Looking for feedback on removing the strut tower brace.

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I've made up my mind to go FI. I am trying to decide between Procharger and Whipple.

I'd probably go with Whipple but I can't wrap my mind around taking the strut tower brace off the car.

On my '97 Cobra removing the brace was a big step back. Lots of cowl shake.
I am hearing that it's not that big of a deal on these cars.

Anyone that removed the brace have feedback? I mean I know that I can take it off an cruise around for a bit, but I am thinking more long term


Thanks!





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The STB is one of those "every little bit helps" type components, but I don't think you'll see a major difference on an S550 chassis. You could always add the K-brake from the Perf Package to tighten things up a bit.

I know for the previous generation, some companies like Steeda make a Whipple/Roush STB, maybe one of the aftermarket S550 options will work.
 
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The STB is one of those "every little bit helps" type components, but I don't think you'll see a major difference on an S550 chassis. You could always add the K-brake from the Perf Package to tighten things up a bit.

I know for the previous generation, some companies like Steeda make a Whipple/Roush STB, maybe one of the aftermarket S550 options will work.
Great info, thanks. I haven't seen an aftermarket STB that works with a PD blower yet for our cars, but I am on he lookout. Might even fab something up!
 

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I've made up my mind to go FI. I am trying to decide between Procharger and Whipple.

I'd probably go with Whipple but I can't wrap my mind around taking the strut tower brace off the car.

On my '97 Cobra removing the brace was a big step back. Lots of cowl shake.
I am hearing that it's not that big of a deal on these cars.

Anyone that removed the brace have feedback? I mean I know that I can take it off an cruise around for a bit, but I am thinking more long term


Thanks!
you might want to get a hold of [MENTION=17459]altjx[/MENTION]
he had a roush SC installed on the vert that he had.

:cheers:
 

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I have the Roush Supercharger on my 2015 Convertible and I honestly hated the idea of removing the brace. After driving around with the Supercharger I quickly forgot all about the brace. I am sure there is a difference without it, but I really can't tell.
 

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you might want to get a hold of [MENTION=17459]altjx[/MENTION]
he had a roush SC installed on the vert that he had.

:cheers:
That's a god idea. I had forgotten he had a vert, (and a gorgeous one to boot) since he bought the GT350. :thumbsup:
 

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I have the Roush Supercharger on my 2015 Convertible and I honestly hated the idea of removing the brace. After driving around with the Supercharger I quickly forgot all about the brace. I am sure there is a difference without it, but I really can't tell.
Here's an idea I am considering in the future. Steeds makes 2 braces that fit under the front chassis of the car that stiffen it up.

The simpler one is just 1 bar that connect 2 lower braces. I like it...and the price.

The more complex one looks like a "W" and ties the front together at multiple locations. Heavy duty! There is also another company that makes a similar product that may have slightly better ground clearance for drops.

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So do you miss the brace at all?
I don't have that car anymore, but I didn't miss it at all. Never even thought about it actually. I actually forgot that I didn't have a brace after going FI in that car until I saw this thread, lol.
 

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The STB is mostly just for looks. The K-brace is where all of the stiffening is at.
 

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You have to cut the k brace when fitting the roush charger, I just fitted one myself on the vert.
Im going to fit the bmr front chassis brace with various upgrades to the back end.
The car feels okay even with half the k brace cut away.
If you fit the whipple you will need to drop the engine mounts to get it to fit under the k brace, I just didnt want to drop that engine. Your choice brotha.
 

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1) The strut tower brace (the one that traverses across the engine) has relatively minimal affect, especially when not paired with the traingular-shaped cowl brace.

2) If the Whipple allows you to retain the cowl brace that bolts also to the firewall, keep it.

3) If you have to remove both, get a chassis brace for under the car.

4) If you can lower the engine to keep one or both, .5" is okay with the stock driveshaft - no additional NVH (I did this myself). With a single piece driveshaft, get one with a CV joint at the diff... that seems to work best.

Quite frankly, I'm willing to bet you aren't road coursing or auto-x'ing a supercharged Mustang (that would be a handful) so... don't worry about it.
 
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Thanks everyone. Sounds like Whipple it is!
 

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