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rear control arm

So I have replaced everything on my front suspension.....I'm now looking at replacing everything in the rear but I can't find rear upper/lower control arms. I've looked at a few places...no luck. I know I can get away with just bushings in the rear but I'm trying to rebuild my '91 bird.(I'm going to do the same for my '89 SC) So where can I buy rear control arms? I plan on using rubber bushings and not the poly bushings from SC performance. Help? lol
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http://www.fordparts.com/Commerce/Ca...WLK+LH7viyyDAr

This should get you started. Just scroll down. These parts can get pricey quick. Good luck!

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http://www.fordparts.com/Commerce/Ca...WLK+LH7viyyDAr

This should get you started. Just scroll down. These parts can get pricey quick. Good luck!
Yep. when he sees what they cost he'll be keeping his old ones. $400 a piece for the lowers and $290 a piece for the uppers. Hell you can buy a whole MN12 for just what the control arms cost.
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Just saw the prices.... eh, gotta do what ya gotta do to have a nice running mn12 =) I'm replacing the rear along with an 8.8 with 3:73 gears. It's going to hurt the wallet and piss off the g/f but...well, eh. lol Thanks for the quick response guys..I'll be seeing some of you guys at Carlisle,PA !

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My suggestion, if you're paying that much?

Get the lower spring seats from DLF to fit your springs in a Mark VIII set of LCAs, pull the control arms from a Mark VIII in the wrecking yard, and rebush them.

Or get a set of TBird/Cougar control arms (hey, they're $12.50 each at the local pick/n/pull!) and rebuild those.

Grab the rear knuckles for disk brakes while you're at it, with the hubs, and redo the bearings. While you've got it apart.

That way, you can redo the bushings one a weekend or so, get everything ready, and swap it en masse.

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I can't see why you would need new control arms for the rear unless they're rusted beyond belief, bent or otherwise damaged in some way.

I'd just pull them off, give them a good cleaning and fresh paint, put in new bushings and call it a day.

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My suggestion, if you're paying that much?

Get the lower spring seats from DLF to fit your springs in a Mark VIII set of LCAs, pull the control arms from a Mark VIII in the wrecking yard, and rebush them.

Or get a set of TBird/Cougar control arms (hey, they're $12.50 each at the local pick/n/pull!) and rebuild those.

Grab the rear knuckles for disk brakes while you're at it, with the hubs, and redo the bearings. While you've got it apart.

That way, you can redo the bushings one a weekend or so, get everything ready, and swap it en masse.

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Well, no one but me makes bushings for the Mark VIII LCA's.

OP, There's no reason to change out the LCA's and UCA's, just change the bushings.

All you're doing is wasting money.

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Thanks for the advice guys, I'm just going to get the bushings then.

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Well, no one but me makes bushings for the Mark VIII LCA's.

OP, There's no reason to change out the LCA's and UCA's, just change the bushings.

All you're doing is wasting money.
You can get poly Cobra RLCA bushings to work in the Mark VIII LCA's

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