What is the difference between Stress Tower Bars and Strut Tower Bars - Focus Fanatics
Focus Fanatics Ford Focus Forums
HomeContact UsAbout UsGalleryDiscussion ForumsMarketplace



Go Back   Focus Fanatics > Ford Focus Tech Discussions > Wheels & Tires - Sponsored By Tire Rack

Wheels & Tires - Sponsored By Tire Rack The place to go for answers on wheel types, tire sizes, offset, wheel patterns and more.
Sponsored By:
Tire Rack


Search This Forum | Image Search | Advanced Search    
FocusFest Ford Focus Tire & Wheels FocusFanatics Merchandise

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-02-2004, 11:23 PM   #1
Dbelle18
Focus Enthusiast
 
Dbelle18's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Fan#: 8587
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
What I Drive: 2005 Toyota Corolla LE

Posts: 256
FF Reputation: 1 Dbelle18 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (4)
What is the difference between Stress Tower Bars and Strut Tower Bars

I need help understanding the difference between the two! I have a 2000 CD Silver Ford Focus SE and I'm trying to put on some performance parts, but I having trouble. Looking around at different Ford Focus sites, iv'e seen the Focus Sport Stress Bar for about $99.99 and then I had seen a Strut Tower Bar for $64.99 at new edge performance. I just want to know if both Bars will perform the same job or if the Stress bar is better then the Strut Tower Bar. Can someone please let me know what the major difference is, thanks.


Dbelle18 is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 06-02-2004, 11:46 PM   #2
neojen
Focus Addict
 
neojen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Fan#: 1885
Location: Birmingham, AL
What I Drive: Accord

Posts: 678
FF Reputation: 1 neojen Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (1)
Im pretty sure its just a different name.. they both should do the same.. but beware some dont do anything, some are just for decoration.. those tend to be the cheaper ones..
neojen is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2004, 09:41 AM   #3
scironzts
Focus Fanatic
 
scironzts's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Fan#: 893
Location: Wilmington, NC
What I Drive: '04 ZTW

Posts: 3,283
FF Reputation: 1 scironzts Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (1)
Yeah. Different name, same part. Some people refer to them as "stress braces", some people refer to them as "strut tower bars". It's the same thing.
__________________
04 ZTW | Wagons will rise again.
scironzts is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2004, 01:48 PM   #4
blackandgold
Focus Fanatic
 
blackandgold's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Fan#: 495
Location: Steeda, PA, Afghanistan
What I Drive: 2008 VW GTI 2006 Ford Explorer LTD

Posts: 2,592
FF Reputation: 1 blackandgold Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Quote:
Originally posted by scironzts
Yeah. Different name, same part. Some people refer to them as "stress braces", some people refer to them as "strut tower bars". It's the same thing.
I refer to them as "something to lean on" while working on the engine. I even got the chrom-moly ones and even though it feels a little stronger it is nothing to write home about. I got a hell of a price for it though way below what steeda or CFM seels them for so i can't complain to much
__________________
ae86
Quote:
Originally posted by focusfreak03
^ what the hell is that supposed to mean, you quote me and then put down some american eagle sh**
blackandgold is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2004, 12:45 PM   #5
whiteboyslo
Focus Fanatic
 
whiteboyslo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Fan#: 180
Location: SD (PQ)
What I Drive: 04 Pontiac GTO - Yellow M6

Posts: 2,517
FF Reputation: 2 whiteboyslo Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (11)
well, i'm pretty the Focus Sport Stress Bar is a strut tower bar, but be warned..... THERE IS SUCH A THING AS A FRONT STRESS BAR AND IT'S NOT A STRUT TOWER BAR! the stress bar is a piece that connect the two lower A-arms and is meant to keep the car straight at launch (ever notice how the car wants to jerk towards the right at hard launches?). i don't have a pic right now, but you'll know it when you see it bc it lookes NOTHING like a strut tower bar.

Mike
__________________
just visiting now....
whiteboyslo is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2004, 12:55 PM   #6
mconrada
Focus Addict
 
mconrada's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Fan#: 1652
Location: Surf City, NC
What I Drive: 91 mx5

Posts: 919
FF Reputation: 1 mconrada Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
I thought that the jerk you expierence is from not having an LSD. Something called torque steer. Too much power going to one wheel and not enough to the other... hence the pulling and one rubber strip after trying to do a burn out.
mconrada is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2004, 01:10 PM   #7
whiteboyslo
Focus Fanatic
 
whiteboyslo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Fan#: 180
Location: SD (PQ)
What I Drive: 04 Pontiac GTO - Yellow M6

Posts: 2,517
FF Reputation: 2 whiteboyslo Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (11)
yeah, it is, but this bar kinda helps that. what happens is that the one side tries to turn hard, causing the whole arms to flex (mainly around the bushings). this bar connects both sides and helps keep everything striaght. i guess you could accomplish the same thing from stiffer control arm bushings. this bar is by no means a replacement for an LSD, but it does help.

Mike
__________________
just visiting now....
whiteboyslo is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks & Social Networks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
front sway bar, strut tower brace, stress bars...huh?! stoopidsteve87 Wheels & Tires - Sponsored By Tire Rack 3 10-19-2007 04:43 PM
Stress Bars / Strut Tower Braces goixoye Brakes, Suspension & Chassis 28 04-06-2007 10:57 AM
Ebay Strut Tower Bars NonCorp Wheels & Tires - Sponsored By Tire Rack 6 10-20-2006 01:42 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:11 PM.


Copyright 2002-2014 FocusFanatics.com. All Rights Reserved : Terms of Use : Privacy Policy : Advertise Information : Site Map

Focus Fanatics Ford Focus Forum offers many fun ways for you to engage with other Ford Focus Owners from across the world. Whether it be about the aftermarket performance modifications, technical how-to's, European tuned suspension or awesome fuel economy similar to the Acura TLX. You can find all Ford Focus related information here. Join our Ford Focus discussion forums and chat with local Focus enthusiasts in your area.