S197 Ford Mustang Strut Tower Brace Install

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2005 Ford Mustang GTWith a joint venture between StangNet.com and Strange Development, we are proud to present this illustrated technical article for the Ford Mustang that gives a real-world overview and interpretation on how to install a strut tower brace on a 2005 Ford Mustang GT.  After the installation was complete, StangNet Staff member bigcat stated that "After the installation of the brace, the car feels more responsive to driver input and the car feels more confident when moving through turns."

 

 

 

 

With a joint venture between StangNet.com and Strange Development,
we are proud to present this illustrated technical article for the Ford
Mustang that gives a real-world overview and interpretation on how to
install a strut tower brace on a 2005 Ford Mustang GT.  After the
installation was complete, StangNet Staff member bigcat
stated that "After the installation of the brace, the car feels more
responsive to driver input and the car feels more confident when moving
through turns."

Tools required:  13mm socket, ratchet, torque wrench, and a jack (if required — see below).

 

Step 1:

You guessed it, open the package and reference all shipped contents against the parts listing on the instruction sheet.  Make sure you have all the necessary parts before you begin this installation (or any other, for that matter).  The package should contain 4 washers, 1 strut tower brace, and of course the instructions.

 

Step 2:

Read the instructions, start to finish, to make sure you understand the overall flow of the process.

 

Step 3:

With the hood open, locate the inboard strut mounting bolts and remove them (2 per strut tower) with a 13mm socket.

 

Step 4:

Determine the correct strut tower brace orientation.  The passenger side has a "P" stamped on the underside of the mounting bracket.  Install the brace over the strut mounting studs, while checking the brace for proper fitment.

TIP: If the strut tower brace does not quite align itself onto the studs, it may be necessary to jack up one front wheel so the wheel hangs freely.  Loosen the other two nuts for the strut on the side that is raised.  A helper is required to hold the strut tower brace in place while you rotate the tire back and forth until the brace fits onto the studs.  The reason the fitment was not perfect in this case was not at all the fault of the product, but the misalignment of the front end of the car after TSB 05-9-11 was performed.

 

Step 5:

Install one washer per stud (2 per side).

 

Step 6:

Re-install nuts and torque them to 25 lb-ft.  Be sure to use a torque wrench!

 

Step 7:

Check the engine and hood clearance and make adjustments as needed. 

 

Step 8:

Clean the fingerprints and any other dust/dirt from the strut tower brace.

 

Step 9:

Test drive and check out the performance of your new suspension component!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Under the hood before: 

S197 Strut Tower Brace installation 

 

 

Driver’s side strut tower before: 

S197 Strut Tower Brace installation 

 

 

Driver’s side strut tower (inboard nuts removed): 

S197 Strut Tower Brace installation 

 

 

Driver’s side fitment: 

S197 Strut Tower Brace installation 

S197 Strut Tower Brace installation 

S197 Strut Tower Brace installation 

 

 

Washers in place: 

S197 Strut Tower Brace installation 

S197 Strut Tower Brace installation 

 

 

Passenger side stamp on STB: 

S197 Strut Tower Brace installation 

 

 

Passenger side strut tower before: 

S197 Strut Tower Brace installation 

 

 

Passenger side strut tower (inboard nuts removed):

S197 Strut Tower Brace installation 

 

 

Passenger side fitment: 

S197 Strut Tower Brace installation 

S197 Strut Tower Brace installation 

 

 

Passenger side installation: 

S197 Strut Tower Brace installation 

 

 

Applying torque (25 lb-ft) to the nuts: 

S197 Strut Tower Brace installation 

 

 

Intake clearance: 

S197 Strut Tower Brace installation 

 

 

Under the hood after: 

S197 Strut Tower Brace installation 

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