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Old 09-27-2018, 02:05 PM   #1
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Default Strut to strut brace worth it after installing lower chassis and firewall braces?

So right now, eBay is having a site-wide 15% discount which would allow me to get an Ultra Racing strut brace for around $115. But I'm just wondering if it's worth getting after having the other two braces installed. Does it complete the bracing, or is it just a minimal upgrade not worth over $100?
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Old 09-27-2018, 02:23 PM   #2
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You could make one that's just as good for a $4 stick of EMT, and have enough left over for firewall braces...

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Old 09-27-2018, 02:26 PM   #3
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Never thought about doing something like that. Wouldn't it have too much stress since it's on just a single stud?
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Old 09-27-2018, 02:33 PM   #4
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IDK drove the car for 2.5 years like that and never saw any sign of working or buckling.
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Old 09-27-2018, 02:48 PM   #5
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Go big or dont bother going at all.

https://www.bneshop.com/collections/...ic-strut-brace

https://www.bneshop.com/collections/...40-strut-brace
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Old 09-27-2018, 02:55 PM   #6
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Those are the holy grails, but quite expensive. If I were to spend that type of money, I'd rather put it into a set of your coilovers and keep my current braces.
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Old 09-27-2018, 03:03 PM   #7
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$150 isn't that expensive for the bargain basement model.
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Old 09-27-2018, 03:04 PM   #8
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It would destroy the resale value of your classic car... /runs and hides
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Old 09-27-2018, 03:08 PM   #9
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Those are the holy grails, but quite expensive. If I were to spend that type of money, I'd rather put it into a set of your coilovers and keep my current braces.
It sounds like you just answered your own question.

Dont bother spending the money on the cheap stuff.
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Old 09-27-2018, 03:14 PM   #10
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Their strut bar is meh, their cross member brace is muy bueno.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Volvo-240-U...sAAOSwj-Ba-4wn
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I drove ~100k miles with the GT braces before putting a strut bar brace on. Made a noticeable difference on sweeping turns (onramps at speed).

I also run lower braces (ipd).
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Their strut bar is meh,
I think thats being generous.
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Old 09-27-2018, 03:51 PM   #13
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I think thats being generous.
Very. It's on par with a DVS strut bar.
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I drove ~100k miles with the GT braces before putting a strut bar brace on. Made a noticeable difference on sweeping turns (onramps at speed).

I also run lower braces (ipd).
I noticed a slightly more responsive turn in, and that's about it.
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Old 09-27-2018, 04:38 PM   #15
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Had iPd bars on ... pit lower by braces noticed a big difference. Steering felt more precise
Installed uppers months later, didn’t notice any difference, not to say they don’t help as a combo
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Old 10-04-2018, 11:08 AM   #16
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Upper braces attach to captive nut in firewall that is in steel about the thickness of tin foil. I have seen that section of firewall fail for it. Double skin it with captive nuts for the steel to not flex so much. Much better is welding tubes from double skinned strut tower to double skinned firewall and attaching closer to the pinch weld 3" under where the captive nuts will break out in stock form.
Stitch-weld your flexible flyer of a 240 and uber stiff springs are not required and you'll not be so often serenaded by the windshield as it wanders about in it's opening. Yes; that is the sound you hear every time you pull into a driveway or do a one wheel bump slowly.
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