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insanecelica Feb 11, 11:42pm - #101948 

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Modified APR Strutbar

Most off you who have bought an APR strutbar,
know that, when you've got aftermarket suspension, you have to jack up your car in order to tighten the 6 screws!

But when you do so, the (red/blue) plates will get under some stress, when you lower the car! AND this can't be good IMO
Also you can't completly srew the plates against the chassis of the car!

Since i didn't know al off this, i used a lathe to modify the plates!
and now it's fits perfectly TIGHT!
But i had to buy a new battery (VARTA (dimensions: H190mm-L242mm-D175mm) wich is 55Amps instead of 50Amps), because the old one was too high, because the bar can now be screwed complety against the chassis!



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insanecelica Feb 11, 11:43pm - #101949 

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insanecelica Feb 11, 11:43pm - #101950 

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insanecelica Feb 11, 11:44pm - #101951 

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insanecelica Feb 11, 11:45pm - #101953 

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Sultan Feb 11, 11:46pm - #101955 

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v3n0m Feb 11, 11:46pm - #101956 

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Looks nice thumbsup but if you wanted to save yourself the trouble you should have gone with Tanabe grin
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Gen7fan Feb 11, 11:47pm - #101957 
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Originally Posted by spaztikid
cool thumbsup


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insanecelica Feb 11, 11:49pm - #101958 

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insanecelica Feb 11, 11:51pm - #101959 

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Quote:
Looks nice but if you wanted to save yourself the trouble you should have gone with Tanabe


Actually i wanted a RMM strutbar, but they couldn't deliver that anymore at the place where i get my stuff

And they suggested me to buy an APR... so i did... grin

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Bakablo1 Feb 12, 1:00am - #101960 
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pretty cool thumbsup
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RoMkApOmKa Feb 12, 1:50am - #101961 

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So... but why the APR made the bar with the small round center holes??? confused Why they did not do it with a larger holes??? confused
WHY?! What was the reason???
P.S. How did you cut the hole??? Which tool did you use?
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qbanprepster21 Feb 12, 1:54am - #101962 
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RoMkApOmKa Feb 12, 2:03am - #101963 

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Originally Posted by qbanprepster21
just to make people mad

I guess they did it to make it fit with the stock baterry...
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celicaTRDgts Feb 12, 2:04am - #101964 

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DaBigTickett Feb 12, 2:40am - #101965 

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hephaestus Feb 12, 2:54am - #101966 
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Originally Posted by v3n0m
Looks nice thumbsup but if you wanted to save yourself the trouble you should have gone with Tanabe grin

Good job looks legit, but I hope it holds up. You just changed things that APR didn't have there in the first place. I'm not an engineer, but the load might be transferred in irregular ways or better. It's just a strut bar so it can't do that much harm or might help chasis flex more. I'm sure that you will hear some sounds coming from the strut bar after modifications like that. I'm going with the Tanabe until something else comes out. The APR always looked cheap, just for show. That's my 2 cents plus a nickel.
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v3n0m Feb 12, 3:17am - #101967 

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^ Naw, it'll hold up. It's got a similar design to Tanabe. Plus it's bolted to the end plates, which is stonger than welding.
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OOSilver_S Feb 12, 3:25am - #101968 

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Originally Posted by hephaestus

Originally Posted by v3n0m

Looks nice thumbsup but if you wanted to save yourself the trouble you should have gone with Tanabe grin

Good job looks legit, but I hope it holds up. You just changed things that APR didn't have there in the first place. I'm not an engineer, but the load might be transferred in irregular ways or better. It's just a strut bar so it can't do that much harm or might help chasis flex more. I'm sure that you will hear some sounds coming from the strut bar after modifications like that. I'm going with the Tanabe until something else comes out. The APR always looked cheap, just for show. That's my 2 cents plus a nickel.



Actually it'll probably be a lot stronger cause now it has a flush contact which the strut tower. a normal APR sits too high and puts all the pressure on the center raised part of the strut tower. This is the reason i sold mine, why couldn't those idiots have done this and then made the bar raised enough for batt clearance like the Hotchkis bar.

Much props on the cutting job. thumbsup thumbsup
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tgts2000 Feb 12, 3:50am - #101969 

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hephaestus Feb 12, 4:02am - #101970 
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Originally Posted by OOSilver_S
Originally Posted by hephaestus
Originally Posted by v3n0m
Looks nice thumbsup but if you wanted to save yourself the trouble you should have gone with Tanabe grin

Good job looks legit, but I hope it holds up. You just changed things that APR didn't have there in the first place. I'm not an engineer, but the load might be transferred in irregular ways or better. It's just a strut bar so it can't do that much harm or might help chasis flex more. I'm sure that you will hear some sounds coming from the strut bar after modifications like that. I'm going with the Tanabe until something else comes out. The APR always looked cheap, just for show. That's my 2 cents plus a nickel.



Actually it'll probably be a lot stronger cause now it has a flush contact which the strut tower. a normal APR sits too high and puts all the pressure on the center raised part of the strut tower. This is the reason i sold mine, why couldn't those idiots have done this and then made the bar raised enough for batt clearance like the Hotchkis bar.

Much props on the cutting job. thumbsup thumbsup

But how much of the load will be transferred to the stock upper mounts and the shocks below? My Hotchkis strut tower bar is scrap metal sitting in my basement. I ruined the camber plates in the first 8 months. I'm just posting a hypothetical question about changing the points and adding maybe an unspecified load. It looks great, I hope it works great, and probably will. I just would rather go for something else other than APR. Like I said before it just looks cheap, just for show. insanecelica's modifications look great. I give you credit.
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