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Old 07-16-2013, 06:59 PM   #1
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so guys i'll be picking up my new to me 09 GT tomorrow morning and i have a few bucks left over from my trade in,, im wondering if a strut tower brace is worth the money, also i'll be ordering a barton shifter.
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Old 07-16-2013, 07:09 PM   #2
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Save that for a CAI & custom tune if the car isn't already custom tuned. A strut tower brace is mostly for show, maybe unless you autocross. It's affect on handling can't be noticed by most drivers.
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Old 07-16-2013, 07:10 PM   #3
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I think It's more an appearance mod. Unless you autocross or road race your car you really don't need it.
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Old 07-16-2013, 07:15 PM   #4
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Save that for a CAI & custom tune if the car isn't already custom tuned. A strut tower brace is mostly for show, maybe unless you autocross. It's affect on handling can't be noticed by most drivers.
it already has a CIA, not sure of the brand, i was to busy looking at the engine for any leaks or abnormalities...it does have a custom exhaust as its wicked loud but not obnoxious. a real good throaty sound that roars when you hit the skinny pedal. i'll make sure i post up some pictures when i get her home tomorrow.
oh and i have no clue if its been tuned, but it goes like stink.
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Old 07-16-2013, 07:15 PM   #5
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it is a appearance mod only IMO. We got one in nancys car and it looks good but she doesnt notice any difference in driving.
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Old 07-16-2013, 07:24 PM   #6
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I noticed a difference in mine but only when cornering hard or going in and out of the drive way.
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Not worth it DD IMO, Just adds weight to the front end.
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ok then, guess i'll spend my money else where..
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On an 05-09 it works to stiffen the Chase, also the lower K-member under the car creates a stiff circle. Otherwise your cars front end is held together by not much. Flexing absorbs speed and effects handling. The two items are useful on your car but all depends on your priorities. Speed, dependability, cornering, acceleration so on. If you ever want to mount a Boss intake or S/C most won't fit so it's best to get that one first and it doesn't cost anymore, but will if you have to buy two.
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Old 07-16-2013, 09:35 PM   #10
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I have a strut brace on my '06 GT 'vert. I believe it does make a little difference, probably because it is a 'vert. I think cowl shake is somewhat reduced and cornering also slightly improved. Worth the $, It was to me. It didn't cost that much and it was an easy install. It also looks good. I'm satisfied.
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Old 07-16-2013, 10:08 PM   #11
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I have a strut brace on my '06 GT 'vert. I believe it does make a little difference, probably because it is a 'vert. I think cowl shake is somewhat reduced and cornering also slightly improved. Worth the $, It was to me. It didn't cost that much and it was an easy install. It also looks good. I'm satisfied.
I have a vert also. We probably notice it more because our cars lack the same structural rigidity as the coupes.
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One of the first mods I put on my car were sway bars. Made a huge difference in cornering / high speed ramps. I just put a strut tower bar on last week and I could tell the difference even on top of the sway bars. Of course, I like a car that can hold a corner so I can certainly tell. My car is really flattening out in the curves. It also looks cool. $135 for the Boss version.
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I have a convertible and a Steeda strut tower brace and I noticed a bit of a difference right away too. Bang for the buck I'm happy with purchasing it but most of the coupe owners would say it's not necessary.
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Old 07-17-2013, 09:37 AM   #14
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Well, on my 2013 GT I recently installed a new Boss 302 brace which I got for dirt cheap at CJs Pony Parts. I also bought several different torque wrenches and socket sets from Harbor Freight for a pittance!! Anyhow, I'll never drive another sports car without the brace. It not only cuts the body roll and dive's when hard cornering, it also smooths out the ride going straight and minimizes bumps and uneven driving surfaces to a degree I would not have imagined had I not experienced it. Being made of tubular aluminum it hardly adds any weight to the front end either. Seriously the best $134 I ever spent on the car. Whichever one you choose will probably work just as good but I give them the highest recommendation I can.

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Old 07-17-2013, 04:05 PM   #15
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I have a vert also. We probably notice it more because our cars lack the same structural rigidity as the coupes.
My thoughts exactly.
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A STB will mostly make a coupe feel more solid, without adding enough chassis stiffness to matter much at all. It's a structural vibrations thing, and the more solid feeling is frequently confused with gaining overall stiffness.

A more solid-feeling ride can be a good enough reason all by itself.

Yes to the idea that convertibles benefit more from this.


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