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Old 01-27-2014
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Default Installed End Links and MM Steering Shaft

This weekend I got some time to install the Prothane end links for the front suspension and the Maximum Motorsports steering shaft.

End Link Installation


Tools needed: 14mm socket wrench
Difficulty: Easy - anyone can do this


I think the end links on mine were the original ones. The bushings were worn a little diagonal.

The actual installation wasn't that bad but getting them back into place was a little bit of a pain.

Tips for install:
1. Use a jack on the swaybar to give yourself a little more clearance between the swaybar and control arm to fit the end link back in. Without that it was really difficult to get the last urethane bushing in place above the control arm.
2. If you jack the car up, make sure to wait to tighten the nut until the suspension is under load and back on the ground.


Maximum Motorsports Steering Shaft Installation

Tools needed: 13mm and 10mm socket wrench
Difficulty: Easy - just two bolts to remove. instructions from MM are easy to follow.

Tips for install:
  • Make sure the wheels are facing straight ahead. Put car on jack stands, crawl under the car and loosen the bolt holding the steering shaft (13mm).
  • Reach under the dashboard from inside the car and loosen the 10mm bolt.
  • Collapse the steering shaft from the inside of the car and push it back toward the firewall. Then crawl under the car and wiggle the steering column free.
  • Apply a bunch of silicone between the plastic sleeve and the upper U joint so you don't get exhaust fumes in the car.
  • Paint the steering shaft from the plastic sleeve down. I did a layer of primer and then some high heat spray paint. The upper portion of the steering column shouldn't need paint since it's inside the cabin.

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Last edited by eviligloo; 01-31-2014 at 02:36 PM. Reason: Added Pictures
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Old 01-30-2014
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Thanks for the info... looking forward to the pics. I put a steering shaft into Foxbody. Made a hell of difference.
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Old 01-31-2014
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I also installed the maximum motorsports aluminum steering rack bushings but I forgot to take pictures of the process. A little bit more involved than the other two installs but still not too bad. There is a metal sleeve that has to be cut with a hacksaw in order to install the bushings. It was difficult to try and cut it straight with the hacksaw. I had to grind some of the metal off afterward with a Dremel to ensure it was as close to even as possible.

Impressions

Pro: Installing the bushings and steering shaft has left me with an interesting feeling. On the pro side it's LIGHT YEARS better than the stock shaft. As soon as you turn the wheel there isn't that squishy feedback that I hated. You point the car and it goes there.

Con: You get a little bit more vibration communicated in the steering wheel. It's not much and I personally don't mind it. The bigger issue is that I realized how little the stock mustang seats hold you in place when you take a corner! Also it makes you want to spend more money because you realize some of the shortcomings related to the handling of the stock saleens.

Fortunately the panhard bar and torque arm are being installed this week. I drop off the car sunday.
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02 Saleen S/C Speedster

3.73 gears
Chicane 66mm Pulley
SCT custom tune
SVT Focus Fuel Pump
13" Brembo Brakes
LFP Heat Exchanger and Supertank
TorkTech Intake
SVT Cobra single blade TB
Chicane Intercooler
42lb injectors
90mm MAF
FPRP Aluminum Driveshaft
Maximum Motorsports LCA's, Subframes, Torque Arm, Panhard Bar, Steering Shaft, Front Control Arms and Aluminum Rack Bushings
MM Coilover kit with caster camber plates
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Old 08-20-2014
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Thanks for this, I'm considering doing this to my vehicle as my end links are worn, and I may be changing my heater core out, so I may tackle the steering shaft too.
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Old 08-29-2014
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Good info and nice pictures. I've thought about buying MM's steering shaft but it's definitely not a high priority.
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Old 08-31-2014
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Good info and nice pictures. I've thought about buying MM's steering shaft but it's definitely not a high priority.
You're welcome to take a road trip down here sometime if you wanted to check it out see how it feels to drive with one. I'm about an hour and a half from you down in MD.
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07 Porsche 911 Turbo
02 Saleen S/C Speedster

3.73 gears
Chicane 66mm Pulley
SCT custom tune
SVT Focus Fuel Pump
13" Brembo Brakes
LFP Heat Exchanger and Supertank
TorkTech Intake
SVT Cobra single blade TB
Chicane Intercooler
42lb injectors
90mm MAF
FPRP Aluminum Driveshaft
Maximum Motorsports LCA's, Subframes, Torque Arm, Panhard Bar, Steering Shaft, Front Control Arms and Aluminum Rack Bushings
MM Coilover kit with caster camber plates
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Old 10-25-2014
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You're welcome to take a road trip down here sometime if you wanted to check it out see how it feels to drive with one. I'm about an hour and a half from you down in MD.
I'll take you up on that offer :D
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Old 10-27-2014
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Sounds good. PM me with some dates and we can make it happen.

This open offer applies to anyone else on the forum near MD. It's nice to try out a part and see if it's worth it to you or not before you put down your $.
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07 Porsche 911 Turbo
02 Saleen S/C Speedster

3.73 gears
Chicane 66mm Pulley
SCT custom tune
SVT Focus Fuel Pump
13" Brembo Brakes
LFP Heat Exchanger and Supertank
TorkTech Intake
SVT Cobra single blade TB
Chicane Intercooler
42lb injectors
90mm MAF
FPRP Aluminum Driveshaft
Maximum Motorsports LCA's, Subframes, Torque Arm, Panhard Bar, Steering Shaft, Front Control Arms and Aluminum Rack Bushings
MM Coilover kit with caster camber plates

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Sounds good. PM me with some dates and we can make it happen.

This open offer applies to anyone else on the forum near MD. It's nice to try out a part and see if it's worth it to you or not before you put down your $.
Would be cool to meet up and talk cars before salt hits the road.
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Car is semi-put away for the winter tucked safely in the garage! As soon as thanksgiving rolls around and the temps on the way home from work get near 40 degrees those Michelin PS2's start to slip as if they were on ice.

Spring maybe?
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02 Saleen S/C Speedster

3.73 gears
Chicane 66mm Pulley
SCT custom tune
SVT Focus Fuel Pump
13" Brembo Brakes
LFP Heat Exchanger and Supertank
TorkTech Intake
SVT Cobra single blade TB
Chicane Intercooler
42lb injectors
90mm MAF
FPRP Aluminum Driveshaft
Maximum Motorsports LCA's, Subframes, Torque Arm, Panhard Bar, Steering Shaft, Front Control Arms and Aluminum Rack Bushings
MM Coilover kit with caster camber plates
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Car is semi-put away for the winter tucked safely in the garage! As soon as thanksgiving rolls around and the temps on the way home from work get near 40 degrees those Michelin PS2's start to slip as if they were on ice.

Spring maybe?


Makes sense. I know the feeling of those PS2’s in cold weather. Spring would be cool.


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