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I am going to be upgrading my suspension soon and was wondering if i should fit a strut brace at the same time. I am also changing the bottom wishbones with some others that have powerflex bushes fitted to them too. Do i need to be changing anything else (drop links)while i am getting this work done.

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i think an (upper) FSB is a good idea. but it can be done 'at any stage' because it's easy to fit. so, if not now, do it later.

depending upon the age/miles of the car, you may/may not notice a difference. moreso if the car has a 'softened' chassis (with flex) due to higher mileage. also dependent on suspension (stiffness) and road quality, etc. if the car is still nice and stiff/new, it's still worth adding, cos it will help prevent chassis-softening.

preferably buy a FSB that is 'solid', whether it be one-piece or more, that is bolted together. as opposed to a 3-piece with 'pivoting' joins (like a Weicher's strut brace that i've just removed).

a front lower strut brace is meant to be a really good upgrade, but you invariably need to ditch the undertray to have it fitted, so most people don't. and i wouldn't for this reason (let alone clearance).

in a 156 saloon, a rear strut brace isn't going to be as beneficial compared with the SW or 147/GT. but nor is it practical in these latter cars cos it impedes load space. so it's always a compromise of some sort.

drop links need doing if they are worn. if there's a chance to inspect, then replace as required, that's what i'd do. if the wishies are definitely worn (clunks, etc), then the drop links probably are too; so you may as well be prepared to change them i suppose.


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a front lower strut brace is meant to be a really good upgrade, but you invariably need to ditch the undertray to have it fitted, so most people don't. and i wouldn't for this reason (let alone clearance).
I have an OMP lower brace and it fits above the original plastic undertray (and the aluminium tray I have now), so no clearance issues.

I also have a solid Momo upper brace, but I fitted that back in Jan 2000, the car only ran for one month without it, so difficult to say how different it made it.
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I have an OMP lower brace and it fits above the original plastic undertray (and the aluminium tray I have now), so no clearance issues.
oh, cool.

so it should fit my GT too, yeah? *ponders*

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strutbracer.co.uk do the 156 braces in a new anthracite colour that look really good. OMP do front, lower and rear ones for 156....
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from my experience the most benifial strut brace to have is the LOWER as it helps to stop the wheels from spreading under harsh braking.

after that then the REAR & finally the top front ..... really its just its a show piece.
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I notice that strutbracer.co.uk has the front lower brace listed for the JTD ... is this right? I thought that it wouldn't fit, unless they've changed the design recently
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I notice that strutbracer.co.uk has the front lower brace listed for the JTD ... is this right? I thought that it wouldn't fit, unless they've changed the design recently
Take what they say with pinch of salt. Lots of bad things being said about them. I bought the set of three OMP in red for £99 and had to wait a while but loads of people were waiting over 2 months. Then, finally get them and they don't fit.

Contact the manufacturers to confirm fitment BEFORE ordering.


And, the £££ hike for the anthracite ones is OBSCENE!
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And, the £££ hike for the anthracite ones is OBSCENE!
They appear to be just painted ... (and strutbracer decals added )
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They appear to be just painted ... (and strutbracer decals added )
So they get them in Red from Italy and have them painted and stickered??

Voila, ££££££ KAching!
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Just had a look on fleabay and http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/OMP-Front-Lowe...3A1|240%3A1318 the JTD and V6 versions are also listed for the OMP strut brace (advantage of ebay is that if the product doesn't match the description then you can demand a full refund!!!)
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Just had a look on fleabay and http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/OMP-Front-Lowe...3A1|240%3A1318 the JTD and V6 versions are also listed for the OMP strut brace (advantage of ebay is that if the product doesn't match the description then you can demand a full refund!!!)
YBRacing, Strutbracer one and the same.

Has a few other companies if you do a bit of digging. Also has a presence on the Peugeot forums.
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YBRacing, Strutbracer one and the same.

Has a few other companies if you do a bit of digging. Also has a presence on the Peugeot forums.
Yep I was a little suspicious as the description was the same as the strutbracer website ... word for word!!!!
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Theirs too.

Owners are R Bloomfield & M Yates
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And, the £££ hike for the anthracite ones is OBSCENE!
yeah, major price difference. i think most of us are prudent to realise it is merely a paint job. so you can strip the paint and repaint it yourself at home, or if 'too hard', then take it to a workshop to have it pro finished: then you could consider powder coating vs anodised vs polished. the latter would look nice, though probably a total waste of time for an 'underbody' brace. and if it's not stainless, it'll get surface rust, etc.

'red + repaint' should easily be cheaper than buying the black one.

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what's more insane for me is the delivery cost of UK$75 to Oz!

i'll try and find an online store with more reasonable charges.

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yeah, major price difference. i think most of us are prudent to realise it is merely a paint job. so you can strip the paint and repaint it yourself at home, or if 'too hard', then take it to a workshop to have it pro finished: then you could consider powder coating vs anodised vs polished. the latter would look nice, though probably a total waste of time for an 'underbody' brace. and if it's not stainless, it'll get surface rust, etc.

'red + repaint' should easily be cheaper than buying the black one.



what's more insane for me is the delivery cost of UK$75 to Oz!

i'll try and find an online store with more reasonable charges.

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thanks Rob3rto.

i'll see if i can 'find' one locally. often the case is: "we'll have to order it in (from overseas)", "what brand car is that?", "i'll ring you with details".....never do, "that'll be [UK$200]"...

i find it much quicker and more convenient to source most parts from overseas/UK. i'm not desparate for on, but if i can find it easily, and at reasonable cost, i'll consider it.

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How about this one.

Alfa Romeo Shop - Tuning, Styling, Fanartikel und Modellautos - Alfa GT Domstrebe Wiechers Domstrebe 48404

79 euros

No idea on shipping though as you have to ask them by email.
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Re: Strut Brace

thanks again. i have a top FSB (MOMO). it's the low brace i have been considering for a while; initially thinking i couldn't fit one without leaving the undertray off. but if something like the OMP fits, it could be a goer. be mindful that i have a V6, and the car is already quite low and scrapes the undertray fairly easily.

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Front upper strut brace fitted today, car feels a bit better now. Looks good too .Now going to save up for front lower and rear braces.
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At least you can get em for yours, OMP aren't they?
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At least you can get em for yours, OMP aren't they?
thought you could get them for 147gta's
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