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Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 94gtstang50, May 5, 2006.
What years came stock with an upper front sway bar?
"(The) upper strut tower brace came standard in the Mustang GT/Cobra from '96 - '97 but is missing in the V6 Base model Mustangs and many new '98 Mustangs."
from this website
don't know how accurate it is, but it seems to be the case.
Interesting.....makes sense now that I think about it. As always, ford is concerned with giving their customers the best they have to offer without cutting the corners.
Well my 94 had one stock, my brothers 94 had one stock...
just to let u guys know my 99 did not come with one
the GT models from 94-95 came with one i believe, but not the cobra's. and like said above the 96,97 model cobras came with one but not the 98's. I remember reading somewhere that there wa sreason they didn't put them on, but can't think of the reason.
94-95 cobras had one, I test drove one owned by an older guy, totally stock, and it had it.
No 94-95 cobra came with a strut tower brace stock. I have talked to an engineer from ford about it right after I got my cobra (back in 2002). There wasn't one designed at the time to fit over/around the cobra intake. A couple of years later when the aftermarket was exploding with parts for the 94-95's. That is when several companies came out with strut tower braces for the 94-95 cobras.
Didn't know that, but here's proof:
my 98 snake doesn't have a strut tower brace.. its boneeeeeeeeeeeeeee stock... eek!
Don't worry, you are not alone, mine is pretty much all stock too. :nonono:
better off without one anyway, unless you have a vert and want to reduce cowl shake
96-97 cobras came stock with the STB
however, 98s did not, due to a reinforced firewall
Any reason why I shouldn't take mine off? Anyone ever taken it off and noticed any difference (the only racing my car does is in a straight line so I've been thinking of getting rid of it)
No, ford was just cheap, and their engineers thought they didn't need it anymore
no reason, unless you have a vert
If all you do is drag racing, defnitely take it off.
If you do any daily driving/road racing/auto-x I would leave it on. There is a big difference in handling (better) with it on.
I noticed a bit of extra vibrations with it off - nothing harsh, just didn't seem as rigid taking long sweeing fast turns, more flex I guess. Could have been all mental but I'm all for chassis support. I had the stock one on, ran a month without one, and then installed the MM a couple weeks ago.
If you guys want to improve handling on your lowered stangs, but a $15 pair of Swaybar Endlinks from Prothane or Energy Suspension. When you lower the car, you need to install shorter endlinks to restore the suspension geometry. I noticed a good difference after I swapped mine.
I bought mine from Arts Parts for cheap (a good guy). But I was told Auto Zone and other auto stores carry them as well.