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Old 06-30-2012, 03:55 AM   #1
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strut tower brace

Are they worth the money to add it and who has one?
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Old 06-30-2012, 05:40 AM   #2
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i dont have one, but anything having to do with suspension is worth it IMO
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I have a front and rear on my vert. On a hardtop I wouldn't spend the money before doing other suspension work first.

Subframe connectors would be a much better investment
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They dont do a whole lot on a coupe. Mostly for looks.

Subframes should be the first suspension mod.
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Old 06-30-2012, 01:20 PM   #5
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Southfour do you have the connectors? And big a difference did it make? Cuz I want to get into suspension mods and if those braces aren't as good as those subframe connectors then I'll go that route
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I'm getting them. Front and rear.
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Yeah I thought about it too. They're less expensive so maybe will be my first step
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Yeah I have maximum motorsports powdercoated full length ones. They make quite a difference. Should be one of the first mods on any mustang.
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Yeah I have maximum motorsports powdercoated full length ones. They make quite a difference. Should be one of the first mods on any mustang.
Really? How hard we're they to install?
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Re: strut tower brace

I have one. It stiffened a front end that never had one previously. The stiffness is noticed most when driving over transitions the vary quickly at different angles.
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Really? How hard we're they to install?
You need a drive on lift, a welder, angle grinder and a couple hours of time. That is 1 of the 3 things I have paid someone to install for me.

The other being mounting tires and installing gears.
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You need a drive on lift, a welder, angle grinder and a couple hours of time. That is 1 of the 3 things I have paid someone to install for me.

The other being mounting tires and installing gears.
Cool my buddy has a pit and a welder so I could do it there. Pretty straight forward to do tho?
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Old 07-02-2012, 02:49 PM   #13
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Re: strut tower brace

a better upgrade would be a rear shock tower brace if you like the twisties...

you can purchase one or just build one like mine....i used an old panhard bar for an s197

since this pic i've cut it down on the ends and welded it to the insides of each tower

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This is mine and I painted red with clear coat

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Re: strut tower brace

The strut tower brace off of a stock 94-95 gt works well...you have to drill holes for it but they can be found for cheap
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K I got it! Front and rear strut braces WITH subframe connectors lol
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Re: strut tower brace

Did you get full or partial length SFC's?
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I'd get full with the seat brackets, right?
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I'd get full with the seat brackets, right?
good job...another cheap fix up if you can't get the full lengths are to use some stockers off of a vert
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Do you just tach wield em along the bottom or do they have specific spots to wield
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Do you just tach wield em along the bottom or do they have specific spots to wield
depends on the model..you'll see where to weld when its up under the car
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Old 07-02-2012, 08:30 PM   #22
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Ah cool.
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Did you get full or partial length SFC's?
Don't you already know the answer to that question? Lol
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Don't you already know the answer to that question? Lol
No....not until i asked at least
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No....not until i asked at least
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This is mine and I painted red with clear coat
Hi! Where did you get the brace from? Is that really a 2 point brace or did you just cut the bars that connects to the firewall?
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Old 07-10-2012, 09:36 AM   #27
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I cut the bar and I got it from Ford nationals last year for 10 dollars. Look online or junkyards I seen them.
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I cut the bar and I got it from Ford nationals last year for 10 dollars. Look online or junkyards I seen them.
Nice! Thanks! So how was it having just a 2 point brace on a new edge? I like your idea. Did you felt any difference? I was just wondering if what will be the diff between the standard one w/ the bar support that bolts in the firewall and the custom one you have.
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Old 07-10-2012, 11:59 AM   #29
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Well a three point is better but i cut mine cause I have a intake spacer and it won't fit over that. Makes a difference but i have lowering spring,gt sway bars,aftermarket shocks. With all the point they work together but on a stock set up I don't think u will notice much
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Strut tower braces are awesome investments imo. I really like that rear panhard bar one and I think I might look into that. I keep looking for a good strut tower brace for my mach 1. I really notice that I don't have one on turn in. Car isn't as sharp as my old 96 which had one. I also recomed the subframe connectors. Anything that stiffens chassis is a good bet in my books. You should also look at a set of upper and lower tubular control arms to install while you do the subframe connectors. And mayb look into torque box reinforcers. Get that powef to the ground better.
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I forgot I do also have subframe connector. Yeah i also have lower control arms just haven't installed them.
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Re: strut tower brace

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I have one. It stiffened a front end that never had one previously. The stiffness is noticed most when driving over transitions the vary quickly at different angles.
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Robb, any idea if that will fit over/around a Windstar upper? The height of the intake, and the throttle body and air intake placement look incompatible from the photo, but it's hard to tell without being there to actually measure.

Edit: I viewed the installation .pfd and I LOOKS like it will not clear the Windstar... although the images were showing a V8...
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I seen a guy fit one over the Windstar intake I think it was a cobra one
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I seen a guy fit one over the Windstar intake I think it was a cobra one
Oh yeah, that makes sense. I can see clearance issues with a Cobra.

I called American Muscle to order a new clutch cable and when I was talking to the salesman I asked about fitment. He told me that it would be cheaper to make my own. I guess the other employees with Windstars have made their own rather than modding existing units to make them fit
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Well just find one and cut it or make it your own
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