For many modifications and repairs, you’re either going to have to get your Mustang on a lift or use a jack and jack stands. Odds have it, if you’re like most of us when it comes to DIY home installs, you probably don’t have a lift accessible to you. Which leaves you installing these parts on a jack and jack stands. Don’t fret! The install may take a bit longer than it would on a lift, but still completely attainable depending on the modification.
For some installations like a set of American Racing 1-7/8" Catted Long Tube Headers, you almost need a lift to get the job done. Of course, there are some daredevils who have tackled this installation in their driveway without issue - but we didn’t say it’d be easy, that’s for sure. With that said, getting your Mustang off the ground is easy if you know the correct locations to use as jacking points.
Let Bill and the crew at CJ’s show you how to properly jack up your 2015-2020 Mustang using a floor jack and jack stands.
- Before starting your installation, you’ll want to make sure that you’re using a high-quality jack and jack stands to lift your S550. Just like safety equipment with drag racing or any other sport, this is something that you do not want to skimp on. If your jack stands are old and dated, it may be a good idea to run out to your local auto parts store and pick up a new pair. Same goes for your floor jack.
- Next, you’ll want to make sure you have something on the ground to keep you comfortable while you’re on your back under the car. A great option for this is the Ford Performance Track Mat. Not only does this sport the ever-popular Ford Performance logo, but you’ll also be nice and comfortable when wrenching under your car. A set of Steeda Jacking Rails may also be a good idea for easy wheel swaps for the track or dragstrip. The jacking rails are also available for S550 Convertibles as well.
- You’ll want to make sure that the ground is smooth, level, and clear of any debris before jacking your 2015-2020 Mustang in the air. Starting with the front, you’ll want to get under and look for the pinch weld and K-Member area. You can use the K-Member as your jacking point and put the jack stand on the pinch weld or vice versa. We recommend using the K-Member as it’s a bit more sturdy of a piece and will better distribute the weight of the car over a wider area.
Tech Tip: If your S550 Mustang is lowered, there’s a possibility that your jack won’t fit under the car; especially if you don’t have a low profile floor jack. A workaround for this is to grab a 2”x10” length of lumber and cut it in four roughly 18” lengths. Pull the car up on these for an extra 2” of clearance to fit the jack.
- In the rear, your best bet is to use the pinch weld as shown in the photo below. There is also a point on the rear subframe that is great as a jacking point, but with the rear being IRS on the 2015+ Mustangs, finding jacking points is a bit more difficult than past generation Mustangs.
- Keep in mind that if you get the Jacking Rails for your Mustang, they make a great jacking point for quick wheel swaps and getting the car up in the air. However, we do not recommend placing the jack stands on the jacking rails themselves as it’s better to distribute the weight of the car evenly between front and rear, rather than the middle on the jacking rails.
And that’s it! Now that you have your 2015+ Mustang properly lifted in the air on jack stands, you’ll be able to start on your next installation! Be sure to follow these steps to safely and securely wrench on your S550. Be sure to remember CJ’s for your next Mustang mod!