Mustang Maximum Motorsports Caster/Camber Plates (1994-2004) Installation Instructions

Tools Required:
  • Jack & Jack Stands
  • 14mm Socket
  • 15mm Socket
  • 21mm Deep Socket
  • Breaker Bar & Extension (1/2-inch drive)
  • Torque Wrench
  • Socket Wrench & Extension
  • 21mm Crowfoot Socket
  • Drill
  • 1/8-inch Drill Bit
  • 13/32-inch or Step Drill Bit
  • Scriber
  • Center Punch
  • Tongue and Groove Pliers
  • Cutting Pliers
  • Long, Thick Flat Head Screw Driver
  • Regular Flat Head Screw Driver
Install Difficulty:
  • Moderate
  • Moderate Project
1. To begin the installation of your new Mustang Maximum Motorsports MMCC9994 Caster/Camber Plates, locate the stock strut mounts.
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2. Raise the front of your Mustang with a floor jack and support with jack stands. Remove the lug nuts with a 21mm deep socket and breaker bar. Use an extension if necessary. Make sure to break the lug nuts loose while the Mustang tires are still contacting the ground, otherwise the wheels will spin when you try to remove the lug nuts (unless you're using an impact wrench).
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3. Remove your front wheels and place your floor jack under the spring perch of the Mustang front lower control arm on the side you want to replace first - I started with the passenger side.
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4. Remove the strut top nut using a 21mm crowfoot socket and a long flat screw driver held in the slot on the top of the strut to keep it from spinning. Make sure to keep the nut as it will be used later.
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5. Remove the washer and rubber bushing from the Mustang strut and push the strut down and out of the way.
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6. If the two rivets (locations circled in green) haven't been drilled out already for a previous alignment, drill them out now. Remove the two nuts and one bolt from the strut mount using a 15mm socket and keep the top plate handy.
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7. The bottom plate of the strut mount that's under the strut tower will fall when the nuts and bolt are removed. Push the Mustang front strut farther down if necessary to remove it.
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8. Rotate the factory top plate 180 degrees from the original position, lining up the holes in the plate with the inside of the slots in the strut tower. Mark the hole using a scriber. Now line up the holes in the plate with the outside of the slots in the strut tower. Mark the hole using a scriber.
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9. Center punch the intersection of the two circles you just scribed, and drill a 1/8-inch pilot hole.
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10. Enlarge the 1/8-inch pilot hole to 13/32-inch using either a 13/32-inch drill bit, or a step drill bit with a 13/32-inch step like I did. Deburr the hole on the top and bottom (the step drill bit takes care of the deburring for you).
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11. Now moving into the wheel well, remove the steel band holding the rubber/steel cap to the dust boot. I used tongue and groove pliers to deform the band enough to slide it down, then I used cutting pliers to cut and remove it. You can then use a flat head screw driver to carefully pry the dust boot off. The dust boot will be reused, so take care not to damage it.
Mustang Maximum Motorsports Caster/Camber Plates Install Image
Mustang Maximum Motorsports Caster/Camber Plates Install Image
Mustang Maximum Motorsports Caster/Camber Plates Install Image
Mustang Maximum Motorsports Caster/Camber Plates Install Image
12. Slide the dust boot down for now, and remove the rubber/steel cap and factory bumpstop from the strut shaft. Lubricate the Maximum Motorsports bumpstop if necessary and slide it onto the strut shaft (conical portion up). Leave the dust boot unattached for now - it will be easier to slip it over the MM bumpstop after the strut is mounted.
Mustang Maximum Motorsports Caster/Camber Plates Install Image
Mustang Maximum Motorsports Caster/Camber Plates Install Image
13. Unpack the passenger side Maximum Motorsports bottom plate and main plate, from the Mustang caster camber plate package. Make sure you have the correct ones as they differ from side to side. Also open up the package of washers and nuts and have them close by.
Mustang Maximum Motorsports Caster/Camber Plates Install Image
Mustang Maximum Motorsports Caster/Camber Plates Install Image
14. While holding the bottom plate in place from under the strut tower, place a 1/4-inch thick washer over each of the 4 studs.
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15. Place the main plate over the studs of the bottom plate, and fasten it with a 3/8-inch washer and nut on each of the 4 studs. Leave them hand tight for now. Also place 3/8-inch washers over the 4 studs of the main plate at this time.
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16. Place the bearing plate over the studs of the main plate, and fasten it with a 3/8-inch washer and nut on each of the 4 studs. Leave them hand tight for now. When choosing which bearing plate orientation to use, use the following pictures and chart from the Mustang caster camber plate installation instructions. I installed mine in the positive orientation to be able to get factory camber alignment specs.
Mustang Maximum Motorsports Caster/Camber Plates Install Image
Mustang Maximum Motorsports Caster/Camber Plates Install Image
Mustang Maximum Motorsports Caster/Camber Plates Install Image
17. If your Mustang is lowered like mine, place one short spacer on the strut shaft, then extend it up through the bearing plate. Place one more short spacer and two long spacers on the strut shaft above the bearing plate. Reinstall the strut nut removed in step 4, and torque it to the strut manufacturer's specifications. If your Mustang is stock ride height, you need to place one short spacer and two long spacers on the bottom of the bearing plate, and one short spacer on the top of the bearing plate.
Mustang Maximum Motorsports Caster/Camber Plates Install Image
Mustang Maximum Motorsports Caster/Camber Plates Install Image
18. Now that the strut is mounted, get back down in the wheel well and slip the dust cover over the MM bumpstop. I found that a twisting motion while pushing up on the dust boot helped. Fasten in place with the supplied zip tie.
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19. Repeat steps 3 - 18 on the driver's side of the car.
20. Reinstall your front Mustang wheels and torque your lug nuts to 95 ft-lb.
21. Adjust the alignment close enough to be able to drive your Mustang to an alignment shop. I adjusted the caster to right in the middle of the slots, and the camber almost all the way to the positive side since my car is lowered. Torque the 8 adjustment nuts to 32 ft-lb using a torque wrench with a 14mm socket. When you're closing your Mustang hood, make sure that there is enough clearance above/around the strut shafts since they sit higher now. Make sure to re-check this after you get an alignment done.
22. The installation of your new Mustang Maximum Motorsports Caster/Camber Plates is complete!
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