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Old 11-20-2007, 09:11 PM   #1
Foxy
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Thumbs up Forge Carbon Fiber Strut Bar



Initial Impressions:
The strut bar came packaged in a plain cardboard box. Included was the CF bar, the two endplates, six bolts, and two triangular metal pieces. All were wrapped in individual plastic bags. The packaging didn't feel very sturdy; I could see pieces getting lost if the box was broken.

However, the parts seemed of very good quality. The center bar is very, very stiff. I tried flexing it with my hands, and it didn't flex at all. It feels like you could definitely whomp on someone if you wanted to with it The center bar and the end plates are very light. I tried weighing it, but my bathroom scale wouldn't register the weight.

The weave of the CF looks very, very good, and is nicely clearcoated. It is definitely the best part of the setup. The endplates felt sort of flimsy because they are so light (aluminum?), but they didn't flex when I tried to bend them.

Installation:
Very straightforward; what you'd expect of a front strut bar. You will need a 13mm socket or wrench and a 3/16" hex wrench (I think) for the supplied bolts - the proper size hex wrench was not included in the box. I did have to remove the A/C line bracket and the horn bracket.

I assembled the endplates onto the bar with the provided bolts, but I did not tighten everything down. I managed to wedge the bar onto the strut bolts, and then cranked everything down. As you can see in the below picture, there isn't much space between the TMIC and the bar, but it did clear very nicely in the end and I haven't noticed any rattles/contact between engine parts and the bar.

Driving Impressions:
Wow! I purchased this bar because my work installed some new, huge speed humps in the entrance. My STi's windshield would creak awfully when I went over the speed bumps, and it was driving me nuts. I have a thing for CF, so I went with the Forge bar.

After installing the bar, I went for a quick drive over the speed bumps and other steeply sloped driveways that I knew would make my windshield creak. The bar has cured it! There isn't a peep out of the windshield now. I don't know if there are any handling benefits as I haven't pushed the car, but I know that the windshield doesn't creak, and that makes me very happy

Overall:
I would purchase this bar again. It's a bit steep in price, but the aesthetics and the lack of windshield creaking are worth it to me. I do note that there are suddenly a few of these on E-bay for less than half of the MSRP (of course, right after I buy mine!)

Manufacturer's Webpage: http://www.forgemotorsport.com/conte...oduct=FMCFSB01

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Old 11-21-2007, 12:19 PM   #2
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Awesome!

Was it shipped just in the product box or was it wrapped in shipping paper or in another box? Also, did you purchase it direct from us?

Just want to know so I can tell the guys to make sure they package them better...
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Old 11-21-2007, 07:45 PM   #3
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My Windshield creaks too! Is yours an aftermarket windshield too?
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Old 11-21-2007, 08:15 PM   #4
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It was in the shipping box. I purchased it from a dealer (Supra Store / Titan Motorsports). I think the main thing was that the bag that holds the bolts tore open and so all of the bolts were bouncing around in the box. If there were cardboard inserts or something to hold all of the parts in place, I think it'd be a bit classier, but probably a bit more expensive too.

But other than that, the bar is great.

Yes, my windshield is an aftermarket one. The OEM was got shattered (literally) by a golfball sized rock tossed up by a passing truck.
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