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Post by Corepuncher on 9/25/2011, 7:25 am

Anyone have the ford racing strut tower brace? I guess it will add a little bit of rigidity to the car, and looks nice. But I've read on forums that some have problems with clearance, or are uncomfortable with how much it presses into the hood insulation. Anyone with first hand experience with this?

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http://www.fordracingpartsdirect.com/2010_2012_SHELBY_GT500_MUSTANG_STRUT_TOWER_BRACE_p/m-20201-msvtc.htm

Here is another option I found:
http://www.dallasmustang.com/mustang-parts/product/STRUT-TOWER-BRACE-2007-2011-GT500-DOUBLE-BAR-STEEDA/19140

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Post by Psycho Bob on 9/25/2011, 9:06 am

i've been wondering about getting a brace and which one would fit over my eforce.

i thought the gt500's came with a strut brace?

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Post by 07Shelby500 on 9/25/2011, 7:06 pm

It does press into the hood insulation on the 07-09 cars and has clearance issues with C&L intake. I had to clearance the underside of the brace to get it to clear. But can be done.

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Post by ARMORINE on 9/25/2011, 7:41 pm

worth it!
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Post by ShelbyJosh'09 on 9/25/2011, 8:39 pm

I just had the Ford Racing handling pack installed on my car and the Ford Racing Strut Brace came with it. Sadly I had clearance issues with it hitting my JLT cold air intake. It's all about compromise I guess. I'd rather have the cold air.
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Post by Corepuncher on 9/26/2011, 7:40 am

Speaking of struts, thought I would show pics of my new hood struts, I love them!

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Post by 07Shelby500 on 9/26/2011, 8:34 am

Struts are the only way to go. I wish Ford would just instal them from the beginning rather than still using that ridiculous prop rod from 4 decades ago

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Post by Corepuncher on 9/26/2011, 8:36 am

I too meticulous measurements before drilling the holes, let me tell ya.

But still, if I lift the hood very slowly, right towards the end, I notice the right side stops before the left side does, which ends up going up maybe another 1/4". It's very minor crookedness, but kinda bothers me. I wonder if there might be some sort of adjustment possible without redrilling. Maybe not.
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Post by 07Shelby500 on 9/26/2011, 8:39 am

Not sure. I use the CDC struts on mine that dnot require drilling. I think Paul has the same type as you maybe he has some insight?

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Post by BMMC1 on 9/26/2011, 9:34 am

Mine are the actual Shelby ones. I've never noticed any crookedness. I'll look though.

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Post by Leonard 95 on 9/26/2011, 1:34 pm

I think Jarrod needs to see these hood struts!!!!!!! Looks good btw!
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Post by Shelby10' on 9/26/2011, 5:16 pm

Hood struts are for losers....I prefer the hood prop!!
























ok hood props suck and I am the loser...... lonely

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Post by Supersnake on 9/26/2011, 5:40 pm

Shelby10' wrote:Hood struts are for losers....I prefer the hood prop!!



























ok hood props suck and I am the loser...... lonely

Well Jarrod your not the only one!!!!!!!
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Post by Corepuncher on 9/27/2011, 2:11 am

Note: The prop rod is still in that photo, obviously I took it off!

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Post by Corepuncher on 9/27/2011, 11:02 pm

Got a used ford strut tower brace for 130 shipped. Had a couple "marks" on the top from rubbing the hood, but, I figure that is what mine is gonna look like anyway even if I bought it new for 200.
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Post by Shelby10' on 9/28/2011, 11:24 pm

Pics after install

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Post by Corepuncher on 10/8/2011, 12:29 pm

Got my used strut tower brace. It had rub marks on it, the coating they use over the metal really sucks and is thin. Fortunately, the ford emblem in the middle looks to be stainless.

So, I painted the tubes black and left the center silver. I think it looks kinda cool.

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Post by 07Shelby500 on 10/8/2011, 1:40 pm

Looks nice.

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