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Old 08-06-2008, 08:08 PM   #1
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Question FocusSport Upper-Front Stress Bar Strut Tower Brace questions

so i just received mine in the mail today. and its giving me some trouble goin on. everything under the hood is stock. it seem to be to tight. so is there a way the u r suppose to put on.

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takes time, they are a PITA, but if they aren't tight, then what good do they do??? just work at it, it'll go on.
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Jack the car up. It makes the fitment easier.
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You really don't want to force it on. You want to put it on with full load on the suspenion as well. The goal is that the bar will hold the cars sheetmetal in its "neutral" postition even while driving so the easier it goes on the better it will do its job. I had to use a rat-tail file to file out the holes a bit more to fit mine on easier. Filing the holes out on the sides facing the center of the engine bay will not affect the performance of the bar at all since it braces itself against the strut studs on those sides anyway. Make sense? Just don't force it on. File out the holes to make it fit easy.

One example is really nice three piece strut bars. The ones that come with the two plates to attach to the strut towers. Then the bar piece which goes on and clamps to the other two pieces so its not strained at all. Check this one out.

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yea i was think bout jacking it up.
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You don't want to jack it up either. Do it while the car is on the ground.
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I really don't see what if any good these newer type strut bars are good for, to do any good they need to be tied to the firewall as a anchor point. Back in day they were called "export braces" for rally and autocross racing. Sometimes you will see them at car shows on 70's Ford Mustang Cobras GT 350 and GT500 as stock item. These braces keep the front corners from wanting to come back and into the center of the car. The brace pushes on the strut towers from the firewall.

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