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strut brace question(s)

Discussion in 'Motors' started by Phantom, 4 May 2006.

  1. Phantom

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 9,809

    Location: Southampton, Hampshire

    Are they all the same? Do i really need one? as far as I know it prevents 'flexing' in the chassis and stiffens something or other... how much and in what way would it affect the handling of the car (2003 civic coupe) ?

    thanks in advance :cool:
     
  2. Zip

    Capodecina

    Joined: 26 Jun 2005

    Posts: 20,224

    Location: Australia

    I can see alot of mixed answers in the near future :o
     
  3. merlin

    Capodecina

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    Location: England

    It wont do a fat lot. May even affect it negatively.

    If you want to improve the handling get the geometry done to a fast road setup.
     
  4. Pug

    Soldato

    Joined: 20 Oct 2002

    Posts: 5,160

    Location: Over there...

    fitted one to my Celica TSport, which is pretty well setup in stock form, and... didnt really notice much difference.

    If pressed i'd say it improved it in fast tight turns, but its probably a placebo effect.

    End of the day, it cost me £75 2nd hand, is anodised to the same colour as my engine bay, and certainly didnt affect the car negatively - so all in i was happy.

    Just dont expect wonders is all.
     
  5. Acolyte

    Mobster

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 3,742

    Location: Bristol

    Ive heard they can crease roofs aswell, well on my car they can anyway (renaults roofs made of cheese :p )
     
  6. GT3

    Sgarrista

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    Location: Chesterfield

    I knew it was a bad move Renault commissioning Goodyear to make bodypanels for them :D
     
  7. Stonedofmoo

    Soldato

    Joined: 24 Oct 2002

    Posts: 6,245

    Location: Portsmouth

    Right the simple answer to this is it ALL depends how good your car's chasis is in the first place. Some cars are stiff enough not to require them - generally thats modern cars

    Older cars can very much benefit from them.
     
  8. Zip

    Capodecina

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    Can, worms, open, everywhere
     
  9. D4VE

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 23 Oct 2003

    Posts: 8,899

    Location: Hampshire, UK

    Did loads to my Astra GTE, but that was a flimsey old Astra.
     
  10. stoofer

    Mobster

    Joined: 8 Mar 2003

    Posts: 2,722

    Location: Isle of Wight

    yep depends entirely on the car.

    makes a nice difference to the turn in and cornering stability on a 200SX.
     
  11. Jonnycoupe

    Capodecina

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    Location: N.Warks

    Thats assuming the geometry stays as it was setup during corners :p

    Can _ worms > Open