We installed the Cobra IRS knuckles, hubs, bearings, and rear Wilwood brakes tonight.
So excited I got to work on the Cobra last night with my chief mechanic Christine. First time in a looooong time we got to turn a wrench on this car. Went through the front brakes and suspension. Started to pull the rear brakes and spindles apart. Ordering some tools later to finish up the independent rear suspension. Going to get Christine her own mechanics gloves while we're at it.
Tonight we installed the Independent Rear Suspension Lower Control Arms and IRS Tie Down Loop Kit (ordered recently from Breeze Automotive). The tie down loop kit is two laser cut stainless steel loops that mount under the rear lower control arm to chassis bolt or nut. These were recently revised by Breeze to make installation straight forward – no drilling and no painting are required – and there is no right-hand/left-hand to keep track of. Here is the product...
Today I noticed a pool of liquid grease on top of the passenger-side ball joint. After doing some research it turns out it is normal to have a little liquid oil separate from the grease and seep past the grease fitting. Glad it turned out to be nothing.
We received our IRS upper and lower control arm adjusters today from Mike Forte at Fortes Parts Connection. Their anodized black, and will allow rear IRS suspension alignment on the car while everything is connected. No need to mess with spacers down the road.
We initially purchase a complete 2004 Mustang Cobra Independent Rear Suspension for the Roadster but it turns out I would need to spend too much money to make it work. The width isn't correct and it would take too many additional parts. So we've decided to sell it and use the money to buy all new parts. We already have the Cobra IRS Center Differential Carrier with the 28-spline Torsen diff from Mike Forte and the axles from FFR,...
The front suspension torqued to spec and rotors installed.
Got the front suspension Started on the roadster tonight. Aaaaand, it's my birthday :)