2002 Re-torquing X braces?

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Apr 18, 2021
Thunderbird Year
2004
There is a for sale listing on Bring a Trailer for a 2002 Neiman Marcus edition T-Bird. One of the commenters said the following:

Make sure you re-torque those x-braces (there are 2) to 46 lb/ft ; these were not properly torqued at the factory, and will stiffen the chassis considerably when set to spec.

I searched this site and have found no mention of the need to do this. Is this a thing?
 
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Joined
Apr 18, 2021
Thunderbird Year
2004
There is a for sale listing on Bring a Trailer for a 2002 Neiman Marcus edition T-Bird. One of the commenters said the following:

Make sure you re-torque those x-braces (there are 2) to 46 lb/ft ; these were not properly torqued at the factory, and will stiffen the chassis considerably when set to spec.

I searched this site and have found no mention of the need to do this. Is this a thing?

Here is the listing: https://bringatrailer.com/listing/2002-ford-thunderbird-nieman-marcus-edition-5/
Answered my own question. Found it under "X frame" instead of "X braces":

 

Anewaltj

Active Member
Joined
Aug 17, 2017
Thunderbird Year
2005
Yes, there is a link on this site, about re-torque the braces, I believe it was specific to 2002's.....Had my 2005 checked soon after I got it because of the mushy feel of the suspension, they were fine, but I put new KYB struts on it and now it rides and handles like new...
 

biddle

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Mar 9, 2003
Answered my own question. Found it under "X frame" instead of "X braces":

When you were creating your post, you would have also been shown that thread as you typed your title. We have this advanced, optional function for this very purpose.

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Joined
Feb 9, 2019
Thunderbird Year
2002
I re-torqued mine to the recommended setting about 6 months after I purchased my 19,000 mile 2002 3 years back.
I got a good 1/2 turn on many of the bolts to reach torque and a little more on a few of them..
It made a noticeable "seat of the pants" difference in the ride. chassis_marked.jpg
 

WesTxStoner425

2004 Platinum over Sand interior
Joined
Mar 8, 2020
Thunderbird Year
2004
I retorqued all of the X-braces a few months ago on my 2004 and all bolts were below spec.
 
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Gus Gutz

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Joined
May 9, 2017
Thunderbird Year
2002
This is an easy procedure. You can reach these bolts without having to jack the car or even getting underneath. I check mine yearly. The first time I tried there was at least a quarter turn on two of them.
 
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