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Unread 10-22-2007, 06:46 AM   #16
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A. Strut Tower Brace Kit
B. Close up of Firewall Bracket
C. Mounting location of Firewall Bracket.
D. Strut Tower mount
E. Brace installed. The windshield valance (directly under "E") is removed to allow access to the blindside of the firewall.

The instructions were easy to understand. Only the firewall and firewall insulation required drilling and cutting, respectively. The brace is made of steel and is nicely finished with aluminum-colored paint and a Mopar decal plate. The brace did not interfere with any of the engine components. There is approx. 1.5" between the brace and the stock airbox, if that matters to someone with a cold-air intake mod(???). Job time: 1.5 hours.

What the instructions won't mention:
Figure C shows (not too well because I did a good job) a cut I made to the firewall insulation. This allows the Firewall Bracket (Figure B) access to the firewall mounting holes. The mounting holes need to be drilled, so the brace assembly will have to be removed after the holes are marked. I used a dab of grease on the bolt threads prior to final torque. When the brace is fully installed, the bracket should be hidden for a clean appearance.

I did notice a bit more lateral stiffness but don't have enough road time to make a final performance evaluation. I'll run it for a week and post my thoughts.















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Unread 10-27-2007, 10:56 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by TeHpWNaG3

A. Strut Tower Brace Kit
B. Close up of Firewall Bracket
C. Mounting location of Firewall Bracket.
D. Strut Tower mount
E. Brace installed. The windshield valance (directly under "E") is removed to allow access to the blindside of the firewall.

The instructions were easy to understand. Only the firewall and firewall insulation required drilling and cutting, respectively. The brace is made of steel and is nicely finished with aluminum-colored paint and a Mopar decal plate. The brace did not interfere with any of the engine components. There is approx. 1.5" between the brace and the stock airbox, if that matters to someone with a cold-air intake mod(???). Job time: 1.5 hours.

What the instructions won't mention:
Figure C shows (not too well because I did a good job) a cut I made to the firewall insulation. This allows the Firewall Bracket (Figure B) access to the firewall mounting holes. The mounting holes need to be drilled, so the brace assembly will have to be removed after the holes are marked. I used a dab of grease on the bolt threads prior to final torque. When the brace is fully installed, the bracket should be hidden for a clean appearance.

I did notice a bit more lateral stiffness but don't have enough road time to make a final performance evaluation. I'll run it for a week and post my thoughts.












Clean install. Thanks for the pics!
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Unread 12-11-2007, 01:27 PM   #18
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Well, it's been a month or so since I installed this bad boy and here's my ride report.

Any handling issues the brace was intended to address did not manifest itself during real-world driving. The brace is very well constructed and looks great, but doesn't seem to serve any practical purpose other than stiffening the frame, if anything. Perhaps this is the way it's supposed to be, but for my money I was hoping for a little more tactile feedback from the vehicle after installing this mod.

Get it, if you want it. My opinion is that the Patriot doesn't need it. In hindsight, I think the 2" lift would have been a better purchase for even money.

pWN

p.s. This brace is not compatible with the Cold Air Intake mod. The brace will interfere with the "air box".
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Unread 04-12-2008, 11:54 PM   #19
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Compass Strut Tower Brace Install Question

I have a 2007 Compass Limited and just purchased the Mopar Strut Tower Brace. It looked like it would be an easy install, but the Mopar instructions included are not specific enough and I am running into problems. Has anyone installed this yet, and if so, can you provide any tips from removing the cowl to drilling in the firewall. Thanks.
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Threads merged. Thanks 07compasssport.
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