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Old 07-03-2003, 03:49 PM   #11
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89:

U have any way of posting pics of the STB installed??

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Old 07-07-2003, 03:28 PM   #13
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Yep...i have pics...will get them, however the ones that Jr posted are decent as well.
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JR: Thanks How u keep your engine so clean?

Question - were there any issues with the STB mounting over the A/C evap (psngr side) or the brake fluid resivoir (drvr side)? Im assuming that the hood is tall enough to accomodate it too..

So, as far as what one would need to install:
The STB itself, from GM
The 4 bolts, nuts and washers (M8x25 nuts with the M8 bolts) to mount.

Now, are there two mounting "brackets" that attach to the tower with the actual STB fitting into these brackets? JR, your 2nd pic on the yahoo page best demonstrates my question. Inboard from the tower I can see two black bolts (or whatever they are) that could hold the horizontal bar into the bracket. Is this one piece, or are the brackets seperate. (Am I making sense, or have your turned your monitor upside down now trying to decipher what I said???)

This looks like an interesting project.

Thanks for the info everyone

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Nick..its really easy to do.

Since you are in Oakville we should meet up one day and I can show you how its done. I'm like 5 mins east of Winston Churchill and Royal Winsor/Lakeshore

Basically, the strut bar costs $29 bux from GM, the tower mounts are $26 each. Get your bolts from Home Depot. 4 sets of M8x45 bolts and matching nuts. Washers are an option. First bolt up the bar to the tower mounts.

Once the bar is assembled. Put your Bonne in P.. and engage the P-brake. Loosen the 2 bolts on the inside part of the strut tower on either side. Remove the metal plate that rests underneath the bolts. Lay the bar w/tower mounts over the exposed bolt ends. I had a minor problem with the machining of one of the tower mounts but a mallet tapped lightly fixed that. Clean the area to clear away dust and debris. Torque down the bolts to about 35 ft/lbs. The clearance of the AC compressor and brake reservioir is fine.

The only downside, in order to refill the brake fluid the bar must come off
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Brake fluid...details details...

Thanx for the help When I get some more time (classes kind of busy for the next few weeks), gonna try and do a few things to her. STB is getting more and more interesting. So is homemade CAI (dryer vent under the fog lamps...) and getting the &*#@ DIC and compass to work again. There'* a week shot right there.

(And maybe getting the damn code 41 fixed - timing chain. Im getting an orange rectange burned into my eye!!!)
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I know the feeling....stupid code 41...bah

STB is a good cheap mod, I would have gone to the wrecker, but no 92+ at the yard. So I got a new one. Not a big deal really :P
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Yeah..I've noticed that. The brake fluid container is nicely located. It seemed the STB was an afterthought in the 87-91'*. They shoulda had them factory installed. :P
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LOL - my engine hasnt been cleaned in...almost 304000km I dont DARE hose 'er down - never know what electrical connection is gonna die

Sooo..general consensus is that the STB would be a good move for an 88 SSE keeping in mind that the ENTIRE suspension system is BONE STOCK?

(If I am an idiot for not replacing any part of it thus far, please feel free to mock me )
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I am confused on the part. Do I go to the GM part dude and say I want a brace for a '90 SSE or a '92?

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