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Old 10-19-2006, 08:28 PM   #1
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Tanabe Strut Tower Bar Install & Review [pics!]

Special thanks to John @ BulletProof for the super easy and fast transaction!

First, for the money and quality of the Tanabe Strut Bar, you can't go wrong.
Everything about the kit, is straight foward and a very simple design.



I choose to toss the included hardware for some 3/8" Grade 8 hardware instead. This consisted of two washers, a lock washer, bolt, and Nylock nut for each point of attachment. This also made the install much easier, as I was able to get longer bolts for the strut tower brackets, and come up from the bottom of the wheel well. The Nylock nuts give added insurance as they wont back off / loosen over time like whats included.


Install is a simple 30 minutes taking your time.

Tools needed;
1/4" drive rachet
3/8" drive rachet
Two 6" 1/4" extensions
14mm 1/4" socket
14mm 3/8" socket
14mm wrench

Remove wheels. The brackets simply bolt down into the existing two holes on top of each strut tower. Install bolts from wheel well, up into strut tower, and lock down the Tanabe bracket with a washer/lock washer/nylock nut. Repeat for other side. Using the 1/4 drive socket, extensions, and rachet here makes it easy to get around the spring & strut in the wheel well, while holding the top nut with the 14mm wrench.




Tighten all four bolts down tight, and install both wheels. Once the car is settled on even ground again, slip the tie bar into the brackets. You may need to make a few adjustments on the bar ends, to line it up correctly with the holes in the brackets. Once its where it needs to be, tighten using the 3/8" 14mm socket/rachet and wrench.



Finished! Go enjoy your new tighter feeling Yaris.
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Old 10-19-2006, 09:23 PM   #2
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Good review... like usual
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Old 10-19-2006, 10:10 PM   #3
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Chris, another sweet DIY. Looking forward to the review! Whats next for you in the mod department other than the headers?
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Old 10-19-2006, 10:52 PM   #4
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STOOOPID question alert.

What does that bar do? Keep in mind Iím one of those rare guys that
has no idea which end of a screwdriver to hold. If this is something I
need can I have it installed rather inexpensively?

Hays
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Old 10-19-2006, 11:17 PM   #5
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Hays,

It's there to color match with his springs. You can install it for free, if you do it yourself.. or drive to NJ and Chris might be able to help you out...
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Old 10-19-2006, 11:44 PM   #6
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Excellent.......Now to find some Stainless Steel and fab up my own !!!
Where is the cover off the top of your engine ???? I changed the color on mine second day I had the car.
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Old 10-20-2006, 12:32 AM   #7
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Nice dark, though just a curious question.....y red? i love red dont get me wrong, i just like your perspective on it :)

For me if i had a black yaris i woulda gone with yellow....lol...i wish i had a black yaris
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Old 10-20-2006, 02:07 AM   #8
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is the reason for such a large curve is just to avoid that terminal cover?
I was wanting to try an echo strut bar on the yaris but i forgot to take it off before trading in my car to find out >.<

Oh and lovely looking strutbar ;)
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Old 10-20-2006, 02:56 AM   #9
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MMMMMMMMM RED
Black just looks good in my eyes with a splash of Red for contrast.
I just like shiny RED things......Like my Scooter
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Old 10-20-2006, 06:19 AM   #10
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Where'd you get the purple gloves?
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Old 10-20-2006, 06:21 AM   #11
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Looks good, much more visible than the Cusco bar which bends toward the back of the car, under the dash... and this one is well color-coordinated too!
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Old 10-20-2006, 06:52 AM   #12
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STOOOPID question alert.

What does that bar do? Keep in mind I’m one of those rare guys that
has no idea which end of a screwdriver to hold. If this is something I
need can I have it installed rather inexpensively?

Hays
Front Strut Tower Bars like the Tanabe basically link the two strut towers structurally, it reduces chassis flex and transfers more of the roll in a turn, dive, or yaw to the struts, which can handle it more effectively than the frame of the car can, that translates to better handling characteristics.


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Where'd you get the purple gloves?
They're just Nitrile gloves, look for em wherever you would find latex gloves, Wal Mart's got em in the section with the spraypaint and sandpaper.
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Old 10-20-2006, 07:38 AM   #13
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Chris, another sweet DIY. Looking forward to the review! Whats next for you in the mod department other than the headers?
Few cool one off mods finishing soon..
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Old 10-20-2006, 07:39 AM   #14
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Where'd you get the purple gloves?
Gimme your address, Ill send ya a box.
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Old 10-20-2006, 07:41 AM   #15
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Front Strut Tower Bars like the Tanabe basically link the two strut towers structurally, it reduces chassis flex and transfers more of the roll in a turn, dive, or yaw to the struts, which can handle it more effectively than the frame of the car can, that translates to better handling characteristics.
Thanks Paul, you nailed that answer better then I ever could!

If you didn't install your Tanabe Strut yet, send me your address, and Ill get you out the upgraded Grade 8 hardware. Whats included is a joke!
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Old 10-20-2006, 07:42 AM   #16
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is the reason for such a large curve is just to avoid that terminal cover?
There is actually a LOT of room between the terminals and the strut, I know it looks rather close in the pictures though.
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Old 10-20-2006, 08:43 AM   #17
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I use the same purple gloves when I am workng on engines at Cummins.
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Old 10-20-2006, 10:44 AM   #18
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They do look a lot stronger than the painter's glove I get by the bagfull at Home Depot.
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