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Old 06-30-2012, 03:39 PM   #36
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Well i bought it used and they had all of the extra features in it
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^lucky. Mine came with hair in the paint and 22k miles lol
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Mine only had 15000 miles when i bought it and a couple chips on the hood, but other than that its perfect lol
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Old 06-30-2012, 04:26 PM   #39
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Re: Strut tower brace?

Must be a stock item on the 2013 premium. I lifted the hood today and noticed this:
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Old 06-30-2012, 04:30 PM   #40
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Re: Strut tower brace?

I hadn't even noticed the strut tower brace at first, someone else said "hey, you have a brace?". Only thing I ordered on this car is the MCA package and couldn't get the performance package added because it is a convertible and not available.
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Old 06-30-2012, 04:53 PM   #41
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I believe it's standard on the vert.^ On a side note, went to install my STB and let my bro tighten the brace back onwhile I ran inside for a sec. And well, this happened.. Does look good though.
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Old 06-30-2012, 04:56 PM   #42
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I believe it's standard on the vert.^ On a side note, went to install my STB and let my bro tighten the brace back onwhile I ran inside for a sec. And well, this happened.. Does look good though.
Anyone know if it'd be ok to drive down the road a bit?
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I wouldn't drive far, ur risking the other one's breaking.
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Old 06-30-2012, 10:19 PM   #44
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Re: Strut tower brace?

hmmmmmmm....never heard of that happening here at the beach. your plus is you still have 3 other bolts on that side...should be fine....just go easy on it there mario andretti
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Your brother the hulk holy crap. You would have to replace your upper strut mount to fix it or jb weld
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May be a good time to upgrade the strut mounts then if I'm going to need new ones. I'll take it easy and drive to Ford monday morning. It's not far so should be ok.
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Re: Strut tower brace?

I'm pretty sure the strut bar comes stock on 2012+ now. I have just the not special v6 no extras or packages and mine has it. I think the metal ford is using is thinning out so much and they are using so much more plastic they have to add that brace there to keep the engine from caving the car in on it's self.
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Re: Strut tower brace?

It comes on the convertibles but not on the coupes. The convertibles need it to help with flex on uneven roads. The coupe really does not need it at all for normal street driving but some of us are not normal and have to put one on our coupes anyway.

With the smooth roads here in Florida I really did not need one but I just had to have it on my V6 premium MCOA candy apple red stang.




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I believe it's standard on the vert.^ On a side note, went to install my STB and let my bro tighten the brace back onwhile I ran inside for a sec. And well, this happened.. Does look good though.
Thats why i was asking about proper torque.

Now it defeats the purpose to even have it on! Get it fixed asap
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It's not standard. I bought mine in may/June and it was dry bone lol well worth the $180 (I think). I painted it red last night and looks nice. Now I just need a mustang sticker to put on top.
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Thats why i was asking about proper torque.

Now it defeats the purpose to even have it on! Get it fixed asap
100% agreed...

this might help:
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Old 07-02-2012, 07:51 PM   #52
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Dang I want one. Gonna add it to my build list now lol. Just when I think I'm getting close to done new stuff goes on it -__-
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Must be a stock item on the 2013 premium. I lifted the hood today and noticed this:
Well that's a good indication that it works, then! My 2012 PP has it, and my only gripe is that it makes replacing the oil dipstick a pain.

Think I'll get over it...
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Any updates here? I wonder how much a repair for this would cost and if it would be worth it, considering it isn't technically necessary under street applications. Definitely would take it off in the meantime though or you might risk breaking the lone stud on that side.
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It's not standard. I bought mine in may/June and it was dry bone lol well worth the $180 (I think). I painted it red last night and looks nice. Now I just need a mustang sticker to put on top.
Sexy! You have a pic?
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Any updates here? I wonder how much a repair for this would cost and if it would be worth it, considering it isn't technically necessary under street applications. Definitely would take it off in the meantime though or you might risk breaking the lone stud on that side.
Upper strut bracket had to be replaced. Came out to about $200 with labor. Crazy just for stripping the screw..

Couldn't be happier with the STB though. I think it looks better then any others I've seen and only cost me $40. I could already feel a difference on the turns which I honestly wasn't expecting. Had eibach sway bars which kept the car pretty flat but I feel even more of a difference with the STB. Pleasently surprised!
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Re: Strut tower brace?

The strut brace is great but there is something even much better for extremely great handling on a late model Mustang.

It is a sub frame connector. Most of the guys at the Track in Daytona I talked to had them on their mustangs. I see American Muscle stocks three different ones for our V6 Mustangs as well as GT's.

I was going to put an X-Brace on my Mini John Cooper Works but they were out of stock so I put it off. I stopped Hot Lapping and Auto Xing so I never did get one.

I may get one for my Mustang even though I don't really need it. It would just be something to waste some $$$ on for me. Kind of like the Axle back Magnaflows I have on order.
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It is a sub frame connector. Most of the guys at the Track in Daytona I talked to had them on their mustangs. I see American Muscle stocks three different ones for our V6 Mustangs as well as GT's.
Were those Mustangs Fox body, SN95, or the S197? Most agree that the fox body and SN95 need sub frame connectors. But the S197 is a much stiffer body/frame already and the sub frame connectors aren't needed.
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They were the older Mustangs. I still may go for the Bolt on one a AM. That is if it does not hang low and cause problems with speed bumps. That will be later though. I gotta pay for my Magnaflow's first.
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Yes, the older Mustangs needed the sub frame connectors. The were very 'flexible' and would twist easily. The S197 doesn't suffer from the same issue. Lots of high powered S197's running with no sub frame connectors, lifting the front end on launch at the drag strip but not twisting the body/frame out of alignment.
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I believe it's standard on the vert.^ On a side note, went to install my STB and let my bro tighten the brace back onwhile I ran inside for a sec. And well, this happened.. Does look good though.
i did the same thing with my car today :/
I called up AM and they said there shouldn't be a problem as long as you're not doing autocross or something extreme like that. I told him i was going to replace it in about a year and a half anyways, and he said it would be fine. he said it would affect it longevity wise, but not too much.
Even though only 3/4 of the bolts are on there I still went ham on it and noticed drastic improvements on curvy roads.
As long as you replace your struts within the next 1.5 years, you should be fine.
(I also asked my mechanic and he said it wasn't a big deal)

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Re: Strut tower brace?

My suspension is completely stock so I definitely felt the front end stiffen up a bit after I installed my Stack Racing STB from AmericanMuscle. I also made sure to torque the nuts to the stock 26 ft./lbs lol.


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My suspension is completely stock so I definitely felt the front end stiffen up a bit after I installed my Stack Racing STB from AmericanMuscle. I also made sure to torque the nuts to the stock 26 ft./lbs lol.
It didn't come with a name plate in the center of the brace?
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It did. But the name plate says "GT"
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Re: Strut tower brace?

What is the theory behind these? What are they supposed to do for the car?

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It did. But the name plate says "GT"
Oh ok. You should take that plate to a place that can do some water jet cutting and have them custom fab you something. That would be sweet.

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The STB connects the two strut towers together making them more rigid by reducing flexing when taking corners.

I honestly can not feel a difference but I like the way it looks.
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Can you put it in upside down? ( the plate)
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Why?
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Idk
I was thinking the gt is on one side and the other side is
A) flat
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