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Strut Tower Brace

This is a discussion on Strut Tower Brace within the Suspension and Handling forums, part of the General Help category; i noticed a big difference the first time i took a corner hard...

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    i noticed a big difference the first time i took a corner hard

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    i did aswell

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    With sub frame I can not tell Any difference. . And the slp bar is heavy

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    First i should say i have a 98 z28 with original shock at the time 16's.

    Ok, i got a slp strut tower bar first and Im being honest with my experiance that I notice a huge differnce. The steering response was a lot better, car seemed more stable, and went in a straighter line. When I took turns car felt a lot more stable and when i burn out on a turn no more fish tailing, and this one was a huge differnce. Before the stb i would peal out on a turn and fish tail now i can stomp on the gas and no fish tailing. I recommend the stb. Of course i've had people tell me that i noticed such a huge difference because my shocks are worn, don't know if true or not, but i know that i noticed a differnce when i put on a stb.

    And when i put sfc -slp- i've also noticed the stiffness on the whole car so much that one week after installing my sfc my tranny went out on me. I swear when i first drove my car with sfc the car felt brand new as if i added a power mod.

    And funny thing when i went to 17's i felt a over all differnce in how the car feels, again felt like a brand new car im driving for the first time.

    I maybe sensitive to the mods i do, but on ever mod or upgrade i've done i've felt a differnce for the good.

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    I think anyone that notices a difference with the STB is noticing it in there head. I got SFCs and LCAs and can feel a pretty big difference with the car as well as not hearing many of the noises I used to.

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    I think the $$$ spent on a STB is better spent going with a stiffer FSB instead, preferably a 35mm bar.

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    Do any of these make a difference in drag racing?

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    drag, no... only difference= added weight.
    and for road racing, no advantage, since a few have tried (including myself) with vs without on cars, and makes no difference in lap times.
    it's still a good looking piece that is practical to lean on when working in engine bay.
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    IMO, if it didn't do anything Nascar wouldn't be using them since they add front end either too

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadSeason View Post
    IMO, if it didn't do anything Nascar wouldn't be using them since they add front end either too
    Nascar car frames and fbody frames are quite different, btw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eugenio_SS View Post
    Nascar car frames and fbody frames are quite different, btw.
    Bingo.

    With that in mind of drag racing AND road racing, what would be the point in buying them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKIRA View Post
    Bingo.

    With that in mind of drag racing AND road racing, what would be the point in buying them?
    esthetics and practicality (can lean on it while working inside the engine bay)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eugenio_SS View Post
    esthetics and practicality (can lean on it while working inside the engine bay)
    And have another place to jack up...!

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    That bar thingy helps a little itty bitty bit...

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    I have the hotchkis brance and it really helped out with body roll up front and stiffined up the stearing alot. In all it really made a difference it how the car handeled. Love it.


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    Not to mention, our strut towers...arent they just a bar? Just a bent bar? Over $100 for that???

    Whoops! I retract that statement! Still, expensive for little give back..
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    [QUOTE=KageSS;437576]Cool, i think i'm gonna gets me some of that. [/QUOTE

    I highly recomend getting a set. Worth the money

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    Biggest handling mod for me so far was the subframe connectors along with the panhard bar.
    Night and day...at least in my opinion.

    My car at this point is not effected by a strut tower brace. Running without the front sway bar already so the car isn't really a handling machine.
    I do have the STB on the car though. Got it really cheap.
    The subframe connectors though...man the car got much more solid.

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    I didn't really notice anything... but it's my only suspension mod. I can't wait to get the SFC's installed.
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