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front/rear strut tower braces?

Old 10-30-2008, 01:26 PM
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Originally Posted by BigGameHunter589 View Post
Are the braces a big difference maker in handling? I hear that the rear braces really help out much more than the front.. I doubt I'll actually buy a pair but instead fabricate some myself and save 200 bucks!
anything that will stiffen up the chassis will help, up to the point where your suspension reaches it's limits. So installing a strut tower brace can help, but it may show any weaknesses in your suspension if you're really driving the car hard enough to need a strut tower brace. Unibody cars are famous (or is that infamous?) for flex. If we can get all that flex out, we can then work on getting the suspension properly set up to take advantage of the stiffened chassis. I would first change all the bushing out to polyurethane, then a strut tower brace. Of course after that you'll need lower strut arms, upper and lower control arms in the rear, new struts, new springs, etc, etc, etc. But, I do think they are cool looking if you're showing your car, so there is an aesthetic value also. Your car, do what you want to it, make it yours, even if the mod is semi-unnecessary. Pride of ownership, it's what its all about, right ?
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