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my "68 coupe has braces from cowl area to top of shock tower and i question what improvement i get from spending $50 to get Export Braces when all i get is an addittional layer of thin metal that the ends are tied together with in addition to existing layer of metal? opinions appreciated.
 
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I put both monte bar and brace on. I can tell a difference, plus the 2" lower and Shel springs, but it's a matter of taste.
(no there is no bad taste) I like mine.

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ive heard good things about the TCP "export brace" (its connects the same points but uses thin but strong tubng instead of the massive piece that originally came on the car.. they also make a MC bar that goes with it if you want

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Ford motor company thought there was enough improvement for them to be warranted for areas that had less developed roads than the US (hence the name 'export brace'), and in general (there are exceptions) the car company isn't going to do anything extra than what's absolutely necessary - there are parts of the US (arkansas comes to mind) that could have used Export braces!

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I run the monte carlo bar, and will install the export brace soon. Just the monte bar I notice that the car doesn't lean going around curves as much. Both braces are to add support to the engine compartment. Almost like a roll cage for your engine. Just imagine no export brace, nor the on in there already. On a front impact, the bumper brackets will absorb much of the shock, but the rest will push the fender aprons back. Without the brace's support the impact could push through the fire wall to you. Monte carlo bar could work the same way with a side impact. The bar will bend first then the car. Mostly though, they are to prevent the uni-body from flexing.
 

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Bubba, Them ex-sport braces ain't thin metal, Let me tell ya.

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I use them both. I think the photo says it all. The Mustang has a week
front end. After years of use they all move around some. The braces hold
it together. Everyone at the track has them.

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As 289fan said, it's not thin metal. I could take the 2 piece braces that we just took off of my '65 project and bend them over my knee. There's no way you could do that with an export brace. As others have said, it works best with the addition of a monte carlo bar. The shock towers on the early Mustangs was not one of Ford's better ideas. They flex too much without the additional bracing.

Oh, and BTW, the $50 is not the hard part ... just wait to you install it *LOL*.

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Thin?? When I crashed into barrier, the firewall was bent, sub-frame was bent, don't even mention sheet metal. BUT Export brace was intact and kept shock towers at correct distance from each other. That (Ford piece, not cheapo flatter braces) could be strongest part in your car.

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I agree with the others: The front end of the vintage Mustang is about as rigid as a cardboard box. It has been told that the'68 FBs used in the movie Bullit had to be reinforced considerably inorder for them to survive the shoot and even then one of the FBs was completely trashed after filming. The Charger, on the other hand, didn't need extra bracing.

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Not only does the export brace add extra strength, its a great parts tray when you're working on the engine!
I realized this last weekend working on a friends 65 without one :)


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John,

You must not be living right. Mine dropped right in. One heads up on the monte carlo bar. It has 4 bolt holes per side, and at least on my '65 that means you have to drill one new hole and install a new bolt and nut in that hole. Luckily, I had several extra new identical bolts. My M/C bar went in easily too. Living right, I gess /forums/images/icons/wink.gif.

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