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Some scrap steel, a bit of tubing, a welder and.........Strut Tower brace! by White Spyder
Started on: 05-12-2010 03:34 PM
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Report this Post05-12-2010 03:34 PM Click Here to See the Profile for White SpyderClick Here to Email White SpyderSend a Private Message to White SpyderDirect Link to This Post
I had an idea for something a bit different than what is out there.....
It's electrically charged!


All integrated and tied together. Even set up for a deck lid strut to be attached. Gusseted for extra strength.



This thing is beefy. Just needs some paint and installation!



Now the issue is that the paint I used for the accent color in the Stroker has been discontinued I found some that won't ship until next week. I'll post more photos when it is installed.

If there is any one interested in buying one let me know. Now that the prototype is done and saved in the computer they can be turned out quickly.

Got some photos of the brace painted and installed:







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Report this Post05-12-2010 03:47 PM Click Here to See the Profile for hinesb1890Click Here to visit hinesb1890's HomePageClick Here to Email hinesb1890Send a Private Message to hinesb1890Direct Link to This Post
Spiffy! do you have a price range?

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Report this Post05-12-2010 04:20 PM Click Here to See the Profile for ALJRClick Here to Email ALJRSend a Private Message to ALJRDirect Link to This Post
And what years will they fit?
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Report this Post05-12-2010 06:11 PM Click Here to See the Profile for White SpyderClick Here to Email White SpyderSend a Private Message to White SpyderDirect Link to This Post
Mine is an '88 but it can be modified to fit any year. I might need some measurements. I am thinking 100-120 plus shipping for one that is unpainted.
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Report this Post05-12-2010 09:41 PM Click Here to See the Profile for hinesb1890Click Here to visit hinesb1890's HomePageClick Here to Email hinesb1890Send a Private Message to hinesb1890Direct Link to This Post
ahh I wish I could justify buying it right now, whether they add to handling or not I like how they look. I'll definitely keep you in mind though as long as you're making them a few months from now. nice touch with the strut brackets too!

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Report this Post05-13-2010 05:38 PM Click Here to See the Profile for White SpyderClick Here to Email White SpyderSend a Private Message to White SpyderDirect Link to This Post
I'm traveling in Texas and found my paint!!! I should have it painted and install this weekend!
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Report this Post05-16-2010 09:02 AM Click Here to See the Profile for White SpyderClick Here to Email White SpyderSend a Private Message to White SpyderDirect Link to This Post
Can't fly with spray paint, checked or carry on I mailed them home and will see them by Tuesday.

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Report this Post05-16-2010 04:50 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Dennis LaGruaClick Here to Email Dennis LaGruaSend a Private Message to Dennis LaGruaDirect Link to This Post
Very nice fabrication work but I have serious doubts that the strut towers need any additional support. I guess this topic will continue being debated as there are guys that swear by them while others swear at them.

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Report this Post05-16-2010 04:56 PM Click Here to See the Profile for IMSA GTClick Here to Email IMSA GTSend a Private Message to IMSA GTDirect Link to This Post
 
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Originally posted by Dennis LaGrua:

Very nice fabrication work but I have serious doubts that the strut towers need any additional support. I guess this topic will continue being debated as there are guys that swear by them while others swear at them.



That really has been a serious debate over the years. I don't really know how you would check the flex of that area as opposed to flex with the strut brace installed. I will say that it is very nice work and looks like my Darrell Morse style brace.
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Report this Post05-16-2010 06:00 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Rck152Click Here to Email Rck152Send a Private Message to Rck152Direct Link to This Post
bump for a kewl idea.

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Report this Post05-25-2010 07:19 AM Click Here to See the Profile for White SpyderClick Here to Email White SpyderSend a Private Message to White SpyderDirect Link to This Post
Added photos of it installed.
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Report this Post05-25-2010 07:27 AM Click Here to See the Profile for F355spiderClick Here to Email F355spiderSend a Private Message to F355spiderDirect Link to This Post
 
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Originally posted by IMSA GT:


That really has been a serious debate over the years. I don't really know how you would check the flex of that area as opposed to flex with the strut brace installed. I will say that it is very nice work and looks like my Darrell Morse style brace.

I agree the Fiero has one built in, front wheel drive cars do not have that option. Nice work it looks cool.

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Report this Post05-25-2010 10:08 AM Click Here to See the Profile for gtxbulletSend a Private Message to gtxbulletDirect Link to This Post
WOW!!, I love the paint nice!
I'd still be up for one for my 88 Coupe, it's not a V6 but I'm taking the airclear housing off and doing a custom setup.
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Report this Post05-26-2010 08:10 PM Click Here to See the Profile for White SpyderClick Here to Email White SpyderSend a Private Message to White SpyderDirect Link to This Post
O.K. They will be $142.00 Shipped. That is unpainted. Let me know if your interested.
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Originally posted by Dennis LaGrua:

Very nice fabrication work but I have serious doubts that the strut towers need any additional support.


True... It looks cool, but it's hard to imagine it does anything when it's a couple of inches away from the built-in brace.
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Report this Post05-26-2010 09:43 PM Click Here to See the Profile for KitskaboodleClick Here to Email KitskaboodleSend a Private Message to KitskaboodleDirect Link to This Post
What about adjustability??

Darrel's has threaded adjusters on both ends.
I'm assuming this is to accomodate variations
in strut tower width from car to car.

Perhaps you could slot your holes oblong to
counter variances from car to car regarding width?

Kit

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Originally posted by Kitskaboodle:

What about adjustability??

Darrel's has threaded adjusters on both ends.
I'm assuming this is to accomodate variations
in strut tower width from car to car.

Perhaps you could slot your holes oblong to
counter variances from car to car regarding width?

Kit



I'll tell you something, he obviously is a serious craftsman so adding the threaded eyelets on either end should be no problem. I won PFF member "Oslos" Darrell Morse strut tower brace a long time ago on Ebay and I was bidding against people who bid more than $300.00 for it. I paid a little over the top price but I was very happy with the brand new product so if you can reproduce these for a good price, go for it

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Report this Post05-27-2010 07:46 AM Click Here to See the Profile for White SpyderClick Here to Email White SpyderSend a Private Message to White SpyderDirect Link to This Post
 
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Originally posted by IMSA GT:


I'll tell you something, he obviously is a serious craftsman so adding the threaded eyelets on either end should be no problem. I won PFF member "Oslos" Darrell Morse strut tower brace a long time ago on Ebay and I was bidding against people who bid more than $300.00 for it. I paid a little over the top price but I was very happy with the brand new product so if you can reproduce these for a good price, go for it


Wish I could take all the credit but it is a friend of mine that is the true craftsman. He has the tools and helped me along. When we started this I was thinking my car but with the ability to produce these at a low cost I asked if he was interested in doing some for sale to others who might be interested.

We have not though about variations between cars so the idea of slotting the mounting holes is a good one. Thanks. As to making the ends adjustable, that can be done but would run up the cost and final price. How much? I'll check it out and let every one know. The biggest challenge on this one was clearance of the deck lid.

We are also looking at making sway bars.

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Originally posted by F355spider:

I agree the Fiero has one built in, front wheel drive cars do not have that option. Nice work it looks cool.


I saw some front wheel drive cars in a junk yard yesterday with shock tower braces. I seriously considered them because they seem very rugged and functional for the Fiero but they are not very pretty. I believe they were on big Buick and Pontiac cars with 3800 engines. Frankly, I think a custom $142 strut is a great bargain.

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Report this Post07-11-2010 01:48 PM Click Here to See the Profile for IMSA GTClick Here to Email IMSA GTSend a Private Message to IMSA GTDirect Link to This Post
Bump for a great new product......
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Originally posted by starlightcoupe:


I saw some front wheel drive cars in a junk yard yesterday with shock tower braces. I seriously considered them because they seem very rugged and functional for the Fiero but they are not very pretty. I believe they were on big Buick and Pontiac cars with 3800 engines. Frankly, I think a custom $142 strut is a great bargain.


Yep our big Impala has one too.

Some older Cavaliers and Sunbirds have them too (Z24s and convertibles, mostly) but they aren't a direct fit into the Fiero either.

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