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Old 10-22-2011, 07:53 AM   #1
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tower strut brace

Well hello everyone, I need some help with this...

Look below at these pictures, a friend of mine took them at a show he was at in miami last week.

The Tower Brace is what I'm most interested in.

Can't Find them, please help... does anyone know who makes this with the maggie.....


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Old 10-22-2011, 08:02 AM   #2
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No idea who makes that, but I have a question...Stock hood?
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Old 10-22-2011, 08:03 AM   #3
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looks like it, just had the glass cut out
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Old 10-22-2011, 03:46 PM   #4
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Love how it still clears the hood
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Old 10-23-2011, 07:53 AM   #5
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That is not a stock hood it has to be the ACS SS9 hood because it's smooth no cross brace like factory!!! Cool brace but you have to take your struts off every time you want it out of the way and to install it!!!??????
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Old 10-23-2011, 08:12 AM   #6
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that would look nice in green!!!!!!
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Old 10-23-2011, 08:42 AM   #7
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No company makes that strut tower brace. That had to have been custom made or it's a DIY
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Old 10-23-2011, 11:55 AM   #8
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Maybe a stupid question, but wouldnt that be bad in a front end crash? I want my front end to crumple, and that looks like it would transfer energy into the strut towers, and then into the passenger compartment.
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Old 10-23-2011, 01:09 PM   #9
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There was a post from a woman that her and her father built that very style of brace but cannot find it was mid summer I believe
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Old 10-23-2011, 01:17 PM   #10
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Maybe a stupid question, but wouldnt that be bad in a front end crash? I want my front end to crumple, and that looks like it would transfer energy into the strut towers, and then into the passenger compartment.
I am not an engineer, but it would seem to me that that could be a very real issue.

I am pretty certain that is a custom brace.
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Old 10-23-2011, 01:53 PM   #11
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As Apex and Oach stated, don't think this would be desired for a DD. Maybe a track car, but again, not an engineer.

The strut towers that BMR, PFADT, Hotchkis and so on make are more than enough for our applications.
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Old 10-23-2011, 02:14 PM   #12
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look up member, go big or go home, he made one that looks just like this one.
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Old 10-23-2011, 06:18 PM   #13
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There was a post from a woman that her and her father built that very style of brace but cannot find it was mid summer I believe
I remember that post....but yeah, kinda hard to find it. I think she had pictures of one of these braces on a Summit White Camaro.
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Old 10-23-2011, 06:52 PM   #14
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Old 10-23-2011, 07:22 PM   #15
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I am not an engineer, but it would seem to me that that could be a very real issue.

I am pretty certain that is a custom brace.

I am an engineer, but an electrical engineer, so statics and dynamics is not my forte. From the classes i have taken and the knowledge i have come across, this made me come to that conclusion.
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Old 10-23-2011, 07:36 PM   #16
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I am not an engineer, but it would seem to me that that could be a very real issue.

I am pretty certain that is a custom brace.
I'm not an engineer. But I did take high school physics and more importantly, I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night. So let me tell you: that things not safe.
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Old 10-24-2011, 08:07 AM   #17
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Custom brace....and it does not clear the OE hood. Those cross-tubes appear to be 1-5/8" and trust me when I say this - it is not physically possible to get an 1-5/8" tube over a Maggie with a stock hood on the car.
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Old 10-24-2011, 04:25 PM   #18
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I'm not an engineer. But I did take high school physics and more importantly, I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night. So let me tell you: that things not safe.
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Old 10-25-2011, 12:04 PM   #19
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Advfire - Brantley847 is right, there are some great strut tower braces on the market to clear the Magnusson supercharger…without adding excessive weight to the vehicle.

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Old 10-30-2011, 08:34 AM   #20
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I know this is a post for a strut tower brace to clear a Supercharger but wanted to share my just installed Hotchkis Strut Tower Brace on my LLT.

Their brace does fit the V6 - you do need to remove the coilover/coil springs to install - only an hour of work to complete.
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Old 11-02-2011, 03:10 PM   #21
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Tjd24 – Thanks for posting your cool picture. That looks good. We hope you get to enjoy your new brace before the cold weather sets in even more.
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Old 11-09-2011, 02:16 PM   #22
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Our brace will clear a Maggie as well, although it will require the use of a couple washers between the strut tower and the brace it's self. Here is a photo of it installed on a vehicle with the Magnussen:



You can see what a difference a well designed strut tower brace can make on these cars. I'm not so sure if I would run the originally posted bar, not only because of the extra weight and complexity, but the extra damage that you may see in the case of a front end collision with another car.

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Old 11-09-2011, 02:43 PM   #23
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Along with safety issues, the two bars going to the radiator support do nothing to prevent chassis flex. There is no movement in the chassis from front to rear, also if the intent was to further reduce lateral movement the two front braces should be angled. The way they are mounted with the use of heim joints renders them useless for eliminating lateral movement.
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Old 11-12-2011, 01:08 PM   #24
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1. Give the guy that fabbed the brace credit for creativity and what appears to be first class workmanship.

2. Function is a very different subject. I respectfully disagree that there is a need for a 5th Gen chassis brace. I do not disagree that there is movement in the towers, but no one has documented any performance gain in road course times. In 2009 Pedders ran the OPTIMA Challenge and had the fastest 5th Gen on track by 7 seconds. We went back this year and were 8.5 seconds faster than the next fastest 5th gen. GM put in sufficient strength at the factory. Check out the photos.

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 --

High-strength low-alloy (HSLA) steel is a type of alloy steel that provides better mechanical properties or greater resistance to corrosion than carbon steel. HSLA steels vary from other steels in that they aren't made to meet a specific chemical composition, but rather to specific mechanical properties. They have a carbon content between 0.05–0.25% to retain formability and weldability. Other alloying elements include up to 2.0% manganese and small quantities of copper, nickel, niobium, nitrogen, vanadium, chromium, molybdenum, titanium, calcium, rare earth elements, or zirconium.[1][2] Copper, titanium, vanadium, and niobium are added for strengthening purposes.[2] These elements are intended to alter the microstructure of carbon steels, which is usually a ferrite-pearlite aggregate, to produce a very fine dispersion of alloy carbides in an almost pure ferrite matrix. This eliminates the toughness-reducing effect of a pearlitic volume fraction, yet maintains and increases the material's strength by refining the grain size, which in the case of ferrite increases yield strength by 50% for every halving of the mean grain diameter. Precipitation strengthening plays a minor role, too. Their yield strengths can be anywhere between 250–590 megapascals (36,000–86,000 psi). Due to their higher strength and toughness HSLA steels usually require 25 to 30% more power to form, as compared to carbon steels

Martensitic Ultra High Strength Steel Maraging steels (a portmanteau of martensitic and aging) are iron alloys which are known for possessing superior strength and toughness without losing malleability, although they can not hold a good cutting edge. 'Aging' refers to the extended heat-treatment process. These steels are a special class of low-carbon ultra-high-strength steels which derive their strength not from carbon, but from precipitation of inter-metallic compounds. The principal alloying element is 15 to 25% nickel.[1] Secondary alloying elements are added to produce intermetallic precipitates, which include cobalt, molybdenum, and titanium.

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