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Ford Performance Strut Tower Brace (05-14 GT)

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      Review & Installation Video

      Hey guys, Adam here with Today we're taking a quick look at and installing the Ford Performance Strut Tower Brace in black available for the '05 to '14 at GT Mustang. Now, if you're the owner of that S197, whether it's the early 5.0s or the later year 5.0s, you might be looking to add a little bit of something under the hood, not only to give some style to your underhood dress up, but also to give some functionality to your suspension. This is a very, very easy way to stiffen up your suspension, reduce suspension flex and improve your handling.Now, I know some of you guys at home might be wondering how a strut tower brace under your hood can actually help your handling. Now the way it works, is pretty simply connecting both top strut towers, you are tensing up that front end suspension making everything a little tighter, reducing some of that chassis flex, so going around tight corners will be a little bit easier and a little sportier. Now this particular one is finished in a gloss black. It's got a platinum or a brushed aluminum finish up top with the Ford logo and the Ford Racing script embedded in the materials. It's a pretty cool look under the hood. It's paintable and it comes in at an affordable price.Now, if you're looking to pick this one up for your own '05 to '14 GT, you can do so for just about 175 bucks, which I think is a very worthwhile price for guys looking to build a show car. Now, if you're popping the hood at a lot of show events, you might be looking for a strut tower brace that looks good under the hood and can add some customization to your setup. Now it is worth noting here, this does not fit V6 Mustangs, there's a specific one for the V6 owners out there. It also doesn't fit the Cobra Jet manifolds, Boss 302 manifolds or the Shelby GT 500. Also if you have a route style supercharger, this particular one does not have enough clearance to fit them. So keep that in mind moving forward.Now as far as that install's concerned, I'm gonna show you guys that in just a second. One out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter, start to finish, 5 to 10 minutes at the most, it is extremely simple. Tack on another five minutes if you have to uninstall our strut tower brace you might already own. We do not have one on our 2011 GT, so it's gonna make our life just a little bit easier. All you need is a ratchet and a 13-millimeter socket. So let me show you how it's done. Tools needed for this install are a ratchet and a 13-millimeter socket. All right to kick off our install, the first thing I wanna point out is that there really isn't anything to uninstall. If you have currently a strut tower brace on your Mustang, obviously you wanna take that off before swapping over to the Ford Performance one that we have here. We do not have one under the hood. So the first thing we're gonna do here is pop the hood, remove the strut tower bolts on each side. There's two that we're gonna remove on each strut tower with our 13-millimeter socket. So let's get to it. We're starting over here on our passenger side. These are the four struck tower bolts. What we're gonna do, is remove these two nuts on the inside of the engine bay. Those two on each side will get removed, we're gonna set our strut tower brace on top of these studs and then cap them off with the factory nuts. All right, repeat the same process for the other side.Now we can grab our strut tower brace and set it into place. All right, so you see it's got the pre-cut holes on each side, those are gonna go right over top of the studs on each side. It sits into place pretty nicely. You wanna make sure your positive terminal of the battery cover is out of the way, got that covering the battery there. Now all we have to do is put those factory nuts back into place over the studs and we'll be good to go. Now it's worth noting here that if you have a supercharged GT with the route style blower here sitting on top of the manifold area, this is not gonna fit. There are a couple different ways that this is not fit, one of them is with a route style supercharger, the other one is with a Boss 302 intake manifold, Cobra Jet manifold, things like that. They are a little higher then the factory manifold will not fit with the strut tower brace, so that's good to note here. We've got a factory GT so factory manifold on here from Ford, that way this is gonna be a perfect fitment. All right so we've got the factory nuts going over the studs here, tighten down by hand on each side. And then we'll come back and tighten them down. This one being Grabber Blue and at the actual strut tower brace from Ford Racing is a gloss black. So it does contrast the firewall and like everything we've got going on the engine bay, but it blends in pretty nicely with the engine itself. So if you're looking to blend in but also contrast your factory color, this is a really good choice. But I do wanna point out, you can get it paint matched to your factory car color. So if we decided to get this strut tower brace painted to Grabber Blue, we really blend in with the strut tower covers here which is a really nice touch in my opinion and adds a splash of color to your engine bay. So for guys out there attending a lot of car shows, getting this painted can really do a number of customization. But right out of the box here, the gloss black does, in my opinion, look pretty good, it's stealthy finish and the platinum or otherwise chrome or brushed aluminum finish on the plate in the middle does also look pretty good contrasting the black. So there's a lot of ways you can do this to customize it to your own car. I like the gloss black but you can also get it paint matched to your factory color. That's gonna wrap up my review and install of the Ford Performance Strut Tower Brace in black, fitting all '05 to '14 GT Mustangs. Now if you're the owner of that S19750, you might be looking to get some underhood dress up, something that looks really cool on top of your engine bay while also reducing suspension flex, tightening up that front end chassis and improving your suspension and handling. If that's what you're looking for, this is an extremely easy and affordable mod for your Mustang and you can get one right here at

      Product Information

      Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation


      • Improves Handling
      • Reduces Suspension Flex
      • Tubular Parallel Beam Design
      • Black Powdercoat Finish
      • Fits 2005 to 2014 GT Mustangs


      Improves Handling, Reduces Flex. Reduce unwanted chassis flex and improve the handling of your S197 Mustang by installing a Ford Racing Strut Tower Brace. The parallel beam design of this Strut Tower Brace adds additional strength to make your Mustang handle like it is on rails.

      Tubular Construction. Ford Racing manufactures their Strut Tower Brace from strong tubular steel in a parallel beam design to keep your front end from flexing under the monster torque of your motor.

      Impressive Styling. The Strut Tower Brace is completed in a classic black powdercoat finish for durability, and features a stainless steel "Ford Racing" emblem for impressive under hood styling.

      This Ford Racing Strut Tower Brace is designed to fit the 2005-2010 GT Mustangs without the engine dress-up cover installed. It also fits the 2011-2014 GT Mustangs with the engine dress-up cover installed.

      Technical Note. The Ford Racing Strut Tower Brace does not fit V6, Supercharged GT's, Shelby GT500 or BOSS Mustangs. Not compatible with BOSS 302 Intake Manifold or the Ford Racing High Performance Intake Manifold.

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

      MPN# M-20201-S197

      CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm -


      Customer Reviews (56)

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      Ratings Summary

      4.8 out of 5 overall rating from 56 customers

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      Installation Cost: 0-$100

      • January 15, 2020

        5 2014 GT - StevenH Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        excellent quaility

        Very nice addition to the 5.0 . The quality is excellent ! great looking also!

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      • December 10, 2019

        5 2009 GT - ChristianBurr Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Double thumbs up

        Surprised me honestly didn’t think it would do much but boy was I wrong. Front tightened up a bunch rock solid build and looks awesome.

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      • June 13, 2019

        5 2008 GT - T Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour


        Easy install looks great.. definitely adds some rigidity to the car and worth the investment

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      • May 15, 2019

        5 2014 GT - Beast Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Stiffen up!

        Looks great under hood and improves stock ride with a little stiffness. Super easy install.

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      • April 01, 2019

        5 2010 GT - JoshuaH Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Strut tower brace

        I love it. It added some much needed support. I can tell a difference in driving now vs before. I can’t wait to buy my next mods from AM

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      • March 21, 2019

        5 2011 GT - Mattalious Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        It looks great

        This is the strut tower brace you need. It looks nice with the coyote engine.

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      • January 31, 2019

        5 2006 GT - Joempls Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Very Nice Addition.

        I put this on my '06 GT and noticed immediately that the front end was a lot stiffer and more responsive.

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      • January 11, 2019

        5 2011 GT - LarryL Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour


        Easy install, looks great! Wish there was some kind of kit to cap of the ugly strut studs.

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      • January 09, 2019

        5 2012 GT - JoeyR Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Looks really good

        It looks really good under the hood, i like that it has that little ford emblem in the middle it adds a flair. As for performance i can feel the difference being i diddnt have one in the first place. When i installed this i diddnt have my aftermarket panhard bar in because the last one broke and i put the stock one on but when i throw my new bar on im sure ill feel a bigger difference. Install took like 8 min we used a impact drill and made quick work of it

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      • December 31, 2018

        5 2007 GT - Donald Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour


        I ordered a shock tower strut brace and the product I received was excellent quality and looked fantastic!!!

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      Questions & Answers (16 answers)

      5 Top Rated Questions

      Is there enough clearance for this to fit over my Roush Supercharger on my 2009 427R?

      • This will not clear superchargers of any brand.

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      Clearance of FRPP intake Will this brace clear the FRPP intake on 2010 GT if not what brace will clear the intake.

      • From the description " Not compatible with BOSS 302 Intake Manifold or the Ford Racing High Performance Intake Manifold." It looks like the Ford Boss 302 strut tower will fit.

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      Will this strut tower clear the Holley sniper manifold?

      • This will not clear the Holley Sniper manifold.

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      Will this fit over the intake cover on an 07 California Special?

      • This should fit on a stock California Special.

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      Will this fit over a Ford Performance manifold?

      • No, this will not clear the Ford Performance high performance intake manifold.

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      Will this fit with a ford Racing intake manifold on my 06 if I have a lowered K member 1 answer
      Will this work with airlift suspension? 1 answer
      Help please I have a 2008 Shelby Gt V8 4.6 with a keene bell supercharger. I was told this strut brace can be modified to fit with the Keene Bell supercharger. Is this accurate or can you guide me to a strut brace that will fit.Thanks 1 answer
      Will this Strut tower brace also fit a 2013 V-6, I assume it does but we know about assuming things. 1 answer
      i have a 2005 mustang gt with a whipple supercharger as well as the cold air intake.. will this product fit over the supercharger and intake? 1 answer
      Will this tower brace fit under the stock hood? 3 answers
      Will this work on 2005 GT with "coyote" style dress up cover? 1 answer

      Installation & What's in the Box

      Installation Info

      What's in the Box

      • (1) Strut tower brace

      Tech Specs

      Will It Fit My Mustang

      • Bullitt - 08, 09
      • GT - 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

      Does not fit V6, Supercharged GT's, Shelby GT500 or BOSS Mustangs. Not compatible with BOSS 302 Intake Manifold or the Ford Racing High Performance Intake Manifold.

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