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Old 03-01-2008, 10:52 AM   #11
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What was the total cost? Can you post pics of your installs?
i got mine from Ed Morad.....so it was cheap

here is mine

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you will need longer strut bolts, stock SE/SLE/SSEI on the left, GXP on the right
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Oh that'* nice. I gots to gets one of those for the '04 LeSabre, because it needs one very badly :P
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Oh that'* nice. I gots to gets one of those for the '04 LeSabre, because it needs one very badly :P
Yip Yip Yip Your front end will no longer roll into a turn. It will just track right through turn. Really stiffens up the front end and makes cornering so much more enjoyable.
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My total price including shipping was $100.44. I have yet to install it though, still need the new bolts for the strut ends.
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It is a great mod. Really stiffens up the front end.

Only have to bend the small brackets a little to get the bar to clear the alternator.

I would recommend you buy the bar. It is reinforced with crush sleeves and with the bends if would be a lot of work to fab compared to the cost of just buying it.
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I agree, I should have ordered the bar when I ordered the brackets. I'll have to order one next payday. Any one care to coment on the over sized holes on the brackets where the bar attaches? Are the bolts larger on the head end and smaller on the threaded end.
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OK, I read the thread linked earlier, and the techinfo.

Can someone confirm whether the four bolts holding the bar to the braces are M8-1.50 or M8-1.25 threads? (We got two different folks swearing it'* each in the thread)

Once we get that, the bolt thread info (as well as the info about getting longer strut tower bolts) should be added to the techinfo article.
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I have M8x50 1.25 and they seem like they're going in hard so I'm gonna give the 1.50s a shot. Gonna go get em here after work and I'll let ya know.
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Luke,

When it comes to bolting the bar to the bracket; I assume there is no threading in the bar, but rather the threading is in the bracket only, yes?

(I'm wondering whether the M8 bolts need be full threaded or just part threaded.)
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First of all I couldn't even find an M8x50 1.5 pitch. Maybe it'* just the paint in the nut that is making it hard to go in (I've only tried hand tightening it). And in regards to the threading, no, the only threading is the nut that is welded onto the bar. Let me get a pic...
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