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Strut bars?

I am looking at strut bars for my Civic to reinforce the chassis. However, I don't want to waste my money on something that is just extra weight. So my questions are:

1. Do strut bars have to be expensive to be effective? I can get strut bars for as little as about $20, but I can also get high end strut bars that cost as much as $150 or more. I would think that a cheap bar wouldn't be effective and would be a waste of money, but I'm not sure how strong a strut bar would have to be to be effective.

2. Would installing strut bars noticeably improve handling?

3. Would I notice a bigger improvement installing a strut bar on the front or the back?

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Re: Strut bars?

1) Not necessarily, but the best performing strut bars are one-piece ones, unlike the 3-piece ones you find on ebay. I'm sure they'll perform well, but not as good. If you can find a neuspeed one for the 7thgen, those were great. Too bad you didn't look into it earlier, because I sold the one I had for $100. About the normal price you [used to be able to] find 'em for used. New, you'll find them for like $140. DC sports also makes a solid one-piece bar, and, although easier to find, in the upper range as a new neuspeed bar at like $130-140 on ebay

2) Yes. Truth be told, I didn't really notice the difference when I first installed it. Thought I had wasted my money, but kept it anyways. Changed suspension from spring/struts to full coilovers and decided not to install it because it was a pain in the *** to install. Took the car for a test drive and noticed a lot more play in the steering wheel when turning, and that was at low speeds. Steering didn't feel nearly as responsive as it did with the bar installed. I didn't even make it down the block before I turned around to install it.

3) Front, for sure. Ties the front upper struts together and that's where it'll flex more since that's where more stress gets put during turns.
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Re: Strut bars?

strut bars were covered in the same link i posted before for you.

have you not read it?

https://www.civicforums.com/forums/4...questions.html

also, as said before, it improves steering feel. not performance. Did you not read my response then?

rear bars - read the link posted. It's covered there. I wrote them threads so that people would read it instead of asking... that way we would not be parroting the same thing over and over.
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