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Old 03-26-2019, 12:58 AM Thread Starter
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Strut rod bushings on a 66

On the wifes 66 i installed the moog strut rod bushings, would the drake repops of the original style be better?
i know the adjustable ones would be best but they are not in the budget. i watched the video showing the deflection with what appears to be moog type bushings. would the oe style offer a tighter fit with less deflection and no thump after stopping?

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What's the difference between the Moog and SD bushings?
Personally I'd trust Moog before SD now that SD has gone to crap.
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Try contacting either Street or Track or Opentracker Racing. They may have another option then adjustable struts. I’m thinking they would know what’s the best stock bushing replacement.

Honestly though the adjustable struts work fantastic and really make the car stable under braking. When I had front drums I could take my hands off the steering wheel at 50 mph and jamb on the brakes and stop dead straight. They really are worth the investment even if really not in the budget. Cheaper then having a accident!
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On the wifes 66 i installed the moog strut rod bushings, would the drake repops of the original style be better?
i know the adjustable ones would be best but they are not in the budget. i watched the video showing the deflection with what appears to be moog type bushings. would the oe style offer a tighter fit with less deflection and no thump after stopping?
Global West has "performance" bushings that are supposedly better than stock. Not sure if you are looking for a 66 or 68.
66 are $54 (sale) at the moment. 67+ are $100.
I've used the 67+ ones for a while now with no problems.
One of those feel good, slightly better than stock things.
Certainly wouldn't go to SD for suspension. Moog should be fine.
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Make sure you don't get the hard urethane ones, they can snap a strut
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On the wifes 66 i installed the moog strut rod bushings, would the drake repops of the original style be better?
i know the adjustable ones would be best but they are not in the budget. i watched the video showing the deflection with what appears to be moog type bushings. would the oe style offer a tighter fit with less deflection and no thump after stopping?
No OE type bushing will give you what you’re after.

Others have suggested that you look at adjustable strut rods, and it’s not that they’re adjustable that makes them worthwhile, but the heim joint that allows the arm to pivot bind free with zero deflection. I still recommend that too.

However, here’s another alternative

https://opentrackerracing.com/produc...-1966-mustang/

It’s a cupped delrin bushing. Doesn’t deflect like OE style bushings, and allows freedom of movement like the heim jointed variety. And it all fits in your factory strut rod.

Good luck.
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"Proudly Made in the USA" strut rod bushings by Scott Drake after just 5000 miles:



Replaced by a replacement set by McQuay-Norris. They look much stronger:



after another 10000 miles these bushings still look like new!
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I put all polyurethane bushings from Mustangs Plus in my 66 back in 1993 and they're still like new.

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However, here’s another alternative

https://opentrackerracing.com/produc...-1966-mustang/

It’s a cupped delrin bushing. Doesn’t deflect like OE style bushings, and allows freedom of movement like the heim jointed variety. And it all fits in your factory strut rod.
Those look like a good in-between option. No deflection but good movement. Can't believe they are any harsher than heim joint. Wondering about noise and vibration.
Has anyone used these ?
I have a few opentracker parts and always happy. I have a 67, so adjustability is already there.
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Those look like a good in-between option. No deflection but good movement. Can't believe they are any harsher than heim joint. Wondering about noise and vibration.
Has anyone used these ?
I have a few opentracker parts and always happy. I have a 67, so adjustability is already there.

I installed them in my 67 a year ago. I did not notice any difference in noise/vibration. The bushings stopped a front end shimmy I had at high speed.
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Can't believe they are any harsher than heim joint.
Heim joints are not harsh. They are as smooth as roller bearings.

Why do people think this? It's a very common misconception.

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