Hey guys, ive been thinking of fitting a strut brace on my car. I spoke to my mate who is a mechanical engineer, and he recommended i fit all 3. I got quoted 169 Euro for front upper, front lower and rear upper OMP braces. Firstly is that a good price?
Secondly, has ne1 fitted all 3? If so how does it feel? And what handling difference can i expect? It wont be overly firm will it, rock hard no suspension movement??
Also for those that have fitted the rear brace, how exactly does it fit, does it just clear the top of the boot lining, do u need to cut a hole in the carpet, etc?
These r the pics i was sent. I think for AUD $300 incl. shipping, its a very cheap mod;
But the rear one looks like a weld it to the strut towers type of thing. Had thought about this in the past but couldn't think of a nice way to fit a rear bar without too much intrusion into the boot space and cutting carpet etc
I think i mite wait for Dio to hack into his boot first David, end of the month he says. Meanwhile i mite just buy the front upper, as my mate is adamant that the front lower will only work with the rear upper.
I'm tempted to get the rear brace too, but I'm waiting to see how it fits first...
I've seen the front and rear upper struts fitted in a 156(Redd's 2.5V6). The rear bar is bolted to the strut tower through the carpet, I guess they just need to cut 2 (or 3) holes big enough to pass the bolts through. Doesn't seem to take up too much space in the boot.
I have fitted the front top brace - very good it is to :-) - I was talking to a mate and I suggested about bracing the lower and rear, he mentioned, becasue you are now moving all the forces generated when turning etc to other parts of the car not designed for these forces you could damage, crack, bend the chasis etc.
In short: you can make the car too stiff. The same issues with tall buildings and bridges. If you know what I mean
That would be true if you were bracing onto a different part of the bodyshell, but you're not you are bracing the suspension mountings on the left to the suspension mountings on the right.
The lower front brace links the open ends of the front subframe.