Strut tower brace installed

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Strut tower brace installed

Postby Escape94 - July 31st, 2014, 8:40 pm

So I got my strut tower brace in the mail today, a lot earlier than what they said. Anyway it was about a 10-15 minute install and I can already feel the difference it makes. Very pleased with it and it looks good too. I'd recommend this mod to anyone! Enjoy:

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2011 Escape limited AWD V6 (301A) sterling gray metallic
Currently:
Hidden hitch tow hitch, OEM all weather floor mats, ESCAPE third brake light overlay, sport appearance headlamps, strut tower brace, Drag Wheels DR-33 rims, Mazda Tribute tail lights
Firestone Destination A/Ts P235/75/R16
Plastidip: smoked tail lights, gloss black shifter bezel, gloss black air vent trim
OEM black moulding (grille, bumper, hatch)
LEDs: front turn signals, front side markers, Morimoto XB LED fog lights, VLEDs V3 Triton Switchbacks, OPT 7 auxiliary pods
R.I.P 6/15/2017 :(
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Re: Strut tower brace installed

Postby Meatloafmountain - July 31st, 2014, 8:44 pm

Now I feel like a tard.

That looks great :D Since we acquired ours different ways, would you post a link to where you bought it?
* Blackhorse Grilleguard - Blackhorse Taillight Guards - Plasti-Dipped stock wheels - Plasti-Dipped grille - Spyder Headlights - Dawn Bodyside Molding - LED light bar - Ford Spoiler - Debadged - LED foglights - Tribute taillights - WeatherTech Lampguard Covers - Plasti-Dipped gas door - front air dam removed - TrailFX Rear Bumper Guard - No Boundaries Roof Rack

* WeatherTech Floor and Cargo mats - Saddleman Seat Covers - various Plasti-Dipped interior pieces - Greyman Tactical MOLLE boards

* Magnaflow exhaust - AEM Brute Force filter

* front strut tower bar - Moog Front Sway Bars - KYB Struts - H&R 1 inch Lift Springs, Front & Back - KONI Rear Shocks

* Optima Yellow Top battery

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Consolidated War Wagon Build Thread
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Re: Strut tower brace installed

Postby Escape94 - July 31st, 2014, 8:57 pm

Last edited by Escape94 on August 1st, 2014, 3:50 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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2011 Escape limited AWD V6 (301A) sterling gray metallic
Currently:
Hidden hitch tow hitch, OEM all weather floor mats, ESCAPE third brake light overlay, sport appearance headlamps, strut tower brace, Drag Wheels DR-33 rims, Mazda Tribute tail lights
Firestone Destination A/Ts P235/75/R16
Plastidip: smoked tail lights, gloss black shifter bezel, gloss black air vent trim
OEM black moulding (grille, bumper, hatch)
LEDs: front turn signals, front side markers, Morimoto XB LED fog lights, VLEDs V3 Triton Switchbacks, OPT 7 auxiliary pods
R.I.P 6/15/2017 :(
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Re: Strut tower brace installed

Postby Meatloafmountain - August 1st, 2014, 3:35 pm

I think those are the same link.

I rotated mine, which makes the sticker backwards but it clears the reservoir and the electrical connectors against the firewall. I still had to flex the wiring attached to the left strut but that's "flexible" anyway.

Enjoying the new ride feel?
* Blackhorse Grilleguard - Blackhorse Taillight Guards - Plasti-Dipped stock wheels - Plasti-Dipped grille - Spyder Headlights - Dawn Bodyside Molding - LED light bar - Ford Spoiler - Debadged - LED foglights - Tribute taillights - WeatherTech Lampguard Covers - Plasti-Dipped gas door - front air dam removed - TrailFX Rear Bumper Guard - No Boundaries Roof Rack

* WeatherTech Floor and Cargo mats - Saddleman Seat Covers - various Plasti-Dipped interior pieces - Greyman Tactical MOLLE boards

* Magnaflow exhaust - AEM Brute Force filter

* front strut tower bar - Moog Front Sway Bars - KYB Struts - H&R 1 inch Lift Springs, Front & Back - KONI Rear Shocks

* Optima Yellow Top battery

UpComing Mods / Repairs / Projects:
The Retrofit Source 2nd Gen Fog Light Thread | FTS 4X4 Adjustable Rear Lower Control Arm

Consolidated War Wagon Build Thread
Off Roading Thread
YouTube Offroading Channel
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Re: Strut tower brace installed

Postby Escape94 - August 1st, 2014, 3:53 pm

Fixed the second link. I was too tired to fix it the other night. I too found the wires on the drivers side a bit annoying. Yes! I love how it rides. I'm considering having the H&R lift springs installed especially considering the awesome quote I got. The strut bar would pair nicely with a 1" lift.
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2011 Escape limited AWD V6 (301A) sterling gray metallic
Currently:
Hidden hitch tow hitch, OEM all weather floor mats, ESCAPE third brake light overlay, sport appearance headlamps, strut tower brace, Drag Wheels DR-33 rims, Mazda Tribute tail lights
Firestone Destination A/Ts P235/75/R16
Plastidip: smoked tail lights, gloss black shifter bezel, gloss black air vent trim
OEM black moulding (grille, bumper, hatch)
LEDs: front turn signals, front side markers, Morimoto XB LED fog lights, VLEDs V3 Triton Switchbacks, OPT 7 auxiliary pods
R.I.P 6/15/2017 :(
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Re: Strut tower brace installed

Postby MadMax - August 1st, 2014, 10:25 pm

@ Escape94 I have heard about issues with there not being much thread on the strut tower bolts to accommodate the bar, but on yours there appears to be enough. I guess different manufacturers have varying plate thicknesses accounting for the problems. I like the one you got and have been considering that same one on ebay :thumb:
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Re: Strut tower brace installed

Postby TylerAxis - August 2nd, 2014, 12:10 am

MadMax wrote:@ Escape94 I have heard about issues with there not being much thread on the strut tower bolts to accommodate the bar, but on yours there appears to be enough. I guess different manufacturers have varying plate thicknesses accounting for the problems. I like the one you got and have been considering that same one on ebay :thumb:



The fitment issues were with the Alutec stb. I have the Alutec one and mine fit fine with more than enough threads for a proper installation. I love the look of mine and it made a night and day difference in handling. Everything feels much tighter and doesn't roll around like it did before... Hell, my girlfriend even commented on the feel of it. lol :thumb:
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Re: Strut tower brace installed

Postby tang - August 2nd, 2014, 2:10 am

The ones in the auction look a little different than the one you have. Wonder if it ended up being better or not.

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Re: Strut tower brace installed

Postby Escape94 - August 2nd, 2014, 8:25 am

MadMax wrote:@ Escape94 I have heard about issues with there not being much thread on the strut tower bolts to accommodate the bar, but on yours there appears to be enough. I guess different manufacturers have varying plate thicknesses accounting for the problems. I like the one you got and have been considering that same one on ebay :thumb:


You are correct. I have no worries about the nuts coming loose. This is the same one that meatloaf has. Night and day difference. Not that expensive either.

tang wrote:The ones in the auction look a little different than the one you have. Wonder if it ended up being better or not.


The first link is the one that I ordered. The second one is different.
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2011 Escape limited AWD V6 (301A) sterling gray metallic
Currently:
Hidden hitch tow hitch, OEM all weather floor mats, ESCAPE third brake light overlay, sport appearance headlamps, strut tower brace, Drag Wheels DR-33 rims, Mazda Tribute tail lights
Firestone Destination A/Ts P235/75/R16
Plastidip: smoked tail lights, gloss black shifter bezel, gloss black air vent trim
OEM black moulding (grille, bumper, hatch)
LEDs: front turn signals, front side markers, Morimoto XB LED fog lights, VLEDs V3 Triton Switchbacks, OPT 7 auxiliary pods
R.I.P 6/15/2017 :(
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Re: Strut tower brace installed

Postby MadMax - August 2nd, 2014, 11:57 am

I went ahead and got the same one, they said it will ship Monday
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