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Old 05-21-2013, 01:47 PM   #1
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Radenergie Strut brace broke!! PISSED!!

So after maybe 2-3 with my strut brace from Radenergie, i was ever so content and being MIA from this site/forum, i never thought i would have to come back on here to post an angry/frustrated review...So last week i heard some funny noise from my front end suspension and yesterday having some time to under the hood checks and maintenance, i realized that my shocks,spring were fine, and that a slight tapping noise i heard was coming from my strut tower brace.. i know i can ride my car pretty hard sometimes, but really, i dont even think ive had a strut brace break on me..i was able to literally pull it off and now i dont have my noise issue from the front anymore...anyone know what the warranty was on these things or have a point a contact for the company? I want to know why this happened and ****, maybe even a free replacement.. Pics coming soon
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Old 05-21-2013, 01:54 PM   #2
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Old 05-21-2013, 02:33 PM   #3
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Re: Radenergie Strut brace broke!! PISSED!!

Never heard of anyone breaking a front strut bar from just street use. how/where exactly did it break?

Thinking it has to be a fatigue failure from either poor design or a manufacturing defect in the one you received.

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Old 05-22-2013, 07:17 PM   #4
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Never heard of anyone breaking a front strut bar from just street use. how/where exactly did it break?

Thinking it has to be a fatigue failure from either poor design or a manufacturing defect in the one you received.

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it was broken on the ends near the bolt holes...never been tracked or in an accident...looks like it was a fiberglass design with carbon fiber wrap or even a fake CF wrap
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Old 05-23-2013, 12:01 AM   #5
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Damn, I have this same strut bar.

Hope everything gets sorted out dude
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Old 05-23-2013, 07:02 AM   #6
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Re: Radenergie Strut brace broke!! PISSED!!

If there is no metal in it, I'm not surprised at all that it broke. Fiberglass is definitely not a suitable material for strut bar, and carbon fiber is not very strong unless it's done right. Very few aftermarket companies do it right, and if this one did I'd expect that you have paid 4 figures for that bar.

I only trust structural carbon fiber parts from an OEM. There is a reason this stuff isn't used all over the place and this is an example why. The only car I can think of off the top of my head with a CF strut bar is the new viper, and it's like a $3k piece or something crazy expensive like that.

Edit: I meant to say that if there is no metal at the ends (connection points) then I'm not surprised it broke. The bar itself it's usually just hollow cf

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