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    DIY Ultra Racing Rear Strut Bar Installation

    Installed the rear strut bar. Install time is 15 minutes.

    Disclaimer: The rear strut bar is not for everyone. If you need the hatch space in its full functionality then this is not for you.

    What you need:
    Ultra Racing Rear Strut Bar part # UR-RE2-2025


    Tools needed:
    - 17mm offset wrench (needs to be low angle offset)
    - Adjustable wrench
    - 1/2 Drive Socket Wrench
    - 1/2 Drive 17mm socket
    - Flat head screwdriver
    - used microfiber cloth


    1. Pry open the rear strut covers in the back with a Flat head screw driver with its head wrapped with the microfiber cloth. Safekeep the covers as they are no longer needed once the bar is installed.




    2. Use the 17mm offset wrench and the adjustable wrench as a counterforce to remove the strut nut on the left and right areas.



    3. Once the nuts are removed, insert the rear strut into the bolts. Place the included washers before re-installing the nut.



    4. Tightened the nuts using the 1/2 drive socket wrench and 17mm socket.

    Finalized installation.



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    Looks good gls2001! Thanks for the write up.

    Would you gain/save more rear trunk space if you flipped the bar the other way around? Its hard to tell from the pictures.

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    I'll flip the bar when I get to install the coilovers next month. It'll be easier to fit most stuff on the trunk that way. With the current install, sometimes I have to fold down the rear seats when placing stuff that won't fit right away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gls2001 View Post
    I'll flip the bar when I get to install the coilovers next month. It'll be easier to fit most stuff on the trunk that way. With the current install, sometimes I have to fold down the rear seats when placing stuff that won't fit right away.
    I think the mirage can't have rear coilovers due to the suspension setup.

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    Tein, Silvers, Emotion and GAB had coilovers developed for the Mirage.

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    made this months ago from a solid steel bar. I just measured from end to end, pounded the ends flat and drilled.

    checked it this afternoon to see if it's still straight and it is. was also a good time to paint the ends and add washers (didn't do so before)

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    Quote Originally Posted by gls2001 View Post
    I'll flip the bar when I get to install the coilovers next month. It'll be easier to fit most stuff on the trunk that way. With the current install, sometimes I have to fold down the rear seats when placing stuff that won't fit right away.
    I just installed this bar yesterday, I start hear mild squeaky noise everytime the the car hit bumps. My absorber is OK, but the funny thing is now I can clearly hear the sound of my absorber compressing/extending. Is it NORMAL??? Do you experience any kind of sound after installation??

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    Quote Originally Posted by gunlak View Post
    made this months ago from a solid steel bar. I just measured from end to end, pounded the ends flat and drilled.
    Dude, that's brilliant. Has it made a difference in handling for you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vijayapragas88 View Post
    I just installed this bar yesterday, I start hear mild squeaky noise everytime the the car hit bumps. My absorber is OK, but the funny thing is now I can clearly hear the sound of my absorber compressing/extending. Is it NORMAL??? Do you experience any kind of sound after installation??

    Your bar is acting like a sound tube. Any noise, vibration etc generated from the shock is being transmitted into the metal bar.

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    I agree a very elegant and simple solution. How's it been since installed. Any difference in the "wandering" problems?



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