MustangSteve's Tie Rod Adapters
Versailles-to-Mustang Lower Ball Joint Adapters
Tie rod end bushing allows you to install Granada or Versailles, 67-69 or 70-73 Mustang Disc Brakes on your EXISTING TIE ROD ENDS (Lower Ball Joint Adapter allows you to install Versailles front DISC BRAKES on 65-73 Mustangs)
Versaille Lower Ball Joint to Mustang Adapter Bushing
65 Mustang V-8 Tie Rod with bushing
Tie Rod Bushing shown between a 65 Mustang V-8 tie rod (left) and a 6-cylinder 65 Mustang tie rod (right)
Bushing installed on a 6 cylinder tie rod
YES!!! The tie rod bushings WILL FIT Falcons, Cougars, and all other small Fords of the era that used the similar sized tie rods as the 65-69 Mustang
WHY DO I NEED THESE BUSHINGS ???
65-66 Mustangs with V-8 and POWER STEERING have a unique driver side outer tie rod. When installing disc brakes from Granada, Maverick, Versailles, or 70-73 Mustang or Cougar on a 65-66 Mustang with power steering, a later model tie rod can not be substituted for the unique driver side unit. One company offers a customized tie rod for $90.00. I'm sure that is a fair price for a custom made piece, BUT, with one of these $20.00 bushings you can save $70.00 !!!
Six cylinder Mustangs have a very small outer tie rod end that can not fit the larger disc brake spindles. Until now, it has been necessary to install a complete V-8 Mustang steering setup on 6-cylinder cars in order to install disc brakes. Now, all it takes is two adapter bushings and the outer tie rods will fit right into the spindles with no further modifications!!! Use of any spindle other than the stock spindle can cause bumpsteer issues on six cylinder cars.
Any pre-1970 Mustang requires larger outer tie rods installed in order to install the disc brakes. For some cars, a simple change to the Granada or 1970 Mustang outer tie rod can be implemented. That is fine if new tie rods are actually needed, but two of these adapter bushings can do the trick with a lot less work!!! Plus the added benefit of never having to replace the tie rod with "custom fit" tie rods that weren't original on the car. The bushings can be loc-tite mounted into the spindle and become an integral part of the spindle from then on.
NOTE: This is a modification to the steering on your car. MustangSteve will not be held responsible from any consequences of modifications using this product. Owner must determine suitability and determine that the installation is done safely.
IMPORTANT: Once adapters are installed, check to be sure the tie rod has full range of its intended travel. If it does not, you may be required to grind a small part of the Granada spindle for clearance. Failure to do so may cause the stud to break off if the tie rod body comes in contact with the spindle arm during suspension travel. This is not typically a concern, BUT CHECK IT ANYWAYS!!!
WARNING: Some combinations of spindles from different year cars can cause bumpsteer and ackerman angle issues and may make the car handle quite different than stock. 65-66 Mustangs work best with 65-66 Mustang spindles. Use of 67 or newer spindles on 65-66 Mustang can cause the car to handle differently.