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    Finally a How To Topic Step by Step
    Ok guys, I figured i would post a how to topic for all of you wondering what it takes to run 13's and 14's on these new style towncars. Here are some step by step pictures and instructions on what it takes to do the swap and what your looking at getting into. It was pretty easy if you ask me, and only took a days time.

    The car I did was my daily driven 2000 lincoln TownCar, The first thing you are going to need to do is get the following parts from a salvage yard (or new)

    Spindles- both sides - from a 91-94 towncar

    Calipers- both sides - from a 91-94 towncar

    Rotors- Same application... 91-94 towncar

    BRAND NEW LOWER BALLJOINTS FROM A 91-94 TOWNCAR

    New brake pads

    Brake fluid

    After picking up the rotors, calipers and spindles this is what i had,


    The salvage yard i ended up getting these from kept all the bolts and i had to buy those new from the parts store. mainly just the caliper bolts and upper ball joint bolts.
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    I then took a little time to sand down the calipers and spindles with some 40 grit sand paper to knock most of the debris and rust off so they could be painted for a better look.



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    Here is the first coat of paint, just a gloss black from AutoZone. I bought the tempature paint for engines to make sure it wouldnt flake off from any heat caused by the brakes. and it was only like 3.99 a can so it was a cheap investment.


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    While those parts were starting to let their first coat of paint dry I took the rotors to the parts store to see if there was enough wall to get turned. -Meaning shaving the old rotor to be flat and like a new one with no grooves or anything in the metal. The minimum thickness had to be around 24.75 or something like that. The rotors from the salvage yard had around 25.45 so that was plenty of metal to have turned or resurfaced.

    It took them about 45 minutes to do this and they came out looking great on the face side of things.



    I took a piece of masking paper that painters use to mask off window and cut out a cirlcel to paint the middle of the rotor.


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    It was best to do all the prep work before actually doing the swap, this gives you a chance to still drive to the parts store and other places if you only have one car. this also will save you on the time it actually takes you to do the conversion. you will be spending more time doing work and less running around getting things.

    Here are some of the things i picked up while i was getting the rotors done.


    brake fluid
    brake pads
    high temp paint
    and caliper bolts


    here is where it gets started, put your car up STABLE on jack stands.



    I removed the drivers wheel and took a look at everything before disassembling it.


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    The next step was removing the old caliper, i had a spare jackstand there with me to hold the caliper up while i did the swap to prevent any damage to the brake line put on by stress. There are two bolts that go thru the caliper to hold it in place. these need to be removed to remove the caliper

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    After removing the caliper there are two more bolts that need to be removed that hold on the caliper bracket in place, these will be a bitch unless you have a good impact gun because the factory puts a thread sealent on them to make sure they dont come out.

    This is a pic after you take it off.

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    great topic...i kno theres alot of people that been lookin for something like this.... anyone know if it works on like a brand new TC?

    an theres a couple extra steps in there...we just undid the brake line an the ABS wires an undid both balljoints
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    Originally posted by Dog Leggin Lincoln@Sep 24 2007, 05:15 PM~8861138
    great topic...i kno theres alot of people that been lookin for something like this.... anyone know if it works on like a brand new TC?

    an theres a couple extra steps in there...we just undid the brake line an the ABS wires an undid both balljoints
    I'm no where near finished bro...LOL this is just the begining, image shack keeps messing up on me

    But thanks for the positive response.
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    I then removed the tie rod end castle nut and lower ball joint bolt..

    You can also notice i took the ABS bolt out to swap that out also
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    Originally posted by Dog Leggin Lincoln@Sep 24 2007, 07:15 PM~8861138
    great topic...i kno theres alot of people that been lookin for something like this.... anyone know if it works on like a brand new TC?

    an theres a couple extra steps in there...we just undid the brake line an the ABS wires an undid both balljoints
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    As you can see the lower and upper balljoint bolts were removed, and also the tie rod end

    Save your upper ball joint bolt for the swap, it will save you from buying another bolt
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    Here is the spindle completely removed
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    I skipped this in the intial spindle swap but after breaking the lower balljoint soon afteer the swap i recommend using brand new 91-94 lowerballjoint. you get alot more thread for the castle nut, you can also use the cotterpin and double nut if you feel you need to.
    The new spindle is then set on and ABS sensor connected
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    Also, when you tighten the lower ball joint down it will not go down as far as the stock one did. The spindle off of the older towncar is thicker so the ball joint only goes down half way only exposing the top thread.
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    The sway bar also mounts in a different location between the two spindles. I just took my sway bar completely off and havent really noticed a different in how the car handles.

    You will NOT need the tie rods off of the 91-94. all you will HAVE TO DO is turn your tie rods about 80 percent of the way inwards. you need to do this so your tires wont be pointing at the curbs while your dippin down the streets.

    *It is important that you get your car aligned promptly after the swap.

    Here is the spindle set on with both balljoints hand tight

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    Then i slid on the "Like New" rotor and hand tightened my adapter



    Lookin better already
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    I then took the caliper and diconnected the old brake line. (save for later use)
    And then compressed the piston and slid in the new brake pads. These pads are different from the 2000. there is a long pad with two guide holes and a short pad. The long pad goes on the wheel side of the caliper (outside) and the short pad goes to the motor side (inside).
    Here is the caliper sitting on the rotor and pads installed. you will also notice the new caliper bolts.

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    The new setup bolted up.

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