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Old 01-15-2005, 09:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I currently have a mcfeeters front strut bar on my car. It is also used to protect my sump "car has been lowered eay to bottom out". It does reduce body roll majorly making corners fun to take at quick speeds. My question is, is it worth getting another strut, maybe on the back, or inside the bonnet.
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Old 01-16-2005, 04:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I currently have a mcfeeters front strut bar on my car. It is also used to protect my sump "car has been lowered eay to bottom out". It does reduce body roll majorly making corners fun to take at quick speeds. My question is, is it worth getting another strut, maybe on the back, or inside the bonnet.
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Sounds really confusing. I don't really get what you're saying.

You have a front strut bar, but it protects your sump (what's that?). What does a strut bar have to do with a lowered car bottoming out? The strut bar is mounted to the top strut towers, it shouldn't protect anything on the bottom of the car. Do you mean you have an x-brace?

Strut bars don't reduce body roll, just chassis flex. A sway bar would reduce body roll, they are different. Is that what you have, sway bars?

What do you mean getting another strut for the back or inside the bonnet? I thought you said you already had a strut bar? The strut bar is the same for the one under the bonnet and the one mounted to the strut towers. The rear would be mounted to the rear shock towers. A "sway" bar is mounted to the control arms, not the chassis.

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definatly confusing... i think your getting your facts screwed up!
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I have a strut bar or im not sure wat its called that is below my car, it sits across the sump
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I have a strut bar or im not sure wat its called that is below my car, it sits across the sump
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Sounds like you're talking about your sway bars. If you want to reduce body roll, get some stiffer shocks or springs or even stiffer sway bars than the ones you already have. Added strut braces which go ontop only stiffen up the chassis.

Anyways, did you only upgrade the front sway bar, or you did the rear also? If you just did the front, you must get crazy understeer.

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just the front, but no crazy understeer
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