[200q20v] Re: [s-cars] Digest Number 796

Bernie Benz b.m.benz at prodigy.net
Sun Aug 26 12:56:09 EDT 2001

Kirby, if you do a simple, max. transverse cornering force at the top of the
strut analysis, you will find that a column of 1/2" EMT is adequate for the
job.  Column failure will occur long before compression failure.

If you read the disclosure, you will realize that the brace is designed to
be always in compression, which has several functional advantages, besides
cost.  The alignment procedure must be adapted to insure that this be the


Bernie Benz
Gardnerville, NV

'90 90Q-20V  140K, w/Benz Brace
'91 200Q-20V 140K, w/Benz Brace
Ford "Quatro" Tractor
Other Misc. Toys 
> From: Kirby Smith <kirby.a.smith at verizon.net>
> Reply-To: kirby.a.smith at verizon.net
> Date: Sun, 26 Aug 2001 13:56:42 -0400
> To: Greg Johnson <gregsj2 at home.com>
> Cc: s-car-list at yahoogroups.com, Russ Panneton <panneton at xilinx.com>, Bernie
> Benz <b.m.benz at prodigy.net>
> Subject: Re: [s-cars] Digest Number 796
> This scheme might have flex in compression, so a stronger tube might be
> in order.  Also, the directions are unclear about how the heim-joint
> thread nut is attached to the bar.  It might be assumed the heim joint
> is just slid into it, which I doubt.
> kirby
> Greg Johnson wrote:
>> Russ,
>> This is what Bernie Benz did when he designed what we call the "Benz Brace."
>> Bernie says:
>> "I developed the strut brace to correct the excessively negative static
>> camber condition of the 44 chassis.  It has
>> allowed my 5K and 200 to be aligned to exactly zero camber for street
>> purposes."
>> "But further, it minimizes dynamic camber changes caused by transverse
>> cornering forces far better than any tower brace, because it includes the
>> upper strut bushing deflections in the
>> equation.  Essentually, it ties the two upper strut tops together in an
>> infinitely stiff manner (relatively speaking) and thus, divides the upper
>> cornering force equally between the two
>> sides for a theoretically minimum transverse deflection."
>> If it works on a 200, it may fit on the urS4/S6s as well.
>> Details can be viewed at:
>> http://members.aol.com/c1j1miller/strutbrace.html
>> Greg J
>>> Date: Sat, 25 Aug 2001 20:33:55 -0600
>>> From: "Russ Panneton" <panneton at xilinx.com>
>>> Subject: Re: Strengthening the car front between struts  A200 20V, S4 ?
>>> How about putting the brace between the tops of the two front shocks?  Have
>>> you ever noticed how much the upper strut mount allows the top of the strut
>>> to move around?  You can't just
>>> rigidly mount the top of the strut to the body or you'll probably get too
>>> much road noise and harshness.  But using a longer strut brace to tie the
>>> two shock tops together would
>>> maintain the noise isolation while effectively doubling the rigidity of the
>>> top mounts.
>>> Russ.
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