Crown Vic Installation - 4 3/4" narrower vs. the original Crown Vic
front suspension. (67 1/2 minus 4 3/4 = 62 3/4"). The price is $650.
Many thanks to those that have provided insight, encouragement,
part information, etc... All comments invited - please email dave@truckIRS.com
Since this is the most often asked question, I'll summarize it here... details below
What's included... what else do I need to buy?
$650 Gets you the following:
Upper control arms and associated mounting hardware
Steering rack mounting hardware
Lower control arm mounting hardware
Shock mounting hardware
Lower Control Arm trailing arm mount.
following Crown Vic parts are NOT included in the $650 package, but may
be purchased separately from Team321 or locally from the supplier of
Outer Tie Rods
Lower Control Arms
Brake Rotors and Calipers
Sway bar links and saddle bushings
Next, you must purchase the following to complete the front suspension assembly. These prices are estimates.
Steering Rack - Oreilly part number
101-0115 - approx $100 + $50 core charge
QA1 Coilover Shocks - 2 3 shock options (specify 1/2" upper and 5/8" lower mounting hardware):
ALN5855P - $165 each (non adjustable)
DS502 - $189 each (single adjustable)
DD502 - $285 each (double adjustable)
Coil springs - (10" long 2 1/2" diameter) - price range from $40 - $60
you must purchase a Sway bar from me. (1" / 25mm diameter sway bar).
Sway bar is specifically designed for a narrow track width crown vic
$165 - sway bar only - powdercoated black. Must reuse Crown Vic sway bar links and saddle bushings.
Approximate shipping costs via FedEx ground from Cocoa Beach FL 32931:
Narrow Crown Vic crossmember - $75 -$100 (plus a $50 crating fee)
Narrow Crown Vic Sway Bar - $35-$40
Hardware and Upper Control arms - $20
you would like a complete front suspension, I can provide the entire
assembly - spindle to spindle using new components for $2200 plus shipping. The
spindles and steering rack are reconditioned units all other components
components - Rotors, Calipers, wheel bearings - are inexpensive,
available near everyone and expensive to ship since they are quite
heavy... In most cases the shipping is nearly as expensive as the
components. With that in mind, I no longer include the brake components
in the 'one price for all' package.
Narrow Crown Vic crossmember is based on the 2003-2011 Ford Panther
Platform that includes Ford Crown Victoria. It is designed to use
as many of the Crown Vic suspension components as possible - Upper
and Lower control arms, Spindles, brakes and sway bar mounts. You will notice the modified upper control arms... These
modified upper control arms will be provided with the crossmember...
assembled and ready for install.
this crosssmember is
narrower than the original... items such as the steering rack and sway
bar must be narrower as well. The steering rack is used in
a variety of Ford cars - including Thunderbirds and Lincoln Mark viii. I tried to locate
a production sway bar that would fit, but in the end it was easier to
make a volume deal with a custom bender. I will be stocking these sway
bars. The cost is based on my cost and a small handling fee. I have
been using QA1 Coilover shocks for years and am quite happy with their
price / performance / availability and tech support. The particular
shocks were chosen to replace the factory shocks
/ springs to allow for height adjustment and spring rate selection to
be used with a variety of engine choices. All units listed above allow
for height adjustment and work with all 2 1/2" diameter industry
The following link shows the installation sequence and detailed images:
The crossmember is designed to weld to the truck's
frame. This is not a bolt-in design. The
crossmember incorporates boxing plates with the same contour as the
frame rails. These boxing plates also have the same hole pattern as the
Steel crossmember shown below is designed to fit on top
of and outside the 1948-52 Ford truck frame rails. The holes line up
with the factory holes to ease installation. Other style crossmembers
are available to fit other vehicle frames.
I found the best way to install the components is Lower Control Arm first... then Coilover, then Upper Control Arm
and then the Spindle
steering rack is
Oreilly part number 101-0115 used in a wide variety of Ford cars -
including Lincoln Mark VIII. The inner tie rods diameter and thread
match the Crown Vic outer tie rod making it almost perfect for this
application. The only modification required is to remove 1 3/4" from
each end of threaded end of the inner tie rod.
and a view from behind the driver's side
Reference shot showing the height of the frame rail above ground. The
lower edge of the 1949 Ford truck frame rail is 11" above ground. The measurement was
made with 215/75/15 Tires.
and a measurement behind the front axle centerline.