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Old 27 Jan 2005, 03:54 pm
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I just installed my Freedom Design Tower strut bar and man what a difference. I started to torque nuts to 25 Ftlbs But got a little scared heard of the horror stories of studs snapping. They're close but I'll keep checking them. 2 MODs done this week, I think I'd better get back to work (to much time on ebay)[^]
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Old 27 Jan 2005, 11:20 pm
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I remember when I first installed mine I felt a huge difference too. I'll never forget how the wheel used to try to spin through my hands coming out of a medium or high speed turn.

I just hand-tightened the nuts on mine.
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Is the Freedom Design well built? Is it lasting? Better than the BTG?
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Old 28 Jan 2005, 08:58 am
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Is the Freedom Design well built? Is it lasting? Better than the BTG?
Only complaints I've heard about any strut bar was some clearance issues - bar hitting hood - mostly w/APC bars.
Have not heard of any bar not "lasting" - do you mean rust? I have an aluminum pro-Felge bar, which I liked because it was straight between the towers, but I don't think you can do wrong with either BTG or Freedom Design.
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Is the Freedom Design well built? Is it lasting? Better than the BTG?
I'm happy with my Freedom Design Tower Strut bar. It's a one piece design with stainless steel tubing welded to the mounting plates and if you have a stick shift, it's the only strut bar that doesn't require you moving or relocating the clutch fluid reservoir or limiting access to anything else. There aren't any adjustments you need to make or are required during the install, just bolt it in. For the price, it's hard to beat. Turbo/GT versions include the extra mounting plates needed for the right side.

All the available tower strut bars pretty much do the same thing equally, except for the early APC ones (it was just a thin mild steel rod that flexed too much and many had clearance problems that required some modifications. In other words, it was badly designed and really didn't do what it was supposed to do).

If you prefer the design and looks of the BTG, it's up to you to make that purchasing decision.

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I have one stretch of Rt 130 in New Jersey that every time I would hit my wheels and steering wheel use to feel like the car was swaying. No more of that totally satisfied!!!!!
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I am trying to decide which bar to buy the Freedom or BTG for my GT. I understand that the Freedom only uses two of the three bolts on the shock tower and the BTG uses all three. Any truth?? Does it matter?? I also like the beefy look of the BTG!
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I am trying to decide which bar to buy the Freedom or BTG for my GT. I understand that the Freedom only uses two of the three bolts on the shock tower and the BTG uses all three. Any truth?? Does it matter?? I also like the beefy look of the BTG!
After having seen both, the Freedom seems stiffer than the BTG. It does not flex a bit like the BTG unit seemed to. I am going for the Freedom Design.
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I know your anxiety about snaping a stud, I did just that. I bought my bar used , so I had no instructions concerning torque. I cranked about 60 lbs and SNAP. I pulled out the strut and replaced the stud. talk about a pain in the tush! I have since found 25-30 lbs is correct.
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Freedom it is then and it is half price!![8)]

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I am trying to decide which bar to buy the Freedom or BTG for my GT. I understand that the Freedom only uses two of the three bolts on the shock tower and the BTG uses all three. Any truth?? Does it matter?? I also like the beefy look of the BTG!
After having seen both, the Freedom seems stiffer than the BTG. It does not flex a bit like the BTG unit seemed to. I am going for the Freedom Design.
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