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

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    Features, Video & 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

    Review & Install 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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    5/5
    4 NUTS, 1 BAR= BIG DIFFERENCE!

    WAS SO EASY TO INSTALL I HAD MY 12 YR OLD SON NICK INSTALL WHILE I SUPERVSED LOL I SNUGGED EVERYTHING UP. NICK IS STARTING TO TAKE AN INTEREST IN HIS FUTURE MUSTANG GT.(BONDING TIME) ANY HOW TOOK IT FOR ...

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    5/5
    Boss 302 Strut Tower Brace

    This strut tower brace looks very good under the hood. I had it installed in about 10 minutes. I have noticed some improvement in handling but I have to push the Mustang pretty hard before I do. That said, ...

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    Overall Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars
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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 work on a roush mustang with a roushcharger

    hijinx

    • No; it will not clear.

      AutoXRacer

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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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    I have a 2014 mustang 3.7 v6, will this fit my ride?

    JeffreyJ

    • The Ford Boss 302 Strut Tower Brace will fit your 14 V6.

      BWTAM

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    Overall Rating 4.8

    out of 5 stars

    Installation Time:Less than 1 Hour

    Installation Cost:0-$100

    • Handling Improvement 4.437126 4.4
    • Fit 4.852941 4.9
    • Bang For Your Buck 4.579882 4.6



    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      April 07, 2012

      4 NUTS, 1 BAR= BIG DIFFERENCE!

      WAS SO EASY TO INSTALL I HAD MY 12 YR OLD SON NICK INSTALL WHILE I SUPERVSED LOL I SNUGGED EVERYTHING UP. NICK IS STARTING TO TAKE AN INTEREST IN HIS FUTURE MUSTANG GT.(BONDING TIME) ANY HOW TOOK IT FOR ATEST DRIVE HANDLES LIKE COMPLETLY DIFFERENT PONY NO UNDERSTEER AND FRONT END FEELS TIGHTER SOME HOW. AS FOR FIT IT LOOKS LIKE IT ALWAYS BELONGED THERE. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS PRODUCT,AND FOR THE RECORD NICK DOES TOO!

      JHEP1968

      Year: 2008 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      May 08, 2012

      Boss 302 Strut Tower Brace

      This strut tower brace looks very good under the hood. I had it installed in about 10 minutes. I have noticed some improvement in handling but I have to push the Mustang pretty hard before I do. That said, when I do push the car hard, the front end seems to be "tighter" than before I installed the brace. I cannot see where it is not a good thing to have: "Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it". It's a Ford part so no issues with fitment. Get one...

      LT210

      Year: 2006 Submodel: GT Seattle, WA, USA

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      June 10, 2012

      LOVE IT!

      I had a steeda,but after i switched to a FRPP Intake manifold the steeda wouldn't fit and I couldn't find one that would with my factory hood. Well this worked for me,clears the manifold and doesnt touch the hood with the insulation still intacted. Been waiting for this because I love the stabilitly it gives to the front end.

      STICK08

      Year: 2008 Submodel: GT MACEDON,NY

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      December 08, 2011

      Boss 302 Strut Tower Brace (05-12 GT, V6)

      I have a standard chassis 2011 V6 Mustang and I ordered this strut and installed in maybe 15 minutes. I can tell a difference in the rigidity of the car on winding roads. I would recommend this as an upgrade to any Mustang owner.

      KyLJR

      Year: 2011 Submodel: V6 Busy, Ky

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      September 24, 2011

      looks great, works as expected.

      Since I had 18" rims on my mustang it did not come with the tower brace. What an upgrade. I noticed it handles much better with corners and turns. Doesn't feel like one side of the car or the other raises with turns anymore. Installed in 10 mins with a socket wrench. Clears the 5.0 engine but also isn't to tall that it hits the hood. I was afraid it would be because it looks like it sits rather high. Definitely a must have if you are someone who drives the stang like it should be driven, fast and furious.

      Nosympathy

      Year: 2011 Submodel: GT Cincinnati, OH.

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      October 27, 2012

      Not bad for the Price.

      Installed in 10 minutes or so using the stock bolts / nuts. No washers or modifications needed! Helps with the handling around corners, car feels a little more stable. It's actually made by Ford Racing so you know it's a quality part, looks amazing under the hood too.

      Jmuck

      Year: 2006 Submodel: V6 California, USA

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      December 08, 2011

      302 Tower Brace - awesome

      Upgraded standard 5.0 with 302 intake manifold! Exchanged 5.0 Tower Brace (wouldn't fit) with 302 Tower Brace. Took about 10 minutes to install, perfect fit!

      mike3124

      Year: 2012 Submodel: GT Fort Hood, TX

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      December 02, 2012

      A Tad Tighter

      Been looking at one of these for a while, so snapped it up when it went on sale. Install was super-easy and only took about 15 minutes. I did initially notice a more solid feel to the front end and a tad more authority in tight cornering, but it wasn't a huge night and day difference, just enough to make me feel I didn't waste my money. The big whoopie on this item is the way the strut tower brace dresses up your engine compartment. That's where I felt the real bang for my buck.

      Wally56

      Year: 2011 Submodel: V6 Washington State

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      February 23, 2012

      This product was a great surprise!

      I was having some other work done on my car and I thought this would be a good time to add a little 'eye candy' to the engine compartment of my 2010 V6 Mustang. Wow, was I surprised, not only did I get a great look, I got a performance enhancement as well. This product really does improvement the handling of the vehicle. I'm not a 'hot rodder', just an average driver, but I do get a thrill taking curves a bit fast. I notice immediately the new control that I have. A product that not only looks good, but fuctional as well.

      willjam

      Year: 2010 Submodel: V6 Oklahoma City, OK

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      November 07, 2012

      Function and beauty

      Love it. Although, first left hand turn I took, was a bit fast, and ended up spinning the back end through the whole stop light... I've read a few reviews saying they have to push their Pony to feel the difference, that simply isn't true. You can feel the difference the first turn you make, and when you are pullin' some G's around a turn. I'd say, though, get the whole handling package, if you're gonna get this, might as well get the sways and stuff...

      CurtisRowe

      Year: 2012 Submodel: V6 Germany

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      September 28, 2012

      Great product

      Great product, I love the fact that its actually from Ford and its from the boss 302. Even though my stang is no Boss, the tower brace looks like its meant to be there from factory. And the overall stiffness it gave my front end, justs make me want to take turns even faster, gives my car a more solid feel. So overall from styling to performance I say I give this product a 5 out 5.

      Javi

      Year: 2008 Submodel: GT Las Cruces, NM, USA

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      August 13, 2012

      Super look !

      Just 20 min. for installation , it's very easy and give a super look. I can tell a difference in the rigidity of the car on winding roads.

      Must13

      Year: 2013 Submodel: V6 Becancour, Qc. , Canada

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      August 02, 2012

      A noticable difference

      This is a great quality product that offeres some decent handling improvements. Certainly noticable immediately after installation. Quickest mod yet, i forced my friend who didnt even know how to use a wrench to install it and it took him only 15 minutes. Its an improvement you can immediately feel however, this is not going to drastically improve your handling. Dont expect your passengers to notice any difference at all. Looks beautiful under the hood.

      vitigs

      Year: 2012 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      April 07, 2012

      Great product

      The Boss 302 Strut Tower Brace was an easy and quick install. Fit very well on my 06 GT. I also installed the Ford Racing Front Lower Control Arm Brace. That was also a quick install. I can feel the improvement in handling, very tight. Definitely gives the driver a lot more control. I would recommend this product.

      storm100

      Year: 2006 Submodel: GT Gaithersburg, MD, USA

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      November 19, 2013

      Looks nice.....

      Looks nice. Can't really tell if it improves the handling of my '08 GT convertible. It clears the Ford Racing plenum, but does rub slightly on the hood liner. I was a little disappointed to see "Made in China" on the Ford Racing box.

      oahusquid

      Year: 2008 Submodel: GT Honolulu, Hawaii

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      July 15, 2013

      Stiffened My V6 Convertible

      Simple installation. Looks cool. Definitely reduced body flex in my '07 4.0 vert. Recommended.

      07Dave

      Year: 2007 Submodel: V6

      Helpful (3)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      September 19, 2012

      Boss 302 Strut Tower Brace

      Probably one of the easiest preformance modification you can do for your mustang, looks great and there is a definate feel of diminished body roll, installed in 5 mins

      JesseJ

      Year: 2005 Submodel: V6 Gainesville, FL, USA

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      March 10, 2012

      Handling Improvement

      Real Ford Part. Very easy installation. Clean styling. Very fast shipping. Handling improvement. Highly recommended. Thank You for offering this part.

      REDCandy

      Year: 2011 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      July 08, 2013

      Should have done this years ago!

      As the title says, should have done this years ago! Makes a noticeable difference in handling, especially in corners. Really tightens up the front end and the car overall. My only note of caution is that it says it fits all 05-14, however on my 2006 GT, it seems to hit the hood upon closing. Hood still closes, but I can tell it's resting on the brace. Not sure if this will cause an issue in the future, but works regardless.

      CDNStang

      Year: 2006 Submodel: GT Kingston, ON

      Helpful (2)

    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      August 31, 2012

      v-6 fit

      I was really wondering if this would actually fit the v-6. It seemed that several braces I looked at did not fit the 4.0. This thing fit nicely with no squeeks, rattles, or thumps afterwards. There was no problem closing the hood either - nice.

      records

      Year: 2010 Submodel: V6 Massachusetts

      Helpful (2)

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