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post #1 of 62 (permalink) Old 07-21-2014, 05:41 PM Thread Starter
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post #2 of 62 (permalink) Old 07-21-2014, 09:09 PM
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Can't say I'm loving that, it does look alright with the mat back on top though.
What is that black unit mounted on the passenger side with a couple wires going to it?

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Not interested in spending $20 on scrap metal personally.
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post #5 of 62 (permalink) Old 07-22-2014, 08:53 AM
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Not interested in spending $20 on scrap metal personally.
It's not the nicest looking strut tower brace, but it's probably the strongest one ever put into a Redline aside from a caged car, and definitely the cheapest.
Deal with it.

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It's not the nicest looking strut tower brace, but it's probably the strongest one ever put into a Redline aside from a caged car, and definitely the cheapest.
Deal with it.
Or I could not, thanks for the suggestion though.
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Recaro, can't say I really give a shit whether you like it of not. That's something Kyle Busch would say. Anyway, just out of courtesy, it's the alarm speaker.
If you don't want opinions then don't post. Recaro was nice about it. IMO it doesn't look like it works like its supposed to. The whole idea is to link you struts so the car rolls with control. All you did is make the perches thicker and by welding the ends down make your adjustable arm semi worthless. The rod doesn't look all that beefy eighther.

If you called it a front end brace it would make more sence cause you linked the body not the struts. Kudoes for doing something new though I'm all for that.
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I'd be interested in John Powell's opinion of this?

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The whole idea is to link you struts so the car rolls with control. All you did is make the perches thicker
The perches brace against much more of the strut tower than before.
Before they only attached using the top bolt.
Now the perches brace against both the top bolt and the side of the strut tower, making them more effective.

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and by welding the ends down make your adjustable arm semi worthless.
The brace still looks adjustable, and even if they're not, a solid unit is still better than one with joints that allow twisting. The goal is to really lock the two strut towers together as solidly as possible.

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The rod doesn't look all that beefy eighther.
It's plenty strong enough in the direction that it needs to be.
The threaded rod he used isn't ideal, but it's still much stronger than a lot of lightweight aluminum bars that can be bent by leaning on them while working on a car.

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If you called it a front end brace it would make more sence cause you linked the body not the struts.
No, the strut towers are what are linked, the body of the car is not what is being braced here. The strut tower is the entire assembly that starts from the cowl, from the "frame rails" and from the upper "pinch weld" of the car and go to the strut hat.

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