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    Strut Tower Brace?

    Before I waste money Is it worth getting a STB? Does it actually help with steering? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nightowl View Post
    Before I waste money Is it worth getting a STB? Does it actually help with steering? Thanks.
    General consensus is it makes very little to no difference

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    I bet there's the mentality of "oh I got a new part my car must be better" but I totally thought it helped tighten up the front end around corners. And looms sexy in the engine bay

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    Quote Originally Posted by ibanezz View Post
    I bet there's the mentality of "oh I got a new part my car must be better" but I totally thought it helped tighten up the front end around corners. And looms sexy in the engine bay
    I hear lots of people throwing words like "eye candy" around, but I'll give it a shot. Thanks.

    I'm planning to also add Sway bars in conjunction with STB for added control.

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    Sub-frame connectors are the best to make the car more rigid.

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    I hear it gets in the way if you need to work on the car.


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    Some say "oh its something else to hold onto while working around the engine." The fuck are you doing in there? This ain't some kinda fuckin trapeze act, its sitting on the fuckin radiator and leaning forward to do what you gotta do.

    Get SFC's like John said if you want body rigidity. If you had a 3rd gen I hear its completely different and you should get a STB, but on the 4th gen the front is fairly rigid as is.
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    In addition to sway bars it was a hell of an upgrade. But I agree SFC help stiffen the car more than anything else. Woohoo unibody! That's next on my list as well

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    I'm late to the party but no, it's not worth it. We have a short long arm front suspension with shocks. If we had struts that put a lot of stress on the upper mount then yes a STB would be worth quite a bit. Get SFC's and be take comfort in the fact that you actually made a worthwhile upgrade to the car. I really am going to try to free up time to start posting on here again. Sorry for the long departure guys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tpunk View Post
    I'm late to the party but no, it's not worth it. We have a short long arm front suspension with shocks. If we had struts that put a lot of stress on the upper mount then yes a STB would be worth quite a bit. Get SFC's and be take comfort in the fact that you actually made a worthwhile upgrade to the car. I really am going to try to free up time to start posting on here again. Sorry for the long departure guys.
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    Where have you been man???

    Ok back on topic... What he said man^^^^


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    I have BMR STB, UMI rear LCAs, SFCs, PHB, SS front and rear sway bars and my car handles completely different
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    I heard some people don't like strut braces because it adds weight to the front end. You don't want too much stiffness on your struts because you dont want it to "play". I'd go with subframes like said before.
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    Been busy helping my dad get his business off the ground and still working and going to school again. Some things are finally starting to slow down a bit so I finally have some free time. I haven't even been to the auto-x or track in so long I don't even remember when. I have been getting the car into better shape though. Just need to get a fresh paint job, a new dash pad, and finish up an 8.8 rear end swap. After that I can finally address things like heads and cam. The problem I've found with both the 3800II and LS1 is you can't justify spending money to upgrade things when they break... since they don't break. The 4L60E was another story entirely, which is why I now have a T56

    Staying on target here, if you do get a STB get the cheapest one you can find from someone like founders.
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    the founders one doesn't fit on the 3.8 V6, the cheapest option is the BMR at 100, thats what I got, it gives me alot more confidence in my steering, but upping the v6 swaybars to WS6 (32/19) sway bars had way more noticeable effect. It did seem to help with those little leaks where the windows meet the edges of the t-tops. once I get the new shocks in the front I expect this thing to be a beast in the corners.

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