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Old 11-05-2010, 02:55 PM   #1
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Default Welding Strut Tower Braces... ?

Not sure if this has been discussed before, i tried searching with no luck...

I imagine one of the problems with some of the lesser quality strut tower braces (ebay) is that its design is weak/cheap, having the hinges the way they do...

What would be the downside of putting the brace on, then welding it to be a no-hinge design? Clearly not welding it to the car, but just making it almost custom fit, reinforcing it, etc.

Am I thinking too much about this? Thanks
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Old 11-05-2010, 03:40 PM   #2
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my carbing strut brace is a solid piece with no hinges.
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Old 11-05-2010, 03:40 PM   #3
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Not sure if this has been discussed before, i tried searching with no luck...

I imagine one of the problems with some of the lesser quality strut tower braces (ebay) is that its design is weak/cheap, having the hinges the way they do...

What would be the downside of putting the brace on, then welding it to be a no-hinge design? Clearly not welding it to the car, but just making it almost custom fit, reinforcing it, etc.

Am I thinking too much about this? Thanks
yes you are thinking too much. my ebay strut brace was a pita to fit even with the hinges, couldn't imagine how difficult it would be with fixed hinges. pretty sure it's the bar itself that's weak, not the hinges as many strut bars have hinges.

instead of wasting money on welding a $20 strut bar, buy a better one to begin with.
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Old 11-05-2010, 04:02 PM   #4
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Brace works in tension so the hinge doesn't have as much detriment as you think.

Quite honestly, if you feel like welding then a plate on the back edge of the strut tower to the firewall would be more beneficial than welding the hinges on an STB.
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Old 11-05-2010, 05:46 PM   #5
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Thanks for the response guys - This was more of just curiosity then something I was planning on doing.

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