Re: What is a good engine strut brace, and do they work?
They improve the handling (mostly Turn-In making the car grip better when entering a corner fast.) As well as making the body of the car more rigid they also stiffen the suspension turrets and also give you the option of adjusting the amount of stiffness by either increasing or decreasing the distance between the top mounts.
You can fit a top or bottom strut brace or both and on some models fit them to the rear suspension too.
Each car is different so results vary between models. It usually takes only a matter of minutes to fit them with no special skill required, I fitted a strut brace to my Fiat Coupe 20vT in 20 mins. as the body flex was always the achilles heel on this model, for a car with performance of 0-60 in 6 Secs. and a 155 mph limited top speed the handling was shocking and the improvement was instant to see and feel.
On the other hand I also owned a Peugeot 306 XSi and it would have been a waste of time fitting one as the Pug was one of the grippiest cars I've owned and felt no improvement would be gained.
The handling on my 156 is somewhere in between which is what I would have expected.
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