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
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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