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Old 08-27-2007, 07:49 AM   #1
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Torque Box Reinforcements (79-98 Mustang)

Portable Document Format (.pdf) file explaining how to make and install lower torque box reinforcements for the Fox Mustang. I don't remember where I found this but hope it helps someone out.
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Old 02-06-2008, 10:03 PM   #2
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Re: Torque Box Reinforcements (79-98 Mustang)

I was looking for some instructions on how to install my torque box reinforcements and although the PDF file above was quite helpful, I'm a picture guy and found this one...

http://www.angelfire.com/extreme5/blue98gt/battle_boxes.htm
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Old 02-09-2008, 09:59 PM   #3
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Re: Torque Box Reinforcements (79-98 Mustang)

That's the Wild Rides part. I have their Stangbox upper control arm mount kit on my heap now. It's good stuff.

BTW: a good seam weld, subframes with torque box reinforcements, and a little bit of weld on steel plating seems to have kept my torque boxes in good shape. If I had done the same kind of thing for the upper control arm mounts, I might not have needed the stangbox!

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Old 02-11-2008, 03:51 PM   #4
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Re: Torque Box Reinforcements (79-98 Mustang)

While I have my axle out, I had planned on welding the seams anyways...I bought the torque boxes more of a precaution; I guess there is no real 'overkill' when it comes to strengthing your main stress points of your chassis. I would rather do it right, one time, than have to worry about going back at a later date...
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Old 02-14-2008, 09:41 AM   #5
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Re: Torque Box Reinforcements (79-98 Mustang)

Well, if you have the housing out, go over the uppers with your welder too. My mistake was neglecting them, and I netted myself two days work for two guys to sort it out (actually, that doesn't include the disassembly and assembly, just the actual repair).

BTW: I'm sure welding the uppers is a little safer with no rear seat, trunk panelling or carpet back there. I haven't had that stuff for a long time, but if you still do be careful not to start a fire!

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Re: Torque Box Reinforcements (79-98 Mustang)

Not that I'm making enough power for it, but I wish I did mine when I had the car torn down a few years back. At what point do you think torque boxes would be required?
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Re: Torque Box Reinforcements (79-98 Mustang)

Personally, I think there's never a wrong time to do it. Torque + time = fatigued metal. Power just (heh ) accelerated the problem.
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Re: Torque Box Reinforcements (79-98 Mustang)

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Not that I'm making enough power for it, but I wish I did mine when I had the car torn down a few years back. At what point do you think torque boxes would be required?
The best time to strengthen this stuff is when the car is virgin, or least before you start beating on it. The longer you wait, and the harder you drive it, the worse they are going to get. You will move from a little seam welding and reinforcement to a major repair.

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Old 07-07-2008, 11:14 PM   #9
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Re: Torque Box Reinforcements (79-98 Mustang)

I just grabbed some 1/8 sheet metal from the Metal supermarket and welded them up with a MIG.

All you have to do it take your rear interior out to keep it from burning. Scrape the sound proofing off fairly well and then lift the car and unbolt your lower control arms. Then just start welding like an everyday farmer. It is a good idea to have someone watch on the interior for fire. Only took me a couple hours and was pretty strait forward. Just don't weld up the bolt holes.

Here is a good picture of uppers and lowers.
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