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Ordering the strut tower brace separately...

After reading this forum, I was disappointed to discover that my future 2011 Mustang GT will not actually have the strut tower brace (the nifty suspension-stiffening bar that goes over the engine). Apparently this is only available for the coupe if one also orders the 19" wheels, which I didn't want.

From what I've read, that strut makes a big difference in handling (while the 19" wheels make a minor difference at best). Does anyone know the part # for this? I've looked all over the fordparts.com website with no luck.


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I can attribute to the handling difference. I test drove a '11 GT with Brembo brake pkg (including 19's and the strut bar) and then i took an extended test drive in a friend's '11, that he just bought and had 1100mi on the odometer, that DID NOT have the strut bar and had 18's....

the limit on the brembo equipped 'stang was noticably higher. it seemed to have less body roll. i flung the brembo equipped GT around the clovers on my local highways and it felt very planted with only a small hint of understeer at the time... and the brakes did feel stronger than my friend's GT.....it was spirited driving and the AdvanceTrac never activated

my friends base GT Premium had aftermarket 18" wheels still shod with the standard Pirelli rubber. I did notice a touch more body roll... and around a stretch of S-curves i actually got the AdvanceTrac to activate, utilizing what felt like the right front brake to keep me from sliding to the outside of the corner due to a little more excessive understeer. both test drives were sunny/warm and in the afternoon

so i'd say the strut brace is worth it, plus it makes the engine bay look that much better.....

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Yeah, I had this same disappointment. I'm definitely going to keep nagging my dealer after I get my car to see if he can order this part separately.

I'm curious if the brembo package was just more than brakes and tires. I think they modified the electronics in the suspension system too. I would have got this package had I known that it wasn't just an extra 10 feet stopping distance.
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I'm curious if the brembo package was just more than brakes and tires. I think they modified the electronics in the suspension system too. I would have got this package had I known that it wasn't just an extra 10 feet stopping distance.
in the brochure it says that the Brembo pkg. includes unique electronic stability control suspension settings...I can't even pretend that I know what that means, but I presume the pkg. as a whole means a little better handling pkg.

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Not that i am biased but i dont like them. I am puttin a shaker hood in mine so the tower brace is of no use to me. 2nd if ya plan to use a supercharger the brace is of no use. 3rd Many magazines have said that the brace has very little difference when not equipped, for any such applications.
Now if ya are not goin for any of these options i would say you should be able to order seperately. Because in case of an accident and needed an replacement they would have to have em.

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I can attribute to the handling difference. I test drove a '11 GT with Brembo brake pkg (including 19's and the strut bar) and then i took an extended test drive in a friend's '11, that he just bought and had 1100mi on the odometer, that DID NOT have the strut bar and had 18's....

the limit on the brembo equipped 'stang was noticably higher. it seemed to have less body roll. i flung the brembo equipped GT around the clovers on my local highways and it felt very planted with only a small hint of understeer at the time... and the brakes did feel stronger than my friend's GT.....it was spirited driving and the AdvanceTrac never activated

my friends base GT Premium had aftermarket 18" wheels still shod with the standard Pirelli rubber. I did notice a touch more body roll... and around a stretch of S-curves i actually got the AdvanceTrac to activate, utilizing what felt like the right front brake to keep me from sliding to the outside of the corner due to a little more excessive understeer. both test drives were sunny/warm and in the afternoon

so i'd say the strut brace is worth it, plus it makes the engine bay look that much better.....

When/If i can actually order a '11 GT i want a Sterling Gray Metallic GT Premium/6M/ 3.55's/ HIDs w Security/ Brembo Pkg......still debating on the comfort pkg......
The strut brace is the least likely of the 100 differences between those two cars to be felt by you. Strut brace is for looks that all it really is ineffective at controlling a .010 inch of flex you couldn't possibly feel.

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Brace also makes if tricky to check the oil. Brace is in the way.

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The strut brace is the least likely of the 100 differences between those two cars to be felt by you. Strut brace is for looks that all it really is ineffective at controlling a .010 inch of flex you couldn't possibly feel.
+1... a brace is generally eye candy is all.. you might feel a 1-2% difference with it keeping the strut geometry together, but only at 10/10's at the track.

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I have noticed that the strut tower braces are bolted with only two bolts at each end, not completely across each strut tower.

Therefore, I doubt that the brace really does much.


Would I order a car with one? Hell yes !
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Don't have that strut tower brace yet

gettin one soon for sure:
Lookin for one that's about 9inches across...It's gotta fit my 8x10. I'm on Social Security !
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I think the brace was part of the TrackPack on my 2010.
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Mine has the strut brace and corners like it is on rails. The real test will be on the 19th of this month. Taking my baby to Sebring for a track day! I'll post results after that.

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Thanks for all the responses...so it sounds like it's not the strut brace itself, but the entire package that actually makes the difference in handling. (I'm guessing the brembo package has an entirely different tune.)

Good to know, since I'm not really interested in a part that's just eye candy without making a real difference driving-wise.

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Maybe a strut brace does not make a difference as much with a mustang, but it definitely did for my SVT Focus. It feels much more responsive to steering input. So the Focus chassis must flex a good deal more than the Mustang chassis.
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After reading this forum, I was disappointed to discover that my future 2011 Mustang GT will not actually have the strut tower brace (the nifty suspension-stiffening bar that goes over the engine). Apparently this is only available for the coupe if one also orders the 19" wheels, which I didn't want.

From what I've read, that strut makes a big difference in handling (while the 19" wheels make a minor difference at best). Does anyone know the part # for this? I've looked all over the fordparts.com website with no luck.
I put one on my 2006 GT and bought it from Ford Racing. Seems like forever ago, but guys would ask me, "what the heck is that"? Now they are common and factory installed in some cases. It does in fact make a huge difference. I'd say the part isn't listed yet at FRPP, but I'm sure they'll sell them. Give them a call, they are always glad to help and give info.


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