Lower Control Arm Heat Shield Install

Discussion in '2011+ Mustang GT 5.0L Tech' started by OX1, Jun 13, 2021.

  1. OX1

    OX1 forum member

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    I posted a couple pics on this some years back, but the guy with the "I just bought a 2014 mustang, what should I look for" thread got me thinking about this again.

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    Decided to try and tackle the heat shields mentioned in this TSB
    before I got any squeak.

    http://luxjo.supermotors.net/MUSTANG/FRONT%20LOWER%20CONTROL%20ARM/HEAT%20SHIELD/mustang%20TSB%2013-9-3.pdf

    They are alum, and I've done some TIG, but very little alum
    and nothing this thin. So I made some bolted on brackets.
    Nothing high tech, but they fit up nice, are removable (pretty
    tight fit in and out), and do not vibrate audibly up through 90.

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    Large nuts are SS 14-2.00 jam nuts. I used blue loctite on them.
    Could only find them @ Sears hardware.
    Small screws/nuts are #10 SS, used red loctite.

    Brackets are 2 X 1/8 and 1 X 1/8 stock respectively.
    I traced edge of each bracket to give you basic idea of shape.
    http://luxjo.supermotors.net/MUSTANG/FRONT LOWER CONTROL ARM/HEAT SHIELD/HEAT SHIELD BRACKETS.pdf


    Cost was
    Brackets- $9.33 each
    2 X 1/8 X 3 ft alum bar -$10.00
    1 X 1/8 X 4 ft Alum bar - $8.77
    14-2 SS nuts- $1.74 each
    #10's had lying around

    Also made a drawing with bracket dimensions
    http://luxjo.supermotors.net/MUSTANG GT/FRONT LOWER CONTROL ARM/HEAT SHIELD/BRACKET DIMENSIONS.jpg
     
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  2. WJBertrand

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    Nice. I didn’t know those shields were available separately. When I complained about my squeaky front suspension, I think Ford just replaced the whole arm with new ones having the shields already. Luckily everything was covered under warranty.


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  3. OX1

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    Yeah, I did it up front (@ about 5K miles), hoping to stave it off before it happens, especially since I knew I was going blower.
     
  4. GlassTop09

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    Thanks for the pics of those shields!
    Just ordered myself a set of those today along w\ the OEM bolts to attach them with (I have installed the Ford Racing M-3075-E FLCA kit on my Stang.....wanted all to look OEM).
     
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  5. JAGonzo

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    So this is something I should check when/if my car ever arrives?
     
  6. OX1

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    If it is clunking in the front, definitely. If not, might be a good idea to put those shields in, as that bushing is real close to stock cats. That's why Ford came out with TSB and being a Fl car, it probably ran real hot down there.
     
  7. JAGonzo

    JAGonzo Junior Member

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    Thank you for the information.
     
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