Strut tower brace - Page 7 - GM Forum - Buick, Cadillac, Chev, Olds, GMC & Pontiac chat


2000-2005 Discuss your 2000-2005 Bonneville SE, SLE, and SSEi Please use General Chat for non-mechanical issues, and Performance and Brainstorming for improvements.

Closed Thread
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 08-27-2005, 05:15 PM   #61
Senior Member
True Car Nut
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Maryland, USA
Posts: 3,089
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
95SLE is on a distinguished road
Default

2000SilverBullet
Thanks for the quick reply. This is good information for future use.

I installed the strut tower brace this morning and noticed the clearance was between 1/8 and 1/4 in. My son and I went fishing so I did not have a chance to road test until this afternoon. I just got back from a spirited test drive and there were no clearance problems that I noticed.

Man is this decent inexpensive mod. My front end really feels stable now even going into reverse camber turns. The sway and dip aspect of powering through a turn is gone from the front end. The rear end leaves a lot to be desired after this mod. Maybe someone that has done work to stiffen up the rear end will post what they did and we can build on the post in the same manner as this one. But I digress.

On to the pics.

Here is the way the strut tower brace is shipped from GM Parts.com. It arrived fine but there are scratches. A future mod may be to paint it the color of the car!!




Here is the strut tower brace installed.



If you are considering this mod I would tell you to go for it now. No telling how long GM will make this part and this is the last year for our beloved car. I do not think there will be any after market companies producing this part.
95SLE is offline  
Old 08-27-2005, 07:48 PM   #62
Senior Member
Posts like a Turbo
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Palatine, IL
Posts: 239
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
TommyGloves is on a distinguished road
Default

Ok..got the bar and brackets. Just need to know what size bolts to use to mount the bar to the brackets? They look like they should be M7x60s. Can anyone confirm this?

Thanks
TommyGloves is offline  
Old 08-27-2005, 11:32 PM   #63
Senior Member
True Car Nut
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Maryland, USA
Posts: 3,089
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
95SLE is on a distinguished road
Default

You will need 4 of the 5/16-18X2 Hex cap Screws. Get the washers as well.
Do Not use the bolts mentioned above They worked for me but are not the correct bolt. I may have to tap out new threads in the future if my mistake becomes a problem.
95SLE is offline  
Old 08-28-2005, 12:19 AM   #64
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Posts: 0
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
2000SilverBullet is on a distinguished road
Default

The thread type in the bar is metric not imperial.
2000SilverBullet is offline  
Old 08-28-2005, 01:23 PM   #65
Senior Member
True Car Nut
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Maryland, USA
Posts: 3,089
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
95SLE is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by 2000SilverBullet
The thread type in the bar is metric not imperial.
Thanks for correcting my bad information. I may have to tap out the cross bar if the incorrect bolt becomes a problem in the future. My problem is I just started to get back into working on cars late last year from a really long absence from doing it myself. It is hard for me to get used to everything being metric rather than imperial. I will learn through my mistakes.

As I am fond of saying "May all of your mistakes in life be inexpensive. In life a $2000 mistake is really an inexpensive mistake."
95SLE is offline  
Old 09-01-2005, 10:41 PM   #66
Senior Member
Posts like a Camaro
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Boca Raton, FL
Posts: 1,101
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
itsnitro is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by 95SLE
You will need 4 of the 5/16-18X2 Hex cap Screws. Get the washers as well.
Do Not use the bolts mentioned above They worked for me but are not the correct bolt. I may have to tap out new threads in the future if my mistake becomes a problem.
so is that the correct size bolt?!?!?!?!?!



also I found this site Parts Zone
They are cheaper than GMPD by a lot. the bar alone cost 60bucks shipped.
itsnitro is offline  
Old 09-07-2005, 12:29 AM   #67
Member
Posts like a V-Tak
 
supapuff3's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: home in jersey...school in daytona beach
Posts: 59
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
supapuff3 is on a distinguished road
Default

hey 95SLE,
I noticed that there was about a month betweem when you said you ordered the bar to when you installed it, please tell me it didn't take that long for you to get it.
supapuff3 is offline  
Old 09-07-2005, 05:38 AM   #68
Senior Member
True Car Nut
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Maryland, USA
Posts: 3,089
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
95SLE is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by supapuff3
hey 95SLE,
I noticed that there was about a month betweem when you said you ordered the bar to when you installed it, please tell me it didn't take that long for you to get it.
Took that long! When it finally arrived there was no packing material and it was not in a box. All three pieces were tie wrapped together and covered in pallet wrapping tape.
95SLE is offline  
Old 09-09-2005, 12:45 AM   #69
Senior Member
Posts like a Supercharger
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Saint Charles, MO (outside STL)
Posts: 174
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
zuluhead is on a distinguished road
Default

Just ordered mine from PartsZone (someone had a link to it in an earlier message). Total cost for me was 87.00 for the bar and brackets. That'* with UPS Next Day Air Saver shipping. Oddly, they didn't add anything extra for the shipping, but I've got a receipt that says I get it for that price so I'm happy. unless it'* out of stock I should have it on Monday.
zuluhead is offline  
Old 09-09-2005, 07:31 AM   #70
Senior Member
Posts like a Camaro
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Boca Raton, FL
Posts: 1,101
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
itsnitro is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by zuluhead
Just ordered mine from PartsZone (someone had a link to it in an earlier message). Total cost for me was 87.00 for the bar and brackets. That'* with UPS Next Day Air Saver shipping. Oddly, they didn't add anything extra for the shipping, but I've got a receipt that says I get it for that price so I'm happy. unless it'* out of stock I should have it on Monday.

sweet!! yeah it was me that posted that link... 87 for next day?!?! nice let me know if u get it monday if so, I may just order mine. what is the correct bolt size??
itsnitro is offline  
 
 
Closed Thread

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Strut Tower Brace Install egladman Performance, Brainstorming & Tuning 19 10-24-2003 09:22 PM
Strut Tower Brace KEOTOK 1987-1991 14 10-21-2003 06:59 PM
Rear Strut Tower Brace, anyone? brminder Performance, Brainstorming & Tuning 6 06-20-2003 09:29 PM
Strut tower brace ghouse 2000-2005 12 05-05-2003 09:31 AM
Strut Tower Brace? theJMFC 1987-1991 69 03-18-2003 11:18 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:13 PM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.