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Old 06-03-2009, 12:09 PM   #11 (permalink)
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It is a brace, for those wobbly front control arm mounts on metros and rabbits and lots of other unibody cars. It's most noticable under braking if your car temporarily goes into a toe out situation but helps keep the tires pointed in the right direction under cornering and hard acceleration as well.

It's $2, just try it LOL

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Old 06-03-2009, 12:12 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Unibody chassis "flex" and move under stress/cornering/offroad excursions and just regular driving. In therory the suspension mounting points take most of the load. Anything that can tie the stress points together can reduce movement and make the handling more predictable. At the same time it should make the ride better especially on an older car that has softened up.
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I'm jotting down a note to head to home Depot this weekend and make me a stress bar.
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Great Mod! I will give this a try.
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I'll have to agree, a "stress bar" is a great idea, lots of folks (in other motoring communites) use them. I'm just not real comfortable with conduit as a finished material. I've used conduit for getting shapes right to bend tube. But can't imagine using it in high stress points.
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Rough guess I've got 1200 foot/lbs into that bend. Since the holes only have inches of offset to work with it should be able to add several thousand pounds of reinforcement.

The small cars seem to like it, minimal tools required, straighter = better of course.
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Old 06-08-2009, 09:57 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Ya gotta remember, I'm a Jeep guy, offroader. Overkill is just about right...

Be sure though, to let us know if the holes elongate after a couple thousand miles. For your purposes it shouldn't.

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