Strut bar help

Discussion in '96-04 - 2V Specific' started by AaRoN, Oct 30, 2006.

  1. AaRoN

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    hey guys got a strut bar and need to know if it's suppossed to be a direct fit or if i'm suppossed to drill some holes??

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  2. Dalamar

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    Interesting, I was just talking with MM about a different strut tower bar for my car - this morning.


    Factory equiped cars come with a hole and bolt clip in place.
    You'll need to drill, and bolt it in. You've got it sitting right.

    Good luck.
     
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    Unfortunatley you will have to drill, but it will be well worth it !!!
     
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    Did any GT's come with a strut bar brace???? I bought mine used and it came with one but everything else is stock.
     
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    mine did!



    Hey silversol, I'd suggest that you mark and center-punch before you drill, and they should be right on.
    the drill likes to wander whey you're on a convex surface or if you can't get straight on.

    you could also touch up the bare metal around/in the hole with some primer and a q-tip if you wanna protect it from rust.
     
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    i believe 96,97s were the only ones with factory strut braces
     
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    alright thanks a bunch guys. big help.
     
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    all gravy BUT theres no where on the back part of it to bolt down on the firewall area.
     
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    Yea, youll have to drill there too... i know my 97 came with a brace... bout to repaint it here shortly...
     
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    wow. i was just looking at those pics again and my engine bay is filthy! don't mind the mess. i live on a dirt road. sux.
     
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    So yeah as everyone said, they came stock on 96 and 97s, but did away with them from that point on out. Looks like a Ford 96/97 STB that you picked up - is it? I put my own STB in also and it was fairly easy, so you shouldn't have any problems. I put a jack under the k member to raise the car, leaving the wheels to hang and gained access behind the wheels in order to put the nuts on the bolts. The Steeda version I used. I was able to tie it into the rear of the engine bay by going through the wall. From what I remember in seeing 96/97s in person was that the bolts went vertical in direction through that folded metal piece that is under the stb.

    Maybe someone can post a stock 96/97 engine bay for you or maybe you don't really care (trying to help)?
     
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    thanks for the help buddy. pretty much figured that this was how to install it but wanted to make sure. again, thanks for the input.
     
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    Here is mine in case you were wondering..... (i couldn't tell if you wanted a picture or not from the above post)

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  14. scarface

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    I have my strut bar out of my car because it wont fit any more. I can take any pic you need of the engine bay and the holes...just let me know.
     
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    yup, do some drillin. buddy of mine had a 95 gt with a factory strut bar. i like em'. i might get one myself.
     
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    thanks for the pic.
     
  17. scarface

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    I can hook you up bud :)