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#1 Old 04-22-2012, 07:57 AM
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Strut tower brace?

Would a strut tower brace tighten up the suspension too much on a 2012 RT road and track with STP? They sure look nice under the hood!

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#2 Old 04-22-2012, 09:27 AM
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That the whole idea behind them. Several report back positive feed back after installing. But to the average driver I can't see how it would make any noticeable difference.

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Unless you are road racing your car in some way, it'll be purely for looks. You'll have to be taking fast corners to even consider the need for it. I doubt the everyday driver, even an aggressive one, will be needing one. But yes, they do look nice.


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So if I have a track day at the end of June an keep competing. These would be a good investment?


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So if I have a track day at the end of June an keep competing. These would be a good investment?


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Yes. I have one and it does stiffen up the front end a bit. Another plus is it's one of the first things EVERYONE notices when I open my hood to show off my engine compartment lol.

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What kind of track day? Are you talking drag strip, autocross, oval track, or road course? It won't do you much good in a straight line on the drag strip, unless you're putting down some serious HP (enough to twist the car). On road courses, autocross events and anywhere you will experience fast, tight turns, you will feel a difference.

They are designed and intended tie and/or triangulate together the front (or rear) struts, to effectively increase the rigidity of the car and keep the tires planted more firmly in turns. Some companies make bars to tie the front struts to the mid/firewall cross-member, stiffening the front end even more. Some companies also make rear tower braces to provide the same effect for the rear tires. To go another level, there are also sub-frame connectors to stiffen the middle of the chassis with the rear even more. Several manufacturers offer variants of each type, catering to a wide range of requirements and desired effects.

I installed mine because I take part in autocross events locally. The front bar made a huge difference, but not really in daily drive-ability (as others stated).


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What kind of track day? Are you talking drag strip, autocross, oval track, or road course? It won't do you much good in a straight line on the drag strip, unless you're putting down some serious HP (enough to twist the car). On road courses, autocross events and anywhere you will experience fast, tight turns, you will feel a difference.

They are designed and intended tie and/or triangulate together the front (or rear) struts, to effectively increase the rigidity of the car and keep the tires planted more firmly in turns. Some companies make bars to tie the front struts to the mid/firewall cross-member, stiffening the front end even more. Some companies also make rear tower braces to provide the same effect for the rear tires. To go another level, there are also sub-frame connectors to stiffen the middle of the chassis with the rear even more. Several manufacturers offer variants of each type, catering to a wide range of requirements and desired effects.

I installed mine because I take part in autocross events locally. The front bar made a huge difference, but not really in daily drive-ability (as others stated).
It's an autocross event for the most part. They have a rear one that goes in the trunk too. Is that not even worth it? Should I buy both or just one?
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I got a Petty garage bar installed a few weeks ago and I felt a difference immediately. Front end is definitely tighter
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i didnt notice any difference... the Eibach springs and dampers are what i noticed... the bar was for looks for me... i didn't choose sway bars cuz i like the factory ride but improved handling... the MOPAR bar is super easy to install and look great...


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I have one. Like a few others have said it does tighten up the front a bit. Hitting curves like an off ramps or weaving in an out of traffic the front feels a little less... wiggly. I does look good and the install is super easy. For a typical daily driver I have to agree, it probrably doesn't make that much of a difference until you really push it.
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