Rear strut tower brace fabrication & Install

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  1. CDNHellcat

    CDNHellcat Silver Member Hellcat Supporting Vendor

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    Hey all well I finally got around to fabricating my own rear strut tower brace. I painted it on the weekend and finally got around to installing it today.

    It never ceases to amaze me with the difference the strut tower braces make. The car feels more solid in the rear and less lateral roll.

    I did the rear first as the front is more challenging. I decided to mold the front one out of foam after which I will wrap it in carbon fiber. I'm going the route similar to the Viper to make something a bit different.

    If anyone is on the fence about strut bars all I can say is they are worth it!
     
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    Have any pics
     
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    CDNHellcat Silver Member Hellcat Supporting Vendor

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    No, not really, I guess I could take a few.
     
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    CDNHellcat Silver Member Hellcat Supporting Vendor

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    Ok here is a photo I just took, mind you it is night time.



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    I think it's useful to triangulate the rear brace to the rear seat bolts like the Petty brace.

    I agree my experience has been very positive with the Petty rear, Razors Edge front and Razors Edge subframes. I'm not talented enough to make my own.
     
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    CDNHellcat Silver Member Hellcat Supporting Vendor

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    I started to do the 4 point however my car is a daily driver and I didn't want to loose the space going that route. The 2 pint offers a significant improvement to stock. So it works.

    I don't like the Razors edge front brace as I don't want to remove the factory support. I want to either leave ir and connect at two other points or tie into the stock support.
     
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    Why not remove your factory front brace? The MP front brace with 2 screws that attach it to the factory brace makes me chuckle.

    I have to admit though with the Hellcat the front brace to the shock towers is harder with the LTR reservoir on the passenger side.

    Overall, with braces that see loads in multiple directions I'm a big fan of triangulation.
     
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    Aaron Vogel Silver Member

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    Just a question, not knocking the fab job, i enjoy making stuff as well. But that looks pretty much exactly the same as the Razor edge, why not just buy it? Again, not knocking the work, its fun to make stuff yourself etc, was just curious is all.
     
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    CDNHellcat Silver Member Hellcat Supporting Vendor

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    The Razors edge bar would cost me over three hundred bucks. The cost of material was barely 20 dollars. The jig took some time to make so the side benefit I can make some for others in my area part of my car club.

    Well for looking the same as for the Razors Edge when you are forced to connect to limited locations and governed by heights, lengths and bend angles you are going to be similar. The Mopar brace looks similar too.

    As for the front brace I don't like the idea of changing the factory brace as it works. So I'm looking at making something different but just like the rear I'm very restricted as to location and clearance. I'm gong the carbon fiber route for the front I think but we will see.
     
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    looks great
     
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    Sounds good, like i said wasn't trying to knock you, was just curious is all
     
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    Canadian dollar really bad to be buying anything at the moment out of the south. Great job !! If your interested shoot me a pm on price for a raw unpainted buddy.
     
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    Is Calgary close enough? ;)
     
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    Lol sure I will pm you, I'm not offended at all I was just explaining my rationale
     
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    Pics from a couple of the other cars in our club
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