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Old 02-16-2008, 07:10 PM   #1
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i was looking online for things to improve handling for my car when i saw i front strut bar for only $18.00....does this seem to cheap? heres the link http://www.andysautosport.com/ford/2.../megan_racing/


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front strut bar really doesnt do much on our cars. look at how close teh strut towesr are to the firewall and you'll see why. they are so close the firewall takes up any would be flex there. your better off getting a rear strut tower bar. since the only thing tying the struts in the rear together is the roof. and dont worry bout it ruining your cargo space, it wont.
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Attempting to stiffen the unibody would likely only matter, if at all, were you to be pushing the car to extremely high cornering forces...maybe building your car to run on a road course with DOT race tires or full slicks. Otherwise a strut bar has no effect on normal handling behavior as it does not directly impact the workings of the suspension system.

The cheapest improvement for the street behavior of your car is probably a performance oriented four wheel alignment. Minimal toe in in the rear, and zero toe or some toe out in front...the car will turn in more aggressively (though also be a little more likely to wander on ruts in highways etc).

I zeroed the front toe and set the rear to 1/16" toe in...nicely balanced for the street. Not a plow box anymore, but also not unstable or nervous.

Just my $0.02
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i was looking online for things to improve handling for my car when i saw i front strut bar for only $18.00....does this seem to cheap? heres the link http://www.andysautosport.com/ford/2.../megan_racing/
Just read the page...they are full of you know what. Strut bars do NOT reduce body roll. That's nonsensical.
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yea i wasnt sure if it realy did much any way...i was just wondering...thanks.
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Attempting to stiffen the unibody would likely only matter, if at all, were you to be pushing the car to extremely high cornering forces...maybe building your car to run on a road course with DOT race tires or full slicks. Otherwise a strut bar has no effect on normal handling behavior as it does not directly impact the workings of the suspension system.

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I zeroed the front toe and set the rear to 1/16" toe in...nicely balanced for the street. Not a plow box anymore, but also not unstable or nervous.

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i agree to this. but in a zx3/5 there is nothing above the rear shoc area to keep it from flexing even while drving at norman speeds. the rsb really helped the squaking back there.

and auto cross is a great way to start out with racing. it's legal and you only race the clock. i suggest it whole heartedly for anyone looking to have some fun with their ride.....
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i agree to this. but in a zx3/5 there is nothing above the rear shoc area to keep it from flexing even while drving at norman speeds. the rsb really helped the squaking back there.

and auto cross is a great way to start out with racing. it's legal and you only race the clock. i suggest it whole heartedly for anyone looking to have some fun with their ride.....
You've got a point as well...some of these cars can get a little creaky and squeaky. I did some autocrossing long ago (many cars ago!), and definitely alignment helps right away. There's nothing worse than driving a complete plow box trying to negotiate a tight course...frustrating!
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