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Old 09-20-2012, 11:12 PM   #1
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Camaro Strut Tower Brace....... Needed or not?

Needed? Or not
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Old 09-20-2012, 11:17 PM   #2
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Not "needed" for hardtop, mostly cosmetic, but it does stiffen the front end up. If just that much more.
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Old 09-20-2012, 11:17 PM   #3
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Don't know if it's needed but it's on my to do list. Not really liking the way my stock SS handles thru the twisting roads near my house. Can't wait to get some suspension upgrades and a strut tower brace. So for me it's a (needed) item.
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Old 09-20-2012, 11:18 PM   #4
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no, it's not needed for the coupe.

but there is a huge difference with one.
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Old 09-20-2012, 11:19 PM   #5
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no, it's not needed for the coupe.

but there is a huge difference with one.
No you don't need one to do the Gangnam dance.
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Old 09-20-2012, 11:22 PM   #6
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Old 09-20-2012, 11:30 PM   #7
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So it's recommended but not a necessity.... I wouldn't hurt if I installed one. I'm talking coupe not convertible.
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Old 09-20-2012, 11:32 PM   #8
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So it's recommended but not a necessity.... I wouldn't hurt if I installed one. I'm talking coupe not convertible.
it really all depends. are you going to race your car? autoX or road course? that's really all you would want it for. unless you are just really aggressive when you drive on a daily basis. lol

definitely won't hurt to install one.
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Old 09-20-2012, 11:34 PM   #9
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No you don't need one to do the Gangnam dance.
LOL.. I'm Asian and I like Gangnam style!!
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Old 09-21-2012, 12:17 AM   #10
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Pedders does not list a strut tower brace as any sort of a handling enhancer. They suggest specifically to not install one.

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Old 09-21-2012, 04:01 AM   #11
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If you are going to be attacking corners then yes. I've always added a strut tower brace along with sub frame connectors,sway bars, and suspension so I've never really found out for myself how effective the tower brace is on its own but it certainly isn't a waste of money to have one. Your car is going to flex when you carry plenty of speed into a turn and you'll want as much precision as you can get.

I've been wanting to get the BMR brace.
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Old 09-21-2012, 07:05 AM   #12
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I like mine. Can't say for sure how much it really changed the handling, but as far as mods go, it wasn't very expensive and it looks cool, IMO
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Old 09-21-2012, 07:09 AM   #13
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definitely not NEEDED, but the Factory ones look right at home on the coupes. Plus it fills the drill holes on second batch 2011 and up Camaro coupes.

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Old 09-21-2012, 07:18 AM   #14
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definitely not NEEDED, but the Factory ones look right at home on the coupes. Plus it fills the drill holes on second batch 2011 and up Camaro coupes.

Dave did you decide to ditch your engine cover or did the brace prevent you from putting it back on?

I'm only curious, I dumped my engine cover the day I bought my car.
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Old 09-21-2012, 07:57 AM   #15
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A little bling under the hood is nice. Added strut tower bracing can't hurt.

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Old 09-21-2012, 08:09 AM   #16
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The V6 has 50/50 weight distribution so I don't think its needed.
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Old 09-21-2012, 08:12 AM   #17
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Not sure if it's needed, but sure it can't hurt. It does dress up the engine bay, here is mine:



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Old 09-21-2012, 08:16 AM   #18
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not needed but I LIKE IT. i heard it does stiffen the front end a little bit. but not something thats really noticeable

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Dave did you decide to ditch your engine cover or did the brace prevent you from putting it back on?

I'm only curious, I dumped my engine cover the day I bought my car.
It'll fit over the cover, but I ditched mine as well. I'd rather see the actual engine, even though it's a bit messy looking with all that wiring.
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If you are going to be attacking corners then yes. I've always added a strut tower brace along with sub frame connectors,sway bars, and suspension so I've never really found out for myself how effective the tower brace is on its own but it certainly isn't a waste of money to have one. Your car is going to flex when you carry plenty of speed into a turn and you'll want as much precision as you can get.

I've been wanting to get the BMR brace.
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The V6 has 50/50 weight distribution so I don't think its needed.
50/50 weight distribution really doesn't come into play too much on whether or not to do a strut tower brace. I generally recommend a strut tower brace for anyone looking into doing any kind of handling oriented racing or someone who drives their car very spiritedly around the corners. The strut tower brace's main purpose is to keep the shock towers/front chassis from flexing.
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Old 09-21-2012, 10:01 AM   #21
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Does anyone make a tower brace that fits the factory holes?
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Old 09-21-2012, 10:13 AM   #22
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Yes, the factory strut tower brace fits there
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Old 09-21-2012, 10:21 AM   #23
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I meant aftermarket
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Old 09-21-2012, 10:21 AM   #24
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GM designed the towers to flex during hard turns giving some dynamic camber but I think it improves road feel and adds 5hp in coolness
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Old 09-21-2012, 11:01 AM   #25
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Needed or Not I'm putting one in!!!!
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