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Old 05-14-2010, 09:42 AM   #1
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Awesome Tunnel Brace!!

I just bought this tunnel brace from Elite Engineering. I am very impressed with what I have heard and what I have seen. I should get it next week sometime and I will update this thread with detailed pics and a review.

http://eliteengineeringusa.com/Camaro_Tplate.html

Check it out though! it is pretty awesome!

Thanks again Steve! Great customer service and great products!

Pic information: The top picture is the one they sell. the bottom pic shows placement and was most likely an early design.

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Old 05-14-2010, 09:43 AM   #2
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Old 05-14-2010, 02:20 PM   #3
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Clears 3" exhaust as well... just fyi for the 3" exhaust guys.
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Old 05-17-2010, 11:16 AM   #4
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Old 05-17-2010, 12:17 PM   #5
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Can you explain what a tunnel brace helps with? Thanks
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Old 05-17-2010, 12:28 PM   #6
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Can you explain what a tunnel brace helps with? Thanks
I'm going to be a smart ass and say brace the tunnel I've heard that it's just a little bit of structural bracing.
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Old 05-17-2010, 12:44 PM   #7
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This thread does a good job of explaining its function: http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=82975

I think the main benefit of it is the added clearance for people that want to run larger exhausts, or have problems with an aftermarket exhaust rattling on the stock brace. The picture of the prototype above (the silver brace in the second pic) was actually installed on a V6 Camaro. My buddy was having problems with his aftermarket exhaust rubbing against the stock brace and the Elite brace solved all of his noise issues. I just wish you could see it b/c the part is simply beautiful. It is too bad it is tucked under the car.
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Old 05-21-2010, 01:04 PM   #8
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This thread does a good job of explaining its function: http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=82975

I think the main benefit of it is the added clearance for people that want to run larger exhausts, or have problems with an aftermarket exhaust rattling on the stock brace. The picture of the prototype above (the silver brace in the second pic) was actually installed on a V6 Camaro. My buddy was having problems with his aftermarket exhaust rubbing against the stock brace and the Elite brace solved all of his noise issues. I just wish you could see it b/c the part is simply beautiful. It is too bad it is tucked under the car.

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Old 05-21-2010, 01:09 PM   #9
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wow... atleast road kill will have something to look at now!
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Old 05-22-2010, 12:40 AM   #10
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That looks a lot better than the stack of washers I had to use between the brace and body to clear my 3" exhaust
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Old 05-22-2010, 06:07 PM   #11
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Nice. Just ordered one at that price.

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Old 05-22-2010, 06:57 PM   #12
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For $100?! I'll make my own thanks. Nice looking piece though.
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Old 05-22-2010, 09:13 PM   #13
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For $100?! I'll make my own thanks. Nice looking piece though.

This is how we think different... you think "OMG $100 for that? I will just make my own!" which is 100% fine...

on the other hand... I think...

"OMG, ONLY $100!! That will save me time and money of trying to make my own and f'ing it up 3 or 4 times before finally spending the $100 anyway!"

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Old 05-22-2010, 11:06 PM   #14
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This is how we think different... you think "OMG $100 for that? I will just make my own!" which is 100% fine...

on the other hand... I think...

"OMG, ONLY $100!! That will save me time and money of trying to make my own and f'ing it up 3 or 4 times before finally spending the $100 anyway!"

And or spending a few dollars using stock with some washers to clear non oem exhaust for something you cant see anyways?
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This is how we think different... you think "OMG $100 for that? I will just make my own!" which is 100% fine...

on the other hand... I think...

"OMG, ONLY $100!! That will save me time and money of trying to make my own and f'ing it up 3 or 4 times before finally spending the $100 anyway!"

If you didn't already have one on the way, I'd say send me $75 and I'll make one for you, but maybe next time, eh?

I haven't seen a tunnel brace yet that I would pay the asking price for. Under hard driving a flat piece of metal will still allow deflection. I don't think this is an extremely high flex area, but when I make mine it will be a little more "substantial"...
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It looks like a well engineered piece. But the price is out of line IMO. Drop the price to $50 and they'd sell 3X more, drop it to $30 and sales increase 10X. I presume it's a cast aluminium plate, so I'd put the production cost at $10 if made here in the US. China, the production would be $3/ea with another $0.50/ea for shipping and import fees.

I appreciate the comments and wish it was that simple. But the reality is, the cost to manufacture something like this in limited quantities adds up. Our Tunnel Brace is not cast aluminum, it's machined from a solid piece of aluminum bar stock, anodized for corrosion resistance and shipped at our cost. As always, our goal is to provide very well engineered parts with top notch quality at a reasonable price. With that said, we are always willing to discuss the possibility of a limited time discounted price to the Camaro5 members.

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You're actually machining each one? Nice! I suppose the tooling investment to create a mold/die is difficult to justify until demand is gaged.
Yes and we have always been proud to keep all our manufacturing and machining in-house.....made in the USA!

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