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Old 23 Dec 2010, 11:50 pm
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i was thinking about getting a strut bar offline for the ptc. i was wondering anyone has gotten one and if it does work and help. i wanna know before i just buy one
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Old 24 Dec 2010, 12:06 am
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i held off for 5 years, i moded my cruiser and this was the last thing i wanted, i wish it had been my first thing to get i noticed the results the very 1st time on the road with it, i recommend it if you go around corners like i do like a (bat out of #$%$) dont want to say it at christmas time.
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Old 24 Dec 2010, 12:10 am
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i basically asked the same question and i can't wait to get one.
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Old 24 Dec 2010, 12:11 am
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can u post some pics. i am interest in getting one. and where you got it. i do drive like a street racing since i am a young 18 year old. so yea speed is kinda high and have been looking around for a while on one of these
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Old 24 Dec 2010, 12:26 am
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i found this one on ebay Chrysler PT Cruiser 01-04 Front Upper NON-TURBO Bar - eBay (item 280597891404 end time Dec-31-10 16:34:09 PST) but i'm sure there's better one's out there.
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Old 24 Dec 2010, 01:00 am
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like grid1983 said its on ebay or you can visit the following sites and they have it there
www.raceandstreet.com
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this is a good start after you go thru the sites remember you went there for a strut bar,it's easy to get lost and wanting it all i do every time "all those nice parts NOT ENUF CAR "
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Old 13 Jan 2011, 12:53 pm
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sweet i just ordered one.
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Old 13 Jan 2011, 03:28 pm
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So did I should be here Monday. Thanks gkid!!!
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Old 13 Jan 2011, 03:58 pm
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Here's the deal - what you're trying to do is limit flex between the front/right and front/left of the car by tying the strut towers together. I've seen about a half dozen different designs of strut tower braces and they all serve the same purpose, some better than others by being stronger. Easy way to check how much flex you have. Install it, then grab that sucker in the middle and yank the hell out of it. If it flexes, then you'll have some play in the front end. If it doesn't, then you won't.

I can tell you this, from having a convertible that had absolutely horrible body roll prior to installing a tower brace, even the cheap ones work! That inexpensive ebay brace looks just like my Freedom Designs, as long as the welds are done well, and the bar had decent wall thickness, it should work just fine.

If you need instructions for installing them, well for an N/A no instructions are necessary, you simply unbolt a couple of bolts from your current strut, pop the tower brace in, then bolt it back down. Most braces require adapting the mount for the turbo models to make room for the vacuum bank on the passenger side. I know that some places are charging extra for the turbo model but you can modify that bracket yourself in 15 minutes with a sharpie and a hacksaw.

If you need instructions, I loaded up a tutorial on PTcrew and can paste that link if wanted.

Here's mine installed:






And the mod to the bracket for the turbo PT:


Now I still have some push going into the corner, even with some negative camber dialed in for track days, but that's inherint in the PT. No matter what, you're going to have some, but the body roll is almust unnoticeable now, that tower strut bar works wonders!!! I don't think I'll ever own another car without one.
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Old 13 Jan 2011, 03:59 pm
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Oh, I meant to mention, torque on the strut tower bolts IS CRITICAL. If you need the torque specs, let me know and I'll post them here, but you must get them torqued correctly!
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