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Found a new mod. Steeda Strut tower brace for Ford Fusion. Problem is...the hood strut interferes. Get the Steeda Hood Strut kit for the same Ford Fusion and simply re-locate the factory hood strut to the new mount provided in the kit.attachicon.gifIMG_20171219_181850.jpgattachicon.gifIMG_20171219_181943.jpg

 

 

The bar looks great.. right from factory.. how was the install?   Is it just the install issue with the hood strut?  does the hood shut properly? 

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The brace nearly fits like it was supposed to be there. It does stand a little tall. The corners of the brace just kiss the hood insulation leaving little one inch divits. I was slightly concerned that this may effect the hood vs. fender gaps over time, but I've had it installed for about 4 months with no issue. Due to the minor angle change of the hood strut, the hood opens a little quicker and takes just a little more force to close. It also stands taller when open. I like it, it's trick. Besides that, the hood latches and releases just like before. The strut even parks itself perfectly clear of obstacles when the hood closes. I was actually pleasently surprised at how well this setup works.

Steering feels ever so slightly lighter and more precise. It does what you would expect a strut tower brace to do, for those of us that have had them before, but it's the sum of the parts right?

I'm thinking of trying the front sway bar. I haven't done any homework on that yet though. If anyone else digs any info up on that, I'd like to know too.

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The brace nearly fits like it was supposed to be there. It does stand a little tall. The corners of the brace just kiss the hood insulation leaving little one inch divits. I was slightly concerned that this may effect the hood vs. fender gaps over time, but I've had it installed for about 4 months with no issue. Due to the minor angle change of the hood strut, the hood opens a little quicker and takes just a little more force to close. It also stands taller when open. I like it, it's trick. Besides that, the hood latches and releases just like before. The strut even parks itself perfectly clear of obstacles when the hood closes. I was actually pleasently surprised at how well this setup works.

Steering feels ever so slightly lighter and more precise. It does what you would expect a strut tower brace to do, for those of us that have had them before, but it's the sum of the parts right?

I'm thinking of trying the front sway bar. I haven't done any homework on that yet though. If anyone else digs any info up on that, I'd like to know too.

 

 

thanks for the reply.. Everything is on the Steeda Website correct? 

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You can modify the stock hood strut mount to work with the strut tower brace.

 

I modified mine when I did mine, takes about 10 minutes and a small 1/4" spacer.

 

But then again my hood strut doesn't have the cool Steeda name on it.

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You can modify the stock hood strut mount to work with the strut tower brace.

 

I modified mine when I did mine, takes about 10 minutes and a small 1/4" spacer.

 

But then again my hood strut doesn't have the cool Steeda name on it.

 

 

thanks,  yea i really don't wanna buy new hood struts.. So you put a spacer under each bolt?  That last pic looks like a spacer under the bolt.. thanks 

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thanks,  yea i really don't wanna buy new hood struts.. So you put a spacer under each bolt?  That last pic looks like a spacer under the bolt.. thanks 

You will only be able to use one of the bolts, you have to move the rear bolt hole to the front one and trim the mount a little to make it fit level.

You can do it without trimming but the mount will sit at an angle. It will hold in place just fine only using one bolt.

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You will only be able to use one of the bolts, you have to move the rear bolt hole to the front one and trim the mount a little to make it fit level.

You can do it without trimming but the mount will sit at an angle. It will hold in place just fine only using one bolt.

 

Sorry Dino, I'm not sure what you mean by moving the rear bolt hole to the front?  and using one bolt.. you mean using one spacer?  thanks 

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One spacer.

 

You will have to move the strut mount forward, you do this by using the rear strut mounts rearward hole mounted to the front stud sticking out of the strut tower.

Instead of having two bolts holding it in place you will only have one with a spacer behind it.

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