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Unread 10-02-2007, 07:25 AM   #1
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I'd like to know how well this upgrade works. Can anyone confirm that it "reduces body flex in the front end while improving handling and drivability"? I am skeptical because if it was that great, wouldn't they just include it in the build since it costs only $300?

I'll be driving on pavement 99% of the time. The other 1% could be a dirt trail/road for camping and mountain biking.

My rig: 2007 Patriot Limited. It does NOT have Freedom Drive II off-road package. It does have a CVT and upgraded wheels.

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http://www.autotrucktoys.com/jeep_pa...0709C6093.aspx



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Unread 10-02-2007, 07:42 AM   #2
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interesting.. it says its an OEM part. I wonder if its part of the trail rated version of the Patriot. mine isnt so I cant tell.
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Unread 10-02-2007, 08:02 AM   #3
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That's the thing...

The TR version was in the showroom with the hood popped and I did not see this part installed. Makes me wonder.

This upgrade is very affordable....but does it work well enough to notice?
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Unread 10-02-2007, 08:58 AM   #4
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I was looking at these only yesterday. Here's a link in the Caliber Forum: http://www.caliberforums.com/forums/...ht=strut+tower

They are a MOPAR part but not factory installed on anything that I'm aware of, just like the trailer hitch. Same part number for Caliber and MK's.

Wyckoff has them.
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Unread 10-02-2007, 09:08 AM   #5
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Thanks for the reply.

Since there isn't very much data out there on this upgrade, I just may have to buy it in order to rate it. If anything, it will still look trick when I pop the hood.

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Unread 10-02-2007, 09:30 AM   #6
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The jury is still out on this depending on where it attaches. The Mopar one does attach close to the firewall which from what I've read is a good thing. Here's another link on the theory behind them.

http://e30m3performance.com/myths/St...bar_theory.htm
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Unread 10-02-2007, 11:23 AM   #7
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Thanks, Gramps!

An interesting read. I had the basic theory in-mind when looking for the brace. The article seems to speak to the notion of preventative action rather than corrective--stiffening the towers will lessen the stress on the chassis over time. I guess the article also underscores the hidden fact that you may never be able to use this brace on an older vehicle due to chassis/suspension distortion.

Still, it leaves me guessing as to what degree of performance I would gain from it. The merits of strengthening that system seem to outweigh the cons all together.

Bottom line: If this is an overkill/gimmick part for an everyday driver, I'd like to know.

I'll sleep on it. If I install it and notice anything or not, I'll post back here.
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Unread 10-02-2007, 11:39 AM   #8
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I'm thinking on it, too. Stay in touch with the Caliber site for their updates. All though I haven't done any off-roading yet, I think that the brace could help in preventing chassis distortion before it even starts and that would be a good thing. I'm not planning on any thing hard core on off-roading but you never know what you may get stuck with in the back woods.

I believe that on-road performance will be enhanced too because of less body roll. It may be slight but it's very cost affective if it works, if not, you haven't broke the bank either.
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Unread 10-02-2007, 11:54 AM   #9
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...pulling trigger now...
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Unread 10-02-2007, 04:32 PM   #10
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I'll consider it on my Caliber later on when I have the spare cash. It is my thinking that anything to reduce body roll should be a plus. My Cali has a good bit, but of course, nothing like my Wrangler.
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Unread 10-02-2007, 07:34 PM   #11
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Looks interesting, I may have to add one this spring.
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Unread 10-02-2007, 08:19 PM   #12
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I found it here for $184.45

http://www.moparsupercenter.com/spec...5-special.html
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Unread 10-03-2007, 10:54 AM   #13
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Done deal...

I ordered the brace today from the link above since it was the best price found (thank you). Hopefully, I will have it delivered and installed by the weekend. Then I will be able to inform you all if there was a marked improvement in handling/roll resistance. I will also post a couple of pics so you all can see it on my rig.

I am still skeptical, but excited, to see how it performs. Cheers!
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Unread 10-04-2007, 08:22 AM   #14
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Let me know how it goes, I plan to order one soon as well.
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Unread 10-20-2007, 07:28 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by TeHpWNaG3
I ordered the brace today from the link above since it was the best price found (thank you). Hopefully, I will have it delivered and installed by the weekend. Then I will be able to inform you all if there was a marked improvement in handling/roll resistance. I will also post a couple of pics so you all can see it on my rig.

I am still skeptical, but excited, to see how it performs. Cheers!
Well? How did it go? How hard was the install?
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