When it comes to what ails your Mustang, it seems like CJ Pony Parts always has the remedy in the form of a how-to video. This particular installment addresses wheel hop; something that all 2015-2018 Mustangs (GT, V6 or Ecoboost alike) can be susceptible to. Wheel hop in a car is extremely violent and can be devastating to the suspension and chassis—not to mention, shake your teeth fillings out, and put one helluva scare in you!
Wheel hop can be caused by a variety of things; from a bad road surface to tires struggling to keep grip. But the biggest cause of wheel hop lies in suspension bushings—in the S550 Mustang’s case, the bushings that attach the IRS subframe to the chassis. When selecting bushing material, the manufacturers have to walk the thin line of making them firm enough to provide good handling characteristics, yet soft enough for a smooth and quiet ride. Add in other factors like the road surface, tires and driving style, and, well, sometimes you just don’t know what you’re gonna get until the car is already in the hands of the consumers.
Many hardcore drivers will simply replace the rubber bushings with a harder compound like nylon, delrin, or even solid aluminum, but that will severely compromise the ride quality and drastically increase road noise. Fortunately, it looks like CJ Pony Parts has a product from Steeda Autosports that can meet you in the middle, with their Steeda IRS Subframe Bushing Support System.
The kit provides a set of aluminum bushings that are installed around and over the stock rubber bushings that mount the IRS subframe to the chassis. Once installed, this kit literally gives support to the rubber bushings, and provides the firmness when needed without sacrificing ride quality. In the video, CJ Pony Parts’ own Bill Tumas shows us that they don’t require any major component removal as he installs them on his 2018 Mustang GT.
Thanks to the brilliant engineers at Steeda, and the informative how-to from CJ Pony Parts, you can have your wheel hop issue remedied in a couple of hours!
Living in Richmond, Texas, PJ Rentie has been in the automotive industry for more than 30 years. This former Assistant Editor at Vette Magazine also spent time with companies like NOS, Edelbrock, Hillbank Motorsports, Classic Industries, and was an automotive instructor for Cypress College for ten years. In his spare time, PJ hopes to one day bring his Fox Body Mustang out of the back yard and back onto the street!