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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Installing a Front Strut Tower Brace (STB)   Sun May 20, 2007 11:02 am

I would bend the tabs to get it to fit. It will also help you clear the reservoir.
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Installing a Front Strut Tower Brace (STB)   Sun May 20, 2007 2:28 pm

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98riviera98 wrote:
well good luck mine bolted right up in less than 5 minutes but i do have a 98

You didn't even need washers?


I would assume he either used washers, or his bar is hitting the brake fluid res. MIne was a perfect fit other than the need for a few washers to gain res. clearance. The improvement from the STB is the main reason I may just decide to sell my Addco sway bars.

Some extra work seems to be needed on the pre-98 Rivs, including either elongating the holes, rebending the tabs, or a combination.
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Installing a Front Strut Tower Brace (STB)   Sun May 20, 2007 2:29 pm

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Are the bolts at the top of the tower movable at all?


Not on my 98.
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Installing a Front Strut Tower Brace (STB)   Mon May 21, 2007 10:18 pm

ya i was able to get mine in. I ended up cutting the bar like jack did and then welded a washer to the top and bottom of the bar to retain rigidity. As jack mentioned, I would have liked to have some more threads in the nut but its held in well so mission accomplished.

Results: improved sharp cornering and high speed turns plus it looks nice and stock
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Installing a Front Strut Tower Brace (STB)   Mon May 21, 2007 11:00 pm

You would think that the strut mount location would be the same on all the models. Why would pre 98 bolt locations be different? BTW, glad it worked out for you Codith! happy
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Installing a Front Strut Tower Brace (STB)   Tue May 22, 2007 12:29 am

SpaceBar wrote:
98riviera98 wrote:
well good luck mine bolted right up in less than 5 minutes but i do have a 98

You didn't even need washers?

haha so u caught me it ACTUALLY took me ABOUT 5 1/2 minutes i needed 8 washers!! rolleyes
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Installing a Front Strut Tower Brace (STB)   Fri May 25, 2007 6:10 pm

quote: "You would think that the strut mount location would be the same on all the models. Why would pre 98 bolt locations be different?"

The strut type used changed in '97 and '98, along with some other suspension parts. '98 uses bots, where earlier uses nuts. Might explain the different hole locations.

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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Installing a Front Strut Tower Brace (STB)   Fri May 25, 2007 6:37 pm

I ordered mine from GMpartdirect.com yesterday. I went to the buick dealership and they said there are only 2 caddy dealerships in the country that show it in stock.
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Installing a Front Strut Tower Brace (STB)   Sat May 26, 2007 12:33 am

You'll probably have to wait a couple weeks or so from gmpartsdirect too. I tried them and Fred Bean, neither carried stock, both had them on order.
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Installing a Front Strut Tower Brace (STB)   Sat May 26, 2007 8:24 am

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You'll probably have to wait a couple weeks or so from gmpartsdirect too. I tried them and Fred Bean, neither carried stock, both had them on order.

Wish it said that on the site. scratch Hopefully I get it soon.
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Installing a Front Strut Tower Brace (STB)   Sat May 26, 2007 4:18 pm

If you look up your order on their site, it will show you that they are a non-stock, no-return item. Likely means a couple weeks. I think I had mine in about 10 days.
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Installing a Front Strut Tower Brace (STB)   Sat May 26, 2007 4:52 pm

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I ordered mine from GMpartdirect.com yesterday. I went to the buick dealership and they said there are only 2 caddy dealerships in the country that show it in stock.

That's because all the Rivi guys are buying them up!
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Installing a Front Strut Tower Brace (STB)   Sat May 26, 2007 5:00 pm

Hey Jack, just logged in to my work emails, and replied about the bars. smile
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Installing a Front Strut Tower Brace (STB)   Sat May 26, 2007 11:43 pm

1998 Riv wrote:
If you look up your order on their site, it will show you that they are a non-stock, no-return item. Likely means a couple weeks. I think I had mine in about 10 days.

Ah I didn't notice that. Thanks.

Hopefully I'll get mine in that time too.
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Installing a Front Strut Tower Brace (STB)   Thu Jun 14, 2007 1:38 pm

Got it in the mail today. Fedex must have dropped it and bent one of the tabs a bit but it shouldn't be hard to get it back. Going to install it in a little while.
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Installing a Front Strut Tower Brace (STB)   Thu Jun 14, 2007 8:35 pm

Installed it this afternoon and took it through a few good turns. Feels great. What a great improvement for $30.

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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Installing a Front Strut Tower Brace (STB)   Thu Jun 14, 2007 11:32 pm

Cool, I think it's the best cheap mod for the Rivs.
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Installing a Front Strut Tower Brace (STB)   Tue Jul 03, 2007 6:17 pm

I have a question for the guys that have installed their STB already. Have you noticed that your cars make more rattling or squeaking noises after the brace was installed?
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Installing a Front Strut Tower Brace (STB)   Tue Jul 03, 2007 8:53 pm

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I have a question for the guys that have installed their STB already. Have you noticed that your cars make more rattling or squeaking noises after the brace was installed?

Mine makes much LESS noises now.
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Installing a Front Strut Tower Brace (STB)   Tue Jul 03, 2007 10:11 pm

That's good to hear. I have one ordered, but was talking to a friend that had one from SLP on a Trans Am he used to have and he claimed that the car made more squeaking noise after installing the brace. I can't wait to get the brace and get it installed on my car and see how much difference they make.
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Installing a Front Strut Tower Brace (STB)   Tue Jul 03, 2007 10:13 pm

My car used to make a creaking noise when I went over speedbumps and thats completely gone. The doors also don't make much noise at all when I close it now compared to before.

The difference is amazing too. Well worth it.
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Installing a Front Strut Tower Brace (STB)   Thu Aug 16, 2007 10:58 pm

Couple questions -

Do you guys think there would be any benefit to welding a second crossbar in behind the first? Is there enough room on the end pieces to do it?

Is everyone else getting this much hood gap :

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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Installing a Front Strut Tower Brace (STB)   Thu Aug 16, 2007 11:15 pm

i have no hood gap :/ and i dont think a seconary bar would help. have you tried moving the rubber pieces at the top and bottom of the bay? they can hold the hood up some too.

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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Installing a Front Strut Tower Brace (STB)   Fri Aug 17, 2007 12:38 am

I haven't ordered one yet - maybe in the next few minutes wink

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Brace ordered!
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Installing a Front Strut Tower Brace (STB)   Fri Aug 17, 2007 9:57 am

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Couple questions -

Do you guys think there would be any benefit to welding a second crossbar in behind the first? Is there enough room on the end pieces to do it?

Is everyone else getting this much hood gap :


I don't have any hood gap either.
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