Strut Bar Help Please

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When i went to buy my strut bar, the guy tried to sell me one for 10 bucks. I was very afraid it was junk so i did not buy it. I have been checking out OBX strut bars and the Neuspeed strut bar, but as far as all the companies, which is the better buy??? Which is the better strust bar? please help me out. Thanks
 

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honestly, a strut bar is a strut bar. unless its made of wood or something, they all do the same job, which is stiffen the frame. a cheap $30 apc one does the same job as the $300+ designer label ones
 


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Like handlebarsfsr said, they all pretty much do the trick. The name brand ones are obviously gonna cost you more tho and the designs usually look a lot nicer. If you're going for a lil more show, it's gonna hit the bank a lot more. :(
 

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As they've said above, they're all pretty much the same (function wise) so you can't really go wrong.
 


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so why did we need 3 post of the same things you post wh0res :lol:

- it really depends on what you want out of your strut bar.

do you want something tacky and shinning for looks?
you want something that actually for performance wise?
how about the weight of the strut bar, are you concerned with that.

a lot of this comes into play when choosing the right one. a very good strut bar, if not the best, i seen is by carbring. (it is attached blow) it bolts at the shock towers and then back to the firewall. some other beefy bars are made by mugen and spoon... but those are rather expensive. you can honestly buy one off of ebay for 20 bucks as long as its a solid piece of metal (without any holes in it like DC sports bar) with metal endlinks and that should do the trick.
 

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i forgot. this bar come in aluminum or steel. the aluminum weight next to nothing.
 

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Originally posted by "imazn"

i forgot. this bar come in aluminum or steel. the aluminum weight next to nothing.
But the aluminum has a tendency to flex more than a steel one would.
 

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Actually, it's the other way around. The Aluminum has less flex. It's metal properties are a little different than steel. Steel IS stronger but aluminum will hold its rigidity longer before it's breaking point. That's why some MTBers prefer aluminum bikes over chrome (besides the obvious fact that they're lighter).
 

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Originally posted by "caddy"

Actually, it's the other way around. The Aluminum has less flex. It's metal properties are a little different than steel. Steel IS stronger but aluminum will hold its rigidity longer before it's breaking point. That's why some MTBers prefer aluminum bikes over chrome (besides the obvious fact that they're lighter).
Well, live and learn i guess.
Good info caddy :thumbs up:
 

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id go with the neuspeed ones. and brand DOES matter...a spoon bar will be ALOT better than the cheap "type r" ones off ebay. i believe any strut bar thats a one piece design would be sufficent..mugen, skunk2 etc..
 

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Originally posted by "ekhatchie"

id go with the neuspeed ones. and brand DOES matter...a spoon bar will be ALOT better than the cheap "type r" ones off ebay. i believe any strut bar thats a one piece design would be sufficent..mugen, skunk2 etc..
how so? what do the expensive brands have that the cheapies dont? if its a rigid piece of metal that connects the two shock towers, then thats all it has to do.
 

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I think they're all made in the same factory and distributed to different companies
 

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more than likely. its metal that goes across the engine bay...how technical and scientific could that possible get?
 

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ive seen diy'ers do it with a length of scrap 1" square steel tubing bolted to the strut towers. unless you can somehow prove me wrong, i still stand by what i said earlier
 

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ekhatchie: so how is a spoon bar "ALOT" better then something off ebay?

M706: over 200 bucks =P

caddy: great info on the aluminum vs. steel. i didnt know that =P
 

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Do not buy the OBX for function. I have them and my front bar is slightly deformed at both ends from some quasi-autoX driving in the local high school parking lot. :D
 

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Originally posted by "imazn"

well those are some cheap metal lol
It's more bling bling than anything. :D
 

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Strut bars are a good modification for the following people
1.)You have your vehicle lowered more than 1"
2.)You have sport springs or shocks
3.)have a tire profile of 45 or below
It is a good mod for those who have changed other suspension components that can effect the way the car handles.
Strut bars are not proven to provide any better lateral grip usually, but if your goal is to stiffen a frame that has has one of those 3 items done to cause more stress on it, then it may be worth your while. Stay away from bars with pivot points as pointed out above, they are virtually worthless, but cheap.

Bars to look at:
Neuspeed
Comptech Sport
Mugen
Sprint

Finally, adding those bars is a small piece in the puzzle, but, it is a piece.

Everything is working against keeping the tires glued to the ground. Strut braces if anything aid in keeping the tires planted or help them form being unglued in extreme cornering situations, or turbulent road conditions. Keeping the frame stiff, is the goal, a cheap way to do it is a strut bar, one w/o pivot points.

-www.hstuners.com
 






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