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What 4 Point Rear Strut Brace is Better?

Discussion in 'HYBRID -> EG-EK / DC' started by .:i.lIKE:.:eK9:.:lOTs:., Oct 17, 2007.

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    Hey All -

    I will be adding a rear strut brace to my Civic EK hatch in the near future. There are 2 distinctly different designs I am considering.

    1 is the TDM X Bar. It is a knock off of the more expensive Miracle X Bars.

    The 2nd is the Password JDM 4 Point Strut Bars. Both look solid but attach to different points in the car.

    Which one would be stiffer and why?

    Here are some pics of each type:
     

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    i like the password jdm strut bars personally.. its more subtle than the x-bar
     
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    yeah I think on looks alone I would prolly go with the password:jdm one. but I want to know which one performs better and why.

    I can get the raw one powdercoated.

    thnx!
     
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    That rollcage in the first pic would make your chassis stronger than either of those braces...

    But the password bar ties the rearward points to where the ITR has a second brace, so I would pick the password bar due to that reason. And if you really want to you can buy a second bar that ties those two seat belt anchor's up top together as well, although I've never seen any proof that it really does anything.
     
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    Interesting note that the password bar ties to where the Honda engineers reinforced for the Type R. I would prolly pick it for that reason - no way anyone can come up with something better than those guys!

    Also it makes sense that the top bar is less affected than the points closer to the chasis.
     
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    there are some interesting points in that C-Pillar article.

    sounds like most of the flex happens closer to the struts themselves and less at the C-pillar although a hatch would benefit more from C-Pillar reinforcement.

    I remember once when we had the front left of my hatch jacked off of the ground and I opened the rear hatch - the thing was flexing and the hatch didn't line up to close!

    so what about the password:jdm 4 point bars? are they even worth it?
     
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    sure... what do you mean?

    I'm sure it would help some too!
     
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