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Old 05-13-2012, 02:05 PM   #1
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custom strut tower brace

Anybody ever make their own strut tower brace?
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Old 05-13-2012, 03:10 PM   #2
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i was gonna and never got around to it.
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Im gonna try with using my old one and figuring out how to bend the piping
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Re: custom strut tower brace

If you're going to do it, might wanna use tube not pipe. There is a difference.

It is definatly possible, but with how low the costs are on ones from reputable manuf, why would you bother. Unless you know how to weld and have access to a welder it would not be worth the cost. It just doesn't make sense to me unless you need something custom.

I have a welder and access to a tube bender. For $110 a BBK brace that has already been powdercoated just makes more sense.
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Re: custom strut tower brace

I've made a couple. If you have a well equipped shop with some type of tube bender, some way to cut and drill the metal and a welder to stick it all together it is relatively easy to do.Having such equipment and tubing available makes projects like this cheaper for me than buying them no matter how cheaply they can be had. Plus I get the satisfaction of having done it myself.


I have purchased one and it didn't fit properly, which led me into fabricating the first one I ever did.
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If you're going to do it, might wanna use tube not pipe. There is a difference.

It is definatly possible, but with how low the costs are on ones from reputable manuf, why would you bother. Unless you know how to weld and have access to a welder it would not be worth the cost. It just doesn't make sense to me unless you need something custom.

I have a welder and access to a tube bender. For $110 a BBK brace that has already been powdercoated just makes more sense.
O I know that , the one I need is only $130 but I like messing around like that for a couple bucks!!
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I've made a couple. If you have a well equipped shop with some type of tube bender, some way to cut and drill the metal and a welder to stick it all together it is relatively easy to do.Having such equipment and tubing available makes projects like this cheaper for me than buying them no matter how cheaply they can be had. Plus I get the satisfaction of having done it myself.

I have purchased one and it didn't fit properly, which led me into fabricating the first one I ever did.
+1 guys like us build alot of parts that can be had cheaply for the reasons you say. plus the fact our parts are sometimes better and no one else has them.

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O I know that , the one I need is only $130 but I like messing around like that for a couple bucks!!
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+1 guys like us build alot of parts that can be had cheaply for the reasons you say. plus the fact our parts are sometimes better and no one else has them.
YUP!


I love designing and fabricating. I will be so happy when I am able to return to the garage and get back into it again, that you all may not hear from me for quite some time.


Wait till you see the 8.8 rear end I'm planning to build. It may look like a metal worker's nightmare when finished, but I bet my rear end tubes stay where they are supposed to be and my center section doesn't break when I drop the hammer on it after the SC installation and tuning.
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YUP!

I love designing and fabricating. I will be so happy when I am able to return to the garage and get back into it again, that you all may not hear from me for quite some time.

Wait till you see the 8.8 rear end I'm planning to build. It may look like a metal worker's nightmare when finished, but I bet my rear end tubes stay where they are supposed to be and my center section doesn't break when I drop the hammer on it after the SC installation and tuning.
I know. When you finally are able to get back at it, we are gonna miss you on here. But I am dying to see pics and 1/4 numbers and all that so it will be worth it.

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What I was gonna do is make all the bolted plates and bolt them up. Then piece the tubing in and tac weld them in place so they all line up nice. Then take them off to weld. Make sure you are careful when welding under the hood though.
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