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This is a discussion on Strut Brace within the Suspension and Handling forums, part of the General Help category; Waste of money, spend it on something else....

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    Waste of money, spend it on something else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1972_Z-28 View Post
    Did the STB and sub frame connectors at the same time. My car had some rattling noises in the dash area that went away after the install. Had about 75k on the car at the time of install. Went with the UMI equipment.
    Subframe connectors did that for you.




    Waiting on the reasoning for the STB to be a 'must buy' modification.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Luos View Post

    Waiting on the reasoning for the STB to be a 'must buy' modification.....

    There is alot said on here that is a must buy or mod... Cant tell people who think its a must its not.. Or it can be very hard to tell them...

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    keeps the towers from flexing.....it is just sheet metal ya know

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    Quote Originally Posted by shady milkman View Post
    17x11s ? hmm maybe it is just the Ms
    Could be, TTII's seem to be pretty common so maybe those were mass produced? Who knows. I got 17X9.5 which i'm happy with since it's a step up from my stock 16" wheels on 245 tires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex18 View Post
    Could be, TTII's seem to be pretty common so maybe those were mass produced? Who knows. I got 17X9.5 which i'm happy with since it's a step up from my stock 16" wheels on 245 tires.
    ohhh that is why..the 9.5s arent on backorder

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    I will post pictures of my umi strut brace tomorrow, I got it at carslisle PA spring show for a discount, I always thought it was just eye candy until i bolted it on and tourqe it to spec and felt the difference In my front shocks and steering the car reacts quicker and there is less noise now the car is super quiet. The main part is installing your parts professionally not just with a ratchet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WreckedLS1 View Post
    I always thought it was just eye candy until i bolted it on and tourqe it to spec and felt the difference In my front shocks and steering the car reacts quicker and there is less noise now the car is super quiet. The main part is installing your parts professionally not just with a ratchet.
    how did you professionaly install it other than using a rachet?.....tq wrench? i used a tq wrench on mine and felt no difference

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    If anyone wants to waste the 200, send it to me I'll go out to the scrap pile and grab some pipe and a chunk or 2 of plate and weld you up one in less than 10min. I'll even throw in some trq specs Yeah I'd spend the money elsewhere....
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    Not to piss anyone off though. I own a small fab business and would never charge 200+ dollars for 2 welds and not even $20 worth of stock.

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    STB is a great investment...however there is no difference between a UMI for $70 and a fancy shmancy one for $200.

    I also professionally installed mine. The guy charged me $400 for installation and said he had to drop the oil pan to do so. Really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vertiviper View Post
    STB is a great investment...however there is no difference between a UMI for $70 and a fancy shmancy one for $200.

    I also professionally installed mine. The guy charged me $400 for installation and said he had to drop the oil pan to do so. Really.
    No offence, but it sounds like someone saw you comming..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smittro View Post
    Not to piss anyone off though. I own a small fab business and would never charge 200+ dollars for 2 welds and not even $20 worth of stock.
    what STB do you know of thats 200 bucks? haha i paid 70 for mine.....its a nice visual mod

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    Quote Originally Posted by basballny2 View Post
    what STB do you know of thats 200 bucks? haha i paid 70 for mine.....its a nice visual mod
    There are some nicer ones that cost more. Most of the ones I've seen are simply constructed and over priced..
    http://www.jegs.com/p/Edelbrock/Edel...43944/10002/-1
    http://www.stillen.com/product.asp?i...WR1&c=SU&m=all

    One listed for $308 in the second link..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smittro View Post
    No offence, but it sounds like someone saw you comming..
    I was being facetious, obviously.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vertiviper View Post
    I was being facetious, obviously.

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    I just spoke with the UMI crew at carslisle they said make sure the car is on an even surface then clean the shock mount area before bolting the brace down then snugg it down with a ratchet after you center the strut brace perfectly then tourqe the nuts to spec in a symmetrical pattern then drive the car 25 miles then retourqed it again You will feel a difference this way I got this UMI strut brace from UMI at spring carslisle for a show price of $55.00

    I followed their directions and it really works i wasnt going to buy it because i told them how others have said it doesnt do anything but then he said follow these directions and you will feel a difference, also if you were to ever lift your front wheels off the ground at the track i would like to have this on there aswell or if your doing hard cornering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WreckedLS1 View Post
    I snugged it down with a ratchet then tourqe the nuts to spec in a symmetrical pattern then drove the car 25 miles then retourqed it again You will feel a difference this way I got this UMI strut brace from UMI at spring carslisle for a show price of $55.00

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    What do we got there? About $1.00 worth of 1/4 plate, and $2.50 in 1in. tubular steel, and about 1/3 of a welding rod..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smittro View Post
    What do we got there? About $1.00 worth of 1/4 plate, and $2.50 in 1in. tubular steel, and about 1/3 of a welding rod..
    while i am not a STB fan..i respect umi and the fact that they make good products and their costs are very reasonable if the not lower than most

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    when its done right you'll really feel the tire grab the road im going to have them install frame connectors on my camaro later on since that is a serious integral part aswell.

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