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Bought my brother a Shark Racing strut tower bar for Christmas, we installed it yesterday.

Fitament - 10/10
Quality - 10/10
Ease of Install 10/10
Bling Factor 10/10
Strength 10+/10
Price 8/10

It is a very nice strut bar, very strong, pretty to look at, and easy to install. The price is a little higher than some bars, but they offered free shipping to Canada, and they have a rewards program.






 

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It is a nice looking piece and appears to be an easy install. However -- this is my personal opinion, take it for what it's worth -- the end pieces are so thin that there is no way that that bar can help reduce body flex!!! The bar won't flex -- but the end pieces will flex under load.
 

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I have the same one, I will probably have to change it if i install the turbokits turbo, because it sits to low behind the engine.
 

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It is a nice looking piece and appears to be an easy install. However -- this is my personal opinion, take it for what it's worth -- the end pieces are so thin that there is no way that that bar can help reduce body flex!!! The bar won't flex -- but the end pieces will flex under load.
No they don't flex at all. And yes it feels better.
 

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No bar is perfect, and probably flex under extreme conditions. I've had a few and this is definitely the strongest. And to all you naysayers that haven't seen the bar in person, the strut mounts are a lot stronger than you would think, so don't think you know everything.
 

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What happened the SRI on your brother's car?
 

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No bar is perfect, and probably flex under extreme conditions. I've had a few and this is definitely the strongest. And to all you naysayers that haven't seen the bar in person, the strut mounts are a lot stronger than you would think, so don't think you know everything.
Dude, don't take this personal. Funny thing is that I have the same bar, but I bought mine from KSPEC. I bought it in 2009, when I got my forte. This was the only suspension upgrade available at the time and I was eager to install something on my new car. If I was to buy another one, I would go with a 1 piece bar.
 

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A lot of high end bars have hinges. So based upon your Toyota link and Killed in Action's personal, nontechnical opinion, these poor poor BMW owners, and a Mazda owner got ripped off. We should contact them immediately. Gotta remember strut bars are more for looks than anything, I realize that. That's why I upgraded 1 sway bar and plan to do the other one when the snow melts.





 

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A lot of high end bars have hinges. So based upon your Toyota link and Killed in Action's personal, nontechnical opinion, these poor poor BMW owners, and a Mazda owner got ripped off. We should contact them immediately. Gotta remember strut bars are more for looks than anything, I realize that. That's why I upgraded 1 sway bar and plan to do the other one when the snow melts.





Wingzero...take another serious look at the pictures you posted. Then take a look at the end pieces in the OP's Forte bar. The three strut bars you posted pictures of have thick metal ends -- the Forte bar's ends pictured by the OP has what appears to be 1/16" sheet metal. Those sheet metal ends will flex FAR more than the thick ends of the bars you posted pictures of! I'd bet that if you were to position a camera under the hood and pointed at the ends of the OP's bar you would see those end pieces flexing when cornering. They are the weak links in this setup. The ends of the bars in the three pictures you posted will not flex like a sheet metal end will.
 

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You are talking about the mounting plates, MaxD is talking about the hinges. My pics were to counter MaxD's pictures. Obviously there is going to be some flex. You should see the POS STB I have on my Mazda. I know for a fact it flexs, but at the same time I noticed a difference. I forget where I saw it , but the stat is even the best STB is only like a 10% increase to rigidity, so obviously a STB isn't going to make you a cornering machine. I am not here to argue, just showing ppl there are other options.
 

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You are talking about the mounting plates, MaxD is talking about the hinges. My pics were to counter MaxD's pictures. Obviously there is going to be some flex. You should see the POS STB I have on my Mazda. I know for a fact it flexs, but at the same time I noticed a difference. I forget where I saw it , but the stat is even the best STB is only like a 10% increase to rigidity, so obviously a STB isn't going to make you a cornering machine. I am not here to argue, just showing ppl there are other options.
Right...mounting plates. I don't understand why the company doesn't make them out of a thicker metal to make them stronger -- and more effective.
 

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It's not a Toyota website... ULTRA RACING Chassis Strengthening Technology

May point of view in better words :)

source: http://www.strong-strut.com/strut_brace_facts.htm
The majority of strut braces we are aware of, even many leading brands, have major flaws of one kind or another that fail to fill the basic characteristics of a product that is designed to reinforce a vehicle chassis. Here is a list of items not recommended for an effective strut brace: Any component that is not absolutely rigid, detracts in some measure from the intended function of the strut brace. Some brands of strut braces include almost every one of these undesirable features. Some high end brands contain two or more of these flaws.
1) thin shock tower plates of soft, stamped materials (allows flex and movement)

2) thin hollow tubes that make up the cross bar (lacks the strength required to do the job)

3) multiple bends and angles of the cross bar (each bend or angle imparts a weakness and point of flex to the brace)

4) pivot points where the cross bar attaches to the shock tower rings. (this is 5 year old technology and negates any improvement the strut brace may otherwise have) As the chassis twists and flexes from side to side, the pivot points simply allow the strut brace to "float" with the movement rather that stop it.

5) small diameter hardware, a structure is only as strong as its weakest component. You could have a cross bar of solid 2 inch thick steel but if it attaches to the rings with a 1/4 inch bolt, its only as strong as the quarter inch bolt.

6) lack of reasonable heft and girth (assuming reasonably priced materials, not "super alloys)

7) both cosmetic and functional, some strut braces look like they were manufactured from old lawn chairs and provide little if any rigidity. We refer to these as "feel good" accessories. They do nothing, but the owner feels good about his new accessory. These are usually the economy models, and, others that sell anywhere from $150 to $250. Any improvement in actual rigidity realized from these economy models is a result of the owners imagination and expectation.

8) And finally, appearance, if that is important to any individual buyer and we find in most cases it is. Without exception, the economy models all appear cheaply made because they are. The moderately priced brands $250 to $350, appear more substantial to the casual observer and in some cases they are better. The quality brands running anywhere from $350 to $1600 are obvious showpieces of quality, function, design and execution. Yes, there is a $1695 strut brace for the BMW M5, an AC Schnitzer model. No, it's not made of solid gold, its 6061 T6 alloy just like the Strong-Strut, here is a picture of it
Not because it's made for a high end cars it's automatically high end parts yet practical... Anyways it's going no were.
 

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Anyways, I close by saying anything is going to be better than the stock STB and that is why I bought it for him.
Whoa whoa lets not go that far.

There is no stock STB. And the Koup-R piece is a more substantial piece (and slightly more in price but at least it's a Kia part for your warranty) than the one you put on your brother's car.
 

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The Shark Racing bar honestly is decent but it's as much for bling as it is for function. One piece bars like the RRM or Ultra Racing will prevent much more flexing.

Here's the Ultra Racing bar in my car:

 

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