Steve Baur
Former Editor, Modified Mustangs & Fords
June 1, 2013

Like most everything that is made for automobiles, the export brace that Ford equipped foreign-bound Mustangs with offered marginally more support, but still left a lot on the table due to its stamped steel design. Thankfully, companies like Global West realized this design wasn't the best way to achieve the objective at hand—that being stiffening up the front part of the chassis.

Leaving the stamped steel design in the past, Global West forged ahead with tubular construction, and as a result, now offers a much stronger and stiffer piece of chassis bracing. Global West's 4-Bar Export Brace comes powdercoated for good looks, and the company claims that it is the strongest shock tower brace on the market.

Complementing the 4-Bar export brace is Global West's Monte Carlo bar, which completes the triangulation of the front chassis support system. The Monte Carlo bar is offered in straight and slightly bent configurations, and both include adjustable rod ends to compensate for chassis variances—there's plenty of those in a vintage Mustang.

Installation of the export and Monte Carlo braces is fairly simple and can be completed at night after work, depending on how critical you get with the fit and finish. We liked the shiny black powdercoat appearance, and these are reasonably priced mods that will help your restomod turn harder, and more accurately, while providing the chassis integrity to keep your Mustang straight for years to come.

Leaving the stamped steel design in the past, Global West forged ahead with tubular construction, and as a result, now offers a much stronger and stiffer piece of chassis bracing

Global West's 4-Bar Export Brace comes powdercoated for good looks, and the company claims that it is the strongest shock tower brace on the market

1. Global West’s 4-Bar Export Brace (PN TS-46) fits ’64-’66 Mustangs and retails for just $218.90. The company’s Monte Carlo bar (PN TS-8) also fits ’64-’66 Mustangs, and is an even bigger bargain at just $124.25. Both pieces offer strong, tubular construction and include all necessary hardware to complete the installation.

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17.The Global West Export and Monte Carlo braces look nearly OE in this mildly modified engine bay. They’ll do their part to keep the front suspension geometry accurate when the 340-horsepower crate engine pushes the car deep into the turns.