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Old 01-15-2006, 04:20 PM   #1
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Hey fellas.
I am going to the yard to pick up my delco coils. While I am there, I will probably pick up a strut tower brace, the long metal bar between the struts.

What I'd like to know, is what years will fit, and if it will work on my 91? Will I need to modify anything? Should the brake master cylinder cap clear it, or will that be an issue?

What improvements can I expect from this brace to make it worthwhile? (convince me, and i'll get it) Should be dirt cheap, as no one would never need one. lol
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Any 1992-1999 bar will fit.

I procured mine from a '92 Park Av/LeSabre.

I had no fitment issues, but apparently the 1988-1990 SSE guys with the TEVES system have some cap clearance problems. I had to remove the bar in order to get easy access to the HVAC blower motor, but other than that, it'* HUGELY worthwhile. Don't hesitate to do it.
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No ABS on my 91 LE and the bar fit right in like it was meant to be there...


The Bar was great in terms of making the front end more rigid and less proned to flex between the towers... You will want to toss the Metal spacers under the strut nuts tho.. You won't need them with the strut tower bar... I pais $12 US for mine and it was worth every penny.... I have one for the 91 SSE too...

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I cleared the master cylinder just fine on my TEVES system. You should be fine too. You can get the bar off any h-body that is equipped with it. Cost me $5.00.
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Same here, no problem with the teves system on mine either. I got it off a lasabre I think. Paid about 5-10$ for it. Bolts right up.
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Hey Tim just put both in the other day , coils and brace, Brace makes a big difference , coils at first I didnt see a difference but after driving a bit it seems one step ahead of magnavox.Embarrassed to say I broke a rusted strut towerstud be careful and torque it.
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Yup, while attaching my strut back on the car, a while back, (september) i broke the bolt off. Yikes, stupid me. Well, its getting 4 new struts and springs as well as complete set of new bushings, in the spring, so I'll replace the bolt or mount.
For now, I just welded the stud to the body. Temporary repair..
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Tim you must do this. I actually had an alingment done after the bar was installed. The difference on highway on ramps is amazing. Mine bolted right up also- got it for nothing and it was off a 93 SE. No issues with the clearance.
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