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Old 04-12-2016, 10:01 AM   #1
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Am I Looking for the Impossible

I have an 02 GT convertible. I want to reduce a little of the body flex using a single, tower to tower strut brace that bolts on using the existing tower and shock hardware. I am not looking for a triangular tower and firewall brace (I know it adds more support). I am not racing this car, just out cruising the beach and mountains.

I want something that is easy to remove when I service my car. I like to keep everything maintained, but do not want to fight with a huge brace every time I change parts.

I had a triangulated brace on my WS6. Changing plugs was a pain before the brace. After the brace, changing anything was a nightmare. I don't want to fight a million bolts again.

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It will help some of the body flex but the biggest difference maker is going to be a set of full length subframe connectors. The Steedas are the best here if you are not concerned with ever running side pipes.

A vert can be made to be pretty solid... but you are always going to be fighting the fact that you don't have a roof and also the added weight from all the vert stuff.
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It will help some of the body flex but the biggest difference maker is going to be a set of full length subframe connectors. The Steedas are the best here if you are not concerned with ever running side pipes.

A vert can be made to be pretty solid... but you are always going to be fighting the fact that you don't have a roof and also the added weight from all the vert stuff.
Now I am curious to know what the weight difference is. I thought the convertible would be lighter.

I do like the Roush side pipes, but I don't see myself changing the bumper covers and side skirts anytime soon.

I will admit that I am confused on the sub frame connectors. Like many that have posted, it is my understanding that the convertibles came from the factory with frame connectors to make up for lost support due to the lack of a top.

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You need full lengths. And no, verts are the heaviest Mustangs. All the extra weight from the motor and linkages and the top itself. Much heavier than a hardtop roof.
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You need full lengths. And no, verts are the heaviest Mustangs. All the extra weight from the motor and linkages and the top itself. Much heavier than a hardtop roof.
I just looked up the weight. The convertible is 140lbs heavier. I learned something new today.

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If you want a lighy stang don't get hatchbacks or verts.

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Weight was never in my equation. I wanted a convertible. This car was meant to be a toy that will allow me to enjoy the road every now and then.

I do want to stiffen things up a bit though.

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Again, full length subframes and then the strut tower brace will do wonders vs stock. The SN95 verts aren't as bad as the foxes... not nearly. But the bumpers still sometimes act like twins that were separated at birth and trying to get back together.
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Ok, so I know the largest benefit will come from improved sub frame connectors. I am back to my original question though; does a 2 point strut tower brace exist for the 1999-2004 Mustang?

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Weight was never in my equation. I wanted a convertible. This car was meant to be a toy that will allow me to enjoy the road every now and then.

I do want to stiffen things up a bit though.

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I understand. Same reason I got the 88 Vert. Not for racing but for toying around.

Steeda makes one but not sure it will fit your ride. I believe they are for the 03-04 Mach's wouldn't see why with some rearranging you couldn't get it to fit. Guess depends on your setup. They look the same to me, just the 94-04 GT & v6 has the firewall connection.

www.steeda.com/1999-2004-mustang-parts-home/

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I understand. Same reason I got the 88 Vert. Not for racing but for toying around.

Steeda makes one but not sure it will fit your ride. I believe they are for the 03-04 Mach's wouldn't see why with some rearranging you couldn't get it to fit. Guess depends on your setup. They look the same to me, just the 94-04 GT & v6 has the firewall connection.

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Thank you for that. I will take a look.

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No prob. That's what we are all here for. A little help and a little shhit talking. Some a little more then others,lol

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