(approx) 1 Hour
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
- How to Install SR Performance Rear Shock Tower Brace - Chrome (05-14 All) on your Ford Mustang
Hey, guys Stephanie with AmericanMuscle.com here with my review of the SR Performance Rear Shock Tower Brace in chrome for all 2005 to 2014 Mustangs. The SR Performance Rear Shock Tower Brace is a little piece of the suspension puzzle that can help to just tie everything together and take some flex out of the body and provide some good looks for the trunk. The shock tower brace is really just to reinforce the chassis. Taking any flex out of the body, even if it's only a little bit, can only be a good thing. Reducing some flex and giving some reinforcement here can help to improve traction, which means better and faster handling capabilities not just from a launch but also in the corners. Having crisp handling always makes for a more fun driving experience. Improved traction only means a quicker feeling car. You're definitely going to notice the shock tower brace any time you pop your trunk. The fact that this is a nice bright chrome brace is a nice feature. If you aren't really into the chrome look, SR Performance does offer the same brace in black as well. The black version's going to cost a little less, too. If you have a show car, the fact that these braces have a nice look in the trunk is just a plus. One thing to keep in mind here is that you won't notice a drastic change in handling from this brace alone. It does offer a little benefit, but it's not a night and day situation unless you do something like tie the brace into a cage. Then, you can expect a huge difference in rigidity. But like a lot of other suspension parts, a shock tower brace is only one component of the suspension. 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 shock 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, there's the difference between the chrome and black brace from SR Performance, but neither are going to break the bank. The chrome option costs just over $170 and the black version is about $25 less, so $150. 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, but I will say that I've heard of some fitment issues with this brace. It will not fit the Stangs with the Shaker sound systems and there may be some modifications to make in order for the install to be completed. This is on top of the trunk liner that will need to be trimmed if you follow the instructions. As far as tools, you won't need anything crazy here, just a few wrenches and a blade for the cutting. The spare tire cover will need to be removed. Move the fabric covers out of the way so the nut and stud are showing on each side. Just loosen these on both sides and replace the spare tire cover and install the brace. It simply just slides over the studs. The flange nuts with rubber grommets go back onto the studs. This is where you might need to do some modification to get the brace to sit properly. You may need to bend some of the fingers on the brace to get it to fit right, but that's about it. The fabric covers can go back into place and you can cut some of the fabric away to allow for a better fit. It's really up to you. That's all it's going to take to get this installed. Wrapping things up here, the SR Performance Rear Shock Tower Brace works to take a little bit of the flexibility out of the body of the car and reinforce the chassis, which makes for better traction and improved handling. It works really well when tied into other suspension supports and it's very easy to install. You have a choice of chrome or black and you can check it out more online right here at americanmuscle.com.
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February 02, 2020
Rear Tower Brace
Good product looks solid, shipping was fast but didn't come with all the bolts to put the middle plate on. I will buy from American Muscle again but I hope I can get all required parts next time.Helpful (0)
January 30, 2020
A little tricky to put in but definitely worth it.Helpful (0)
January 29, 2020
Good quality item.Installation was easy,taking about 30 minutes. Noticeable improvement.I have a strut tower brace on the front,now the shock tower brace seems to bring the front and rear together. Low cost item that helps your car’s handling. Definitely would recommend.Helpful (0)
January 25, 2020
Rear tower brace
Exelent big difrents, stability and handling is worthy to get one in your mustang.Helpful (0)
January 03, 2020
Bar fits like it should. Very eazy to put on. Looks good too.Helpful (0)
December 18, 2019
Rear shock tower
Fits good looks good took about 30 minutes to InstallHelpful (0)
December 16, 2019
Bought this with the front brace, both of them together make for a very pleasant handling experience. Took me a bit to put it on simply because I had to figure out how to get the bolts off without the entire strut spinning with them with my basic wrench set.Helpful (2)
December 16, 2019
Rear shock tower support
Awsome sturdy tube steel with a cross structure plate to mount my Bottle...was gonna drill n tap trunk bottom, but no need now...nice wrinkle finishHelpful (0)
December 08, 2019
Excellent product . Easy install . 15 minutes. Helped with cornering issuesHelpful (0)
November 20, 2019
Took 20 minutes to install- easy
Install went well. I would say that the instructions are not completely accurate as the wrench size will be SAE not metric. At least in my case. Be prepared to check that.Helpful (0)
Quick question: what is the correct torque for the mounting nuts?
It is recommended to torque the mounting nuts to the factory specifications.
My stang is a daily driver. Will installing a rear/front shock brace have a negative affect in the long run if I dont use my car in a competitive manner?
Front and rear shock tower braces will help handling, however due to the way they tie the strut towers and shock towers together, you may notice a slightly stiffer ride.
If I was to install just one shock tower brace, which would give me best improvement, front or rear?
The SR Performance Rear Shock Tower Brace will help improve the body roll of the car. However, the front strut tower brace will give the greatest improvement.
Do you need to have a wheel alignment once this shock tower brace installed? It sounds silly but I’m just curious coz you gonna install it on top of the struts.
You will not need an alignment after installation of the SR Performance Rear Shock Tower Brace.
weight? how much is the weight of this product? and is there any different between this product and SR Performance Rear Shock Tower Brace - Black ?
This brace weighs about 8lbs. The black shock tower brace is the same in a different color
As far as I know, YES!
The SR Performance Rear Shock Tower Brace will work with the convertible models yes.
The spare tire would still be accessible with the SR Performance Rear Shock Tower Brace installed.
The SR Performance Rear Shock Tower Brace is compatible with convertible models.
Some modifications to the SR Performance Rear Shock Tower Brace may require welding for installation. All models will require trimming of factory inner trunk liner.
The SR Performance Rear Shock Tower Brace will not work with the Factory Shaker 1000 Sound system. The Shaker 500 should work with this brace. I would double check fitment in your trunk to make sure your shaker system isn't on top of where the strut brace would be installed.
The factory specs are often kept inside the owners manual, but if need be a dealership would be able to provide that information no problem.
This will depend on the shaker system. If your shaker mounts on the roof of the trunk and not the sides it would be fine. However, if it was a side mount this would not be compatible.
(approx) 1 Hour
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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