.

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