Strut bar

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Strut bar

Post by Tbird » Mon Jul 11, 2005 2:12 pm

My 87 BLT does not have a strut bar from strut tower to strut tower in the engine compartment. What is the purpose of this bar and would it be benificient to have one?
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Post by electra380 » Mon Jul 11, 2005 2:19 pm

A strut bar ties the two strut towers together for better handling. Instead of each strut tower moving almost independently, it makes the two rise and fall in a more equal movement. It also helps the body from being slightly mis-shapen over time.
and it also helps the side to side motion by keeping the towers level when turning/pitching
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Post by tony t-man » Mon Jul 11, 2005 3:11 pm

If you can't find one locally, ask Pete(88TFL) here on the board or look for his auction on ebay.

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Post by Tbird » Mon Jul 11, 2005 5:44 pm

tony t-man wrote:If you can't find one locally, ask Pete(88TFL) here on the board or look for his auction on ebay.

Tony
That's what made me think about it. I saw it on eBay. Does the bar hold a fixed position on the strut tower or is it holding the main strut shaft as well as the strut tower?
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1987 BLT :stt: rust free from Florida and restored with 77 kms / 48k miles.
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Post by Beck » Tue Jul 12, 2005 2:46 am

The strut bar acts like a frame rail. The LeSabre is a unibody car.... no real frame exists, so there's more body flex. This bar keeps the strut towers from "folding in" and thus the car more flat in the corners. Also should help tire/suspension wear.


You will notice the difference, it's a great addition for little money. :)

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Post by Tbird » Tue Jul 12, 2005 3:19 am

Great info. Thanks Beck!
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1987 BLT :stt: rust free from Florida and restored with 77 kms / 48k miles.
1988 BLT :stt: RIP. Spare parts car for the 87 BLT. Had 490k kms / 304k miles.

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Post by bagofbones » Tue Jul 12, 2005 3:36 am

couldnt you always take a strut bar out of a newer Lesabre, I know my gf's brothers 94 Lesabre has a front strut bar.
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Post by Tbird » Tue Jul 12, 2005 3:38 am

Do all 1988 BLTs have the strut bar? I have a 1988 spare parts car available but don't remember if it has the bar or not. It is a 45 min drive for me to go and check it out. If it does have it I can take it.
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1987 BLT :mtt: with no rust, clean and 517k kms / 321k miles.
1987 BLT :stt: rust free from Florida and restored with 77 kms / 48k miles.
1988 BLT :stt: RIP. Spare parts car for the 87 BLT. Had 490k kms / 304k miles.

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Post by GSXMEN » Tue Jul 12, 2005 3:44 am

Gary - I can get you one for $20 if you're interested.

My '88 didn't come with the STB from the factory.
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Post by Tbird » Tue Jul 12, 2005 3:50 am

I'll keep you in mind for the strut bar Scott. I'll look around here first if I can find an alternative one that will fit. Easier doign that then sending a piece across the border. Borders are a pain in the butt!
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1987 BLT :mtt: with no rust, clean and 517k kms / 321k miles.
1987 BLT :stt: rust free from Florida and restored with 77 kms / 48k miles.
1988 BLT :stt: RIP. Spare parts car for the 87 BLT. Had 490k kms / 304k miles.

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Post by Tbird » Tue Jul 12, 2005 4:01 am

I've also just noticed a private message from Peter about the eBay strut bars he has.

Thank you all! I love this site. It is very informative. I am still slowly going through all the past threads. I'm 1/3 done the General section. :D
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1987 BLT :stt: rust free from Florida and restored with 77 kms / 48k miles.
1988 BLT :stt: RIP. Spare parts car for the 87 BLT. Had 490k kms / 304k miles.

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Post by GSXMEN » Tue Jul 12, 2005 4:04 am

Tbird wrote:I'll keep you in mind for the strut bar Scott. I'll look around here first if I can find an alternative one that will fit. Easier doign that then sending a piece across the border. Borders are a pain in the butt!
OK.....I've shipped several items up to Canada already, thru the Post Office. Much better than UPS!! At least on a cheap part, you don't get hosed on the fees. I always right a low dollar amount for declared value too. ;)
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Post by Tbird » Tue Jul 12, 2005 4:11 am

Yes. I found that shipping to Canada with USPS Global Express usually does not incur much, if any, brokerage and other fees. Putting "gift" and a value lower than $40 usually has no fees whatsoever.

Thanks!
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1987 BLT :mtt: with no rust, clean and 517k kms / 321k miles.
1987 BLT :stt: rust free from Florida and restored with 77 kms / 48k miles.
1988 BLT :stt: RIP. Spare parts car for the 87 BLT. Had 490k kms / 304k miles.

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Post by 88T-FL » Tue Jul 12, 2005 4:23 am

Hey T-Bird,
The GM parts book I have does not show the strut tower brace until the 90 or 91 cars so I doubt you will find one in the parts car unless it was added by someone. They are pretty common in the early-mid 90's Olds and higher end Buick C & H bodies in the yards down here (FL).

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Post by Tbird » Tue Jul 12, 2005 4:26 am

Thank you Peter!

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1987 BLT :mtt: with no rust, clean and 517k kms / 321k miles.
1987 BLT :stt: rust free from Florida and restored with 77 kms / 48k miles.
1988 BLT :stt: RIP. Spare parts car for the 87 BLT. Had 490k kms / 304k miles.

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