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Unread 11-30-2004   #1 (permalink)
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Okay, with the xmas season comming around i am wanting to get my hands on a chassis strengthening kit, im mainly looking at the weld in kit from mustangs plus. Have any of you used or heard of how well this kit works or know of a better alternative to it? Second the kit isnt that expensive but i know the price of labor to have something like that installed wont be cheap, my only problem is i dont have a clue where i would find someone, or a shop that would install something like that. Should i be looking at body shops or a welder? My car had full interior and is working so alot of parts will have to come off, im not sure if i should just waite till i rip it apart for the new motor going in it to replace my 289?
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Check out the January 2005 edition of Mustang Monthly - it has a how to article that may be of interest and help
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I think the chassis strengthening kit is just a load of sh*t. If you wanna strengthen your chassis, get some subframe connectors and a tower brace kit, you'll be perfectly fine. And if you're still lacking with traction, get a simple set of traction bars. People have been doing this for years without a problem. This chassis strengthening kit is just a way to make money off of uninformed people.
 
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Okay, i always thought the same thing, i thought that sub frame connectors were the best. I'm not going to use the name of the buisness but this is a direct quote from their article. (A lot stronger then using subframe connectors!) and this quote (It adds about 65lbs to the bottom of the car but keeps the car from twisting, bending or flexing better then any other product on the market.) So thats what the manufacturer/distributor are saying about this product. I would be happy with sub frame connectors but most important to me is getting the best for my stang. I dont want to end up having my stang like my uncles 67 which is forevor tweaked a 1/4 inch off.

Ahh how do you already have the jan issue? im sitting on the dec issue right now. I know subscribers get them early but thats way early!
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I'd just use the sub frame connectors. The type you are considering might be neccessary if you were building an all out race car, but is overkill on most any street car.
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Yeah it will have some power to it, i'll either go with a 351w or more likley i want a svo 5.0 block taken to 347 to avoid any fitment issues and so i dont have to worry about my shock towers.
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No, even with LOTS of power, then you would need something like a full-tube chassis, and screw the chassis strengthening kit. The full-tube chassis will be MUCH lighter and MUCH more rigid. All-around, the chassis strengthening kit is a rip-off. And they can kiss my @ss. Anyway, you'll be fine with just some subframe connectors and a tower brace kit(monte carlo bar etc. etc.).
 
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Sounds good to me, i really hated the idea of ripping the interior and everything else apart just to have those put in. Thank you for the information
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