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View Poll Results: Is a front strut brace worth the money?
Yes if <$100 7 35.00%
Yes if <$150 6 30.00%
No, save your money and buy a GT350R in 5 years 7 35.00%
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post #1 of 60 (permalink) Old 12-12-2015 Thread Starter
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Front Strut Brace

I've been debating about getting a front strut brace, just not sure if it's worth the money. Anybody notice a big enough difference? Also any recs on aftermarket brands? I saw one from Megan Racing for $100 I could afford, but wouldn't want to go too much over that.


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If you get one make sure you torque the top strut nuts to proper value. Some people have over tighten and broke the studs.

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Good point. I snapped a stud on my 06'.

I didn't repeat the mistake on my 12'

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I added one AFTER I installed all of my suspension mods and to tell you the truth I didn't notice any difference. Maybe you will notice it on a stock suspension.

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One of the first things I bought after taking delivery of my '14 GT was a Boss brace for $99.00. Oddly enough the standard GT brace was nearly twice as much. I really didn't have the car long enough or push it hard enough prior to installing the brace to be able to comment on any difference it makes. I bought it because I do like to do the occasional autocross and it can't hurt to have it. Also it's at least possible that it may help to reduce any squeaks or rattles that might otherwise develop over time without it. I prefer the Boss brace to the standard GT brace not only because it's cheaper, but it also allows you to install a Boss intake if you want to go that way. It's also makes it easier to remove the plastic engine cover anytime you find that necessary as well.
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I voted save for a GT350R. Although I think it will take more than not buying a strut brace for that to happen. haha

Really though it depends on the type of driving you are planning on doing. If autocross then yes worth it. Daily driver not so much. I mean they do look nice so if you do car shows or like to show under the hood off then yes again.

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I have the Boss brace, really do not notice any difference. No track use.

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I don't think they really make much difference, probably not significant, but they look cool under the hood so I voted "Yes if <$100"

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I agree they certainly look cooler, but if there's no real impact on performance then I probably won't spring for one. I did a lot of modifications to my prior Mazda. Regardless, it was totaled after I was rear-ended by an suv and pushed under an F-550. My insurance company didn't factor in most of the mods like CAI, chip, borla exhaust, but did factor in new tires, brakes, shocks... That situation just makes me weary of spending too much, especially when I live in area with such reckless driving (north New Jersey)

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I voted save for a GT350R. Although I think it will take more than not buying a strut brace for that to happen. haha

Really though it depends on the type of driving you are planning on doing. If autocross then yes worth it. Daily driver not so much. I mean they do look nice so if you do car shows or like to show under the hood off then yes again.
I'm in a surgical residency with 3 1/2 years left. The thought of used GT350R or GT4 once I make it out of residency makes the time go a little quicker especially on the 48hr call shifts
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I've been debating about getting a front strut brace, just not sure if it's worth the money. Anybody notice a big enough difference? Also any recs on aftermarket brands? I saw one from Megan Racing for $100 I could afford, but wouldn't want to go too much over that.
What a two-point STB is mostly going to improve is NVH. With that you may get a slightly clearer steering "feel", which ought to be a benefit in its own right (you'd be better able to use the last few scraps of performance just below the ultimate limits).

But I would not count on pushing the actual performance limits up by any significant amount with a 2-point STB. To get that, you'd need at least a 3-point STB (if the S197 cowl structure will work with this). Or better still a 4-point (that nobody I know of makes, plus the same cowl structure question mark).


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I installed one on mine, and I believe I noticed a slight difference but I could be my imagination. But I do get a lot of compliments on it!


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On the street you will not notice a difference, it's more for looks than performance.


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