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Obviously I will have to remove the shock mounts that sit atop the shock tower. (I will swap out the shocks at that point) Are there any installation pitfalls I should be aware of? Also, are you guys removing the stock braces, or are you running them in addition to the export brace?

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I just have the stock export brace... I'm thinking about a Monty bar since I have a vert and all. Beware, that over time Mustang shock towers have the tendency to lean toward the engine. You may have to get the front wheel off the ground to assure proper positioning.

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I removed the stock braces, but not the portion that is welded to the shock tower (just went over them).
I had trouble with fitting the brace from front to back. The part where it meets the firewall was to long. So I but jack stands under the stang, so that the weight of the engine would "stretch" the car out. I left it for about an hour and then I started bolting the brace to the firewall with extra long bolts (this helped pull the brace in). Once it fit, I put the proper bolts in place. I did not have a problem with the width of the brace, but I have heard that the jack stand and long bolts can be used here as well.


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Have export brace. Removed originals, but left bracket. Now that I am knee deep in the resto, I cut out the brackets. They are welding practice material now. I went to the local hardware store and purchased some meano stainless bolts for the brace to firewall mount. No problem installing it.





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The stock braces go. I have the floor jack ready and waiting. Thanks guys!

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I installed a Monte Carlo bar and Export Brace a few weeks ago, took the car out for the first time yesterday...

WHAT A DIFFERENCE!!! Steering and general handling is 10 times better!

All that heaving, jacking and wrenching makes a difference. Have fun trying to get it in!

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I just installed mine last week.....It did not want to go on. I had it jacked up by the brace that runs under the engine for about a week and that helped some but didn't spead the towers enough. I managed to get thebrace on the shock tower studs then i had to break out my BF screwdriver to get the holes on the fire wall to line up. Now the Monte carlo bar absolutly did not want to go on.....The PO had "Repaired" the top of one of the shock towers so I had to take that apart and try to fix it. I had to use a 2*4 and my bottle jack to get the towers to spread a few more MM. Once I got a bolt on each side it was pretty easy to get the other ones in. I also took the old braces off but I would probably leave them on if I were to do it again. It couldn't hurt. Good luck...

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Since you've changed all the arrangements up front, you probably should get a front end alignment.



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