LOOKING AT STRUT TOWER BRACES, WHICH ONE? AND DO I NEED ONE?
I am thinking of putting a strut tower brace on my 2010 SS, I do not race it, but have heard it improves the handeling of the car, can you guys that have installed or had one installed please chime in? Thanks, Ron Tilley
You absolutely positively do not need a strut tower bar.
Is your 5th Gen structurally sound? Take a close look at these crash test videos.
Watch the engine move while the front sub-frame remains almost stationary at 14 Seconds
The front sub-frame mounts with six bolts and two locating pins. There are no rubber bushes. The front sub-frame connects well forward and well behind the front ‘axle’ for strength and stability. As you could see in the frontal impact video the engine was moving backwards from the impact (at roughly 14 seconds), but the front sub-frame remained well located. When GM designed the Camaro they built it well, very well. It was engineered to have an exceptionally strong monocoque. A solid monocoque translates into a higher perception of quality while enhancing performance and function. In the following series of pictures you can see how the 5th Gen Camaro has numerous 'chassis braces' built in at the factory using state-of the art design in the form of shape, construction and materials --
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Photos originally posted 11.11.2008 by aston70
Do you need a strut tower bar? Many assume they do. The brace was and is necessary when the roof is cut off. That is why TEAM Camaro designed and install the brace installing the Vert. The brace installed on the ZL1 indirectly for NVH. The STB cleaned up some 'noise' on the sensors used to fine tune the MRC. The STB looks cool so it is part of the 1LE package.
It would deny the obvious to say the OE STB does nothing. It does add structure to an already robust monocoque. There is zero data available that documents any gain in handling or lap times. None.
When you are considering the modifications you choose to make to your Camaro, we strongly suggest you take a holistic approach and discuss the entire range of modifications with your Pedders Suspension Specialist. They can guide you through the selection process to make certain that each modification compliments all the others to create the best possible custom Camaro for your personal use at the most reasonable cost. Do it right. Do it once.
Strut bar for car shows yes. Strut bar for better handling? Have yet to see any proof. I do not know why gm decided to put them on camaros aside from the vert
You will also have to drill holes on the strut towers to install a brace on your 2010 SS. The first Camaro to have a factory brace was the 2011 convertible (January 2011). All Camaros built after January 2011 (regardless if it has a factory brace or not) have pre drilled holes in strut towers.
They are more for looks than anything else. If you like the look enough, go for it, but if you are doing it for a handling upgrade, then spend your money elsewhere.
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