In Reply to: This is why I don't have one (more) posted by ulrich on March 01, 2001 at 10:18:50:
I was recently discussing the poss. of installing a strut brace. A MB member said that, while she likes it, she wishes she had known the drawback:
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.
Made a big difference in my car IMO. The crash issue is non-sense.