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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 felt a small diff from 3 point STB when cornering but a lot more when lowering the car 1.5'' ...

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    I felt a small diff from 3 point STB when cornering but a lot more when lowering the car 1.5'' and SFC

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    I Think So

    No data, just seat of the pants feel. I also added a reinforced panhard bar at the same time as I added the strut tower brace. My car has T-Tops and it felt tighter to me after I installed the parts, could be wishful thinking though.

    I then installed SFC's, new LCA's and lowering springs and a mechanic friend said he's never driven a tighter F-Body.

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    So in essence, get the cheapest "lean bar" possible, if you got to have one, tru dat?

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    I always thought it would be interesting for all the people that state they could feel a difference after they put one on their car, to take 2 equal fbodies, one with a STB and one without and have them drive both. Would be interesting to see if anyone could actually pick the fbody that had the STB and the one that didn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Y2KPewterSS View Post
    I always thought it would be interesting for all the people that state they could feel a difference after they put one on their car, to take 2 equal fbodies, one with a STB and one without and have them drive both. Would be interesting to see if anyone could actually pick the fbody that had the STB and the one that didn't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 99'CajunFirehawk157 View Post
    So in essence, get the cheapest "lean bar" possible, if you got to have one, tru dat?

    Not the cheapest, but the best looking one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bevenue View Post
    Are you volunteering your car?
    I will get back to you on that one

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chad97z View Post
    It makes you feel more bumps. And the bumps are more harsh. It also reduces chassis twist, which was bad for me the other day because my car sits low and I was going to park my car at the black eyed pea in Dallas and behind the building where the parking lot is, there is a dip in the road and then it goes up high real fast. So I wanted to hit it at an angle so I would drag anything.. Well, I went slow and approached it at an angle, so this would have normally put a twist on my car but since it resisted twisting, the rear tire got no traction and for some reason only 1 tire would spin and it was the one that would get traction, so I got stuck in a little itty bitty dip in the road. totally weird.

    Man , I can feel for you ! I had the same exact thing happen to me in my drive way . It was very embarrassing . I had to call a friend to come over with a chain & pull me back onto level ground . For some strange reason the posi-traction rear end didn't want to work & the stiff chassis wouldn't flex enough to get traction. My neighbors just stared & shock their heads. Frggin strut bar !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Z ROADSTER View Post
    Man , I can feel for you ! I had the same exact thing happen to me in my drive way . It was very embarrassing . I had to call a friend to come over with a chain & pull me back onto level ground . For some strange reason the posi-traction rear end didn't want to work & the stiff chassis wouldn't flex enough to get traction. My neighbors just stared & shock their heads. Frggin strut bar !
    Sorry to tell you guys but that has nothing to do with the STB

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    Put the brakes on and hit the gas next time. The stupid stock diffs do this on ice too. Once they have resistance from the brakes the other wheel will move you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TOO Z MAXX View Post
    Sorry to tell you guys but that has nothing to do with the STB

    To a degree , your correct ! The real culprit is the stiff, large diameter, front & rear sway bars or stabilizer bars. All of which contribute to a stiff / harsh ride . Not good for drag racing if you want your suspension to transfer weight for additional traction .
    Two stars for TOO Z-MAXX !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Z ROADSTER View Post
    To a degree , your correct ! The real culprit is the stiff, large diameter, front & rear sway bars or stabilizer bars. All of which contribute to a stiff / harsh ride . Not good for drag racing if you want your suspension to transfer weight for additional traction .
    Two stars for TOO Z-MAXX !
    Yep, I have the Strano sway bars on my car. If I jack my car up in the rear by the LCA I can get 3 wheels off the ground with one jack point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TOO Z MAXX View Post
    WOW, check out that pole. 91 suckers so far. I cant remember what shop it was but they did some testing and took some measurements with and without a STB. They came to the conclusion they do nothing. From my own experience I came to the same conclusion. My car has roughly 300 autox days on it so I know how my car handles. I also run Hoosier A6 r-compound tires on some super grippy concrete, so the stress is there. If a car is going to flex it will happen under these extreme conditions. I took mine STB off and I couldnt tell a difference at all. Is that enought proof for you guys.
    I did the same on autox + lapping and times didn't change either... you're not the only one.
    Maybe i should bias the vote in the right direction...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eugenio_SS View Post
    I did the same on autox + lapping and times didn't change either... you're not the only one.
    Maybe i should bias the vote in the right direction...
    Please do, it needs a correction factor of about +100 votes to NO

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    Quote Originally Posted by Y2KPewterSS View Post
    Please do, it needs a correction factor of about +100 votes to NO
    Damn, over 100 suckers now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TOO Z MAXX View Post
    Damn, over 100 idiots now.
    Corrected.

    Most of them have no idea the difference between a sway bar and strut tower brace... lol

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    before this gets out of hand, just a reminder to keep it civil and respectful
    We all learn @ some point, and none of us were born w/ the knowledge and experience we have now.

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    just curious-

    Does anyone know which stb is totally solid and the most heavy duty? The hotchkis seems worthless cause its not totally solid. I see some on ws6store that are cheaper, does that mean they are not solid or what? I want to see all of them cut in half to see the internals....

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    Quote Originally Posted by aerojt View Post
    The hotchkis seems worthless cause its not totally solid.
    They ALL are worthless.

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