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DIY: Tanabe Tower Strut Tower Brace Install

I got it all installed and it was not bad at all. The total install should take about 1 hour to do. I also shot a video showing what I did and it should make it easier to install for all those a bit nervous about it. Once I have the video all edited I'll post it in a separate thread so it can be a DIY.

One thing I was wrong about was the connector end being water proof as it is not. How I solved the issue was to take some Black RTV, and put it into the connector ends where the wires go into the connector. DO NOT PUT RTV into the end that goes into the TVS module, only where the wires go into the connector. This is shown in the video.

On the mounting brackets there is a single and double bracket. The double bracket goes towards the engine on both sides.

Here is a link to the DIY Install Video.

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Fixed. Video embedded.

Just remove the s from http(s):

Great DIY and video GearHeadPeter!
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Fixed. Video embedded.

Just remove the s from http(s):

Great DIY and video GearHeadPeter!
Thanks, and thanks for fixing the video link.

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Awesome video gearheadpeter, job well done. Too bad you can't reuse the dust caps.
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Hi GearHeadPeter,

How are you? Awesome video and pics on your Tanabe Strut Bar. Hopefully, you enjoy your much more smoother ride into the curves. Hehe.. you make it look so easy to install.
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Awesome video gearheadpeter, job well done. Too bad you can't reuse the dust caps.
I found a thread in the GS section where a member created new dust covers using a 3D printer after he put on the Strut Tower Brace. They fit like a glove, but the issue was that the covers cost as much as the bar did just for material.

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Hi GearHeadPeter,

How are you? Awesome video and pics on your Tanabe Strut Bar. Hopefully, you enjoy your much more smoother ride into the curves. Hehe.. you make it look so easy to install.
Hi Akiho-Yoshizawa,

Thanks for the complement, and I'm doing good. The bar really helps out in the twisties. What is also needed is a thicker front/rear sway bar as they really makes a huge difference. I did those on my Camaro and it was like night and day. The issue with thicker front/rear sway bars is that the vehicle doesn't flex enough over normal driving conditions and it is a very stiff ride. It really depends on what you want to do with the car, track or street.

It really is very easy to do. The hardest thing to do was bend the bracket on the drivers' side a bit to get the bracket to fit correctly.

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