Front Strut Brace?

Discussion in 'Suspension, Brakes, Wheels & Tyres section' started by Stock265cup, Nov 10, 2018 at 7:53 AM.

  1. I was thinking of fitting a front strut brace a while ago but was told by a couple of people that it doesn’t make much difference on 250/265/275. Had one on another car and it made a big difference. Anyone got one fitted to their Megane 3, is it true that it doesn’t make much of a difference?
     
  2. -Jamie-

    -Jamie- RSM Moderator

    Won't make any difference due to how the struts are located and tied into the chassis
     
  3. Ok, cheers. What about the rear strut brace, what effects does this have?
     
  4. -Jamie-

    -Jamie- RSM Moderator

    None again, purely cosmetic.

    Rear shocks don't go anywhere near the rear towers, they bolt to the floor
     
  5. Was thinking that about where the shocks go to. So you say the rear strut has no effect and is purely cosmetic? Doesn’t stiffen anything up or improve handling in any way?
     
  6. -Jamie-

    -Jamie- RSM Moderator

    It's just cosmetic, the only difference will be in your head.

    If you want some proper chassis stiffening do something like this [​IMG]
     
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  7. Yeah interesting, thanks for the info. If what you say is true I can forget about buying front/rear struts. Car is primarily used on road with a few track days per year so other option is a bit extreme, ha. Cheers.
     
  8. tree.png not that extreme...
     
  9. Whilst we’re on this subject and the previous OP has had his mind made up/question answered.....
    Is this the same as a R26? In that a front brace is of no benifit to the stress on the turrets due to cornering and throttle inputs?
     
  10. It depends on the stiffness of the chassis and the proximity of the the shock turrets to the bulkhead (where it's the strongest).

    On the Megane they are pretty much next to the bulkhead, which is just behind the windscreen

    [​IMG]

    Whereas on something like a Z4 they are way further forward.

    [​IMG]
     
  11. So there might be a small benifit? but due to the chassis/bulkhead to turret position it will help to keep it as stiff as possible, more so than the BMW pictured, as it’s way away from the cabin structure.
     

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