Maximum Motorsports Heavy-Duty Adjustable Rear Lower Control Arms, 1983-1988 Thunderbird MMRLCA-41

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Heavy-Duty Rear Lower Control Arms with adjustable-height spring perch and spherical bearings. Fits 1983-1988 Thunderbird with Mustang rear springs.

Improves traction and handling by reducing the unwanted deflection allowed by the stock soft rubber bushings and flexible stamped steel control arm.

Unique MM 3-piece bushing and spherical bearing design easily allows the articulation required for proper handling, and reduces the deflection that can cause wheel hop.

Use with Mustang springs!
The adjustable-height feature of these control arms was designed for aftermarket springs intended for 1979-2004 solid-axle equipped Mustangs.

Why use Mustang springs?
Aftermarket lowering and performance springs are no longer made for 1983-1988 Thunderbirds. These MM control arms allow readily available aftermarket Mustang rear springs to be fitted to your Thunderbird. That gives you several choices of springs, as you can use any rear spring listed for a solid-axle equipped 1979-2004 Mustang. Order a pair of Mustang rear springs.

NOT for use with Thunderbird springs
If Thunderbird springs, either stock or aftermarket, are installed with these control arms the rear ride height will be raised, compared to a stock Thunderbird control arm, even when the adjuster is at its lowest setting.

Fits 1983-1988 Thunderbird. Includes adjustable-height spring perch and a swaybar mount for a stock-style rear swaybar.

If your Thunderbird...

Why not use the Heavy-Duty control arms in those situations?
For one reason: Those situations may overload the urethane, leading to premature failure of the bushing. When you hit your Thunderbird's throttle pedal, all of the forces accelerating your car pass from the rear axle housing through the lower control arms and their bushings; that's what moves your Thunderbird forward. The harder the car accelerates on launch, the greater the forces on the lower control arm bushings. Higher forces lead to a shorter lifespan of the bushings.

Better by design

  • Stress on the chassis torque-boxes is greatly reduced because the MM bushing design allows proper articulation of the rear suspension.
  • 3-piece urethane bushings at the chassis end allow articulation while reducing deflection and damping noise transmission.
  • Spherical bearing at the axle end allows articulation while eliminating deflection.
  • Large 2" diameter round steel tube design for highest strength.

Why do I need MM Rear Lower Control Arms?

  • You can install aftermarket lowering and performance springs. Thunderbird springs are no longer available; these control arms allow you to install readily available Mustang springs.
  • The stock Thunderbird rear lower control arms are fitted with very large, soft rubber bushings. Those bushings allow the axle to shift fore and aft, causing the toe of the rear tires to change. Toe changes cause instability as the rear of the car steers itself in unpredictable directions.
  • Deflection of the rubber bushings allows axle wind-up during acceleration, which in turn causes wheel hop.
  • MM Rear Lower Control Arms were designed by our engineering team to minimize fore/aft movement of the axle, while also retaining the suspension's ability to properly articulate. This improves performance without unnecessarily compromising handling or ride quality.
  • Potential of torque-box damage is greatly reduced because the MM bushing design allows the suspension to articulate easily.
  • Manufactured by MM in the USA.

Maximum Motorsports Heavy-Duty Adjustable Rear Lower Control Arms for 1983-1988 Thunderbird 


  • Strong and stiff 2" diameter round steel tube construction
  • 3-piece urethane bushing at chassis end
  • Large spherical bearing at axle end
  • CNC-machined receiver tube for the urethane bushings ensures proper fitment, unlike more commonly used saw-cut tubes.
  • Grease fitting to lubricate the urethane bushings
  • Adjustable-height spring perch
  • Aluminum jack-bolt is hard-anodized.
  • Grease fitting to easily lubricate jack-bolt threads
  • Spring perch fits stock Mustang springs and aftermarket Mustang springs with an isolator.
  • Swaybar mount fits stock and aftermarket swaybars.
  • Durable black powder coated finish
  • Made by MM in the USA. Beware of poor quality copies made overseas.