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Hi All, Has anyone used a front strutbrace on a 159 2.0 JTDM and if so has it made a difference. Ive seen an aluminum one for sale but don't want to waste money. cheers
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I have one on my 2.4

Its purely for looks!

The 159 is very stiff by default and the struts have very little movement if any.

but it looks shiny
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I've got one fitted to my 2.4 brera, don't think it makes any improvement but does look good
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To be honest , you need to be on track and having set consistant lap times without one , to notice any improvement in corner entry , exit attitube after fitting one. Then of course you'd need to adjust camber to suit.
A car would have to be very weak in the suspension mounting chassis area , to notice the difference on the road.
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I think your 159 is like my Spider in that it doesn't have a strut type front suspension. It has a wishbone configuration which means that (in theory) the upper shock mount doesn't transmit any transverse loads to the body.

Of course, a McPherson strut type front end uses the upper shock mount as the upper suspension mount and this kind of suspension design benefits greatly from a strut brace because side-to-side loads go through the upper shock mount. But the upper suspension loads on our card are carried by the upper wishbone mounts which are a long way below the upper shock mount.

The upper shock mount on your car should carry only up/down loads so a so-called "strut brace" is going to be pretty much cosmetic, at least in the front. The rear suspension in your car is McPherson type I believe.

I added a front brace hopes of reducing some of the cowl shake in my Spider but I didn't notice any difference. Mine is nice shiny aluminum so it looks nice. It doesn't do any real harm but the cost of a brace is a big part of the cost of a set of stiffer replacement springs and, even with standard dampers, stiff springs produce a genuine improvement in both handling and looks.
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Thanks to all who replied. It seems you all agree which is what I sort of thought but again thanks for coming back. I think I will leave things as they are
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