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#1585582 - 28/09/2016 12:24 Strut brace
RatDog Offline
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Registered: 09/09/2016
Posts: 94
Loc: Gloucester UK

Thinking of fitting front and possibly rear upper strut brace.
( 20v N/A )
Any brand recommendations ?

cheers

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#1585603 - 28/09/2016 15:06 Re: Strut brace [Re: RatDog]
szkom Offline
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Registered: 13/09/2009
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Save your money on the rear; there are no struts to brace. The ones you see are aesthetic items only.

For the front try and find a factory fit strut brace or OMP item. As far as I'm aware there aren't the same clearance issues on the na.

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#1585604 - 28/09/2016 15:06 Re: Strut brace [Re: RatDog]
szkom Offline
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Double post


Edited by szkom (28/09/2016 15:08)

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#1585607 - 28/09/2016 15:38 Re: Strut brace [Re: RatDog]
Nigel Offline
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As Szkom has said, the rear "brace" only stiffens the rear bulkhead between the two rear seatbelt mounts (which was hardly a flexible section of the bodyshell anyway). It is essentially just a bit of cosmetic bling and serves no useful purpose (unless the purpose is to add cosmetic bling.... rolleyes )

The upper front brace is very worthwhile - it certainly adds quite a bit of precision - you will feel it most in the form of sharper turn-in, especially when changing from one direction to another (as opposed to just turning in from a straight line). As for brand - either the Sparco brac fitted to LEs and Pluses, or the aftermarket OMP brace
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#1585625 - 28/09/2016 19:24 Re: Strut brace [Re: RatDog]
szkom Offline
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Nigel, I'd go a step further and call the rear "brace" potentially lethal as it alters the interaction of the belt mount without having had any proper testing.

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#1585626 - 28/09/2016 19:31 Re: Strut brace [Re: RatDog]
Countrycruising Offline
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RatDog be aware that there are 2x design front braces for the 20v n/a, ie VIS and early model with the alloy rocker cover, the Sparco 4x point would fit either, OMP 4x point will only fit the early.
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#1585768 - 01/10/2016 00:33 Re: Strut brace [Re: RatDog]
dante giacosa Offline
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Hmm. This has got me thinking...

Are these things still available from Sparco, does anyone know..?

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#1585917 - 03/10/2016 23:13 Re: Strut brace [Re: dante giacosa]
Alfaguy Offline
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Originally Posted By: dante giacosa
Hmm. This has got me thinking...

Are these things still available from Sparco, does anyone know..?


Browsing their website would suggest that they are not available.

http://www.sparco.it/shop/en/tuning/strut-braces

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#1594976 - 23/02/2017 18:42 Re: Strut brace [Re: RatDog]
crgracing Offline
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To not open a new thread I wanted to mentón for te 16vt guys I hace bought this on ebays:
http://m.ebay.co.uk/itm/FIAT-COUPE-STRUT-BRACE-/172501105434 I hace received it today and the bonnet hits on it and doesnt close. Has anyone bought this ítem and had the same issue?

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#1594997 - 24/02/2017 07:47 Re: Strut brace [Re: RatDog]
crgracing Offline
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Finally I have managed to fit it, but the other way round. it now clears perfectly under the bonnet.
I have mentioned this to the seller which has been very helpfull. I also think that in this position it will work better do to the force angles.

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#1595559 - 02/03/2017 20:21 Re: Strut brace [Re: RatDog]
pippoinzaghi Offline
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pictures?

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#1595585 - 03/03/2017 09:46 Re: Strut brace [Re: RatDog]
OnlyItalian Online   content
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Can you feel any difference in rigidity?
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#1595587 - 03/03/2017 10:12 Re: Strut brace [Re: RatDog]
crgracing Offline
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Yes and quite a bit. You can feel it much stiffer and its much sharper entering the corners.

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#1595588 - 03/03/2017 10:15 Re: Strut brace [Re: RatDog]
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#1609453 - 12/10/2017 12:24 Re: Strut brace [Re: RatDog]
RatDog Offline
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Registered: 09/09/2016
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Loc: Gloucester UK

Hi,

have now changed cars from a 20V N/A to a 20V VIS.

just to be clear in my own mind will a OMP strut brace MA/1732 fit a 20V VIS ?

if not which strut brace does ?

cheers

ps. loving the VIS

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#1609457 - 12/10/2017 14:21 Re: Strut brace [Re: RatDog]
Countrycruising Offline
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Loc: FCSS 01684 593187
The 1732 brace will clash with the potentiometer so no it's early fitments only, the one you need is very similar to the 1830 design, I can't find the correct number at the moment so I'll go digging back in my files.
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#1609507 - 13/10/2017 09:59 Re: Strut brace [Re: RatDog]
RatDog Offline
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Registered: 09/09/2016
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Loc: Gloucester UK

Thanks Countrycruising, would appreciate that muchly.

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#1609694 - 15/10/2017 23:28 Re: Strut brace [Re: RatDog]
m1santhrope Offline
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Registered: 30/06/2017
Posts: 4
Loc: Suffolk
I have a VIS and also want to fit a brace when the suspension gets done this week.

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#1609882 - 18/10/2017 11:54 Re: Strut brace [Re: RatDog]
RatDog Offline
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Loc: Gloucester UK
Does anyone know if the DNA strut brace will fit a 20V VIS and are they any good ?

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#1610098 - 20/10/2017 16:03 Re: Strut brace [Re: RatDog]
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I have a VIS, and the standard strut brace doesn't fit. Joe tried a couple on mine with no luck. I'm still looking for one which is compatible.

Make sure you try before you buy.
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