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    Strut Brace waste of time????

    Hi i was thinking of getting a strut brace on my z'let after poping my radiator apparantly due to flex in front end or some s**t vauxhall told me but i have got the custom 3inch top hat and dont wanna buy one just to find it dont fit

    anyone had a go at fitting one and which are best to get when you have got the custom tophat or has anyone got a brace fitted with the standard top hat can advise how much room is free heres a pic to help with what i am up against thankyou all


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    please anyone still wondering about this one

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    From talking to someone who sets cars up for racing ..........

    Yes as the struts are set so close to the bulk head all the strength is already there.
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    so basicaly a waste of time then, any other views appracited. Any one had one fitted and noticed a difference or is better handling just a myth????

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    There is no real need for one on a mk4 due to turret location.

    The reason your rad split was to do with your boost pipe set up. There is no room for movement in that setup.

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    Beg to differ

    Anyone with a strut brace can check this too.

    Set the wheels point straight ahead, and remove the bolts holding the cups to the strut towers. Check that the holes still line up.

    Now crank the steering over to full lock (doesn't matter which side)... now check the holes again and you'll find that they are no longer aligned. That's because the chassis has flexed

    Crank the steering over (full lock) to the other side and you'll see the that holes now misaligned but to the other side. If you've got a helper to do the steering whilst you watch the holes it's quite interesting to watch

    Straighten up the steering and the bolts will drop back through the holes.

    Mines moves about 6-8mm each side of centre, and I suspect all other Mk4's will have a similar flex too.

    Granted it's not a vast amount , probably about the same as a part worn bush at the wheels), but it is there and a brace will limit it's effects.

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    Yea in that respect. But maybe my post was a bit off. I ment in relation ship towards his rad splitting. That had nothing to do with car flex but engine movement going straight in to the intercooler which is bolted to the rad.

    My bad if I was off in my first post.

    And to be fair now you have said that. I WANT TO SEE!!!!!!!! Sounds interesting.

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    I can certainly vouch for the tightness of the handling on FS3.5, after going from mine to Geoff's (albeit I have never driven FS3.5), Geoff's is just so much more solid but is still not harsh.

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    Thankyou

    Right first of all thanks to you all for your replys and sorry for the delay in mine ,

    I would have to agree with the explanation of no flex in boost pipe and all engine movement going straight through rad pack. I have just ordered a FMIC so this should sort this one.

    More to the subject i like the explanation of removing bolts and putting full lock on as stated above and watching the holes move this tells me there should be improved handling with a brace fitted so *shake shake goes the piggy bank a bit more cash gone

    Any reccomendations as to which one to buy that should fit over the boost setup i have,

    Many thanks again

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