In Reply to: Issue with strut brace and damage posted by Josh P. on March 01, 2001 at 08:24:43:
To wit: you are connecting the sides of the car together. So, a minor hit on one fender can really cause serious damage to the rest of the car. Opinions?
Yes, with a strut brace, impact forces from even a minor shunt can transfer throughout the entire front structure of the car causing more damage. Also the addition of a brace can interfere with the front crash crumple zones, as designed by the manufacturer.
If you are racing or autocrossing seriously, go for it, but for the street it's mostly underhood jewelry.