To get the most out of your car, the tires must have the most possible contact with the road, for optimal traction and steering control. More importantly, the car has to feel stable and predictable so you have the confidence to push the car further to its limits. A chassis that flexes won’t allow the tires to stay flat on the tarmac and makes for a car that lacks responsiveness and feel. Strategically placed braces will give your chassis the necessary rigidity to maintain proper wheel alignment, and increase stability so you can experience precise, confidence inspiring handling.
Chassis flex between the strut towers is common. Tying the strut towers together will stiffen the chassis and improve handling, and should be your first move when considering chassis bracing. In a MacPherson strut suspension, all of the vertical suspension load is transmitted to the top of the strut tower. This loading can cause the strut towers and chassis to flex during hard cornering, which can result in poor steering response, cowl shake, and understeer in turns. A strut tower brace reduces strut tower flex by connecting the two strut towers together.
A vehicle with double A-arm suspension can also benefit from a strut bar. Connecting the towers where the coilovers mount allows suspension loads to be distributed to both towers instead of concentrated at just one. We offer strut tower braces for all popular performance cars like Camaros, Mustangs, and Challengers, as well as models from Acura, Honda, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Toyota, VW, and others. You’ll find front and rear strut braces, along with triangular braces, on our digital shelves. Triangular braces tie both strut towers together and to the firewall. They’re offered for select models that require this additional degree of stiffness. If both front and rear braces are offered for your 2007 Subaru Forester, installing both will provide the best results, but if you’re on a budget, start with a front brace.
Our strut tower braces are designed and manufactured by the industry’s top chassis and suspension builders. They’re made from tough, rugged materials like tubular steel or 6061 T-6 aluminum, to provide the stiffness your chassis needs, and have a polished or powder coated color finish. Some braces are adjustable to allow for varying vehicle manufacturing tolerances and chassis wear. Many feature the strut brace manufacturer or vehicle make/model logo. Even if you don’t push your car to the limit, you’ll want to have one of these strut tower braces under the hood just for the high-performance look. And most braces can be easily installed with simple hand tools. Rear strut towers are commonly under plastic covers and/or carpet, which will have to be modified to accommodate a rear brace.