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Unread 06-17-2009, 10:58 AM   #1
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Strut Tower Brace

"Slumming" on the Patriot forum, I came upon a thread on strut braces. Had never heard of the concept and researched it further on the web, before deciding a 114.-$ investment was worth the risk and ordered one from below:

https://ssl.perfora.net/www.massives...dex.shopscript

It was fairly easy to put in, and seems to do what it is supposed to: improved chassis rigidity w/ less understeer, noticeably better cornering and truer tracking in general. Imo, an easy mod that is worth the price (maybe not the 300.- or so Mopar charges for its brace).
P.S.: It's designed to fit the Caliber, and it does fit the Compass.

Just noticed the link doesn't work directly: go to product overview - caliber - suspension...

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Unread 06-17-2009, 04:21 PM   #2
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That is a much better price than the MOPAR unit! We had one other fellow try it and he said it didn't seem to do much. I wonder how it would do with a lift kit? Maybe pretty good, not that I notice much lean or flexing but I could be used to it by now.
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Unread 06-18-2009, 04:42 PM   #3
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You wouldnt happent to have any pictures of it installed on the jeep would you??
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Unread 06-18-2009, 08:16 PM   #4
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Sorry, I'm somewhat technology-challenged...., but here's the link to their ebay listing w/ an installed photo at very bottom. It is cheaper off their website, however. there they charge only 5.-$ for shipping.
Well, just to prove my technology incompetence, I couldn't even make that ebay link work. Just search for "Caliber strut brace" and you should find it. http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Massi...Q5fAccessories
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Here ya go.
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I would think a strut brace would reduce stress on the unibody. When you go over a bump, the top of the strut gets pushed inward, and the unibody has to fight that. With a brace, the duty is shared by both sides of the unibody.

It's like having a boxed frame vs a C channel
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Here is a thread from back in '07. That's the last time that these were looked into.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f98/strut-tower-brace-469001/
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Here is a thread from back in '07. That's the last time that these were looked into.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=469001
So the Mopar one attaches to the firewall. Even better
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