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Old 07-14-2009, 08:28 PM   #1
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Default What is the Function of Fender Braces?

I got a newsletter from morejapan and they featured the nagisa fender

braces that caught my interest. I read through it but couldn't quite grasp

the concept of the function of the fender braces. I'm guessing it gives the

car more steering response?


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Old 07-14-2009, 08:34 PM   #2
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If you take off your fender and look at what Subaru did to tie the whole front of the car together it will make perfect sense. Yes, it adds much needed rigidity to a thoroughly weak aspect of our cars. The same with the subframe, just about every single bushing, the mounts, etc., etc. I love my car, but out of the box these cars need so much done to really tighten it up. Until you get into the $68,000 range cars lack quite a bit. It is what it is.
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Old 07-14-2009, 08:35 PM   #3
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Tic explains it well so I will just quote them from their site.


what they do

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Tie the lower a-pillar frame member to the upper front frame member for triangulation of the junction between to two to make it stronger. There are braces there in the stock config, but those are stamped steel, and about as strong as a wet noodle. Ours are much stiffer.
why you want them

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Stiffer is better!! Seriously, people who have installed them have been amazed at what a drastic change such a small part can make. Instead of making your car's frame act like a spring let your spring act like a spring. Afterall, that's what it's supposed to do.
Oh, and for the guys who still don't believe us. You're selling yourself short, and you'll learn it the hard way at the track when your competition enters and exits corners faster than you. Heck, you know what, don't buy them. Our customers will just enjoy beating you around the track that much more.
I have the Turn in concepts braces and they are a great product.
http://www.turninconcepts.com/produc...products_id=56
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Old 07-15-2009, 04:03 AM   #4
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one of my fav mods, easy to install too.

other fav mods are bushings and mounts but much more pain to install
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I would definitely look into TiC.
I installed mine a couple months back and I must say that the difference a pretty noticeable. Before installed the fender brace the steering wheel often felt sloppy and loose. This was more obvious when driving on the freeways. But since the install, steering has been more alot more precise.

For the money and install time it was definitely worth it. Though if you plan on doing the install your self, be patient the fenders are very thin in our cars and make sure you have the right tools for the job.
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I would definitely look into TiC.
I installed mine a couple months back and I must say that the difference a pretty noticeable. Before installed the fender brace the steering wheel often felt sloppy and loose. This was more obvious when driving on the freeways. But since the install, steering has been more alot more precise.

For the money and install time it was definitely worth it. Though if you plan on doing the install your self, be patient the fenders are very thin in our cars and make sure you have the right tools for the job.
what tools do i need to install these?
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what tools do i need to install these?
screwdriver and 10mm socket for the pop tabs and screw for the fender liner.

14mm wrench for the bolts.
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screwdriver and 10mm socket for the pop tabs and screw for the fender liner.

14mm wrench for the bolts.

do i need to drill any holes into the fender itself?
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do i need to drill any holes into the fender itself?
No.

there are some text instructions under the product description on our site, and a ton of people have done some on here as well.
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