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Question Suspension tower dust covers & strut bars

Thinking seriously about installing a Tanabe strut bar in my new RC350 FSport- only install thing I am concerned about is the fact that both dust covers over the suspension towers must be permanently removed for the life of the install.

Any feedback from members that might advise against such a removal?

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Do it as the connectors are water/dust proof. I got mine in today and will post a pic of the dust covers off.
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Do it as the connectors are water/dust proof. I got mine in today and will post a pic of the dust covers off.
Which aftermarket setup did you go for?



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Which aftermarket setup did you go for?
I went with the Tanabe. See pics below. The three upper strut bolts are torqued to 42 ft. lb. per Lexus service. The Supporting brackets are over 1/8" thick.
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I went with the Tanabe. See pics below. The three upper strut bolts are torqued to 42 ft. lb. per Lexus service. The Supporting brackets are over 1/8" thick.
Nice! Love the finish on it.



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I went with the Tanabe. See pics below. The three upper strut bolts are torqued to 42 ft. lb. per Lexus service. The Supporting brackets are over 1/8" thick.
Did you install it pete?
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Did you install it pete?
I'm doing the install on Friday morning, and I'll post up some pics. There is a certain way the Strut tower braces are to be positioned, and the way I received it they are not correct. I'm went off of the picture on their Web site showing how each are oriented, and fixed them to match.

I'm also looking at modifying the TVS dust covers so I can still use them, but it probably be smaller to fit under the Strut bar. I'll have to see on Friday morning.

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I'm doing the install on Friday morning, and I'll post up some pics. There is a certain way the Strut tower braces are to be positioned, and the way I received it they are not correct. I'm went off of the picture on their Web site showing how each are oriented, and fixed them to match.

I'm also looking at modifying the TVS dust covers so I can still use them, but it probably be smaller to fit under the Strut bar. I'll have to see on Friday morning.
dont forget to post pics!!! and of course a review on it.
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dont forget to post pics!!! and of course a review on it.
Will do, and I'll keep the inner speed demon at bay for as long as possible.

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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.
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