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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-07-2017, 12:51 PM Thread Starter
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GT Bar installation questions

I realize this is like sticking my finger in most people's eye but before I dig into this myself I figured I'd ask.

Does anyone have install instructions for the GT bar? Any hole layout tips? Any tricks I should know?

What about a template to cut the hole in the plastic seat belt cover on the floor where the front hoop mounts?


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if it is like a 78 underneath, 2 of the 3 front mount holes are visible on body mount channel
you should be able to drill underside to locate bar where it should be
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There should be some factory indents on the fender. I highlighted them with a sharpy.


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As far as locating the front, it straddles a seam (no pic of that, but you will see from the underside) and pretty much sets itself. You may need to scrape out some seam sealer.


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Also, if you have a headliner on your topper, the GT bar will not fit and the 'hoods' at the corners will need to be removed.

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I have many more pics if needed. Nice find

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This is awesome information. You have a 92-96 and it has the indents so my 83 most likely will too since the bar was an option then and not in the later years.

I would like more pics if you have them!!!! Want me to PM you my email?

I don't currently have a headliner but I'm hunting for a 92-96 top and it most likely will have a headliner. Cutting the corners off isn't a big deal and I don't know their purpose anyway. I'd like to see pics of your finished bar without the corners and see how that looks.

Thanks for the info. This is great!!!


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Sorry for the delay..having some issues resizing the photos to post. I'll work it out today. Anything specific you're looking for?
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Sorry for the delay..having some issues resizing the photos to post. I'll work it out today. Anything specific you're looking for?


I guess if I could see what the bar and roof line look like after the corners are cut off and the roof is in place. How much room is there between bar and headliner?


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I guess if I could see what the bar and roof line look like after the corners are cut off and the roof is in place.
Here's one, I'll take more pics when it isn't 1 degree out.

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How much room is there between bar and headliner?
None. It touches the headliner.
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The best way to get it installed is to sell the bar to me, I'll install it in mine and take pictures. You can then use the pictures to see how to install one in yours when you find another one.

JK - I can't find one for my 84!
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Yo Alfie,
Installation in an 83
Source: by Michael C (collinsperformance, The Money Monster)
Mike bought roll bar made for another make, but shows where the stock Ford GT bar would mount,
Such as in pic #5, he wrote, "This is where the stock GT bar would go but i cut the foot and slide it back. this is the pass side. "


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"here is a side shot to show if i mounted in the GT Bar position where the rear leg would go. i decided to move it back a a foot from here."

Supermotors was opening a little quicker than in past weeks, but as i got to the second pic, it froze. So try going through them all to see if Mike described any more GT bar locations
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My bar is almost ready for install after it got some new shoes......


And we trimmed the shoulder pads.....



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Noob question, but since we are on this topic... what is a GT bar? factory "sport" roll bar? what years were they offered?
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Noob question, but since we are on this topic... what is a GT bar? factory "sport" roll bar? what years were they offered?


Yes, the factory called them GT Bars to remove the connotation that it may protect you in a roll over. They were offered from 78-84 I think but I'm not 100% sure about the cut off in '84.


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Yes, the factory called them GT Bars to remove the connotation that it may protect you in a roll over. They were offered from 78-84 I think but I'm not 100% sure about the cut off in '84.


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how do they compare to custom sport bars out there? are they 100% for aesthetics, or did ford not call them roll bars to avoid any potential lawsuits?
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how do they compare to custom sport bars out there? are they 100% for aesthetics, or did ford not call them roll bars to avoid any potential lawsuits?


In my opinion they are totally for looks and even at that they don't look as good as some aftermarket options. But there's the fact that they are factory options that make them cool.


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