Why don't the 98 Cobra's have strut tower braces?

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  1. ShakeandBake

    ShakeandBake New Member

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    Just curious, was reading up on the 97 and noticed that the convert and coupe had a factory installed strut tower brace. Anyone know why the 98's didn't, and is this something my Cobra would benefit from? Thanks in advance.

    -Chris
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    fiveofanatic How to fuel a Mustang: Founding Member

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    My guess is they were looking to save a couple of bucks on an outgoing model. Take my V8 SHO; they got rid of the electronically-controlled struts for the last model year the car was made. Would having one help yours? Certainly.
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    It'll stiffen the car up a little and it'll help in the curves...but they really aren't necessary for drag racing...and as said above, it was probably a move to save money for Ford...If you notice, none of the new edge 99+ Mustangs have them stock either...
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    Thanks for the response guys...yeah yor problay right it was to save money...but I would think Ford would order these in mass quanitys?!? I feel left out ;) But anyway, one more mod to add to the already long list of mods I wanna do - I need a second job! :rolleyes:
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    it is unnecessary for the average cobra owner and adds weight...something that ford is slowly trying to work on
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    '96 had 'em too.
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    If they are not that big of a difference I'll save my money, but the car does feel alittle loosey goosey in the turns...maybe its the Kumoto tires that are all most bald!?!?

    -Chris
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    Yeah, almost bald tires are bad mmmmkay. LOL :D I'm sure that is limiting your traction during turns.

    Oh BTW - Don't worry too much about the lack of a strut-tower brace. I would just opt for some full-length subframe connectors instead. :cheers:
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    Any chassis stiffening, including strut tower braces, will make a difference you can feel.
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    :stupid: I just put in a rear swaybar, didn't have one when I bought it 1 1/2 yrs. ago, didn't think I'd notice much of a difference, but it felt much tighter.
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    The same reason the clock went MIA...to save money.

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