Fender Brace Review

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Fender Brace Review

Post by HappyIdiot » Wed Jul 22, 2009 11:33 am

So, I took advantage of the holiday a few weeks ago to install some TiC fender braces. Since I don't have wider fenders ( :notcool: ) I had to remove the fenders. I followed the instructions found here. The removal/install was pretty easy. It took me 4.5 hours, but that was with stopping to check on other things/instructions. If I had to do it again, I'm guessing 3-3.5 hours.

Results: I had a hard time trying to figure out how to describe the feel. Was there a difference, yes, but not like OMG this is amazing and you have to try it. It is minor. The best way I can think of describing it is, imagine you are on a looping off/on ramp. You know how your car handles, feels, leans, and rolls around these turns. Well after installing the braces and taking the same turns, the front end feels more solid. The car starts to lean around the turns and it stops sooner than it used to. Throughout the whole turn you can tell the car wants to lean more, but it doesn't. It's like the rear has leaned to it's normal degree and front is trying to but can't. It's very predictable and feels the same way around every turn.
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Re: Fender Brace Review

Post by complacent » Wed Jul 22, 2009 11:36 am

I'd always wondered if they were just snake oil or not. Sounds like a real pita to install. :shock:

Glad to hear that they're working though, cool stuff.
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Re: Fender Brace Review

Post by HappyIdiot » Wed Jul 22, 2009 11:55 am

It really wasn't that hard and pretty straight forward, just time consuming. Although I was a little nervous when removing the fenders about scratching my door.
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Post by sirwilliam » Wed Jul 22, 2009 3:16 pm

I have some subtle custom braces on the way for my ride. I hear there is a more substantial improvement on the forester vs. the WRX.
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Post by HappyIdiot » Wed Jul 22, 2009 4:37 pm

sirwilliam wrote:I have some subtle custom braces on the way for my ride. I hear there is a more substantial improvement on the forester vs. the WRX.
Nice!! Let us know what you think. I'd be happy to help if you need it too.
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Post by Sabre » Wed Jul 22, 2009 10:45 pm

Awesome, thanks Adam! I too have always wondered if they produce noticeable results. Glad to hear that there is some truth to it!
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Re: Fender Brace Review

Post by sirwilliam » Thu Jul 23, 2009 8:27 am

HappyIdiot wrote:
sirwilliam wrote:I have some subtle custom braces on the way for my ride. I hear there is a more substantial improvement on the forester vs. the WRX.
Nice!! Let us know what you think. I'd be happy to help if you need it too.
Will do. Thanks. :D
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