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Mustang 71-73, Cougar 71-73 - Shock Tower Export Brace
#1
Happy New Year Forum Members!

Has Anybody installed the Total Control Products Mustang 71-73, Cougar 71-73 - Shock Tower Export Brace?
It is $259 from TCP!


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#2
Yes just did mine on the weekend
If your using original suspension you may need shorter nuts rather than nyloc (I used exh manifold nuts as they are shorter and still lock a little) or if you can get the shock tower bolts longer would be best
You can mount the firewall bracket under the cowl lip as in your picture or above which I found easier although you will need to flatten the lip for this method.
Overall a quality product but yet to drive my vehicle so can't give any reports on performance
Here's a video on installation - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZS6pqPG2mNU
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#3
Hello OzCoupe72,

Nice! Please let us know how it drives. The Autoedit's Big Marge is a nice platform to show how he installs the different products available for the 1971-73 mustangs. On the stock mounting hardware, good point. I suppose there are no longer style available out there?

original Bolts - 3/8-16 X 7/8 .80 OD - KW, 378535-S


Maybe find a carriage bolt in similar fashion and modify it.

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#4
In mine opinion... not so good as the original ones, if you look at the video by 10:29 the rotation torsion???
Maybe i'm wrong!!
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(01-03-2019, 08:22 AM)eddyw Wrote: In mine opinion... not so good as the original ones, if you look at the video by 10:29 the rotation torsion???
Maybe i'm wrong!!

Hello [b]eddyw,[/b]

You have a valid point. I tried to look up the video. Can you find and post?

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#6
I have them. I agree the stock brace is likely stiffer with the multiple mounting points on each end. I am of the opinion that using spherical rod end to stop movement is likely ineffective. Triangulating it to another structure might help. I have additional rods coming forward to my radiator core support, but I don't think they truly do much.

The ability to remove for servicing is nice though. If I were to do further modification it would be to make custom ends that used the same two mounting bolts as the original braces and a cross brace to tie the rods together at the firewall between the rods and the rod ends.

I wasted my money, feel free to waste yours Wink

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#7
From what information I have read, there were no braces on the mustangs to start with! When they wanted to export them, the Europeans said “Wait a minute here!” There is not enough support to weather the harsh roads here! Thus the export braces were made!

The question of the day is, were they designed to prevent forward and backwards movement? Your thoughts!


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#8
Interesting thoughts on the effectiveness of these braces whether OEM or aftermarket
Personally I don't think they do a lot except stiffen the shock towers slightly under certain conditions

Our Aussie Falcons 1967 onwards, which are near identical, have never used shock tower braces and never heard of any problems even on race cars

Only reason I installed the TCM braces was my OEM braces interfered with my brake master cylinder being RHD conversion and just wanted them for insurance plus they look trick!
As I'm yet to drive my Mustang for the first time I can't give a comparison and honestly doubt I would feel any difference anyways
Pics below and you will see I had to use short nuts rather than taller Nylocs on the shock tower
   
   
   
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#9
The original braces provide both front/back support and some lateral (side-to-side) support. They do not provide much torsional resistance, I can twist them a little bit just by hand.

I wouldn't expect the TCP nor the MPG ones to do much without a monte carlo brace to provide lateral support.



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#10
I hate the originals. It makes it a big pain in the but to do anything under the hood. Not to mention that they are not the easiest things to remove without taking the hood off.

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