Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Danville, CA USA
In our experience, a large percentage of the Mustangs with large sump oilpans also have full length headers. If we make a k-member brace that bends backwards to clear the oilpan sump, then it is in the way of the headers as this is exactly where they come down. That is why we recommend spacing the brace downwards.
Also bending the brace makes it less stiff.
If we were to add a bent brace as an option, this creates other problems. As it is now, we already have a lot of options with our suspension products. We spend a huge percentage of our time just educating customers on the different options so they can purchase the optimum products for their use. If we were to add a brace shape option, this would complicate matters further.
Do you still have the bolts that you used for the brace and/or the brace itself? I'd like to get some measurements of these parts from you if possible. The bolt should not have stripped.
If you want to make a custom brace, cut the brace at each end, leaving about 1/2" of the brace tube on the crush sleeve at each end. Then use a new brace tube of larger diameter so it can be slipped over the ends of the 1/2" sections and then welded. One issue you will have is that after welding, if you remove the brace, it will not fit back on properly due to metal shrinkage. You may have a very difficult time lining up the bolt holes.
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