03 Cobra Control A-arms

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Do the 03/04 Control A-arms change the spacing of the front wheels to tuck closer back near the front fender. For example, I know some K-Members move the front wheels about a inch back, but I couldn't find anything on the A-arms. I like all the benefits you get with new bushings, low friction ball joints, and better turning radius. I know that the 96+ cars do not have change in geometry, but the 94-95 cars have different spindles. Anyone got any information?
 

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What exactly do you want to accomplish?

The 94/95 spindle is different due to the steering rack/rod alignment, also it is not as wide as the 96-04 spindle. Read here ... http://www.maximummotorsports.com/Front-Suspension-Tech-C565.aspx

Aftermarket K members and control arms want to move the front wheels forward, this is for better handling. It increases caster.

I run standard FCA from a 03 IIRC, with the global west offset bushings. They bring the front wheels forward by almost an inch. Stock 94 spindles. IIRC the 03/04 Cobra FCA had a little stiffer bushing and had a better turning radius, so I think that would be a little more angle at lock-to-lock. And the low friction joints.

Did you find a new set? Or are they used?
 

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I found a new set. They are are kind of expensive because there a limited quantity, but I do want to upgrade to new 03/04 Arms. I was just concerned if it moved the wheels back. I saw a side angle picture of someone's sn95 and saw the wheels were not centered in the wheel well and I thought the 03/04 Arms did this.

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Nope mine are like that. Its from lowering the car. From How the factor suspension is design, when it compresses the angle of the control arm basically pushed backward.
 

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Nope mine are like that. Its from lowering the car. From How the factor suspension is design, when it compresses the angle of the control arm basically pushed backward.

Really I never knew that. Is it from lowering the car incorrectly without c/c plates and bumpsteer? I installed my maximum motorsports c/c plates and steeda bumpsteer years ago and mine doesn't push back like that on stock a-arms.
 

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My car has a 2" drop with stock A-arms and my wheels are just as far back as they where before I dropped it... Dropping it didn't change the position if the tire at all..
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This is the only real side shot of my car, I do have the 03 A Arms




 

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Yep you guys are right. I just looked at my car and it looks the same in the above pictures.

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It's not from lowering the car. The SNs just look like that from some angles.
 

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How much do Cobra A Arms go for these days? I know rock auto sells the pair with new bushings for around $270 or so. My caster is maxed out and I know that when I go lower it will look uneven. Thankfully getting rid of fender gap minimizes the look of this problem. But that only does so much to actually correct the problem. I have been considering getting some new control arms for a while, just don't know whether to go with these or MM's offset ones.
 

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I don't think there worth the 300 bucks to be honest.

Here is mine and while I'm not slammed by any means I have a solid 2.5" drop. Somehow it stayed aligned perfect. I didn't believe the tech I had them show me the computer and sure enough it was fine.

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How much do Cobra A Arms go for these days? I know rock auto sells the pair with new bushings for around $270 or so. My caster is maxed out and I know that when I go lower it will look uneven. Thankfully getting rid of fender gap minimizes the look of this problem. But that only does so much to actually correct the problem. I have been considering getting some new control arms for a while, just don't know whether to go with these or MM's offset ones.

Thanks for letting me know that, I saw on stangsuspension that they run for a whopping 466.00 :eek:

I don't think there worth the 300 bucks to be honest.

Here is mine and while I'm not slammed by any means I have a solid 2.5" drop. Somehow it stayed aligned perfect. I didn't believe the tech I had them show me the computer and sure enough it was fine.

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The drop looks great for those wheels ;) I really like the polished cobra brakes!
 

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Thanks for letting me know that, I saw on stangsuspension that they run for a whopping 466.00 :eek:



The drop looks great for those wheels ;) I really like the polished cobra brakes!


Almost identical drop to yours if I am seeing it correctly hehe. They should look right at home ;)
 

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Almost identical drop to yours if I am seeing it correctly hehe. They should look right at home ;)

Haha, you bet! I am running H&R super sport springs with isolators, and maximum motorsport 4 way c/c plates with steeda bumpsteer. I bet its going to be night and day difference with 18x9 wheel/tire combo up front for handling.
 

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Haha, you bet! I am running H&R super sport springs with isolators, and maximum motorsport 4 way c/c plates with steeda bumpsteer. I bet its going to be night and day difference with 18x9 wheel/tire combo up front for handling.

Yeah get a good steer tire. I love the Azenis amazing tires.

Yours will be a smoother ride bc your springs aren't as stiff.
 

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Yeah get a good steer tire. I love the Azenis amazing tires.

Yours will be a smoother ride bc your springs aren't as stiff.

I love these springs it was one of the best purchases I ever made. I use to ride Ford-C springs, wow that was harsh spring. I sold them on here a few years ago. It rides like stock but handles great and has good street manners.
 

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I love these springs it was one of the best purchases I ever made. I use to ride Ford-C springs, wow that was harsh spring. I sold them on here a few years ago. It rides like stock but handles great and has good street manners.


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