Stopping the hop in the SVTP GT with a set of lower control arms from Bobâ€™s Auto Sports
By Steve Turner
Photos by SID297 and StacyStangz
Even we are guilty of it. It is easy to get swept away in the excitement. We donâ€™t judge.
Yes, you get a new Mustang project and you run headfirst into the power mods without regard for the other facets of the car.
Itâ€™s especially easy to catch the power-modding bug with modern Mustangs. They are far more well-rounded than those of generations past. They have adequate brakes, a robust chassis, and, yeah, they really respond to bolt-on power mods. Itâ€™s only natural to go right for the low-hanging fruit.
Still, as you add power, the carâ€™s other foibles will start to surface. The more power you add, the more apparent those weaknesses become. Such was definitely the case with the SVTP GT, our 2012 Mustang project. We wonâ€™t admit to getting carried away, but we will say that it was easy to get addicted to the power as we added a Magnuson supercharger and tuned the car up to 576 rear-wheel horsepower.
At this power level, aggressive launches would definitely yield the dreaded wheel hop, where the solid rear axle bounces around while desperately grasping for traction. Yes, we kept our heads under the hood and left the stock lower control arms in place. That said, we finally saw the error of our ways and decided to try out the beautiful billet lower control arms from Bobâ€™s Auto Sports, a company born right here on SVTP.
Like us, Bobâ€™s main man, Steven Pelini, was in the market for new control arms for his Mustang project. Instead of just buying a set, he decided to build his own.
â€œMy family owns a manufacturing and fabricating facility for performance boat accessories. I was always the car guy of the family and when I purchased a GT500 in 2010 I knew I wanted to make some parts for it,â€ Steven explained. â€œAfter posting a set of LCAs I made for my personal use on SVTPerformance, I had so much positive feedback I decided to mass produce and sell them.â€
Now, he didnâ€™t just make control arms for the fun of it. Steven was looking for specific characteristics, and simply didnâ€™t find those amongst the throngs of lower control arms already on the market.
â€œI didn’t see a unit that had the proper durometer bushing, with correct sleeve thickness that also had a nice design machined into it,â€ Steven said.Â â€œIt seemed all of the brands were trading off one thing for anotherâ€”either having a great-looking unit that isn’t strong, or a strong unit that is heavy and ugly. This was the first item I produced and really just wanted something that was perfect combo of go and show.â€
As it turned out, Stevenâ€™s quest was well worth the effort. Customer response has been positive. â€œCustomers have said they help fix that floating/washing rearend feeling, reduce quarter-mile times, and reduce wheel hop,â€ he said. â€œAlso many have said how great they lookâ€”you never realize you can see them through the rear wheels until there is something worth looking at!â€
They definitely look and feel great on the SVTP GT.
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The Bob’s LCAs have been performing great on the SVTP GT, and they match the Bob’s axle reservoir that we installed last year nicely.