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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-28-2017, 08:48 PM Thread Starter
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Zray cross member review

When you consider these cars have been on the road for 50 years, probably exceeded their life expectancy by 40 years, were slapped together with no real precision, all the road abuse, owner abuse and modifications along with accidents it's a pretty good assumption things will be off. I'm damned impress when something fits and fits when your car has modifications. Not only did Z's cross member just about installed itself it did it with the modifications on my car. The closest thing I could call a problem were the two holes for the conical bolts. They were so close that I only had to very and I do mean very slightly touch one spot in each bolt hole for the bolts to thread in cleanly. But Z clearly states that these holes may need to be opened. The lower control arm slots for the camber kit were absolutely dead on. I had no problems with anything there. It just fit. The quality and workmanship are first rate. The instructions are clearly written. I haven't driven the car yet, While it's up on jack stands I want to put a new exhaust system in.

On my car I have a 7 quart Canton pan that was hitting the stock cross member. I was concerned that I may rub a hole on the pan if I didn't do something. Here's some pictures.

Where the oil pan was hitting the stock cross member.











A ton more room!

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Am I the only one not seeing pics?


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Am I the only one not seeing pics?
Showing up for me, what are you seeing?

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Showing up for me, what are you seeing?
Ah I see them now.. I guess my workplace wifi doesn't allow whatever site you were linking from.
Very nice! Did you get it from him direct or eBay store or something?


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I bought it directly from him.

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I like them so well, I bought two. Actually, I did...I have two cars. One is on my '66 GT. The other is for the '65 track car. They are really nice. Tom, I know your car drove nice before since you have the SorT front suspension, but you will notice a considerable difference in lateral stability now...especially in conjunction with the SorT strut rods.

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Could not agree more Tom - I received mine a couple weeks ago. Promptly installed quite easily with absolutely no fitment issues. I cannot express how well the workmanship is along with being a nice solid, heavy-duty piece.

I too am up on jack stands while I complete upgrades. Hope to have the exhaust installed in the next week or so, get everything aligned and give it a shakedown on the streets.

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Nice photos Tom, and John !

here are the rest of the posted reviews:

http://forums.vintage-mustang.com/vi...er-review.html

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With the new brace, what is the ground clearance loss?

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With the new brace, what is the ground clearance loss?

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On a 65/66 the low profile crossmember w/o jackpad hangs down the same in the center as the stock crossmember. The jackpad model is lower than the stock crossmember by the thickness of the jackpad, 1/4". They still will accommodate a lowered engine and/or aftermarket oil pan, where the stock crossmember does not. This is accomplished by having the bends farther outboard vs. the stock crossmember. Most clearance issues are along the side edges of the oil pan, not at the bottom.

My regular (non low profile) crossmember has minimal loss of effective ground clearance because the bell housing is generally lower on most cars, as well most aftermarket exhaust systems. Even cars that have have been drastically lowered are doing fine with my regular crossmember. Like this one:









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I am running GT springs and have done the Arning drop on my '66 and the crossmember is the least of my clearance concerns...but it is one of my favorite upgrades.
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installed the Z Ray crossmember too... perfect fit , for me no adjustments were needed.
i could notice an improvement on the cars handling for sure . it is really a good upgrade made easy

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