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Old 04-18-2004, 09:07 AM   #1
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Default Strut tower bar hood won't close?

Was atr the bone yard and found a strut tower bar off a 93.
Placed it on my 90 without bolting it and the hood would'nt close?
Has anyone had this problem or is the clearance that close?
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I just installed one in the bone a couple months back from a Buick. Also got it from a recycling yard. I bolted it on and it was fine. it is only a couple nuts to take off to try it out. Maybe just try and see.

It very well could be that close.
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When mine flexes, it rubs the hood insulator. The height of the nuts you were sitting on was probably the difference. I haven't heard of an 87-91 that tried it and didn't succeed.
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Mine'* perfectly fine and was from a '92 Buick. I don't have brake fluid reservoir issues - I don't have the original master cylinder, so I don't have to remove the bar to refill fluid.


Using an old photo, here'* the idea
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Default Tower bar.

I can see from your pictures the difference in height from Willren'* and yours.
Thanks for the input. I'll have to look for a 92 Buick at the yard.
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I might be a little late here, but it also helps to remove the stock metal pieces that are between the strut studs. That gives you another 1/8-3/16" of clearance.

Also, I have the old style non-abs master cylinder, and I can get my cover off just fine. It'* tight, but not too bad. That might vary from car to car though. Good luck.
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Thanks I'll try that too.......
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YES!

Take out those metal flanges only use the bolts provided and its perfect. I had an STB from a 92-99 bolted onto my 89 and it was better then perfect

Best handling mod ever
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So, does a big improvement like this imply that the stock Bonneville chassis is quite soupy and flexy? Other cars warrant no improvement whatsoever
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http://www.toyotacressida.com/forum/...pic.php?t=2760
Not on these cars An older thread, but you'll see my reply on the way down. *This* thread was why I said what I said above I might've worded my post weirdly too, I meant cars other than the Bonneville

Sway bar isn't a strut tower bar, unless you've just had a brain fart :P
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