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This is a discussion on Strut Tower Brace within the Firebird / WS6 forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; I just ordered a Strut Tower Brace for my '02 Formula and is there anything I should know to install ...

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    I just ordered a Strut Tower Brace for my '02 Formula and is there anything I should know to install it?

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    This is a very simple install. Just remove the appropriate nuts and set the brace in position. You will want to ensure you set it down over the studs on both sides at the same time so it doesn't get wedged on one side or the other. Watch for wiring that might get pinched underneath and tighten down the nuts.
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    Is there any possibility of the struts moving when I remove the nuts?
    Is there any amount of torque I should tighten the nuts to after the bar is installed?

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    I would not sughest driving the car with only half the nuts on the struts, but other than that, you should not have any problems. I have pulled and re-installed mine numerous times with no ill effects. As far as torque goes, there is a magic number, but I just get it good and tight.
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    I just received the Strut Tower Brace in the mail, I haven't removed the protective bubble wrap from the bar yet but I held the bar on top of the nuts where it will go and it seems I won't be able to remove the oil cap if I bolt it on. Can I turn the oil cap fill pipe so it angles away from the bar?

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    It is a ten minute install with nothing that can go wrong, you can't mess it up even if you tried.
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    The oil cap won't be a problem. It sits under a little, that's all. No worries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 024mula View Post
    I just received the Strut Tower Brace in the mail, I haven't removed the protective bubble wrap from the bar yet but I held the bar on top of the nuts where it will go and it seems I won't be able to remove the oil cap if I bolt it on. Can I turn the oil cap fill pipe so it angles away from the bar?
    It will miss the cap as others stated. Do Not Try To Move the Oil Pipe. They are glued or something used to hold them fast, I've read others tried to move it and it broke off. Then you will be buying valve covers. Tighten the nuts to 32ftlbs
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