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Old 03-23-2012, 06:18 PM   #1
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BBK Strut Tower Brace, not fitting.

Well, I got my BBK Strut Tower Brace for '94-'95 Mustangs in yesterday, test fit, and doesn't clear the Professional Products intake manifold..
The part that extends from the towers towards the front of the car is about 1/4" too short in the middle, where the manifold sits. What to do now??

There's the Steeda Brace:
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1994-95 Mustang GT & Cobra Strut Tower Brace [MMSTB-3] : Maximum Motorsports, the Latemodel Mustang Performance Suspension Leader!

but I honestly don't see how those two would fit either..
I kind of had the idea of taking a stock 94-98 brace to a welding shop and have them modify it to fit. Any thoughts?
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Well, I got my BBK Strut Tower Brace for '94-'95 Mustangs in yesterday, test fit, and doesn't clear the Professional Products intake manifold..
The part that extends from the towers towards the front of the car is about 1/4" too short in the middle, where the manifold sits. What to do now??

There's the Steeda Brace:
Steeda 555-5705 Steeda Strut Tower Braces

and the Maximum Motorsports Brace:
1994-95 Mustang GT & Cobra Strut Tower Brace [MMSTB-3] : Maximum Motorsports, the Latemodel Mustang Performance Suspension Leader!

but I honestly don't see how those two would fit either..
I kind of had the idea of taking a stock 94-98 brace to a welding shop and have them modify it to fit. Any thoughts?
That's what I'm doing , taking my stock one and cutting and welding it then painting it gloss black

I was gonna get the edelbrock one for $180 but I'll try myself first
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Re: BBK Strut Tower Brace, not fitting.

Make your own, take your time, paint it nice, be proud of it...
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Make your own, take your time, paint it nice, be proud of it...
That's how my whole car is I did the whole interior , exterior , paint, and motor build, the only thing I'm doing is the actually swap!!!

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That's how my whole car is I did the whole interior , exterior , paint, and motor build, the only thing I'm doing is the actually swap!!!
(the only thing I'm not doing is the actually swap)
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Make your own, take your time, paint it nice, be proud of it...
I'd love to, but I don't know the first thing about welding or have the equipment to do so.
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The one for the cobra from cj ponyparts fits raised intakes
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Well I'm in the same boat cause I'm just finishing my motor sway and I have new urethane motor mounts which make your motor sit 1/2-1 inch higher, I have a 1 inch intake spacer to clear my valve covers plus my intake sits up higher then stock!!
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The one for the cobra from cj ponyparts fits raised intakes
I'm looking at their site now, not sure which one you're talking about. Link?
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I'm looking at their site now, not sure which one you're talking about. Link?
http://www.cjponyparts.com/bbk-strut...-1995/p/STB15/
It comes out and up to clear intakes


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Its a much more aggressive rise than the 2 you posted says it clears most engine mods
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http://www.cjponyparts.com/bbk-strut...-1995/p/STB15/
It comes out and up to clear intakes
That is the BBK brace I have, and it's not fitting...
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That is the BBK brace I have, and it's not fitting...
Can't go much high with stock hood
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Well, I got my BBK Strut Tower Brace for '94-'95 Mustangs in yesterday, test fit, and doesn't clear the Professional Products intake manifold..
The part that extends from the towers towards the front of the car is about 1/4" too short in the middle, where the manifold sits. What to do now??

There's the Steeda Brace:
Steeda 555-5705 Steeda Strut Tower Braces

and the Maximum Motorsports Brace:
1994-95 Mustang GT & Cobra Strut Tower Brace [MMSTB-3] : Maximum Motorsports, the Latemodel Mustang Performance Suspension Leader!

but I honestly don't see how those two would fit either..
I kind of had the idea of taking a stock 94-98 brace to a welding shop and have them modify it to fit. Any thoughts?
Just space the mounting points forward with some 1/4" steel or aluminum plate?
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Here's what it looks like. How would I space it to fit?
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Here's what it looks like. How would I space it to fit?
Use spacers at the firewall and front of the strut tower mounts to move the brace forwards.
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Use spacers at the firewall and front of the strut tower mounts to move the brace forwards.
It looks like I'll need some 1/2" thick aluminum with holes drilled for all three points to get it perfect. I guess I'm going to a machine shop on Monday?
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im sure u could make them yourself.a machine shop would get pretty expensive.

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aluminum drills really easy.im not sure if they have it that thick but check home depot,menards,lowes and places like that .they may have some aluminum flat.
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im sure u could make them yourself.a machine shop would get pretty expensive.

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aluminum drills really easy.im not sure if they have it that thick but check home depot,menards,lowes and places like that .they may have some aluminum flat.
at home depot. I think this should do the trick if I cut and stack pieces until it's perfect.
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1/8" thick, 2" wide, 36" long
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Hopefully going to tackle this tomorrow. Trying to think of what to do about the top holes for the strut towers. When I space it out for the side holes, there's just enough room for holes on the top, but I don't know if I should drill into the actual car like that...
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Hopefully going to tackle this tomorrow. Trying to think of what to do about the top holes for the strut towers. When I space it out for the side holes, there's just enough room for holes on the top, but I don't know if I should drill into the actual car like that...
As long as you don't hit anything vital it will be fine.
Or you could have a piece welded on to extend the top bracket.
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As long as you don't hit anything vital it will be fine.
Or you could have a piece welded on to extend the top bracket.
good idea.just remember if you weld it with hard wire it may be difficult to drill,but as thin as it is you not have a problem.i would use flux core wire.it will still be hard to drill but not as bad as a copper coated type.6010 welding rod or 6013 will be nice and esay to drill but will not look as pretty.but if you grind it down no one will ever know.
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good idea.just remember if you weld it with hard wire it may be difficult to drill,but as thin as it is you not have a problem.i would use flux core wire.it will still be hard to drill but not as bad as a copper coated type.6010 welding rod or 6013 will be nice and esay to drill but will not look as pretty.but if you grind it down no one will ever know.
yeah, you lost me at "flux core wire". Lol. I'm going to make the spacers for the sides of the strut towers and the firewall. If that's still not secure enough, I'll figure out what to do about the top.
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Been working all night, and decided to stay up a little later to make the spacers. I want this brace on ASAP!!

Right now, it looks like I'll have 3/8" (3, 1/8" thick pieces) on the sides and 1/4" (2, 1/8" thick pieces) between the firewall mounts and brace. I have cut the pieces like so:
3 - 2"x2.5" for the passenger's side
3 - 2"x3" for the driver's side
2- 2"x9" for the firewall

Currently waiting for the battery for the drill to recharge. Have made 3 out of 13 holes so far..
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Done. Ended up using 3 on driver's side, 1 on passenger side, 2 on firewall. I got it JUST far enough to where it won't rub with the engine running. Bolted in, torqued down, solid as a rock. I did not drill into the top of the strut towers, but if it loosens up any I'll have no choice.

Anyway, I was at my work's shop making the spacers so I got a pretty nice drive home.. With plenty of detours. There's this one road; surrounded by trees and filled with curves and turns. Then went to I-45, exited, took an underpass u-turn, went down and u-turned again; honestly I felt so much more in control of the car than before. Sooo happy with the money, time, and effort put into it. Absolutely worth it! Oh, and it looks cool too.
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Sweet! Glad it worked out.
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Glad it worked out for ya I love mine can't really tell a handling difference but it looks good lol
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Glad it worked out for ya I love mine can't really tell a handling difference but it looks good lol
Have you always had one?
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Owned my car for like 7 months then I put it on
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Owned my car for like 7 months then I put it on
Idk man.
To me, it feels more stable.
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Idk man.
To me, it feels more stable.
The car should feel "tighter" and more responsive, since you have eliminated some of the flexing in the front end.
However, throughout my years on internet forums I have noticed that some will immediately notice the change and others may not notice anything at all.
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The car should feel "tighter" and more responsive, since you have eliminated some of the flexing in the front end.
However, throughout my years on internet forums I have noticed that some will immediately notice the change and others may not notice anything at all.
It was basically for looks for me not really out canyon carving or racing I did feel let down on the feeling I did expect it to feel tighter but oh we'll it looks good
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It was basically for looks for me not really out canyon carving or racing I did feel let down on the feeling I did expect it to feel tighter but oh we'll it looks good
Does you car have sub-frame connectors? Seems like if you had those it would be harder to notice.

Needsomemods, pretty cool how you worked that out! Nice work!!
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Does you car have sub-frame connectors? Seems like if you had those it would be harder to notice.

Needsomemods, pretty cool how you worked that out! Nice work!!
No subframe connectors, yet
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