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This is a discussion on Shock tower braces within the Suspension and Handling forums, part of the General Help category; any real differences between UMI, Spohn, BMR. as far as i can tell its just a brace. i cant imagine ...

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    any real differences between UMI, Spohn, BMR.

    as far as i can tell its just a brace. i cant imagine how one could be a hell of a lot better than another.

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    Fact is, none of them are good. Its a appearance mod at best. No added benefit, save your money for something else thats useful.

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    From what I understand and have heard from a lot of people, that is one mod that doesn't do much of anything. I never got one because of this.

    Someone else who owns one might say different, but just repeating what others have told me that bought one. More for show than anything else.

    Do you do any autocrossing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hi-Po View Post
    Fact is, none of them are good. Its a appearance mod at best. No added benefit, save your money for something else thats useful.
    I have one and agree with Hi-Po, you can spend the $100 better elsewhere.

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    no autocrossing. just a dd. does it go the same with SFC's or do they actually do something.

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    SFCs stiffen up the body quite a bit and keep the body panels from flexing. Your $$ will be much better put to use with this mod.

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    They are useful to lean on when working on the engine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thearborbarber View Post
    They are useful to lean on when working on the engine.
    But a pain to remove everytime you have to change your plugs or do something simple, sometimes i just don't put mine back on. I wouldn't have bought it if i didn't find it for $50 at a junk yard

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    Get the SFCs. They will stiffen the car a lot. Helps with handling and getting traction from a light.

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    Yeah the STB is not a needing item. I would put the SFC on first.

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    I cant say i have noticed any handle differnece either. But mines shiney red and looks good under the hood its a UMI STB for $64. One of my first chasis mods.

    Its that or get the silly little corvette valve/coil cover thingys and those are $100+
    I like UMI stuff though, get the SFC first. Youll feel the difference in handling for sure. The car just feels more "solid" after install.
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    Shock tower braces are mostly good for puller cars not so much 4th gen f-bod. There's so much uni-body up front on our cars you'd be hard pressed to find that it's flexing much..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smittro View Post
    Shock tower braces are mostly good for puller cars not so much 4th gen f-bod. There's so much uni-body up front on our cars you'd be hard pressed to find that it's flexing much..
    agreed ^^^^
    unless you plan on doing Auto-X where youll need more lateral support for going sideways. or if you plan on Drifting alot

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoshuaGrooms83 View Post
    agreed ^^^^
    unless you plan on doing Auto-X where youll need more lateral support for going sideways. or if you plan on Drifting alot
    Not to mention that one is buying about $10 worth of pipe and plate that took less than 3 min to weld up..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smittro View Post
    Not to mention that one is buying about $10 worth of pipe and plate that took less than 3 min to weld up..
    But its powder coated

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smittro View Post
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    lol yeah but then my thanks giving turkey will taste funny

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoshuaGrooms83 View Post
    unless you plan on doing Auto-X where youll need more lateral support for going sideways. or if you plan on Drifting alot
    Still not flexing it....


    STB's are good for two things.
    Lifting point for a hoist...and appearance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Luos View Post
    Still not flexing it....


    STB's are good for two things.
    Lifting point for a hoist...and appearance.
    I dont know if i would want to hoist up on those 4 bolts that hold it done? Id stick to appearance lol

    But in all seriousness, its not gonna really hurt you if you get it. Its only a $70 mod and it doesnt look all that bad. It just doesnt have all that much of an impact on handling as other mods like SFC's or lower control arms or roll cages. In all for the most part its an appearance mod with minimal performance gains. it does something, just not all that much lol

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