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Old 02-01-2005, 11:08 PM   #1
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I was looking on the ZZP site and I see they have a strut tower brace, I was wondering if it would fit on my car. I think it will but I am really not sure. http://www.zzperformance.com/zzp/pro...trut_tower.htm
Thanks for the help. BTW hello I am new, but I have read a lot on these forums.
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No. You have an H body. Those fit W bodies. Way too small for you. What happened to your STB? Someone take it off? If it'* missing, go to the wrecker and get one from a Bonneville, 1992-1999. Or brand new from GM for under 60 bucks.
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Mine is still on I was just looking to possibly get a better one. I would like the front end to be a little stiffer.
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Get a SSEi front and rear swaybar (lower) set from the wrecker. Nobody offers an aftermarket STB for us, which is unfortunate, as mine exibits evidence of flexing. The paint is wearing off where it rubs the hood liner in hard turns.

I've got plans drawn up, however, for a full modification to the stock bar. My design incorporates an engine bay brace on each side, attaching near the front fender corners inside the bay. It should stiffen it up a bit more, but how much remains to be seen.

My next trip to the wrecker, I'll get a 'sacrificial bar' from a 95SSEi donor (already have some of his parts ) and get my welder going. So there may be plans to copy soon.
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So sway bars are my best chance to stiffen it up? Shouldn't be too much of a problem I don't think. I can go ask at the place I bought the car from, they have a good junkyard too. Thanks for the help on that. Any particular year(*) of SSEi I should look at?
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Better sway bars make a HUGE difference. Luckly GMPD sells a handling kit for W-Bodies, which comes with upgraded sway bars. Made my car handle SO much better. Too bad there'* nothing for H-Bodies.
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I've got plans drawn up, however, for a full modification to the stock bar. My design incorporates an engine bay brace on each side, attaching near the front fender corners inside the bay. It should stiffen it up a bit more, but how much remains to be seen.
Is anyone interested in this? I have sketches with the dimensions, I could turn into 3D reality pretty quickly.
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I've got plans drawn up, however, for a full modification to the stock bar. My design incorporates an engine bay brace on each side, attaching near the front fender corners inside the bay. It should stiffen it up a bit more, but how much remains to be seen.
Is anyone interested in this? I have sketches with the dimensions, I could turn into 3D reality pretty quickly.
i would like to see this. kinds like the W bodies have the brace that attached to the fenders and the core support?
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These come off the STB main bar itself, and attach to the inside of the fenders. Same principle, but it ties all the points together in a more structural manner than the seperate elements of the W body design.
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I'd be interested to see it.
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