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Old 10-13-2004, 05:42 PM   #1
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FC front strut tower brace doesn't fit?

Okay, I have never installed a front strut tower brace that wasn't adjustable, and I'm trying to figure out if this is normal or not:

I got my Focus Central Strut Tower Brace in the mail today. They told me it wouldn't be here till the end of the week, so this made me happy.

Then, I popped the hood and tried to test fit it without taking the nuts off. Space-wise, it fits great, but the holes to mount it are off by a fraction of an inch and won't slip on. Do I need to get a rubber mallet and bang it in place? If I jack the front end up and unload the suspension enough, will the decreased deflection allow enough movement to let it slip on?


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Old 10-13-2004, 05:51 PM   #2
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Open the hood of the car, and remove the inner 2 nuts on each strut tower. Lube the threads of the bolts with loctite or a similar compound. Place the strut bar over the bolts, if it fits on correctly, thread the nuts by hand to ensure proper fit. Once this is done, tighten them.

If it is not fitting on that easily, use a floor jack, to raise the driver's side wheel off the ground slightly. This should allow for the holes to align and the Bar to slip into place. Tighten them up.
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Old 10-13-2004, 06:30 PM   #3
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Cool. Thanks, S2.
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it'll be a tight fit, to help with the rigity that that strut bar is supposed to have...........shouldn't be to hard to put on when you get down to it
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Old 10-13-2004, 07:32 PM   #5
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Just got home from work. I'll let you guys know how it turns out. It's only off by a bit, which I assumed was like sexy2002svt said, for rigidity purposes . . . I was figuring that it would need to be jacked up, just wanted to make sure this wasn't a defect.
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Yeah no problem Turtle, post back later after you get it installed to update us.
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yea, let us know how it goes!
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Old 10-14-2004, 09:23 AM   #8
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Alrighty; I put it on last night. First I tried to jack up just the one side, but that made the suspension twist unevenly, and I could only get three of the four holes to line up. So I had to jack it up in the middle, and it popped right on.

THe only thing that I didn't like about it, is that when I tightened the nuts down, all the blue paint around them cracked off. Not real happy that. I now have four rings of red primer around the bolts, but as long as it doesn't rust to pieces, I'll live with it. Gotta get some touch-up paint and try to match it. And keep the hood down.
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Yea that paint does come off. I got mine used and i think he had it one with the paint slightly chipped off around the bolts for at least year. No rust whatsoever on the bar.

How do you like it? Did it make much of a difference? I put mine on the same day I did my springs so I couldnt tell if it did anything.
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The only driving I've done with it has been to work this morning, and that was half asleep. I'll tear it up a bit on the way home tonight and let you know what I think.

BTW Euro . . . thanks for easing my mind a bit about the paint!
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