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Old 08-23-2015, 06:40 PM   #1
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Ok to drive without strut tower brace?

I'm cerakoting and carbon fiber wrapping my strut tower brace so it's off the car. I'm assuming it's ok to drive without the brace but just wanted to ask to be sure.
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Old 08-23-2015, 06:52 PM   #2
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You'll be fine. There are at least 400,000 Camaros driving around without strut braces.
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Old 08-23-2015, 06:54 PM   #3
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I assumed but better safe to be sure.
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Old 08-23-2015, 06:55 PM   #4
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Never hurts to ask!

Post some pics when it's all done. Like to see it.
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Old 08-23-2015, 10:30 PM   #5
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Cerakoting done on strut tower brace

Not sure if I will wrap it in carbon fiber now or not turned out real nice like this
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Old 08-23-2015, 10:46 PM   #6
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Oh yes that does look good.
Kinda matches the hood matting in style.
Not sure if the CF would make that better, but that is just me.
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Old 08-23-2015, 11:01 PM   #7
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The cerakote is tough as nails too! Hard to beat. Just need a big ass oven to do it. Luckily I have one.
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Old 08-24-2015, 05:49 AM   #8
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That looks really good. Tough call on the carbon fiber. I think I'd leave it as is.
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Old 08-24-2015, 08:02 AM   #9
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Wont driving without a strut brace have an effect on the handling a bit?
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Old 08-24-2015, 08:05 AM   #10
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Wont driving without a strut brace have an effect on the handling a bit?

Not really. Strut brace is more for looks than anything else.
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Old 08-24-2015, 08:06 AM   #11
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Wont driving without a strut brace have an effect on the handling a bit?

It will not hurt the car at all, and I'm assuming he is not tracking it so I doubt he will even notice a difference..
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Old 08-24-2015, 08:21 AM   #12
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I'm cerakoting and carbon fiber wrapping my strut tower brace so it's off the car. I'm assuming it's ok to drive without the brace but just wanted to ask to be sure.
Yes, I pulled mine off my 1LE last year on purpose and have tracked it numerous times since.

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Wont driving without a strut brace have an effect on the handling a bit?
No. It does help with on center feel, but the Gen5 Camaro is a very stiff platform

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Not really. Strut brace is more for looks than anything else.
Correct it is a placebo on most modern cars but had its place in the automotive world BITD. Take a 1994 Honda Civic as an example. When doubling the HP, adding sticky tires and stiff suspension the car was never intended to have those types of loads on the chassis. A strut tower brace was pretty much a requirement to reduce flex........

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Yes, I pulled mine off my 1LE last year on purpose and have tracked it numerous times since.



No. It does help with on center feel, but the Gen5 Camaro is a very stiff platform



Correct it is a placebo on most modern cars but had its place in the automotive world BITD. Take a 1994 Honda Civic as an example. When doubling the HP, adding sticky tires and stiff suspension the car was never intended to have those types of loads on the chassis. A strut tower brace was pretty much a requirement to reduce flex........

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Be interesting to see if the brace still fits perfectly after a period of time. This is the perfect study! I like the brace, even if it doesn't do anything.
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Old 08-24-2015, 12:14 PM   #14
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Be interesting to see if the brace still fits perfectly after a period of time. This is the perfect study! I like the brace, even if it doesn't do anything.
If it didn't, we have bigger problems than having a brace or not on the car.
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