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Ford Boss 302 Strut Tower Brace (05-14 GT, V6)

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    Features, Videos & Details

    • Original Equipment on the BOSS 302
    • Improves Handling
    • Reduces Suspension Flex
    • Silver Powder-Coated Finish
    • Clears Boss 302 Intake
    • Fits 2005-2014 V6, GT, Bullitt and Boss Models

    Review & Installation Video

    Hey guys, Stephanie with americanmuscle.com here with my review of the Ford Boss 302 Strut Tower Brace for 2005 to 2014 GT and V6 Mustangs. The Ford Boss 302 Strut Tower Brace is a great option for those of you out there that would like to have or keep a strut tower brace that will clear a taller intake manifold setup. There are some benefits that a strut tower brace can provide, but unfortunately, a lot of times performance mods don't allow you to fit a brace over the motor. This strut tower brace is factory equipped for the Boss 302, so it has to have more clearance to fit over that manifold and still work with the factory hood at the same time. A strut tower brace can make a difference in every car, even a stock car. The brace is for those that are looking to tighten up some of the freedom that the front end has since a strut tower brace is going to help stiffen the front suspension of the Mustang by providing added support to the strut towers and preventing flex during cornering. This is going to make the chassis more rigid which will result in better handling because eliminating the flex in the strut tower works to maintain a flat tire on the ground at all times giving you as full of a contact patch as possible. The strut tower brace's job is to keep the strut towers parallel at all times, so there's no understeer. This is Ford original equipment so you can count on it to have an OE fit and finish as well as OE performance. The brace is designed with more of an angle, so it will fit over top of a taller intake manifold setup and still fit under the stock hood. It's a plain brace for a clean and factory like appearance, and you can see that it's powder coated in nice silver. You're definitely going to notice a strut tower brace anytime you pop your hood, so the fact that this is powder coated is nice because the powder will always keep it looking fresh. Just a little something to keep in mind, since this is already powder coated you know that you can change the color of the powder if you want to to make it pop more or go with the looks of your car if you've got a show car. Keep in mind that like a lot of other suspension parts a strut tower brace is going to make a noticeable improvement by itself even on a completely stock car. But as usual remember that this is only one component of the suspension, and the improvements of the brace can be even more considerable when you start pairing it with other suspension mods. Once you start making other suspension upgrades, the strut tower brace will work to keep everything tied together and feeling tight and more stable. This means overall more consistent suspension no matter what you're doing with your car. As far as price this is a Ford OE part so you can expect to pay a little bit more for it. You're looking at spending about $180 for this brace, but there are some other options on the site for the GT and V6 if that's out of your price range, but they probably won't work with a taller intake manifold so just keep your setup in mind. I've also seen this brace fit over some top mount supercharger setups as well, so this really is a go-to option for those that want the benefits of a strut tower brace but need one that clears their setup. One thing I will note, though, is that this brace won't work on the GT 500 cars. If we move on to the install, this is an easy install that anyone is able to tackle by themselves in the driveway or the garage and should take less than an hour to complete. I'm going to call it a one out of three wrenches on the scale. You won't need any tools out of the ordinary just a 13-millimeter socket with a ratchet. The instructions are very easy here. The brace installs with only four bolts. That's two nuts that are on each side of the strut mount. You just back the nuts off of the studs here and place the brace over the studs. You align the brace by centering the studs in the brace holes. You want to loosely thread the nuts back onto the studs, and once the brace is aligned you can fully tighten down the nuts and that's all it's going to take. I would take the car for a quick test drive to make sure everything feels okay and then go from there. Wrapping things up here, the Ford Boss 302 Strut Tower Brace is an OE part that works to reduce play in the front end of the car. It's going to stiffen up the front, and it keeps the strut towers as parallel as possible. It's one of the only options that will fit with a stock hood over a taller intake manifold setup, and that makes it a go-to option for modded cars. It looks good under the hood, too. It's very easy to install, and you can check it out more online right here at americanmuscle.com.

    Improves Handling, Reduces Flex. Reduce unwanted chassis flex and improve the handling of your S197 Mustang by installing a genuine Boss 302 Strut Tower Brace. This is that same exact strut tower brace that is featured as standard equipment on the limited edition Boss 302 Mustang.

    Clean Underhood Styling. Not only does this Boss 302 strut tower brace stiffen your Mustangs chassis for greatly improved handling, but it is completed in a bright Silver powder-coated finish for impressive clean underhood styling.

    Easy Bolt-on Installation. This Boss 302 Strut Tower Brace is a simple bolt-on upgrade that clears the taller Boss 302 intake manifold and is easily installed with basic hand tools.

    Application. This genuine Boss 302 Strut Tower Brace is designed to fit the 2005 to 2014 Mustangs, including the V6, GT, Bullitt and Boss 302 models. Does not fit Shelby GT500.

    Fitment: 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 Details

    What's in the Box
    • (1) Strut Tower Brace
    Installation Info
    Tech Specs
    Will it fit my Mustang?
    • Boss 302 - 12, 13
    • Bullitt - 08, 09
    • GT - 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
    • V6 - 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

    Does not include hardware. The brace may press into the hood insulation on 05-09 Mustangs. May require slight modification in some cases

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    Will this work on a roush mustang with a roushcharger

    hijinx

    • No; it will not clear.

      AutoXRacer

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    Will it fit a 07 V6 with plenum cover? I heard that this will fit a V6 with a plenum cover, I'm really interested in this strut tower brace if this is valid.

    Stang23a

    • The brace clears my Edelbrock supercharger and coil covers without touching, and should easily fit over your plenum cover.

      P51DRIVER

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    How much weight will this add? How much does the product weigh?

    MidnightLS

    • It weighs exactly 7.914 lbs.

      4Cam

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    Will this brace clear the FORD RACING manifold? I recently modified the 4.6L in my 05. One of the mods was installing a FORD RACING intake manifold with Scott Drake fuel rails along with cams, headers, bigger TB, etc. My question is will this brace clear the manifold sufficently without having to use spacers, such as washers under the mounting points?

    GARRY

    • Yes it will. If you look at the customer submitted photos it will show a couple examples to help you out.

      RooBiKz

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    Will this work on 2013 gt with Vmp stage 2 supercharger

    WelfordH

    • Hello! No the Ford Boss 302 Strut Tower Brace will not clear a VMP Stage 2 Supercharger. While it would clear the blower itself, you would likely run into clearance issues due to the positioning of the air intake.

      VincentV

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    Will it fit 2013 gt with cobra jet intake.i tried bmr it wouldnt clear by atleast half inch

    chrisg

    • This strut tower brace will not clear the Cobra Jet manifold. The engine can be lowered with aftermarket motor mounts which would give additional clearance.

      AMPaulS

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    Overall Rating 4.8

    out of 5 stars

    Installation Time:Less than 1 Hour

    Installation Cost:0-$100

    • Handling Improvement 4.395605 4.4
    • Fit 4.859459 4.9
    • Bang For Your Buck 4.554348 4.6



    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      June 15, 2018

      A real eye catcher

      I bought this because I was planning on getting the corresponding 302 manifold in the near future. The packaging was neat and presentable it kept the brace in mint condition. Installation was a breeze just zip off 4 nuts (2 per tower) slap it on in the correct orientation there are arrows indicating which way it should go. Apply nuts...snug everything down and you’re good to go. It looks like it came with the car every time I lift the hood. Though no one has seen it so I haven’t gotten any compliments yet.

      James

      Year: 2013 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      June 10, 2018

      Very happy

      Finally found a tower brace that clears up the E Force supercharger on my 06 GT.

      Sam

      Year: 2006 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      June 07, 2018

      New strut

      Very easy to install also looks good under the hood

      Samuel

      Year: 2012 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      June 06, 2018

      THE BEST

      THE BOSS 302 STRUT TOWER BRACE IS PERFECT. IT LOOKS MUCH BETTER THAN THE ONE ON THE CAR WHEN I BOUGHT IT.

      BILLG

      Year: 2008 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      May 13, 2018

      Love it

      It's a great brace strut bar, definitely feel a difference in handling around corners. I do recommend getting this 302 bar, as your first mod.

      GilbertoR

      Year: 2014 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (1)

    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      April 25, 2018

      Fit is good

      Well I liked the looks of the stock brace better. Is what it is though. Seamed a little expensive to me. Easy install. Fit was great, clears 302 intake where stock wont.

      DallasB

      Year: 2013 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      April 25, 2018

      Ford racing strut tower

      Easy to install brace remove 4 nuts drops in place retighten nuts. Looks great under hood

      DeWayneL

      Year: 2010 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      April 13, 2018

      Good add to car

      Not only does it clear my boss 302 Intake manifold, it's more of an aggressive look

      JoseN

      Year: 2013 Submodel: GT

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      March 15, 2018

      Does the trick

      Not much to say about a strut bar but good quality and fitment. Only issue was shipping and it arriving all beat up. Customer service is outstanding and they ended up refunding me some money instead of shipping it back

      DerekM

      Year: 2012 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (1)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      March 01, 2018

      Easy installation

      Easy instalation and looks good. I didn't notice any handling difference.

      PeterJ

      Year: 2013 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      February 26, 2018

      302 Strut Brace on a 2007 GT

      It took 10 minutes to install and looks great. It did fit over the engine dress up cover on the 4.6L. Definitely tied everything together along with the Eibach lowering kit and struts and I have the FRP lower control arms. The strut brace will hit your hood insulation but if you have the stock hood scope that comes with the premium package there is a little more room in the insulation than the standard hood. The strut may not fit under the standard hood without removing the hood insulation. After trying a few other brands of strut braces this is the only one that fit in a 2007 GT with engine dress up cover.

      Blove

      Year: 2007 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      February 24, 2018

      Better handling

      I put this on my wife'09, it improve handling when turning. it also reduce body flex when cornering.

      CarlosO

      Year: 2009 Submodel: V6

      Helpful (1)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      February 15, 2018

      Strut tower

      Everything work out fine my wife always wanted me to put another strut tower brace back on after I put FRManifold on this one workout fine plus I had a sign painter write a description on bar looks very cool!

      Vere

      Year: 2008 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (1)

    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      February 01, 2018

      Boss strut tower brace

      Looks good, fits good only wish the strut tower brace I had before would fit the boss 302 manifold.

      Troy

      Year: 2012 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (1)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      January 31, 2018

      What a difference!!

      Shipping was fast as usual and it only took about 10 mins to install. The difference when cornering was amazing compared to not having a tower brace, not to mention how great it looks.. Definitely recommend, you wont be disappointed.

      Pauly05GT

      Year: 2014 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      January 22, 2018

      Straight line

      Finally found a product which made my Stang go in a straight line. I ordered the front and rear braces and it only took about an hour to install. The car handles better in the curves and holds the ground in hard take offs. Great product. Thanks AM

      tripin

      Year: 2014 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      January 12, 2018

      Fantastic Looking!

      Bought as I got a Ford Racing intake to put on during the rebuild of my 2007 GT (fender bender really screwed her up). This brace looks great!

      MustangSC

      Year: 2007 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      January 08, 2018

      Couldn't be more Happy

      Ordered a Ford Racing strut tower brace, it didnt fit, so i settled for this and everyone is crazy about it. I like it a lot.

      Basil

      Year: 2008 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      January 04, 2018

      Great fit

      Great finish, perfect fit, works good. Looks great under the hood of my 2013 GT. Can't wait for more parts to install to go faster.

      Bad

      Year: 2013 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (1)

    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      January 01, 2018

      Under hood appearance

      Great under hood appearance. Planning on Boss 302 intake. Will fit over intake and really finish look, and performance.

      RobertP

      Year: 2012 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (2)

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