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Old 9/7/11, 04:33 PM
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Steeda Radiator Support -Install

Replaced my OEM radiator support with one from Steeda. Stock support weights 16.6lbs and the Steeda is 8.2 lbs.

16.6 lbs of ugly fat on the left and the sweet Steeda piece on the right:

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Old 9/7/11, 10:04 PM
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I did the same, went in fairly easy, but very disappointed Steeda didn't have the foresight to make sure it worked with my Steeda billet AR bar mounts, or the AR mounting point braces I also got from them. Sorta silly they sell multiple pieces, often on the same webpage, and they won't fit together.

I like the weight loss, though.
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Old 9/8/11, 08:36 AM
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Originally Posted by CO_VaporGT_09 View Post
I did the same, went in fairly easy, but very disappointed Steeda didn't have the foresight to make sure it worked with my Steeda billet AR bar mounts, or the AR mounting point braces I also got from them. Sorta silly they sell multiple pieces, often on the same webpage, and they won't fit together.

I like the weight loss, though.
Is it still beefy enough for road course duty?
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Old 9/8/11, 11:42 AM
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Originally Posted by Scruffy281 View Post
Is it still beefy enough for road course duty?
Yes, very much so.

The car below still has an original prototype piece on it back from 2006.

This is actually the second car that prototype piece went into. As we got this car running I believe in 2008 so this piece was in a different car prior to this. Still going strong and has tons of road race miles on it.

The car below makes 650hp so it can reach pretty high speeds and lateral loads.






You can see this car with the radiator support in action below, race starts around the 1:23 mark...

http://www.steeda.tv/play.php?vid=139
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Mine has done fine in my NASA driving -- nothing has loosened up. Just wish those billet AR mounts still fit -- they're for sale if anyone (without the lightweight radiator support) wants them!
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I have the billet mounts around here somewhere: had to abandon them in order to use the braces, as well.
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I actually modified the braces with a grinder to fit in the billet pieces, but NEITHER will fit on the Steeda radiator support. The braces aren't long enough, the bolt holes on the billet aren't quite spaced right. SO $180+ of Steeda product down the drain (and now for sale).

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Originally Posted by CO_VaporGT_09 View Post
I actually modified the braces with a grinder to fit in the billet pieces, but NEITHER will fit on the Steeda radiator support. The braces aren't long enough, the bolt holes on the billet aren't quite spaced right. SO $180+ of Steeda product down the drain (and now for sale).

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I wish they mixed too, have the billet mounts... is it ovaling the holes in the mount to reach?
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Originally Posted by Shotokan1509 View Post
is it ovaling the holes in the mount to reach?
I can't quite decipher what it is you're asking...

If you mean can you oval the hole to make the billet mounts work on the support, I'm not sure -- it's a fair amount of material to remove, maybe with a drill press it's possible. I said screw it and put on the Steeda stamped steel bendy pieces, which have enough flex/leeway to fit properly.

I'm pretty sure the issue is the distance apart of the threaded studs on the mount itself, they're not quite OEM spec. The billet pieces fit fine on the OEM mount.
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any pictures after install ?
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Can you actually notice a difference in handling with this part? I can't imagine that 8.4 pounds is going to be a noticeable performance jump.
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I mostly did it for the added clearance -- it really opens up the bottom/front end. I put a sandwich style oil filter adapter for NPT threaded sending units, can use the OEM or FRPP oil filter with just a bit of room to spare (when screwing on/off, plenty of room when fully seated).

I was replacing the radiator anyhow, got the Steeda piece on a bit of sale if I remember correctly.
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Originally Posted by CO_VaporGT_09 View Post
I can't quite decipher what it is you're asking...

If you mean can you oval the hole to make the billet mounts work on the support, I'm not sure -- it's a fair amount of material to remove, maybe with a drill press it's possible. I said screw it and put on the Steeda stamped steel bendy pieces, which have enough flex/leeway to fit properly.

I'm pretty sure the issue is the distance apart of the threaded studs on the mount itself, they're not quite OEM spec. The billet pieces fit fine on the OEM mount.
You got it, is it the distance between the studs the issue
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Originally Posted by ricksGT/CS View Post
any pictures after install ?
Rick, this is the only one I have so far, will try and take a few more next time I have the car in the air. Sorry, the jack handle is prominent in the left of the picture.

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Rick, this is the only one I have so far, will try and take a few more next time I have the car in the air. Sorry, the jack handle is prominent in the left of the picture.

thanks for the picture .
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