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This is a discussion on Strut Braces within the Suspension & Wheels forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; Hello Everyone, I joined the forum a year and a half ago when I started considering a WRX purchase. Just ...

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    Strut Braces

    Hello Everyone,

    I joined the forum a year and a half ago when I started considering a WRX purchase. Just got it a couple of weeks ago (2014 WRB Base Hatch). I've been wondering about mods as everyone does.

    How many people go for a strut brace in these cars? Is it worthwhile or not?
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    many have asked this same question and the most popular answer i have found is dont go crazy expensive on strut bracing and to grab a cheap set from ebay if you really must have them.

    you'll see a much better improvement by upgrading swaybars and endlinks tho.....food for thought...

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    Firewall is so close to the strut mounting points it would only make a marginal difference with stock suspension. I'd just grab a cheap one if you absolutely have to have one. Although, I very much like the looks of the SPT and other bars in the catalog at the Subaru dealership, just could never bring myself to spend that much on one.

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    Thanks, sounds like all I need to hear. I am new to tuning modern cars so I appreciate all the perspectives! Sounds like money better spent elsewhere.

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    There is some value in installing a rear brace in the wagons and hatches, as there is no direct frame member tying the rears together like there is in the sedans. That said, I'd find a detachable rear brace, so you aren't sacrificing utility when you have the rear seats folded down.

    As stated, the front strut towers will see negligible benefit. Some say they can feel a difference, but I believe that's more the "butt dyno" talking. Bear in mind that Subaru unibody frames are extraordinarily rigid, a major factor in Subaru's high crash safety marks. Next time you need to pull out the seats for wiring or something, take a look at the large steel beams criss-crossing the frame.

    I'd consider higher-end performance tires a more worthwhile investment than strut braces, followed by swaybars, endlinks, and subframe bushings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rambo View Post
    There is some value in installing a rear brace in the wagons and hatches, as there is no direct frame member tying the rears together like there is in the sedans. That said, I'd find a detachable rear brace, so you aren't sacrificing utility when you have the rear seats folded down.

    As stated, the front strut towers will see negligible benefit. Some say they can feel a difference, but I believe that's more the "butt dyno" talking. Bear in mind that Subaru unibody frames are extraordinarily rigid, a major factor in Subaru's high crash safety marks. Next time you need to pull out the seats for wiring or something, take a look at the large steel beams criss-crossing the frame.

    I'd consider higher-end performance tires a more worthwhile investment than strut braces, followed by swaybars, endlinks, and subframe bushings.
    What are some examples of good rear detachable strut bars? I'm in the market.

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    just search "wrx strut bar" on ebay, you'll find a bunch

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    Keep in mind if you are going to do a strut brace, you're better off with a solid one piece unit. Most you see sold are the mount points, with the bar attaching on a point that still allows pivoting and movement. This does basically nothing as the pivoting can still allow the body to roll.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LENSPEC View Post
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