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Old 10-11-2012, 08:45 PM   #1
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front strut reinforcement from top?

is there such thing as a front strut reinforcement from the top other then strut brace?? like i sped the rear?

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Old 10-11-2012, 08:49 PM   #2
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There are strut reinforcement plates that go in between the strut hat and the strut tower but I've never heard of anything that sits on the tower. These things...

http://www.turnermotorsport.com/p-32...ates-pair.aspx

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Old 10-11-2012, 09:08 PM   #3
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im aware of that style, but this raises your front slightly and many guys who put on HR kits don't get the actual drop.

Im curious if anyone ever fabricated a set for the top of the tower... it would be just like a strut brace without the bar.

maybe like in the rear.. it would be a ring that ties onto the mount to transfer the stress evenly?


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Old 10-11-2012, 09:14 PM   #4
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The amount that those are going to raise your car is so negligible that nobody is going to be able to notice. Good luck with your search though.
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Old 10-11-2012, 09:20 PM   #5
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Just thinking about this, it would be an easier way of reinforcement without taking the entire strut out. For those guys who had their suspension done without the plates, this would save time and money for realignments... i don't know.. just killing time at work

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Old 10-11-2012, 09:46 PM   #6
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I think the whole idea is to protect and reinforce the oem metal.I dont think there would be as much reinforcing from the top. and you would have to be some kind of ocd nightmare to notice the difference that plate will make if you put it where it belongs.
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Old 10-11-2012, 09:46 PM   #7
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Why would you be concerned about the integrity of the strut towers, but against to a strut bar?
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Old 10-12-2012, 11:22 AM   #8
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The strut reinforcement plates installed from underneath protect the tower from mushrooming.

What exactly are you trying to protect from the top? I honestly think the RSM Z3 bracket you're talking about does nothing.
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Old 10-12-2012, 11:37 AM   #9
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the RMS plate does help. plenty of guys had theire towers rip through. the plate will spread the tension throughout in stead of the middle portion.

The turner front plates gives additional thickness to the entire tower and spreads the tension throughout the entire surface. i realize that coming from the top, it wouldn't give that additional thickness but it would still provide some strength against mushrooming.



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Old 10-12-2012, 01:59 PM   #10
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I'd imagine the RMS reinforcement does help because the bolts don't tighten directly to the sheet-metal, and offer a larger contact surface.

In the front, the bolts for the strut mount are used for alignment, so I'd be doubtful such a product exists (although post up if you do find it!)
Also from my experience, the front reinforcement plates will add no noteworthy height. They are about 2-3mm thick.

Good excuse to purchase a strut bar??
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If you're trying to reinforce it from the top go with a strut bar like the M3's. It's a complete circle and helps to distribute and transfer weight off of the 3 tower bolts and onto the strut bar mount.
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