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Old 16th October 2004, 15:22   #1
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I tried finding some info on this topic but found nothing more than some tips to fit one on a car.

Does anyone know a bit about Strut Braces?

They say it improves the handling of the car and makes the chassis more rigid. Will it work on Indian cars?

Is there any other reason why rally cars have this fitted on them?

Please post some good sites with info on this topic.

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Hi Shan,
There are different types of braces, now the brace you were looking info is the strut brace. As the name suggests the brace is mounted on struts. There are two strut braces, rear and front. The front is the most common. Other are the front lower etc.
The front brace sits on both the McPherson struts. The installation of a strut brace provides a crisper turn in when turning due to the rigidity provided by it. And is more stable in turns. The same case with the rear. Chassis flex too is prevented when using this, while loading high power engines especially FWD the torque can flex the compartment, the braces help in this too. But is mainly used due to its additional benifits for handling purposes.

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So does it make sense, fitting one on my Vtec? Will there be noticable results?

Coz, after a 44K run of hard driving, the chassis is bound to lose it's rigidity.

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matiz is one of the few indian cars which comes fitted with a strut brace
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No wonder that car handles like a gem. Boy, i've seen that car corner. With a little more rubber, it'll pull more lateral g's than any B, *C, D segment car.

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where can we get one made ?
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Yup Kinetik... the saving grace of a Matiz is its ability to corner... thanks to strut braces.

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Does the MAtiz have upper or lower braces?
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The brace starts from the top of the suspension mounting and moves all the way above behind the brake fluid filler. Remind me to show it to you the next time we meet. I'll try hunt for some picture of it on the net meanwhile.

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Hi Guys,
Yea shan do go for it.. in fact you can make one yourself. If you are interested let me know... i can send you some design samples....

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Heres a picture of a simple 2 point strut brace
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how much wud it cost ??
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OE ones cost between 10k to 50k depending on application. But you could also make on for yourself for around 4 - 5k

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...........and I have just bought a readymade one for Rs 3800. Need to get it fitted, might try it myself if I find a torque wrench !
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hey dom wat diff wud it make if i get one for my zen with those skinny tires.
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Automech makes some strut braces as well. I heard them quote in the region of Rs.1250-1500. You can check up with them.

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