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Steeda strut tower brace and rear sway bar.


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#21 OFFLINE   rwhgme

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#22 OFFLINE   mwr

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Posted 18 November 2016 - 01:08 AM

Was surprised that the bushings had zerk fittings on them where the OEM units are sealed.  Grease added and will check again in a 2000 miles or so.

Do they really need checking and service? I'm not keen on installing something that requires that.



#23 OFFLINE   OkePilot2012

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Posted 13 April 2017 - 03:29 PM

Fantastic...thanks so much for this post. Question: in looking at the Steeda site, I don't see a Strut tower brace for 'hybrid' -- so I assume the one for the gas engines is suitable, since the mechanics of the struts are probably the same regardless of hybrid or conventional drive?

Edited by OkePilot2012, 13 April 2017 - 03:30 PM.


#24 OFFLINE   Cobra348

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Posted 13 April 2017 - 06:23 PM

Fantastic...thanks so much for this post. Question: in looking at the Steeda site, I don't see a Strut tower brace for 'hybrid' -- so I assume the one for the gas engines is suitable, since the mechanics of the struts are probably the same regardless of hybrid or conventional drive?

You are correct.  You can call them to double-check but the gas version is same.  I initially put the tower brace, hood struts and sway bar on a '15 HyTi and when I traded it I removed them - restored OEM sway bar.  They were drop fit into the '17 with no issues.  Hell, I even have the OEM mobility kit that my compact spare replaced!  Just in case I need to restore to OEM specs. <chuckle>


Edited by Cobra348, 13 April 2017 - 06:24 PM.

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Big Red: 2017 FFH SE, Ruby Red, Med Light Stone leather

602A SE Luxury Package, Park Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control w/stop & go

Driver Assist Pkg (lane keeping, BLIS, auto high beams, auto wipers, heated steering wheel)

My additions:  WeatherTech lasercut floor mats, in-channel wind deflectors (dark smoked)

Steeda strut tower brace, Steeda rear sway bar, Steeda hood struts, Ford donut spare

Summer rims/tires - 17" Verde Regency rims with OEM tread

Winter rims/tires - 17" OEM rims with Goodyear UltraGrip WRT Ice

 


#25 OFFLINE   OkePilot2012

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Posted 19 April 2017 - 09:21 PM

New set of four Michelin Defenders (17") yesterday, and had Steeda parts (tower brace/sway bar) installed today for $96 labor by my local shop this morning.

 

Took a shakedown cruise to work and back in mixed highway and urban driving (42.5 MPG average both legs).

 

Amazing difference!

 

Car now is much more "composed" in all phases of driving, but I most noticed it in the "pitch" axis -- less fore and aft motion when going over bumps and more stable over all -- also less 'dive' (front) or 'squat' (rear) when braking.

The car now also goes where it's pointed when it's pointed there, and steering feels confident and authoritative, as opposed to sorta generally mushing in the general direction you point the wheel. Better overall response through the steering system. Nice...

 

For less than $1K total, tires, brace and sway bar have made a lot of nice difference.

Recommended!!

 

136K miles and going strong.


Edited by OkePilot2012, 19 April 2017 - 09:21 PM.


#26 OFFLINE   mwr

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Posted 19 April 2017 - 09:44 PM

Steeda parts (tower brace/sway bar) installed today for $96 labor by my local shop this morning.

What type of shop was that? Can any competent auto repair shop do it?



#27 OFFLINE   mwr

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 02:52 PM

Sway bar installed .

 

Was surprised that the bushings had zerk fittings on them where the OEM units are sealed.  Grease added and will check again in a 2000 miles or so.

I emailed Steeda asking if the say bar needed to be lubed/greased. Their reply was "Ever so often depends on the road conditions. If it starts to make noise use a synthetic marine grease."

 

I have to say I'm disappointed, and right now don't think I want to add a part that needs to be treated differently than the rest of the car, needing special service.



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Posted 22 April 2017 - 03:07 PM

Those of you with the Steeda rear sway bar installed, do you lube/grease it? If so, when and how?



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Posted 23 April 2017 - 06:43 PM

What type of shop was that? Can any competent auto repair shop do it?

Steda tower brace and hood struts can be installed in the driveway.  The sway bar requires a rack ... and you do use the ends of the OEM unit with the steeda bar.  Figure 30 minutes shop time for ONL:Y the sway bar ... 1 hour is you want to be generous.

 

@mwr - the bushongs on the Steeda sway bar do have zerk fittings and do need to be greased.  When installed (on '15 HyTi) - greased it up; 3k miles post-install = checked.  Dismounted unit and reinstalled OEM Aug '16.  Reinstalled into current car Sept '16 and checked.  No grease needed in 30K miles or more.


Edited by Cobra348, 23 April 2017 - 06:46 PM.

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Big Red: 2017 FFH SE, Ruby Red, Med Light Stone leather

602A SE Luxury Package, Park Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control w/stop & go

Driver Assist Pkg (lane keeping, BLIS, auto high beams, auto wipers, heated steering wheel)

My additions:  WeatherTech lasercut floor mats, in-channel wind deflectors (dark smoked)

Steeda strut tower brace, Steeda rear sway bar, Steeda hood struts, Ford donut spare

Summer rims/tires - 17" Verde Regency rims with OEM tread

Winter rims/tires - 17" OEM rims with Goodyear UltraGrip WRT Ice

 


#30 OFFLINE   mwr

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Posted 23 April 2017 - 10:07 PM

Steda tower brace and hood struts can be installed in the driveway.  The sway bar requires a rack ... and you do use the ends of the OEM unit with the steeda bar.  Figure 30 minutes shop time for ONL:Y the sway bar ... 1 hour is you want to be generous.

 

@mwr - the bushongs on the Steeda sway bar do have zerk fittings and do need to be greased.  When installed (on '15 HyTi) - greased it up; 3k miles post-install = checked.  Dismounted unit and reinstalled OEM Aug '16.  Reinstalled into current car Sept '16 and checked.  No grease needed in 30K miles or more.

Thanks. My mechanical skills are nil; I'm dangerous with tools in my hand. I know a local auto repair shop that would do it very reasonably, but it would probably be their first time installing these. Would you say that should be no problem? They could grease the sway bar after installing it. I could have them check it once a year.



#31 OFFLINE   Cobra348

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 02:21 PM

Thanks. My mechanical skills are nil; I'm dangerous with tools in my hand. I know a local auto repair shop that would do it very reasonably, but it would probably be their first time installing these. Would you say that should be no problem? They could grease the sway bar after installing it. I could have them check it once a year.

The Steeda installations were done by my local Goodyear shop.  The mechanic that did it was new t the products and had no real issues.  Steeda supplies very good instructions with pictures.


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Big Red: 2017 FFH SE, Ruby Red, Med Light Stone leather

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Driver Assist Pkg (lane keeping, BLIS, auto high beams, auto wipers, heated steering wheel)

My additions:  WeatherTech lasercut floor mats, in-channel wind deflectors (dark smoked)

Steeda strut tower brace, Steeda rear sway bar, Steeda hood struts, Ford donut spare

Summer rims/tires - 17" Verde Regency rims with OEM tread

Winter rims/tires - 17" OEM rims with Goodyear UltraGrip WRT Ice

 


#32 OFFLINE   mwr

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 02:36 PM

Do installation of the tower brace and rear sway bar require removal of parts which would need to be stored in the event you wanted to put the car back to stock?



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Posted 24 April 2017 - 04:26 PM

The tower brace no, rear sway bar yes



#34 OFFLINE   mwr

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Posted 25 April 2017 - 08:31 AM

Summary of a few emails with Steeda re greasing the rear sway bar:

 

Grease the bushing during installation, and then every 100,000 miles or so you may have to do it. Also every so often if the car is run hard (regular tracking).



#35 OFFLINE   Cobra348

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Posted 25 April 2017 - 10:37 AM



Do installation of the tower brace and rear sway bar require removal of parts which would need to be stored in the event you wanted to put the car back to stock?

Tower brace - no; sway bar - yup.  Sway bar has endlinks that are removed during installation and attached to the Steeda unit.  The main OEM bar can be stored in the garage, then reinstalled for OEM restoration prior to sale or trade of the auto.  As noted tower brace replaces nothing ... in fact a bolt or two for the factory struts are used to hold it in place.  This shot is a closeup of the right side installation of the brace and hood strut from the HyTi I had previously.  Should give you an idea how it mounts.

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Edited by Cobra348, 25 April 2017 - 07:40 PM.

Larry - aka Cobra

 

Big Red: 2017 FFH SE, Ruby Red, Med Light Stone leather

602A SE Luxury Package, Park Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control w/stop & go

Driver Assist Pkg (lane keeping, BLIS, auto high beams, auto wipers, heated steering wheel)

My additions:  WeatherTech lasercut floor mats, in-channel wind deflectors (dark smoked)

Steeda strut tower brace, Steeda rear sway bar, Steeda hood struts, Ford donut spare

Summer rims/tires - 17" Verde Regency rims with OEM tread

Winter rims/tires - 17" OEM rims with Goodyear UltraGrip WRT Ice

 





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