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Old 08-28-2004, 12:52 AM   #1
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Default GXP Has Strut Bar? OK for other Models?

I watched an episode of Motorweek this week in which they did a test drive of the new 2004 GXP. When they showed the engine compartment, I noticed that this model has a strut tower brace (strut bar). Anyone know if this part would work on other models (mine is an SE)?
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It'* the same body, but finding one cheap (not many totalled GXP yet) means you're paying GM list. I think the sway bars would be more effective, albeit a 8/9 on a scale of 10 for hardness. STB is much easier.
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It needs the brace, you don't.
Our Bonne'* have a much lighter engine. Check out the weight of the new GXP....3,940 lbs.
That'* about 140 extra lbs of engine weight over those front wheels.
Also note that the new one only pulled .79 g on the skidpad.
The 00 SSEi pulled .81 g stock without the strut bar. :P

I really didn't think the newer +00 models needed one because the firewall meets the strut towers right at the centerline instead of further back like the older models.
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Scott and I looked at this initially when he bought his GXP. It wont fit.
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Scott and I looked at this initially when he bought his GXP. It wont fit.
Why not? SC in the way? What was the reason for not fitting?
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A while ago and I'm not sure I remember all the reasons, but I think the alternator was in the way for one as well as the map sensor and stuff. I can check again next time im over at INTENSE.
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For the front sway bar, make that a 9.98 on a hardness scale. I did it and came within a few minutes of having the car towed away and finished up. Disconnect exhaust, jack engine, disconnect tie rods etc.
However, as you see from my signature, Saner custom makes bars so maybe we could interest them. I'll contact them and see what they say.

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Our Bonne'* have a much lighter engine.
I agree. The power plant on the GXP probably burdens more on the front end requiring the STB.
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...Check out the weight of the new GXP....3,940 lbs.
That'* about 140 extra lbs of engine weight over those front wheels.
what about +300lbs in the trunk, that throws off the balance just a bit huh?

Too bad about the STB bar, still want to get some interior trim off the GXP, silver door handles are nice.
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what about +300lbs in the trunk, that throws off the balance just a bit huh?
I'm really surprised that you didn't incorporate a rear strut bar into that 300 lb boom box. You must really need it to support that heavy butt of yours.
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