Strut & Shock tower bars


New Member
Mar 21, 2010
I know a lot of folks ride with a front tower bar, but what about the rear? I assume it will help tighten up some body twist during heavy acceleration, but is it enough to notice with upper and lower control arms and sub frame connectors already installed? And how much does the front tower bar get in the way of FI?
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15 Year Member
Apr 1, 2004
Dunedin, FL
IMO those rear shock braces are a waste. Just look at it and try to imagine what good it is doing... There are much better things to help tighten up the rear...up to and including simply doing away with the entire 4 link setup. short of that a decent Panhard bar is a popular choice after you've done the upper and lower control arms and still want more control (which it sorely needs). Another option is a Watts Link. It's amazing to see a Watts Link on some SUVs, and the new Mustangs have a Panhard bar, but for us with the older Mustangs, we have to do it ourselves.
If fitment problems concern you (with FI), know that any bracer can be cut and re-welded to negotiate around the new hardware, but if it were me, I'd add the FI, then custom make my own brace. Not too difficult... (The latest Hot Rod magazine has a short 'how-to' article that maybe helpful...)

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10 Year Member
Mar 30, 2005
I also think they are a waste in the rear and I am pretty sure you have to cut the trunk liner to fit them.

The front ones cause increased noise in the cowl and firewall but do stiffen the car.