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Old 06-28-2003, 10:49 AM   #11
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If you do decide to take off your strut bar do it when you wont need it for a while (a night or two days) so the paint can dry. DO NOT REMOVE THE STRUT BAR AND THEN DRIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the struts can move and Mcpherson struts (or whatever you are using) are VERY expensive to get readjusted or even replaced if they are too screwed up.
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The Strut bar CAN BE REMOVED SAFELY, as long as all four wheels are planted on the ground & not moved while the bar is off. I've just finished painting mine. As for the bolts, whell, that'* a whole different matter. The "bolts" are actually the upper strut bearing plate & therefore part of the Strut assembly itself. to replace that you would have remove the strut assembly & tear it apart. An alignment WOULD have to be done afterwards too, if this is the case. No alignment is required though if just painting the strut bar though, as long as the wheels are not moved.
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Old 06-28-2003, 06:47 PM   #13
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Is it really that much an integral part of the car. Did they modify the body that much from the previous design? Most car'* don't need it, but many kits are available. Although the car is nice and stiff, and doesnt' flex in turns. Funny to see ricers putting them on, and gloating about it and how it improved everything, well MINE WAS FACTORY! Sorry had to rant.

EDIT: Hey 94SSE you should take car of that rust, or atleast stop it before it transfers to the door/door trim panel!
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It is an integral part of the front. THis will seem a bit obscure but picture your strutbar and struts like a table. Complete it is sturdy and still right? but you take away that table top and have the legs left and what do the legs do they move and shift then when you try and put back on the table top it won't go on because the legs have shifted well that is what happens to your struts when you remove your strut bar and go driving. On other cars it is not important because the struts are not built directly onto the bar whereas in the Bonne they are
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So, I suppose us 87-91 people can be called "ricers" then..lol, I'm adding a strut bar with the intentions of increased handling ability.

Ratmfan, is it better to put the table top on a set of wobbly legs? if thats the case, do you agree that putting on the P brake while adding the STB is sufficient?
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So, I suppose us 87-91 people can be called "ricers" then..lol, I'm adding a strut bar with the intentions of increased handling ability.

Ratmfan, is it better to put the table top on a set of wobbly legs? if thats the case, do you agree that putting on the P brake while adding the STB is sufficient?
You are about as far away from ricer as you can get. I consider something ricer if it performs not function whatsoever but what you are adding is very functional at making better structural integrity which turns into better agility. about the table it was the only analogy I could think of, I should have completed it by saying that would happen if you drive without the STB if you don't drive when the bar is off then nothing will happen.
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No worries man, I'm just pullin your leg

I plan on putting the bar on though..very soon...I'm very excited about it
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It really is a great addition, I am just glad mine had it cause
a) I have no money to buy upgrades
b)I don't know how much longer I will have my car
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The Strut bar CAN BE REMOVED SAFELY, as long as all four wheels are planted on the ground & not moved while the bar is off.
Actually I thought the strut bar was only attached to the inboard strut mounts anyway. Isn't at least one strut mount on each side left intact when the strut bar is removed?
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The Strut bar CAN BE REMOVED SAFELY, as long as all four wheels are planted on the ground & not moved while the bar is off.
Actually I thought the strut bar was only attached to the inboard strut mounts anyway. Isn't at least one strut mount on each side left intact when the strut bar is removed?
There is only one strut mount per side. I think you're talking about the strut mount "Bolts/Studs" though and yes one of the three is still attached when the bar is removed.
the reason I said the wheels MUST remain on the ground is so the strut will not loose it'* alignment due the the lack of support from the upper strut mount & shift it'* position.
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