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Old 10-17-2012, 03:54 PM   #1
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Strut Tower Brace

Anyone have one they think I should get or opinions on such? Thanks!
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Old 10-17-2012, 04:08 PM   #2
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it tightens things up a bit up front.

many say it does nothing for handling.

I am sure it helps a bit, though our cars are firm up front.

I do know, steering feels tighter and feels more responsive.

Maybe you just feel more feedback.

It definitely adds to the look

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Old 10-17-2012, 04:15 PM   #3
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Anyone have one they think I should get or opinions on such? Thanks!
If you show your engine compartment off a lot then you should get it. If your just trying to stiffen up your front suspension/steering I'd say ehhhh
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I got the Ford Boss302 brace.

If you get one, Any one.

Do not over tighten the nuts that will hold it on.

The studs are very easy to twist off and cost you over $100.00 to repair.

The nuts are locking nuts and only need to be snugged down, They are very easy to twist off the studs so be very careful.

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If you get one, Any one.

Do not over tighten the nuts that will hold it on.

The studs are very easy to twist off and cost you over $100.00 to repair.

The nuts are locking nuts and only need to be snugged down, They are very easy to twist off the studs so be very careful.

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Also worth noting that according to Ford those nuts are one-time use, so they are supposed to be replaced after each use.

The vast majority of people don't do that, but I would certainly not plan on reusing them several times, as the 'locking' quality will be lost the more they are installed and removed.

Also, Get a Brace! The extra load path, the load triangulation, and the stiffness increase in the front end are worth it for all but the most silly overpriced of braces. I know the OEM Boss 302 brace is available from lots of vendors at a reasonable price.

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Old 10-17-2012, 08:59 PM   #6
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If you get one, Any one.

Do not over tighten the nuts that will hold it on.

The studs are very easy to twist off and cost you over $100.00 to repair.

The nuts are locking nuts and only need to be snugged down, They are very easy to twist off the studs so be very careful.

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he's right!!!
I hand tightened mine and i tore off the freakin bolt -.-
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he's right!!!
I hand tightened mine and i tore off the freakin bolt -.-
I realize this sounds mean in light of your troubles, but:

Torque Wrenches are Cheap!

Compared to the repairs when you don't use one, anyway.

I always recommend that right after you get basic hand tools and socket sets, get a couple of good torque wrenches, and then USE THEM. They really do make life easier in the long run.

Just like Anti-Seize, Loc-Tite, etc. All things that seem like overkill or unnecessary expense, until one of them saves you from a massive repair bill...


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Do you know the torque value for those nuts?
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Those nuts are torqued to 26 ft/lbs
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I did not twist any off

I just wanted to warn anyone about the danger of twisting them off. I do have a torque wrench and I do think that 26 Ft Pds is still a little to much for this size nuts.

All they need is to be snugged down until they are seated and walk away. Use new locking nuts. A drop of locktite wouldn't hurt either.

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Torque Wrenches are Cheap!

Compared to the repairs when you don't use one, anyway.

I always recommend that right after you get basic hand tools and socket sets, get a couple of good torque wrenches, and then USE THEM. They really do make life easier in the long run.

Just like Anti-Seize, Loc-Tite, etc. All things that seem like overkill or unnecessary expense, until one of them saves you from a massive repair bill...
He is totally correct. Any time you take a wheel off it needs to be torqued to 100 ft. pds when it is put back on. Some other things like these locking nuts we are talking about you really have to use a little common sense. If not common sense you gotta use the torque wrench.

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Don't worry, I bought a torque wrench!

For the rear LCA's :p
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Don't worry, I bought a torque wrench!

For the rear LCA's :p
Whatever you gotta' do to justify it to yourself...



Seriously, good choice for the next step.

(And I'd definitely want a torque wrench on those LCAs...)

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But that was like a month ago :p
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Ok stupid question? alignment doesnt need to be re-checked due to loosening up the struts? i figured i would ask before i start rippin into it all
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No re- alignment needed.

Just pull the nuts off, place your strut brace on and replace the nuts. I advise getting new ones. I see some people just use the old one's. (NOT ME)

Just do not over tighten them when you put them on.

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Ok stupid question? alignment doesnt need to be re-checked due to loosening up the struts? i figured i would ask before i start rippin into it all
No it wouldn't need to be adjusted
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