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Strut bar? Which is the Best? #135365 Mar 25, 9:07pm Mar 25, 9:07pm
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Strut bar? Which is the Best?
Ok, I have a question thats been going on in E-Celica for at least a week, maybe more. I want to put it to a rest regarding chasis reinforcement. Post your pictures and comments now and forever. I know the best strut tower bar front and rear combination for our cars currently. Anyone want to add more info on any other reinforcement or strut tower bars feel free to do so. I will be first of course. Tanabe, can't beat the under $100 dollar value for a quality front strut bar. I thought Jic carbon fiber until they pulled out on me. Brash boy is the best now, but worth $220? A TRD rear and the Brash boy rear brace bar ($220.00). A side tower bar (189.00). Other strut tower bars like Rod Millen, etc. should be discontinued on cost alone. Every comment, picture, or whatever counts. Here are some picts to understand what I'm saying... hold please.

Re: Strut bar? Which is the Best? [Re: hephaestus] #135366 Mar 25, 9:08pm Mar 25, 9:08pm
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RMM...

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Re: Strut bar? Which is the Best? [Re: hephaestus] #135367 Mar 25, 9:09pm Mar 25, 9:09pm
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Tanabe...

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Re: Strut bar? Which is the Best? [Re: hephaestus] #135368 Mar 25, 9:10pm Mar 25, 9:10pm
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Brash boy front strut tower...

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Re: Strut bar? Which is the Best? [Re: hephaestus] #135369 Mar 25, 9:12pm Mar 25, 9:12pm
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Brash boy rear and sides...

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Re: Strut bar? Which is the Best? [Re: hephaestus] #135370 Mar 25, 9:12pm Mar 25, 9:12pm
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Originally Posted by hephaestus
Brash boy rear and sides...

do these actually do anything?


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Re: Strut bar? Which is the Best? [Re: hephaestus] #135371 Mar 25, 9:13pm Mar 25, 9:13pm
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back brace...

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Re: Strut bar? Which is the Best? [Re: hephaestus] #135372 Mar 25, 9:14pm Mar 25, 9:14pm
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apr front strut bar

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15.41 @ 89.30mph 2.282 60'

is....04 srt4 stock
13.936 100.15mph 2.177 60'
Re: Strut bar? Which is the Best? [Re: hephaestus] #135373 Mar 25, 9:15pm Mar 25, 9:15pm
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TRD rear 3point bar

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was....5speed with i/h/e
15.41 @ 89.30mph 2.282 60'

is....04 srt4 stock
13.936 100.15mph 2.177 60'
Re: Strut bar? Which is the Best? [Re: hephaestus] #135374 Mar 25, 9:15pm Mar 25, 9:15pm
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Any picts, comments, or links on Skunk 2, Apr, Tanabe, RMM, Brash Boy, TRD, or custom would be appreciated.

Re: Strut bar? Which is the Best? [Re: hephaestus] #135375 Mar 25, 9:17pm Mar 25, 9:17pm
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Norway, I know i'm slow, but you could have waited. Looks great. I like it. Keep the picts. and/or comments coming.

Re: Strut bar? Which is the Best? [Re: hephaestus] #135376 Mar 25, 9:21pm Mar 25, 9:21pm
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do the brashboy rear/side braces do anything? and same question with the trunk brace thing.
was i not sopposed to post? my bad


was....5speed with i/h/e
15.41 @ 89.30mph 2.282 60'

is....04 srt4 stock
13.936 100.15mph 2.177 60'
Re: Strut bar? Which is the Best? [Re: NorwayGT] #135377 Mar 25, 9:25pm Mar 25, 9:25pm
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I believe they help. You and I may not notice that much of a difference driving to the store and back unless pushing our cars. You can post whenever you feel free to do so. You just beat me to it.

Re: Strut bar? Which is the Best? [Re: hephaestus] #135378 Mar 25, 9:32pm Mar 25, 9:32pm
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From looking at the bars, the Brash Boy looks the best of the front bars - because it has a master brake stopper. But it certainly isn't cheap...

The only question I have of front strut bars is - why doesn't TRD produce one? And that begs the question - if TRD (both US and Japan) doesn't produce one, then is it really needed? I mean, they make front, rear and underbody braces for the Echo, but not for the Celica?? Do they think it is stiff enough in the front end already??

Just my thoughts...

Re: Strut bar? Which is the Best? [Re: PsychoFox] #135379 Mar 25, 9:34pm Mar 25, 9:34pm
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Originally Posted by PsychoFox
From looking at the bars, the Brash Boy looks the best of the front bars - because it has a master brake stopper. But it certainly isn't cheap...

The only question I have of front strut bars is - why doesn't TRD produce one? And that begs the question - if TRD (both US and Japan) doesn't produce one, then is it really needed? I mean, they make front, rear and underbody braces for the Echo, but not for the Celica?? Do they think it is stiff enough in the front end already??

Just my thoughts...

TRD doesnt make one, because they hate the celica. there is barely any sopport from TRD for our cars. and no, the front strut tower bars dont come stock with enough regidity. i can TOTALLY feel my apr front strut tower bar, and LOVE it


was....5speed with i/h/e
15.41 @ 89.30mph 2.282 60'

is....04 srt4 stock
13.936 100.15mph 2.177 60'
Re: Strut bar? Which is the Best? [Re: NorwayGT] #135380 Mar 25, 9:39pm Mar 25, 9:39pm
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Re: Strut bar? Which is the Best? [Re: hephaestus] #135381 Mar 25, 9:47pm Mar 25, 9:47pm
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Re: Strut bar? Which is the Best? [Re: hephaestus] #135382 Mar 25, 9:49pm Mar 25, 9:49pm
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hypermotive looks nice thumbsup

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Re: Strut bar? Which is the Best? [Re: hephaestus] #135383 Mar 25, 9:50pm Mar 25, 9:50pm
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Re: Strut bar? Which is the Best? [Re: Virgilson] #135384 Mar 25, 9:58pm Mar 25, 9:58pm
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Keep them coming. I just want to put an end all to end all of chasis reinforcements. Links, pictures, comments. Post freely.

Re: Strut bar? Which is the Best? [Re: hephaestus] #135385 Mar 25, 10:02pm Mar 25, 10:02pm
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APR flex control bar = thumbsdown
i don't recommend this bar. A faint "popping" noise occurs when turning even after re-installing the bar over again. That's why i got Tanabe thumbsup...waiting to be installed.

Re: Strut bar? Which is the Best? [Re: NorwayGT] #135386 Mar 25, 10:28pm Mar 25, 10:28pm
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Originally Posted by NorwayGT
Originally Posted by PsychoFox
From looking at the bars, the Brash Boy looks the best of the front bars - because it has a master brake stopper. But it certainly isn't cheap...

The only question I have of front strut bars is - why doesn't TRD produce one? And that begs the question - if TRD (both US and Japan) doesn't produce one, then is it really needed? I mean, they make front, rear and underbody braces for the Echo, but not for the Celica?? Do they think it is stiff enough in the front end already??

Just my thoughts...

TRD doesnt make one, because they hate the celica. there is barely any sopport from TRD for our cars. and no, the front strut tower bars dont come stock with enough regidity. i can TOTALLY feel my apr front strut tower bar, and LOVE it


the reason TRD doesnt make one is because they say that having a front strut bar blocks the air Intake from the hoodscoop. the hoodscoop does serve some purpose, and with other strut bars, the air is going to be blocked (slightly). but the hypermotive bar still enables air travel through the scoop into the engine because of the way its designed. but a strut bar is a strut bar, ive had tanabe, switched to apr, both are great, but the install for apr is easier and it looks better. i say get the brashboy one and tell us how it is.

Re: Strut bar? Which is the Best? [Re: hephaestus] #135387 Mar 26, 2:20am Mar 26, 2:20am
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Whiteline adjustable strut bar, should be in in a few days for me..

Re: Strut bar? Which is the Best? [Re: hephaestus] #135388 Mar 26, 6:42am Mar 26, 6:42am
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Re: Strut bar? Which is the Best? [Re: hephaestus] #135389 Mar 26, 7:20am Mar 26, 7:20am
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yeah what about Hotchkis, i like theres, i wish someone made a strut bar for the 6th gen

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Originally Posted by Celicaracer18
yeah what about Hotchkis, i like theres, i wish someone made a strut bar for the 6th gen

hotchkis is by far the best, but its just so damm expencive just for a strut bar


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hotchkis is more than just a strut bar because they come with camber plates. here's a blurb from them:

"Hotchkis Tuning Sport Camber Plates increase camber adjustment and reduce chassis flex with the integrated strut brace. Our plates offer up to 1.5 degrees of negative camber to help keep your tires flat on the road during aggressive driving. Non aggressive street settings are also easily obtainable. The unique feature that separates the Hotchkis Tuning camber plates from the competition is our quiet mount design. Our plates are isolated in poly Urethane which eliminates the ride harshness and loud operation associated with cheaper, mono ball designs offered by many of our competitors. Hotchkis plates also feature CNC machined billet aluminum plates, oem grade roller bearings, and a billet battery hold down. As with all our Performance parts, these plates have been track tested for durability before going to production."


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Re: Strut bar? Which is the Best? [Re: righteous_one] #135392 Mar 26, 8:35am Mar 26, 8:35am
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Originally Posted by righteous_one
APR flex control bar = thumbsdown
i don't recommend this bar. A faint "popping" noise occurs when turning even after re-installing the bar over again. That's why i got Tanabe thumbsup...waiting to be installed.


I haven't had that problem with my apr flex control bar..

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i have apr, but id say go with tanabe.

i had sound with my apr, but it's gone after reinstall~ idunno


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Re: Strut bar? Which is the Best? [Re: SilverGT] #135395 Apr 13, 9:04pm Apr 13, 9:04pm
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Originally Posted by SilverGT
Originally Posted by NorwayGT
Originally Posted by PsychoFox
From looking at the bars, the Brash Boy looks the best of the front bars - because it has a master brake stopper. But it certainly isn't cheap...

The only question I have of front strut bars is - why doesn't TRD produce one? And that begs the question - if TRD (both US and Japan) doesn't produce one, then is it really needed? I mean, they make front, rear and underbody braces for the Echo, but not for the Celica?? Do they think it is stiff enough in the front end already??

Just my thoughts...

TRD doesnt make one, because they hate the celica. there is barely any sopport from TRD for our cars. and no, the front strut tower bars dont come stock with enough regidity. i can TOTALLY feel my apr front strut tower bar, and LOVE it


the reason TRD doesnt make one is because they say that having a front strut bar blocks the air Intake from the hoodscoop. the hoodscoop does serve some purpose, and with other strut bars, the air is going to be blocked (slightly). but the hypermotive bar still enables air travel through the scoop into the engine because of the way its designed . but a strut bar is a strut bar, ive had tanabe, switched to apr, both are great, but the install for apr is easier and it looks better. i say get the brashboy one and tell us how it is.


hence, why I have Hypermotive... plus they look pretty sweet

Re: Strut bar? Which is the Best? [Re: hephaestus] #135396 Apr 13, 9:13pm Apr 13, 9:13pm
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^^^^ya, im kinda worried about the air duct thingy when i installed my apr...i dono if that will over heat something or not.. frown


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Originally Posted by Elec-FuYu
^^^^ya, im kinda worried about the air duct thingy when i installed my apr...i dono if that will over heat something or not.. frown


I doubt a strut bar will cause the car to overheat. If there's any difference between the solid bars and hypermotive it will be minimal. Most people just buy the latter for its improved appearance.

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