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Being a college student is making me think about making my own front strut bar. I know its only $100 or so, but now that I got it in my head, I kinda want to try and see if I can do it.

So my question is this: Has anyone on here done this? If not, can someone go out to thier car and do some measurements on thier strut bar? I got access to all teh round bar and steel plat and weld I could ever need, so that is not a problem. I figure I am giong to end up designing it as I go, but I was hoping someone could give me some numbers so I know where to start.

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Design it so you can attach it to the firewall, that way it can do something, I'd even buy it even though I already have the Focussport one.
 

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Against the firewall??? Isnt that where the fusebox and clutch/brake booster is?
 

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Yes, but there may be room to bolt it around them, I really am not sure I was just throwing the idea out there to see if it could be done
 

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the strut its self is 19 to 20 inches, there is a front suspension lower arm ball

joint are you looking for the lower arm as the strut bar or are you looking for

the strut its self?

its a very cool idea!!! strut bars 20 inches????!
 

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There's no practical way to install a straight strut bar due to under hood obstructions and limited space, All the aftermarket bars for a Focus have convoluted alignments. Every bend weakens the effectiveness of the bar. Because of the routing there's no practical way to give you measurements and angles. I suggest you design a pattern with some steel rod (1/8" or so) and then transfer those lengths and angles to some high quality steel tubing. A triangulated brace (see my avatar) is the superior and preferred design, but once again, it would be very difficult to do on a Focus.
 

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Well I figured I would be doing little triangle braces on the bends, but it is good that someone else on here is thinking along the same lines.

Yes, I am talking about a strut tower brace.

I may have to just wing it from here. Oh well. Anything would be better than what I got (nothing).
 

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If you could tie it in to the firewall just below the cowl that would strngthen the subframe as a whole.
I'm buying a used one and once I bolt it up I plan on adding to it so that it'll be tied in to the firewall...I'm hoping to line it up in the middle but we'll see.
 

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We may be getting away from the intended purpose of a strut bar which is to strengthen and prevent the strut/shock towers (and the strut or shock) from flexing inwards and outwards. Mounting a strut bar to the top of the tower or the strut/shock is a time proven way of doing this. As surprising as it seems the top of the shock/strut can transmit considerable loads to the chassis in undesirable vectors (directions).
 
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