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Old 10-19-2009, 05:55 PM
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A technical note that wasn't in your DIY: The 6 nuts on the strut towers that hold down the brackets only need to be tightened down to 28 ft/lbs. I had no need at all of the crow's foot and didn't find any of the nuts hard to get to even with a large torque wrench and 3/4" socket. I used a 6" extension to get to most of them and just the wrench/socket for the ones under the bar when it's in place.
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Old 10-19-2009, 07:06 PM
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Thanks for the addition Black Betty! I'll edit my original post.
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Old 10-19-2009, 07:07 PM
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Gonna install mine this weekend and am gonna use this DIY.

If it's wrong in any way, consider yourself a dead man Knox.

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Old 10-19-2009, 07:09 PM
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I think you'll be pleased Gamedog.

And if not, just blame it on Black Betty for messing with perfection
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Old 10-19-2009, 07:11 PM
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Old 10-26-2009, 08:51 PM
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Thank you for the writeup.
It was certainly a nice guide to have.
Took about an hr, I guess
I had no problem using standard sockets and wrenches.

I installed the brackets individually first, and then installed the bar between them.
I also cut the tyrap on the larger hose on each side. I don't know if I'll resecure them or not. We'll see.
They still sit very tightly to the top edge of the bracket. It would only be for looks if I do.
They can't go anywhere, that's for sure-

In my opinion, leaving them in place puts undue strain on the loom and the wiring inside.

The hood closed easily using the 2 credit card spacing, and I saw no mark on the hood insulation.
I didn't have any talcum powder to really check it out, and may get some tomorrow.
I'll recheck for rubbing periodically for a bit.
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Old 10-29-2009, 01:16 PM
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The more I think about it, the more I wish I would have painted the brackets black-
Possibly white.

The blue brackets just don't look good, in my opinion, at least not with the white.

I may take it all apart and paint them.
We'll see-


No rubbing on the hood of any kind at all, and given the roads, not likely there ever will be any if it hasn't happened yet-
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Old 11-14-2009, 05:44 PM
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Although I've had my bar for months I only installed it today. I had painted the brackets black followed by 3 coats of clearcoat prior to the install.

Most was relatively straight forward but I was unable to get the driver's side bracket to slide on top of the screws while attached to the bar without scratching my Injen intake tubes. I had to install the bracket first.

In order to get it over the strut screws, I had to use a wrecking bar covered with a microfibre towel.

I finally got it all on, but could not reach the 2 credit card clearance guideline - I'm at about 4 or 5 credit cards and yet I'm at the bottom of the adjustment slot. I even tried a small ballpein hammer covered with a microfibre towel. (I can't find my rubber hammer). I think the paint is too thick!

The hood closes easily but I'll have to check for rubbing tomorrow. I have pictures but haven't unloaded them yet.

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Old 12-07-2009, 08:59 PM
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i have the same strut bar by GT SPEC... not bad i must say...

did you guys know that GT spec is made by CUSCO?

or the other way around~~ i forgot lolz
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Old 02-23-2010, 08:57 AM
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surely one of the best DIY threads ive seen

easy and simple
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Old 03-13-2010, 05:53 PM
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my brackets are black and they look Soo good, lol

Originally Posted by wireboltman View Post
The more I think about it, the more I wish I would have painted the brackets black-
Possibly white.

The blue brackets just don't look good, in my opinion, at least not with the white.

I may take it all apart and paint them.
We'll see-


No rubbing on the hood of any kind at all, and given the roads, not likely there ever will be any if it hasn't happened yet-
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Old 05-09-2010, 02:39 AM
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very neat ..

everything was explained to make it nice and simple
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Old 06-20-2010, 06:11 AM
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great write up making me want to get my credit card out now and order from [email protected]
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Old 06-20-2010, 08:10 AM
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Originally Posted by LiquidPlatg37S View Post
great write up making me want to get my credit card out now and order from [email protected]
Do it man it's really worth it, I love my GT spec bar...and like the DIY suggests, installation is easy!!
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hey guys! Seems like the bar comes with its own nuts? I bought mine used, didnt come with them, can the stock hardware be used to secure the bar?

thanks!
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