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ragingpaseo Mar 24, 5:52pm - #133634 
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anybody have issues w/tanabe strut bar?

just installed the tanabe strut bar last night, a few questions with anybody who have one. the factory battery tie-down seem a little high. the positive connector is cramp between the valve cover & the battery itself, is that ok? it feels like the + connector cover is going to pop off. anybody have similar situation??? thanks~
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ragingpaseo Mar 24, 5:53pm - #133635 
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ragingpaseo Mar 24, 5:53pm - #133636 
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Evan Mar 24, 6:00pm - #133637 

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congrats on the strut bar thumbsup

sorry I don't know the answer to your question, though idunno

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spaztikid Mar 24, 6:02pm - #133638 
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i made my own battery tie down and got rid of the problem.
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ragingpaseo Mar 24, 6:26pm - #133639 
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Originally Posted by Evan
congrats on the strut bar thumbsup

thanks bud...
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drygulch Mar 24, 6:37pm - #133640 
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I installed the same strut bar - I have an '03 with the same battery you have. The fit is a bit tight. I had to cut most of the vertical flanges off the battery tiedown where it runs under the strut bar. I also had to shorten the threaded rod that that secures the tiedown bar and replace the wingnut with a lower profile hex nut. Lastly, I rotated my battery terminals a little further so the cables weren't quite so squashed. That left a little more room for the cover on the positive terminal.

As an aside, I previously tried both the APR and RMM strut bars. I had problems with both, and I think the Tanabe bar is the best choice.
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v3n0m Mar 24, 6:43pm - #133641 

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I haven't had any issues idunno
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Mad_Game Mar 24, 6:48pm - #133642 
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ya nice strut, hows it like driving it (w\o the issues)?
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ragingpaseo Mar 24, 7:13pm - #133643 
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Originally Posted by drygulch
I installed the same strut bar - I have an '03 with the same battery you have. The fit is a bit tight. I had to cut most of the vertical flanges off the battery tiedown where it runs under the strut bar. I also had to shorten the threaded rod that that secures the tiedown bar and replace the wingnut with a lower profile hex nut. Lastly, I rotated my battery terminals a little further so the cables weren't quite so squashed. That left a little more room for the cover on the positive terminal.

As an aside, I previously tried both the APR and RMM strut bars. I had problems with both, and I think the Tanabe bar is the best choice.

hey man, got any photos??? it drives alright...the same as not having them... spineyes
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drygulch Mar 24, 7:24pm - #133644 
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I don't have any pictures, but I can take a few and post them in the next day or so if that would help.
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ragingpaseo Mar 24, 7:28pm - #133645 
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cool...

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righteous_one Mar 24, 8:18pm - #133647 
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i just got mine a couple of days ago but haven't got the time to install it yet. Thanks for the heads up.
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Gen7fan Mar 24, 8:49pm - #133648 
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a hypermotive battery tie would solve that part of your issue.


http://www.hypermotive.net/
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Evan Mar 24, 8:50pm - #133649 

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Originally Posted by Gen7fan
a hypermotive battery tie would solve that part of your issue.


http://www.hypermotive.net/


awesome.

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ragingpaseo Mar 25, 3:22pm - #133650 
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Originally Posted by Gen7fan
a hypermotive battery tie would solve that part of your issue.


http://www.hypermotive.net/

sweet, but damn, $234.50??? wtf
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ragingpaseo Mar 25, 3:24pm - #133651 
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the tie-down itself is $Sale Price: $39.50??? still, thanks man...
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oas Mar 25, 3:52pm - #133652 
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wath will a strur bare help and will i feel the changes
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OOSilver_S Mar 25, 3:57pm - #133653 

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I had the same problem so I grinded a little space out of the side of my gts valve cover(surronding) thing so the positive would fit nicely. and the tie down had to be grinded down quite a bit for me (maybe cause I have cold weather package=bigger battery?). I just repainted it after grinding it.
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ragingpaseo Mar 25, 4:01pm - #133654 
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Originally Posted by oas
wath will a strur bare help and will i feel the changes

Stiffen the chassis to reduce body flex during hard cornering. i've strut bar on both celica & paseo; however, i haven't notice that much of a difference...
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slik_gts Mar 25, 4:59pm - #133655 

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i have absolutely no problems with mine. fits perfectly nice and with a lot of room under and around the strut bar.

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righteous_one Mar 25, 5:08pm - #133656 
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Originally Posted by slik_gts
i have absolutely no problems with mine. fits perfectly nice and with a lot of room under and around the strut bar.

slik

can you post some pics of the install? I want to see em before i install mine.
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GTSHYPR Mar 25, 5:59pm - #133657 
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I just went out to take these for you. Mine has plenty of room. I did have to cut the one screw down but, that's it.
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I'm gonna take your little Civic. Dust it off. Turn it sideways and stick it straight up you candy A*s.
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GTSHYPR Mar 25, 5:59pm - #133658 
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I'm gonna take your little Civic. Dust it off. Turn it sideways and stick it straight up you candy A*s.
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spaztikid Mar 25, 6:00pm - #133659 
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you just slide it on, there's pics in my profile and on my cardomain site...

should only take a few mins.
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ragingpaseo Mar 25, 6:41pm - #133660 
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am i the only @$$hole who have this problem??? confused
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spaztikid Mar 25, 6:44pm - #133661 
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i dont understand what your problem is...

if the + connector is in the way, loosen it and move it out of the way...
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ragingpaseo Mar 25, 6:48pm - #133662 
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Originally Posted by spaztikid
i dont understand what your problem is...

if the + connector is in the way, loosen it and move it out of the way...

it would be too close to the strut bar...

i've already push the battery all the way to the right as is...i think it's the big fat battery...
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ragingpaseo Mar 25, 6:50pm - #133663 
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Originally Posted by GTSHYPR
I just went out to take these for you. Mine has plenty of room. I did have to cut the one screw down but, that's it.

hey bud, you have a different battery than i...
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GTSHYPR Mar 25, 8:25pm - #133664 
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Originally Posted by ragingpaseo
Originally Posted by GTSHYPR
I just went out to take these for you. Mine has plenty of room. I did have to cut the one screw down but, that's it.

hey bud, you have a different battery than i...

Well I do have a 2002. But the battery is stock. I don't know if they changed it when they made the 2003.
I think that, that might be the problem.
Does anyone else have this strut bar on an 03?
You could always get a Dremel Tool and do a little cutting.

I'm gonna take your little Civic. Dust it off. Turn it sideways and stick it straight up you candy A*s.
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ragingpaseo Mar 25, 9:10pm - #133665 
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i have some odd name battery called "true start." i think toyota start to use them now cause my sister's 04' camry have that too...
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drygulch Mar 26, 3:41am - #133666 
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I think they did change batteries for '03. Mine is smaller. I have more clearence on the sides, but the strut bar passed right over the rod that secures the tie down in the rear. I had to trim it with a Dremel. Could have cut a little less off...I'll know for next time.
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ragingpaseo Mar 26, 5:33am - #133667 
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Originally Posted by drygulch
I think they did change batteries for '03. Mine is smaller. I have more clearence on the sides, but the strut bar passed right over the rod that secures the tie down in the rear. I had to trim it with a Dremel. Could have cut a little less off...I'll know for next time.

dude, what's the brand of your battery? can you find out the model or something? i can really use the help. i drove around the town and found out our battery is a 35, output at 800 crank. sad thing is they don't get any smaller than "true start," unless is a 26 @ 650 crank...
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Rocketman Mar 26, 5:34am - #133668 

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Originally Posted by drygulch
I installed the same strut bar - I have an '03 with the same battery you have. The fit is a bit tight. I had to cut most of the vertical flanges off the battery tiedown where it runs under the strut bar. I also had to shorten the threaded rod that that secures the tiedown bar and replace the wingnut with a lower profile hex nut. Lastly, I rotated my battery terminals a little further so the cables weren't quite so squashed. That left a little more room for the cover on the positive terminal.

As an aside, I previously tried both the APR and RMM strut bars. I had problems with both, and I think the Tanabe bar is the best choice.

i wouldn't know.
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ragingpaseo Mar 26, 5:42am - #133669 
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Originally Posted by Rocketman
i wouldn't know.

that wasn't much of a help dude... spineyes
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SilverGT Mar 26, 6:41am - #133670 
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i had the same problem, i had to cut down the upper screw for the strut bar to fit. its a tight fit, but its ok. and also, i posted before and people said "get the hypermotive tie-down" so i did, and guess what, didnt fit because i had the smaller battery. it only fits on the bigger battery that are in some celica, unless you wanna cut it down.
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ragingpaseo Mar 29, 4:38pm - #133671 
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what do you mean it doesn't fit??? i just ordered the damn thing...
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ragingpaseo Mar 29, 4:40pm - #133672 
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Originally Posted by drygulch
I think they did change batteries for '03. Mine is smaller. I have more clearence on the sides, but the strut bar passed right over the rod that secures the tie down in the rear. I had to trim it with a Dremel. Could have cut a little less off...I'll know for next time.

your battery is small dude...
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