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Old 08-28-2010, 11:07 AM   #1
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Default On the topic of strut braces......

I have been looking around for info/options, the GM parts direct seem to touch/rub/be in contacct with the hood. I was looking and found this one, I want some feed back from you guys to see if you see any issues to cross use this to our Aura's.

http://racinglineperformance.com/sho...&idcategory=17

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Old 08-28-2010, 11:09 AM   #2
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Default Re: On the topic of strut braces......

the second picture looks pretty low in the engine bay in a way that looks good. does not seem that it would cause any clearance issues...

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Old 08-28-2010, 09:57 PM   #3
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I'd be interested to hear if it fits the Aura, as well. Have you contacted the vendor to see if they know?

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Old 08-29-2010, 03:39 PM   #4
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Default Re: On the topic of strut braces......

It fits fine, no rubbing. I have one and the only problem was there was a small bolt in the way on the driver side tower. The brace has a hole to let the bolt through, but it didn't line up exactly. I just cut the bolt off since it was for a fluid reservoir that our cars don't have.

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Old 08-29-2010, 04:55 PM   #5
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It fits fine, no rubbing. I have one and the only problem was there was a small bolt in the way on the driver side tower. The brace has a hole to let the bolt through, but it didn't line up exactly. I just cut the bolt off since it was for a fluid reservoir that our cars don't have.
When I did the eibachs I was curious to what that bolt was for, what vehicle is that resevoir for? I knew it was not used considering the bolt was painted to match the car and all other bolts were alloy in color.

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Old 08-30-2010, 01:38 PM   #6
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Pretty sure that bolt is for the clutch fluid reservoir that the G6 had, and just got designed into the aura (assuming it's the same tooled part)

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Old 08-31-2010, 12:33 AM   #7
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I have been looking around for info/options, the GM parts direct seem to touch/rub/be in contacct with the hood. I was looking and found this one, I want some feed back from you guys to see if you see any issues to cross use this to our Aura's.

http://racinglineperformance.com/sho...&idcategory=17

I have the same one in my car!!!! I'll look tomorrow and see if there are any rub marks. I doubt it. It sits very low in the car. You will have the grind out the hole a little bit on the driver's side because of that ground post on the stop of the strut tower, but no big deal hit the bracket with some paint so it don't rust and you're good to go.

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Old 09-02-2010, 12:54 AM   #8
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I have the same one in my car!!!! I'll look tomorrow and see if there are any rub marks. I doubt it. It sits very low in the car. You will have the grind out the hole a little bit on the driver's side because of that ground post on the stop of the strut tower, but no big deal hit the bracket with some paint so it don't rust and you're good to go.
sounds good to me. I compared pics of the two braces in the engine bays and this one looks about right.

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Old 09-02-2010, 07:38 AM   #9
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Default Re: On the topic of strut braces......

I have that very part on my Aura and it fits fine, no rubbing. I had to widen one of the holes to fit over a bolt sticking up off the driver side tower.

Pictures here, scroll down a bit and you'll see it installed:

http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=152976

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Old 09-27-2010, 09:46 PM   #10
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The question is: Does it improve ride and handling?
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Old 09-28-2010, 12:48 AM   #11
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The question is: Does it improve ride and handling?
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YES! I took it off and on and my cousin drove it and he did not know if it was on or off and I tried to be tricky about it too. He could tell ever time.

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Old 09-28-2010, 06:48 PM   #12
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OK then. I guess I have to get one. But if this car handles much better I may scare myself. I have had none of the rattle and clunk problems described by other posters. I had a 99 Ford Contour SVT that handled fairly well but the XR would spank it on a road course. Just amazing. And on stock tires.

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Old 09-28-2010, 08:41 PM   #13
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OK then. I guess I have to get one. But if this car handles much better I may scare myself. I have had none of the rattle and clunk problems described by other posters. I had a 99 Ford Contour SVT that handled fairly well but the XR would spank it on a road course. Just amazing. And on stock tires.


Umm, it doesn't handle all that well imho.

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Old 09-28-2010, 09:26 PM   #14
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Really! For a mid-size FWD sedan? Are you driving an Aura XR?
I'm sure Phaeton Driver will agree with me if he is still lurking here. C'mon PD, weigh-in here.

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Old 09-29-2010, 06:43 AM   #15
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Really! For a mid-size FWD sedan? Are you driving an Aura XR?
I'm sure Phaeton Driver will agree with me if he is still lurking here. C'mon PD, weigh-in here.
For a mid-size FWD sedan, it's ok, but not great. There's a LOT of improvements to be made on it.

Then again, most of my cars have always handled extremely well, so maybe it's just me.

Then again, these stock tires don't hold the road at ALL. I drive aggressive.

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Old 09-30-2010, 12:45 PM   #16
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What tire pressures are you running? If you are inflating to factory recommendations, try putting 38psi in the fronts and 35psi in the rears and get back to me. It makes a big difference. If you already run higher pressures I don't know what to say. I drive fairly aggressively and have driven/owned a few fast cars. You might be able to squeeze better handling out of the car by lowering and stiffening, sacrificing ride. Just not my cup of tea for a daily driver. I am still quite impressed with the car and the stock (independent rear) suspension.

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Old 10-02-2010, 04:42 AM   #17
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What tire pressures are you running? If you are inflating to factory recommendations, try putting 38psi in the fronts and 35psi in the rears and get back to me. It makes a big difference. If you already run higher pressures I don't know what to say. I drive fairly aggressively and have driven/owned a few fast cars. You might be able to squeeze better handling out of the car by lowering and stiffening, sacrificing ride. Just not my cup of tea for a daily driver. I am still quite impressed with the car and the stock (independent rear) suspension.
My old car was dropped on coilovers with a FSTB and an upgraded rear adjustable swaybar on full hard, and solid motor mounts. Believe me, sacrificing ride quality is nothing for me, because I've yet to ride in a DD that was as poor a "quality" as that was. It handled like it was on rails though.

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Old 11-02-2010, 05:45 PM   #18
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I ordered one of these yesterday. Once I get it installed I will report back.

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Old 11-22-2010, 09:16 PM   #19
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Took two weeks for the item to arrive. Finally got a chance to install it this weekend. I had to take the extaneous bolt off with my Dremel cut-off wheel as the hole provided in the left plate did not align. I added flat washers, which I think they should have included. I don't corner hard very often so can't comment on handling but the ride seems a bit more solid and composed over uneven surfaces.

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Oh, yeah! This thing really helps on sharp, low-speed turns. I thought the car was good before but now it's amazing. Nice looking, too.
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