Strut Tower brace part numbers

Peter Schulz pcschulz at
Thu Feb 24 12:25:26 EST 2005


Semantics aside, your "strut brace" assumes that there is minimum movement 
of the strut towers with respect to the rest of the chassis.
It addresses any movement that is not contained by the upper strut 
mount/bearing - if the tower moves with respect to the chassis, then the 
strut will move along with it.

If there is a tear in the metal between the strut tower and firewall, then 
that needs to be addressed FIRST. This metal is the triangulation against 
the firewall.

I still have great concerns about putting any type of loading on the very 
end of the strut, especially in locations where roads are rough.
i.e I would like to see what happens after a pothole strike.

Besides, if I am seeing play in the strut mount, I'm going to replace it 
first, because that play is typically 360 degrees.
...affects camber,caster and toe. The strut bar arguably only addresses camber.


At 12:01 PM 2/24/2005, Bernie Benz wrote:
>Note the change in subject title: This is not a strut brace, rather it is a
>strut tower bracing system.
>Add up the total parts cost to see how many times more it is than is that of
>a real strut brace, not even considering its relative ineffectiveness in
>camber control and load distribution under tranverse loading.

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