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Re: Should I get a rear upper tie bar? (long) (archive)

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Posted by Paolo on October 06, 2000 at 13:23:22:

In Reply to: Should I get a rear upper tie bar? (long) posted by dave on October 05, 2000 at 12:36:42:

I just got the upper tie bar in the engine bay and I think it made a huge difference, a good one, in the way the car handles. Is it a good idea to get the rear one too? You know to balance out the car's handling?

Also, with the front tie bar I am eliminating flex in the front half of the car around a corner. But without the rear tie bar the flex is still in the rear of the car around the corner. So it seems to me like the frame is effectively twisting now around a corner because the rear is flexing and the front is not. Is my thinking correct? Please help me out on this one.

I've been on this forum for about 2 months and from reading all the chat it seems that all you lot (i.e. people in the states) seem to have a lot of accidents. If you do install tie bars (strut braces to us in the UK) remeber that side on impacts will cause more damage to the other side of the car. Without trying to tell you lot what to do if you do want to install a tie bar try and keep it to when you are on a track day. I've seen too many immacluate E30s written off or "parted out" because of the owners want of improved handling on the road regardless of how small or marginal it is.

Please remember that our cars are guaranteed to be future classics. I know that they were designed to be driven hard but I'd rather drive my Evo III at nine tenths of its limit and still enjoy it tomorrow rather than remember it for what it was and try finding another because of it.

Drive hard but drive safe.

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