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View Poll Results: Is a front strut brace worth the money?
Yes if <$100 7 35.00%
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No, save your money and buy a GT350R in 5 years 7 35.00%
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From 2005 on they don't need the brace, except for cool factor. The new S197 & S550 chassis are so stiff, the brace is superfluous.



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I put a three point on my fox cause I track day the car and it has got to help the flexing. My 2000 camaro ss came with one stock, don't think chevy put it on there for looks.Found one for less than $100.00, can't remember where, it was red but did not care.https://youtu.be/ldrDFD59NQU


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That 3-point bar actually does something for performance as opposed to NVH reduction and maybe improved steering feel. You're getting some triangulation back to the firewall, assuming that it was done up properly. The problem you're trying to solve is chassis torsion, which is a 3-D structural problem that isn't going to be helped much by a brace that only connects straight across in one transverse plane (and is typically only bolted to the strut towers at the strut attachment bolts).

It certainly isn't going to reduce roll unless the entire front structure of your car is in danger of collapsing, but it might let "X" amount of roll feel more composed and fool you into thinking there's less roll.


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From 2005 on they don't need the brace, except for cool factor. The new S197 & S550 chassis are so stiff, the brace is superfluous.
Well then I suppose the marked improvement was all in my head.....


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It certainly isn't going to reduce roll unless the entire front structure of your car is in danger of collapsing, but it might let "X" amount of roll feel more composed and fool you into thinking there's less roll.


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Now this makes sense. Being fooled really feels real....kinda like taking a sugar pill for a health problem that ends up getting resolved as a result!


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Well then I suppose the marked improvement was all in my head.....
Please do some research on this.


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Please do some research on this.
At this juncture it's a moot point. I traded the 2012 V6 for the GT on July 9, 2014. My GT already has the brace for additional rigidity, so I'm happy. I do believe however that braces from the strut towers to the center of the firewall would be even more effective. But there's no room for that under the hood.


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Not sure how relevant this is but the mustang GT3 race series car doesn't have a strut bar. Then again I doubt it needs it given it has one heck of a roll cage.

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That 3-point bar actually does something for performance as opposed to NVH reduction and maybe improved steering feel. You're getting some triangulation back to the firewall, assuming that it was done up properly. The problem you're trying to solve is chassis torsion, which is a 3-D structural problem that isn't going to be helped much by a brace that only connects straight across in one transverse plane (and is typically only bolted to the strut towers at the strut attachment bolts).

It certainly isn't going to reduce roll unless the entire front structure of your car is in danger of collapsing, but it might let "X" amount of roll feel more composed and fool you into thinking there's less roll.


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Interesting, I was told I had to leave the strut bar in place on my convertible, so when buying a supercharger, make sure to find one that fits under a brace that is at least as stiff as the factory unit.

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The convertible is a slightly different animal where this is concerned. With a big hole instead of a roof, it's much less rigid, and for what little an STB actually contributes to overall chassis stiffness it at least reduces cowl shake somewhat (that in a coupe is resisted by the roof).


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Make you wonder about the glass roof guys.

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On a side note and because I was taken to task on a V6 site - the so called "Boss Brace" was actually the V6 perf pack brace - appearing in 2011 - but it does sound cooler as the Boss Brace.
Voight I thought the boss would clear the CJ intake - no? And Okie - if it feels better in your head that's really all that matters - confidence in your equipment goes a long way

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I've had mine on for a week now and I think it makes a good difference over stock. The front feels more planted as I enter each turn and I notice less aberrant road feel. Definitely worth the $70.
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My 95 GT came stock w one and its been on and off several times to make room for working under the hood. It's the triangular kind and I can't really tell a difference either way. It looks cooler with it on but it's harder to get your hands in there.


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