i just installed racing dynamics front strut bar, from bavauto.
1: Does it really improve the road handling of a car???
not by much, but DEFINITELY yes. this is most noticeable in fast corners on uneven road. i am taking the same 45 deg corner on the way to work, at about 50 mph. before, the steering inputs were looser, and i had to correct more. now, the road bumps are absorbed better, less shake on the steering, and much more feel thorugh the steering. i am making less corrections now, and can much more easily steer the car on the throttle (occasionally i take this corner with a LOT of power), and not over correct the power slide.
2: Does it really quieten down the car due to a more rigid front end???
it terms of noise?? no.
3: Does it really save on tyre wear due to making the suspension do its job
correctly?? not when i am driving, cos i will increase the speed due to improved handling, and wear out tires that much quicker.
4: Does it really improve the driving experience??? YES.
5: Does it make any other differences??? yes, it lets me impress weak-brained chicks. ooo baby, come see MY STRUT BAR, it is long and stiff.