Mark Houlahan
Brand Manager, Mustang Monthly
August 22, 2011
Photos By: Steve Turner

Horse Sense: While the standard three-piece bushing-version of the Steeda control arm is what we're installing here, the company offers upgraded versions with spherical rod ends and Delrin bushings for an even larger improvement, with a slight trade-off in ride quality. In any configuration, these billet arms are tough. They broke the jig Steeda uses to durability-test its non-billet control arms.

The crew at Steeda Autosports is never one to rest long on its suspensions, so to speak. If there's a product on the market, the company's designers work on improving it and offer their own version-or something that does the same job using better components.

Steeda's own parts aren't immune to this scrutiny either. Take its aluminum lower control arms, for example. These lightweight yet strong pieces work great in many situations, with bushings set up for street, drag, or autocross. Easy to install, they're nearly indestructible (a set has been on my car for almost 10 years now). But after listening to their customers and racers, the folks at Steeda went back to the drawing board to design a more advanced lower control arm-the Billet Adjustable Lower Control Arm seen here.

The new control arms feature billet CNC-carved bodies that weigh less than 7 pounds. Also included are adjustable spring perches, commonly referred to as "weight jacker" designs. Other features include various bushing offerings, rear sway bar mounting brackets, ball-bearing spring-perch supports, and more. Pricing for the new control arm begins at $369.95, with Steeda part numbers for '79-'98 and '99-'04 applications.

During a recent visit to Steeda's Pompano Beach, Florida, digs to capture a few feature cars and projects on film, Editor Turner also shot these new control arms. The installation is quite simple and can be handled with floor jacks and jackstands. As shown in these photos, a lift makes the work easier, but it isn't required to get the job done.

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