- Aug 3, 2018
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for these engine fender support brackets ,maybe a smaller ones ?? these are to big and are in the way of changing my spark plugs.
You can find "resto mod" billet styles and pay alot and also live with the look of them vs original. I'm not sure how many times you change plugs, but taking these off is a five minute task, and if you do that, it also gives you a great opportunity to inspect other things like header/exhaust manifold bolts, and everything else you can now see and touch. The braces are not part of the shock absorber components, they bolt on to them so for tuning, etc, leave them off and do your thing and then zip them back on when you are ready to rock and roll.for these engine fender support brackets ,maybe a smaller ones ?? these are to big and are in the way of changing my spark plugs.
Heck, if you don't have to turn left or right then the braces would not even be needed and would save you a boatload of time on plug changes if your et's weren't up to par. It could save you a little weight as well.With me one think i hate doing is changing plugs ,,i love doing everything but that iv been doing it for 56years broke the ceramic off twice cause i couldn't get to the plugs and always afraid of miss threading them wrong and having to remove the head to fix them when i use to drag race i always changed or cleaned them thats how i won a lot and develop a hate for changing plugs...wow i never though i hated anything on my mustangs
That sounds like a root canal giving itself a root canal vs spinning out 4 bolts and 4 nuts (plus PS hose bracket)!Total control products makes some nice stuff. They offer some skinnier export braces. Unfortunately they do not install using the factory holes. Part of the installation is drilling new holes and fishing up some bolts or nuts behind your dash to secure their bracket.
Do not remove the shock tower braces when you are driving the car, they are there for a reason. They tie the top of the shock towers to the firewall and help disperse the energy of road shock to the unibody, and they help your shock towers from collapsing inward with use. Remember that all of the weight of the front of you car is basically held up by the top of the shock tower. When you are driving the car, the shock tower will flex towards the inside of the vehicle (towards the engine). The shock tower braces not only keep the shock towers in place, keeping your tires better planted and your alignment where it needs to be, but they also move some of the impact energy to the firewall. Without shock tower braces your shock towers can flex inward quite a bit. It is not uncommon to find shock towers that have flexed 1/2" to 1" inward with the passage of time. Remember that Ford used an "export brace" for all cars that were exported outside of the USA. The export brace is basically a one piece set of shock tower braces, where you basically ended with a "U" shaped strut brace that would not only connect to the shock towers to the firewall, but to each other. It was a much stronger design and would really help with the flex in the chassis. Ford said that they needed the export braces because the roads in Europe were much rougher than the roads in the USA, and the shipping of the cars put a lot of stresses on the unibody. Seems that Ford was concerned with the shock towers flexing too much thus bending and/or or cracking. Also remember that Shelby used to put the export brace on all his cars as it improved the rigidity of the chassis over the regular braces, and thus it improved the handling of the cars.Is there a reason you don’t just remove them? I’ve done that and it makes all the difference in hand clearance. Just my 2 cents.
Yeah, after I wrote that I figured the ones here saying to remove them most probably meant just temporarily. Almost thought of deleting post, but then I just figured it was a good reminder, we have all seen these classic Mustang being driven around without the strut braces.Well if it has to be said for everyone to understand, remove brace, change spark plugs, and then reinstall braces. I usually also put the wheels back on when I’m done changing the brake pads .
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