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    Quote Originally Posted by ELCID86 View Post
    Good to know. Edited my post to say “most”.
    Yea you just need to move the terminal during installation. Not remove. I've just kept the little push pin off of the terminal so I can easily slide it up the 1/2" needed to make room.


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    Quote Originally Posted by stephenkirsh View Post
    ECS bar doesn't make sense to me. If I can flex it with my pinky, I don't understand how it'll transfer load from side to side...
    Go push on it from the top.
    Returning to this; just came back from the garage. My ECS bar is rigid as hell in all axes. Maybe we're talking about different units or there have been production changes.

    I didn't need to move the battery terminal, btw.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dual View Post
    Returning to this; just came back from the garage. My ECS bar is rigid as hell in all axes. Maybe we're talking about different units or there have been production changes.

    I didn't need to move the battery terminal, btw.
    Whether or not you can feel it, more weight can be transferred axially. I had the ECSTuning CF bar, and I could cause a small amount of deflection (flex)... But I also agree that it's fairly robust.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dual View Post
    Returning to this; just came back from the garage. My ECS bar is rigid as hell in all axes. Maybe we're talking about different units or there have been production changes.

    I didn't need to move the battery terminal, btw.
    This is the one I had.
    https://www.ecstuning.com/b-ecs-part...scf03bw03aceb/

    I tried in 4 years ago. It's $144. There's gotta be a reason it's less than half price of most others.

    Bending it with my pinky is probably an exaggeration, but it flexed a lot with very little pressure.


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    Finally got around to check out my strut towers..
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    Passenger

    I'm going to do the reinforcement plates this summer but i have to say if I didn't know about this issue I wouldn't have even thought twice to check them out because they look to be in good shape. Is typical mushrooming on the towers much worse than this?


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    No. It's about like that. But this can happen as well....

    http://www.zhpmafia.com/forums/showthread.php?t=5720

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    Quote Originally Posted by danewilson77 View Post
    No. It's about like that. But this can happen as well....

    http://www.zhpmafia.com/forums/showthread.php?t=5720

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    Quote Originally Posted by 704sw View Post
    I replaced stock mounts with camber plates, added reinforcement plates, and have an M3 strut bar. I needed the M3 extended nuts to obtain a level of thread engagement I was comfortable with.

    Shawn, ZHPizza linked to an eBay listing for the extended nuts earlier today.
    Epic thread revival but I actually have the OEM collared nuts. Did you experience any issues with them on your setup?
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    Wow I just went thru this thread. I was concerned about installing the reinforcement plates, but Turner says my fixed camber plates already act as reinforcement plates so no need. Not like I drive the car that much at all lol! I still want one of them solid strut tower bars though.

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