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Author Various
Categories Integra Suspension/Chassis
Create Date January 16, 2002 16:04
Last Update June 06, 2002 11:44
Shock Tower Brace

Last Updated: 01/26/97

'90-'91 Front Brace

From: Edward Lee
The ABS (Honda called it ALB at that time) systems on 90/91 Integras and those on 92/93 Integras are different, even though the body style is identical. The ABS fluid reservoir (and maybe the modulator too) in a 92/93 is smaller and is recessed into the engine compartment. As a result there is more chance of a strut bar being able to fit over the ABS stuff on a 92/93 car.

From: Weyland Jung
The GREX bar from Greddy will work on the 90-91 ALB Integras. The one thing people always mistake is the placement of this bar. The Grex one ends up going behind the intake manifold. Anyway, all you have to do is to remove one harness from a bracket and it fits.


Neuspeed Bar for '92 Integra

From: Christopher Rafter
I got my piece from Metro Motorworks. They sent me a Civic model (I have a '92 Integra), but they replaced it in a day. I installed it at night, working in a lighted garage. The instructions were very good, with detailed drawings of the locations. The strut tower bar essentially sits on top of your car's two shock towers (Duh!) and keeps the tub chassis from flexing laterally. Think of the tub chassis as like a square Tupperware dish. You can flex it pretty easily, bending opposite corners toward one another. Installing the bar couples the two front corners together, which cuts down greatly on the flexing, and results in better traction and handling.

In installing the bar, I had to remove six nuts (3 on each tower). The bar looked like it would simply slide over the bolt positions, but that would have been too easy. The first thing I had to do was change the position of a group of wires on the driver's side. This was easily accomplished by unbolting the U-connector that secured them to the chassis, and resulting it's direction, so the wires were now out of the way. Next, I tried to slip the bar on. As it turns out, the bar didn't fit perfectly, it took some muscle to get it in place. This is because the shock tower bars are slightly compressed due to the weight of the car. For the bar to be effective, it has to be under load at all times, there can be no play. Presumably, the ideal way to install it would have been to jack up the front of the car, taking all weight off of the front struts, but this method wasn't mentioned in the instructions, and I didn't test it. Instead I chose the alternate method of slipping the bar down on one side, then bending the STB ever so slightly (I'm talking 1/2 a millimeter, maybe) to get it over the bolts on the other side. Eventually it went down. Some paint came off the bar in the process, as the threads of the bolts scratched against the bar. Some final pounding with a rubber mallet got it properly seated. I'd recommend greasing the bolts a little to help the bar slide more easily. Once the bar is in place, grease the bolts (if you haven't done so already) and tighten the nuts to the specified torque.

Reviews

From: Christopher Rafter
This thing is outstanding. I can't believe the difference it made to my car's handling. I got a slightly tighter and more responsive steering feel at lower speeds, and when making u-turns, but the real benefit is at speed. The car carves turns on a knife edge. On the road, I noticed an IMMEDIATE difference. The car was much more stable, and held traction much longer. Perhaps the best benefit was realized on long, sweeping turns, like highway on-ramps.The annoying tire squeal I had experienced before is completely eliminated. Every highway on-ramp is a pleasure, 60, 75 mph. I love what this thing has done. Of course, the Yokohama 509s and Borbet wheels I put on made a difference, but the bar and the tires together have made me very happy. I love this thing. I was skeptical that it wouldn't have an appreciable effect, but it sure did. I'm very pleased, and the installation was a breeze, the thing bolted directly on in less than 5 minutes. Very good and tight-fitting welded design, and a beautiful gloss black finish. I really like this thing.

From: Quentin Campbell
I called Neuspeed (805-388-8111) and they have one that fits ALL Acura Integra's 1994-1996. The person at Neuspeed said that if they didn't have one her catalog would specify without ABS only.The part number from Neuspeed is 3H1171.

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