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2018/11/23 09:12:54 (permalink)

Strut brace's - are they worth it???

Hi all,
I'm thinking about spending some of my hard earned cash on a strut brace for the 964.
 
It would really be a cosmetic thing, as I don't tend to drive the car very hard at all, especially thru' the corners!
 
But do they make any noticeable difference in "every day" driving or are they (as I suspect mine would be) a little bit of automotive "bling"?
 
as always, interested to hear thoughts and opinions.
 
regards
GH.

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    Re: Strut brace's - are they worth it??? 2018/11/23 11:50:12 (permalink)
    They do work, I have one, but you're likely not to notice unless you are pushing on round bends. From a bling perspective, yes, looks good on a Porsche. In terms of safety it would provide extra rigidity in the unfortunate event of a crash and hopefully minimise structural damage.
     
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    Re: Strut brace's - are they worth it??? 2018/11/23 12:41:34 (permalink)
    I have one on my 993 and, like the previous comment, they look good but probably will only come into effect when pushing on and driving briskly. Would most likely benefit using on a Cab or Targa where the lack of a fixed roof is supposed to induce a degree of body flex.  Again, depends on your driving habits and intended use of the car.  I just like the look of it.
     
    If you can source one at a reasonable price I'd say go for it.  I got mine (in carbon fibre effect) from eBay (where else...?) for what I considered a good price and then had to do some small remedial refurbishment to bring back the bling factor.  You may also wish/have to modify the carpet slightly to get the brackets to fit properly and neatly, so bear that in mind too.
     
    I don't think I would want to pay some of the prices quoted for new, though.  Left on the car should you sell it might be considered a worthwhile 'extra', or perceived that the car has been ragged!

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    Re: Strut brace's - are they worth it??? 2018/11/23 12:54:20 (permalink)
    It worked on my targa, but you'd expect that as it has a large hole in the roof!
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    Re: Strut brace's - are they worth it??? 2018/11/23 15:55:08 (permalink)
    If as you say you don't drive very fast especially round corners why bother! If you were doing track days it would no doubt be worth it, I have been round the Nurburgring a few times but have still not fitted one but would do if I were doing speed events.  

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    Re: Strut brace's - are they worth it??? 2018/11/23 16:23:30 (permalink)
    I have fitted them to other cars but it was the bling which attracted me. Now with more common sense I would put my money into other areas whereby I could get some positive use (upgraded sound system, better lighting.
    If you intend to race then I would say, yes otherwise buy a furry dice.
    End of the day it's all down to personal choice.
     
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    Re: Strut brace's - are they worth it??? 2018/11/23 16:52:26 (permalink)
    Thanks guys.
    Mine is a cab, so am interested in the additional rigidity ....but I suspect the difference is negligible in normal driving.
    Like the idea of furry dice as well...
    Cheers.
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    Re: Strut brace's - are they worth it??? 2018/11/23 17:43:11 (permalink)
    Graham,
     
    All the comments take me back to a project in which I was involved in a consultative capacity to stiffen the Jag XJ-S convertible chassis, both statically and more importantly, dynamically (scuttle shake!). It took a significant amount of front and rear X-bracing to effect a relatively small subjective improvement.
     
    A front strut brace? Mainly cosmetic I think. With your cabrio you might be better considering fitting a roll cage..!
     
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    Re: Strut brace's - are they worth it??? 2018/11/23 18:59:53 (permalink)
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    Graham,
     
    All the comments take me back to a project in which I was involved in a consultative capacity to stiffen the Jag XJ-S convertible chassis, both statically and more importantly, dynamically (scuttle shake!). It took a significant amount of front and rear X-bracing to effect a relatively small subjective improvement.
     
    A front strut brace? Mainly cosmetic I think. With your cabrio you might be better considering fitting a roll cage..!
     
    Jeff


    Good point Jeff. Never thought of it myself. Too taken up with furry dice.
     
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    Re: Strut brace's - are they worth it??? 2018/11/23 20:39:27 (permalink)
    Uponblocks
    Thanks guys.
    Mine is a cab, so am interested in the additional rigidity ....but I suspect the difference is negligible in normal driving.
    Like the idea of furry dice as well...
    Cheers.


    You'd notice it on a cab. There was less scuttle shake shake on my targa, noticed through less rear view mirror movement. Not expensive and easy to fit.
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    Re: Strut brace's - are they worth it??? 2018/12/08 10:36:57 (permalink)
    I felt the difference on my C4 as soon as I drove it across the garage forecourt!

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    Re: Strut brace's - are they worth it??? 2018/12/09 10:41:45 (permalink)
    Melv
    I felt the difference on my C4 as soon as I drove it across the garage forecourt!




    Melvin, in which way exactly did you drive the C4 across the garage forecourt?
     
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    Re: Strut brace's - are they worth it??? 2018/12/09 11:07:57 (permalink)
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    Melv
    I felt the difference on my C4 as soon as I drove it across the garage forecourt!




    Melvin, in which way exactly did you drive the C4 across the garage forecourt?
     
    Hacki


    Made me wonder also!!!!!!!!
     
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    Re: Strut brace's - are they worth it??? 2018/12/09 12:14:28 (permalink)
    Me too!

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    Re: Strut brace's - are they worth it??? 2018/12/10 10:58:21 (permalink)
    Like I stole it...... doesn't everybody? 

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    Re: Strut brace's - are they worth it??? 2018/12/10 11:23:09 (permalink)
    Melv
    Like I stole it...... doesn't everybody? 


    The petrol or the car?
     
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    Re: Strut brace's - are they worth it??? 2018/12/10 12:05:15 (permalink)
    Melv
    Like I stole it...... doesn't everybody? 




    Melvin, there´re a few people, a totally inconsiderate minority, who in fact do not drive their cars across their garage forecourts as if they stole them. Not that I know one of them, but I´ve heard so.
     
    Keep up the good work and lay rubber whereever you can!
     
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    Re: Strut brace's - are they worth it??? 2018/12/18 21:28:50 (permalink)
    Always Hacki! 

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    Re: Strut brace's - are they worth it??? 2019/01/05 17:25:10 (permalink)
    Well...……….the very nice Mrs. H got me a (carbon fibre) strut brace for Christmas. 
    Can't say I noticed a significant difference in handling (not that I've driven it much over the festive period) but it looks good in my humble opinion. 
     
    fitted by yours truly (aided by 12 yo son) we also changed the bonnet struts as well, which was a right pain, but very satisfying to do!
     
    cheers. 
     
    Graham H. 

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    Re: Strut brace's - are they worth it??? 2019/01/05 19:02:32 (permalink)
    Looks good, indeed!
     
    Hacki
     
    P.S.: If a guy with a 964 Cup car in Italian colours offers to drive your car and to demonstrate the difference in handling, think twice! (His name is Melvin.)

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