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mststeel



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 28, 2015 8:35 pm    Post subject: frame connectors 86 ASC McLaren Convertible Reply with quote

Was wondering if anyone has had subframe connectors installed? If so, who did you have do it? I am noticing that my rear tonneau, trunk, hood are not aligning up. I had a friend of mine drive it and he claims there is too much flex in the frame and that I should have someone install frame connectors. Car is in mint condition other than the frame flexing.
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86MclarenCapri



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2015 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm interested in installing them, too! I don't have any sag in the car but I thought it wouldn't hurt. I don't see a brace under the car either--the one they would have installed on stock convertibles. I believe they call it the chassis brace?

I am looking into the bolt/weld on connectors that weld onto the frame at the front and rear of the connectors and use the seat bolts to bolt to the floor board.

Mustangs Unlimited sells a kit that includes the subframe connectors, the engine bay strut tower brace and the chassis brace:

http://www.mustangsunlimited.com/itemdy00.asp?T1=SS86+01

But, I think the better set up would be to use the upgraded strut tower brace:

http://www.mustangsunlimited.com/itemdy00.asp?T1=BBK2504+01

And the upgraded subframe connectors:

http://www.mustangsunlimited.com/itemdy00.asp?T1=BBK2542+01

I would weld on the subframe connectors, I'm not crazy about drilling holes in the frame for the bolts.

I have the same question--has anyone installed them and is it worth it??
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86MclarenCapri



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2015 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tried to edit the previous entry and the forum added a second entry. Weird.
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MercRS



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2015 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just did frame ties ,strut tower brace, rear shock tower brace.
i did it on mt 86 vert it made a complete difference it shook
everywhere.If you are going to do it do all three points
or its a waste of time.
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86MclarenCapri



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2015 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was looking for the rear strut tower brace--where did you find yours? I can only find them for newer Mustangs..
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86MclarenCapri



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2015 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, I found one--Mustangs Unlimited:

http://www.mustangsunlimited.com/itemdy00.asp?T1=SMRF4+01

Is that what you got and if so, how hard was it to install? Do you need to drill holes??
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MercRS



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2015 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mustangs unlimited
Or American muscle has rear
Brace that one might be too big
For vert
I got mine at American muscle
Frame ties and rear brace were welded in
Front strut brace is bolted in
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86MclarenCapri



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2016 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MercRS,

How did you install your rear shock tower brace? I looked at my car and there is a metal cover or brace that goes from one side of the car to the other, completely covering the are where the brace would go. The only ones I have seen show the bar connecting the top of the rear shocks to each other and not having anything else around them.
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MRBRUSER



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2016 2:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

maximum motorsports has alot off suspension stuff and brake up grade options the rear tower brace is not worth the time. get xl full length connectors and have them welded in. it will make a big difference to how the car feels
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MercRS



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2016 5:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the shock tower brace takes all the shake from the rear away
the metal was notched so the brace could go through it
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2016 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, so I'm looking at installing the subframe connectors. I watched the youtube videos and the different vendor videos and no one talks about taking the carpet out to keep from catching fire from welding. Seems to me that you would have to?!

Has anyone installed the frame connectors and did you take the carpet out?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2016 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nope they were carefull and were ready for that
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2017 4:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't see how to install that rear shock tower brace!! I jacked the car up and took the wheels off, but there is no way I can slip the brace in! I don't think I can even replace the shock!?

I took out all the carpet under the tonneau and in the trunk.

You said yours was notched? Do you have a pic?
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86MclarenCapri



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2017 5:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, OK, I'm feeling stupid, I found the top of the shock, It was covered in carpet, I was looking for an access in the bracing piece ASC welded between the wheel wells.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2017 3:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It made a huge difference on mine
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