Summer’s over and it’s time for the red fox to go under the knife. The pretty chrome wheels are gone since we’re going to the 5 lug and independent rear end setup. We’ll be installing an independent rear end from a 1999 SVT cobra. The Independent rear (IRS) setup should help the fox to handle like a dream. To compliment the IRS setup, we have already installed subframe connectors, essential for any Foxbody. We’ll also be keeping our raceland front end coil over setup for now. Scroll down for more details and follow our IG for updates @PremiumFuelMag .
Finishing off the old tires from the 4 lug setup. The front end has already been converted using the 5 lug kit from Late Model Restoration.
The Cobra IRS has a reputation for delivering less than mediocre performance due to the fact that it uses rubber bushings and an explosive aluminum diff cover. 2001-03 IRS setups have an OEM diff brace, however, with this being the older version, we used the Steeda aftermarket diff cover brace. All 4 rubber subframe bushings have been replaced with polyurethane bushings, as well as the differential bushings. These would be the most difficult areas to access once installed on the car, so it’s better to knock them out with the IRS outside of the car. Due to our tiny budget for this build, Control arm bushings and bump steer links will be addressed at a later time. They should be easily accessible even with the IRS installed.