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TUBULAR A ARMS
347BIRD Offline
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Hi, 
has anyone done tubular lower control arms and could point me in the right direction.... what is it about the ball joints that are diff on the sn95... some a arms have a "raised" ball joint??? I think that's for lowered cars???? Are the steeda x2 ball joints worth spending the extra money on?? 

please help ,, any help,,
1988 Blk T-Bird, 5-spd, Raven int, 3G Alt, K&N conical, Boost controller, ported E6, ported and polished IHI @ 16 psi, 03 Cobra wheels, 255/40/17, 275/40/17, SN95 BBK lowering springs, SN95 Koni struts and shocks, Maximum Motorsports C/C plates, SN95 BMR tubular A-arms, Aluminum driveshaft, LED's, 255 LPH 
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347BIRD Wrote:Hi, 
has anyone done tubular lower control arms and could point me in the right direction.... what is it about the ball joints that are diff on the sn95... some a arms have a "raised" ball joint??? I think that's for lowered cars???? Are the steeda x2 ball joints worth spending the extra money on?? 

please help ,, any help,,






I have Maximum Motorsports tubular front control arms on my 88TC. Part # was MMFCA -7,8 which is now MMFCA - SN95 I believe. Stock 88TC control arms are the same length as SN95 control arms. The fox body control arms are shorter and will bring your wheels inboard about 1" on both sides. I went with no offset to keep the ball joint in the same location. As far as ball joint thread length goes, when I was doing my research, I came across mixed opinions but I can say that I've had zero issues with the ball joints that came with these control arms. The thread is shorter than stock TC ball joint threads but after three years they have not loosened at all. You must convert to a coilover setup with caster camber plates in order to use these control arms though. There is no perch for a spring on these. This combined with rear tubular control arms and rear coilovers makes the car handle like it's on rails. One other piece of info that I can think of off the top of my head is that the stock snow flake rims will not fit after this. The offset is too great which makes the rim come into contact with the coilover spring. It sounds like a lot but absolutely worth it in my opinion
88 Turbo Coupe: Front mount intercooler, MGW short throw shifter, full coilover conversion, tubular control arms front and rear, svo front brakes, vacuum assist brake swap, manual steering swap, GT35R turbo with external gate, pimpx ecu, 60lb injectors, 3 core aluminum radiator, corbeau fixed back seats, and the list goes on.
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347BIRD Offline
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Thanks for the response! After reading on this site and others I think I will go w/the tubular a arms from BMR. the ones for the 95 are avail w/a spring perch. Hopefully the ball joints work,, imgoing to go with the 'raised' ball joint since those are for the lowered vehicles.. I have BBK lowering springs on my car . thanks again,, ill have to update after I get them installed
1988 Blk T-Bird, 5-spd, Raven int, 3G Alt, K&N conical, Boost controller, ported E6, ported and polished IHI @ 16 psi, 03 Cobra wheels, 255/40/17, 275/40/17, SN95 BBK lowering springs, SN95 Koni struts and shocks, Maximum Motorsports C/C plates, SN95 BMR tubular A-arms, Aluminum driveshaft, LED's, 255 LPH 
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        Here's my new goodies from BMR and my suspension
1988 Blk T-Bird, 5-spd, Raven int, 3G Alt, K&N conical, Boost controller, ported E6, ported and polished IHI @ 16 psi, 03 Cobra wheels, 255/40/17, 275/40/17, SN95 BBK lowering springs, SN95 Koni struts and shocks, Maximum Motorsports C/C plates, SN95 BMR tubular A-arms, Aluminum driveshaft, LED's, 255 LPH 
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I also have new EBC slotted brake rotors w/redstuff pads!! Cant wait to get all this stuff on the car!!
1988 Blk T-Bird, 5-spd, Raven int, 3G Alt, K&N conical, Boost controller, ported E6, ported and polished IHI @ 16 psi, 03 Cobra wheels, 255/40/17, 275/40/17, SN95 BBK lowering springs, SN95 Koni struts and shocks, Maximum Motorsports C/C plates, SN95 BMR tubular A-arms, Aluminum driveshaft, LED's, 255 LPH 
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    EBC brake rotors, just in case anybody was curious. EBC makes brake rotors specifically for our cars
1988 Blk T-Bird, 5-spd, Raven int, 3G Alt, K&N conical, Boost controller, ported E6, ported and polished IHI @ 16 psi, 03 Cobra wheels, 255/40/17, 275/40/17, SN95 BBK lowering springs, SN95 Koni struts and shocks, Maximum Motorsports C/C plates, SN95 BMR tubular A-arms, Aluminum driveshaft, LED's, 255 LPH 
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Kuch Offline
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Hey 347, I'm very interested to see how those A arms go in your Bird. Keep us up to date with the install and if you had any issues. Thanks
1988 Turbo Coupe, Black/Black, 5 Speed, Moonroof,  T3/T4 50 trim, ported E6, 255LPH, BBK AFPR, 3" DP dual 2.5" w Hooker Maxflows, MGW shifter, K&N, Gillis valve, RR cam
1964 Ford Galaxie 500XL, 390 6V, 4 Speed, Vast and fast
1960 Ford Starliner, 292 Y Block, 3 Speed, slow and low
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(03-27-2020, 08:55 PM)Kuch Wrote: Hey 347, I'm very interested to see how those A arms go in your Bird. Keep us up to date with the install and if you had any issues. Thanks

I just got the car done and on the ground. I did not run into any issues on the install and it all went pretty well! It sits about 1/4 inch lower up front now. The A-Arms that I bought were from a company called BMR and they have the "raised ball joints". Totally satisfied with my purchase and would recommend this to someone who is thinking about doing their A arms
1988 Blk T-Bird, 5-spd, Raven int, 3G Alt, K&N conical, Boost controller, ported E6, ported and polished IHI @ 16 psi, 03 Cobra wheels, 255/40/17, 275/40/17, SN95 BBK lowering springs, SN95 Koni struts and shocks, Maximum Motorsports C/C plates, SN95 BMR tubular A-arms, Aluminum driveshaft, LED's, 255 LPH 
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Kristwitch Offline
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I'm running similar control arms except my car is a 1985 so I used 79-93 control arms. my car is lowered too but I didn't get the ones with the raised ball joint
1985 Turbo Coupe:  H&R Race springs, Bilstein HD's, BMR Tubular A arms, Aluminum Driveshaft, Serpentine Belt swap, 3G 130A ALT, Denso A/C swap, Ford Motorsports I/C kit
1985 BMW 745I
1989 Ford F150
1990 Chevy Beretta INDY
1990 Geo Metro
2003 Ford Windstar
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