How To Install Fox Body Mustang Lower Door Hinge Tension Spring (87-93)

Posted 6/21/2013 by Jeff Jimenez

Got a broken lower door hinge spring on your Fox Body Mustang? Watch our install video to see how easy it is to replace yours today!

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Tired of having the door swing back at you when you open it? This is caused by a worn, broken or missing Mustang door hinge check spring, also known as tension spring. After years of use, abuse and weathering they finally lose all tension to help hold the door open. Replacing these hinge springs is easier than you think with the help of the 5.0Resto door hinge springs and Jmac’s expert video advice! NOTE: You do not have to remove your fender for the install. We did to help show you the removal steps.

If your door check spring is worn, it is highly likely that you also have a worn out door hinge pins and lower door hinge rollers in your Mustang. Be sure to pick up these 5.0Resto parts along with your check spring to fully restore the door on your Fox Body Mustang!

Tools Required:

  • Jack & Jack Stands
  • Small Die Grinder
  • Socket Set
  • Door Panel Removal Tool
  • Phillips Head Screw Driver

Step 1:
Using a jack and jack stands, raise and support one side of your Mustang, and remove your wheel & wheel well liner with a door panel removal tool & screwdriver.

Step 2:
Locate the original door hinge spring and remove the center hinge bolt.

Step 3:
Using the die grinder, remove the retainer head by grinding it down flush with the spring.

Step 4:
Once this is ground down, you can pry the spring off the hinge.

Step 5:
Position the new spring into place and reinstall the center hinge bolt.

Step 6:
Reinstall your inner fender and wheel


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Fox Body Mustang Lower Door Hinge Tension Spring Install

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Published on 2013-06-21
Part # LRS-23504A
Brand: 5.0Resto - Ford Original Tooling
Fits: Mustang LX, GT
Years: 1983 (83) - 1984 (84) - 1985 (85) - 1986 (86) - 1987 (87) - 1988 (88) - 1989 (89) - 1990 (90) - 1991 (91) - 1992 (92) - 1993 (93)

Tired of your Fox Body Mustang door not staying open when you open it? Well you could have a bad door check spring (tension spring). In this video Jmac walks you through the simple process of replacing your door hinge spring. Our 5.0Resto door spring is a direct replacement and is a made in the USA part that features Ford Original tooling! Includes spring face plate and backing plate. Don't forget to replace your lower door hinge roller while replacing the door spring!
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If you open the door on your fox mustang and it does this the likely cause is a broken door hinge check spring. Don’t worry we've got you covered with our 5.0Resto lower door hinge check spring. Installation does not require you to remove your fender. We did so just to show you a clear view of the entire replacement process.

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You will however need to remove your wheel and inner wheel well liner. That’s held in place by just a couple of screws and push pins. Once you get those out of the way. You can wiggle it out of its comfy little home. First remove the center hinge bolt that goes through the check spring. Grab your die grinder and remove the retainer head.

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With it ground down you can pry the remnants of the old check spring away from the lower hinge. Position the new check spring into place. Reinstall the hinge bolt. Now was supposed to happen when you open the door on your mustang.

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How To Install Fox Body Mustang Lower Door Hinge Tension Spring (87-93) Tech Info

This article and video are intended to help with the following models & years:
Ford Mustang GT, LX & SVT Cobra
1983 (83) - 1984 (84) - 1985 (85) - 1986 (86) - 1987 (87) - 1988 (88) - 1989 (89) - 1990 (90) - 1991 (91) - 1992 (92) - 1993 (93)