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Googled this up last weekend, got a hit for a guy on Ebay, made the bid (50 bones!) and got the part yesterday. Will post pix later today. Fit right over the inside bolts of the strut towers, about perfectly. One curious (hopefully not problematic) issue: The hood didn't want to shut for about the first ten times I tried, after the install. Near as could tell, the hood insulation was not "giving" with the new bar in place. I let the hood rest against it for about ten minutes while pondering, and then it closed on the next try. The fit appears very snug in there, but am gonna give it a road test this morning and make sure there's nothing to worry about.

Looks like the guy is selling more of 'em too...link here:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/MUSTANG-2005-STRUT-TOWER-BRACE-V-6-Monte-Carlo-Style_W0QQitemZ8008200198QQcategoryZ33591QQcmdZViewItem

Comments/criticisms welcomed...
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Good find! :worship

Make sure it doesn't rub the hood and we need pics! :laughlitt
Here ya be...I snapped one of the hood insulation whatever because on one side (the right, as you're standing in front of the car looking back at the passenger compartment) there is a little "gulley" where the bar appears to have nestled into...but it's not on the other side (?). At any rate, no bad noises/vibrations/etc. encountered this morning...had to go into work, drag...but took a few pretty sharp turns at about 50 and my baby is like GLUED to the asphalt.

I'm tellin' ya -- this car is SO MUCH FUN!! :clap :clap :clap
Tominator said:
Good find! :worship

Make sure it doesn't rub the hood and we need pics! :laughlitt

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That's not too bad. Is it putting any pressure on the hood or did it just compress the insulation?
Steeda makes one(not listed on there site) but www.stangsuspension.com has it listed on there site(made a post the other day) direct link http://www.stangsuspension.com/store/comersus_viewitem.asp?idproduct=932

Just incase you didnt know.
Good question...the latter. After opening the hood to take the pics yesterday, it closed with no prob. I did several "visuals" also, comparing the hood and surrounding body frame, and the hood is flush/plumb along the left and right front sides of the car. It was so easy to put it...I was (and am still) ready to take it out again if it deforms the hood in any way...
stlwagon said:
That's not too bad. Is it putting any pressure on the hood or did it just compress the insulation?
You can pick up that Steeda STB for $159.99 at Brenspeed.
Hoodlum said:
Steeda makes one(not listed on there site) but www.stangsuspension.com has it listed on there site(made a post the other day) direct link http://www.stangsuspension.com/store/comersus_viewitem.asp?idproduct=932

Just incase you didnt know.
military discount at stangsuspension not listed :cool: But thanx for another site to peruze!

EDIT: Just checked out Brenspeed they dont carry the V6 version(GT version does not fit V6). So stangsuspension is the only site I've seen so far that does.
stlwagon said:
You can pick up that Steeda STB for $159.99 at Brenspeed.
Sorry... My bad.
Hoodlum said:
military discount at stangsuspension not listed :cool: But thanx for another site to peruze!

EDIT: Just checked out Brenspeed they dont carry the V6 version(GT version does not fit V6). So stangsuspension is the only site I've seen so far that does.
That Steeda bar looks just like the one on my GT. Does the V6 engine sit higher or something?

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Yeah if you look at an 8 and a 6 side by side you can see that the 8 sit's alot lower than the 6. I think thats partially why you dont see many v6 strut tower braces, between steeda and this monte carlo style bar thats the only 2 I have identified.
2horseowner said:
That Steeda bar looks just like the one on my GT. Does the V6 engine sit higher or something?
I hope this doesn't sound like a stupid question, but is a tower brace the best bang for the buck in upgrading suspension? Would a full set of springs or other mod be better?

Also, how noticible is the diference with the tower brace?
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Not in my opionion. I spoke to Steve Saleen for 1/2 hour at a show recently and this was one of the questions I had.
He claims the new '05 chassis is so stiff, they didn't offer a tower brace.
I feel yr $$ can be way better served in other components if you are looking for road hugging benefits.
Heatho said:
I hope this doesn't sound like a stupid question, but is a tower brace the best bang for the buck in upgrading suspension? Would a full set of springs or other mod be better?

Also, how noticible is the diference with the tower brace?
Will that at least improve the torsion on convertible ?, the verts definitively have more flex but will it help?
R3dF1r3 said:
Not in my opionion. I spoke to Steve Saleen for 1/2 hour at a show recently and this was one of the questions I had.
He claims the new '05 chassis is so stiff, they didn't offer a tower brace.
I feel yr $$ can be way better served in other components if you are looking for road hugging benefits.
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