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Old 05-23-2000, 08:36 AM   #1
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Post mufflers and strut tower brace thingymajig

Is this possible, to take an exhaust which you think is two loud then buy a quieter muffler and put it at the end??? to keep it quiet(for a sleeper turbo)
and and do strut tower braces or whatever they are called do much. are they worth the money???
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Old 05-23-2000, 09:22 AM   #2
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I got the STi Carb Fiber Strut Bar... hmmmm.. i guess its more rigid.. it looks WAY cool IMO... my old 323 coulda used it.. off ramp to my house is a huge banking turn... after 6 wonderful years my frame was slightly warped from taking that turn at 45mph.. so i guess thats a yes.. get it!
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Old 05-23-2000, 09:45 AM   #3
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My 928 Porsche needed a strut tower brace, and Porsche was kind enough to manufacture them with it. The strut towers were well forward (about 2 feet) of the firewall so the strut was necessary to make the car more rigid.

The Ipreza strut towers are very near the reinforced firewall. The car is already more rigid than most. Some people such as SPD Tuning Service (www.spdusa.com) don't think it is useful. It may not be.

I bought one to determine if it made the steering even more precise and responsive. I haven't installed it yet. If it doesn't work, I don't plan on hauling around any dead weight so I'll take it off.

If you want it to make your car more rigid for very hard driving, you should look to a roll cage. It's the best way to reduce body flex.
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Old 05-23-2000, 09:49 AM   #4
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my friend just ran a rally w/out his strut bar - due to a newly fitted intercooler... a last minute change...

ummm... the car got sooo twisted that it split the windshield...!!! so, i'd say, yeah, they definately serve their purpose!!

they definately stiffen up the ride and help hold the car together!!!
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Old 05-23-2000, 10:13 AM   #5
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If you want a sleeper turbo exhaust, then you can just have a muffler shop fabricate an exhaust that has large diameter tubing with a quiet turbo muffler on the end (like a borla). There's no need to buy a loud exhaust and then change the muffler. It's much cheaper this was to. (I had my exhaust fabricated from the turbo back, including a new high flow cat, all 2.5 tubing and muffler for $450. This will give you much better performance than just replacing the cat-back section).
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Old 05-23-2000, 10:51 AM   #6
Jarrod Li
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I can say for certain that strut tower bars are needed, even on daily drivers. I was in a parking lot that is basically one row on each side of the alley but it dips down towards the center like this \/ I pulled into a parking spot on the right and when I did the body flexed so much that the lower trim panel, under the steering wheel that your knees hit in an accident popped out just behind my keys. I don't know if that makes total sense as to the location but if it can flex enough to pop out a trim panel near the center of the car, that's enough for me.

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