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Old 03-07-2005, 04:07 PM   #1
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Well, it'* spring break for me, and once again, I'm stuck at home because of lack of funds to go anywhere worthwhile. But I figure since I'm home, I can have a project to keep me occupied. So I decided to repaint my strut bar since it'* getting pretty ugly looking. The question is, should I repaint it the original black, or colormatch it to my car color. I figure both would look good, but I simply can't decide which. Let me know what you think I should pick, or suggestions on other choices I've overlooked.

P.*.: Is taking off the strut bar simply removing the 6-8 bolts on the strut towers, or are there tricks needed to get that mother off?
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the bar comes off with the four bolts you can see. As for the brackets, i havent taken them out ever. I had the strut bar out to change the plugs. It gave me more room to work.
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yup the strut baralong with the brackets comes off with 4 10mm bolts, it is easier to remove the brackets and the bar

I painted mine a black metallic flake, that is what i would do
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they look nice red, but you should paint yer engine cover while yer at it and then get a good high quality black paint pen from a hobby shop and color the letters back in black.....looks a little like this only in yer application slightly less supercharged



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dont move the car with the strut bar off, i dont know why you would, but dont do it, you will screw stuff up!
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If you were to move the car with the strut tower bar off therer is a possibility that you could throw the Castor( not greatly adjustable on our cars ) off among other things... So yeah if you take the bar off don't move the car...

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Don't even lean on it as much as possible...

Isn't the main body basically the same on the 87-91 cars though? Or did they weaken it, and put in the STB?
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Don't even lean on it as much as possible...

Isn't the main body basically the same on the 87-91 cars though? Or did they weaken it, and put in the STB?
Its the same pretty much... You'd be amazed how much the chassis of the 91 is like the 92-99 bonneville... Its odd tho, my 91 is actually grouped with the 92-93 bonneville when it comes to certain parts..

If you were to drive an 87-91 bonneville without the STB( even if it had the FE2 or F41 Suspension ) you notice the diffrence in body flex between the 87-91 and your 93 right away... The 87-91 had a good chunk of flex, the 95 was much tighter in the front than my 91, untill I added the STB to it... That changed it a lot in a hurry... Best $12 mod for me ever...

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Well, I thank you guys for the heads up on moving the car (although i had no plans of doing that in the first place ). Unfortuntely i could not get to the little project today, and tomorrow isn't looking good either. Looks like Thursday is the day of reckoning. I'll post some pics of the before and after if i can.

P.*., I've decided to go with a good and basic black. Subtle, yet refined.
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