Tech | Suspension Upgrade
Rear Torque Arm Suspension System
Classic Fords, Mercurys, and even Lincolns are great-looking rides with exceptional styling and a huge following. They're also well documented in the power and performance department. Remember, Ford is the only domestic automaker ever to have won Le Mans, doing so three consecutive times in the '60s and trampling on Ferrari in the process. After three consecutive Le Mans wins, Ford had nothing else to prove. So if you have a classic Ford with lots of power, how do you fully exploit it? Via Total Cost Involved's '65-'70 Mustang Cougar torque arm rear suspension system. It's a good place to start.
Here's the entire torque arm suspension package from TCI, with the exception being the 9-i
If you're rubbing your eyes after reading the words "bolt-on," don't. This is the genuine article-a bolt-on four-link suspension system you can install in your home garage with jackstands, a floor jack, and simple handtools. You will also need a 9-inch Ford rear axle (not included) that has been properly set up for the TCI torque arm system.
Here's What You Get
Frame Stiffener (also called subframe connector)
Torque Arm Bar (adjustable for proper pinion angle)
Driveshaft Safety Loop
Frame Brackets & Hardware
Adjustable Panhard Bar
Adjustable Coilover Shocks
Here's What You Can Also Get (Options)
Huge 12 or 13-inch Wilwood Disc Brakes
Air Spring Suspension (air bags)
Complete 9-inch Ford Rear Axle Assembly
Billet Coilover Shocks
This rear framerail bracket is first, as shown. Because it uses the forward leaf spring mo
Subframe connectors are next. They bolt in on both ends at the front and rear framerails.
This is the upper shock mount, which is installed next. On the left side it retains the sh
Subframe connectors attach at rear frame brackets with two through bolts, like this.
Once the subframe connectors are bolted through the floorpan as shown, framerail bolt hole
The crossbrace is fit-checked and installed.
In front, side subframe connectors install like this. They bolt across the framerails and
Once the subframe connectors are anchored top side, bolt holes should be bored across the
We like this driveshaft safety loop incorporated into the crossbrace.
The included control arms are installed next, as shown. The control arms are adjustable in
The torque arm attaches at the differential's pinion. The bracket is installed first, then
This rear framerail bracket assembly mounts to the subframe connector and where the forwar
This is the complete subframe with crossbrace assembly installed. We're now ready to move
This is a Currie 9-inch Ford axle assembly being jockeyed into position for installation.
The completed installation looks like this. There's also an adjustable sway bar, which has
Our Currie axle is lined up and tied to the control arms. Careful attention is paid to get
Ed Moss, founder of TCI, attaches the control arms and Panhard bar. Adjustable TCI coilove
Adjustable coilover shocks are tweaked two ways. Coils are adjustable for ride height. Val