Often one of the first modifications performed on a vehicle, the strut tower brace improves handling and stability of a vehicle. The Tanabe front strut tower bar offers a precise steering feel and a strengthened chassis.
While simple in appearance, the design of the Tanabe strut bar centershaft has a significant amount of engineering put into it. The construction is reinforced extruded aluminum, which features dual reinforced lips on the underside, as well as tapered ends for additional rigidity. The centershaft is very lightweight, so weight is not added with this upgrade.
The Tanabe strut bar end plates are 100% steel for maximum strength and durability. The steel end plates are engineered for durability, so that the stress properly transfers to the bar, and does not overstress the welds and mounting brackets.
A common error when installing strut tower bars is to not raise the car during the installation. This aids in relieving and balancing out the load of the shock upper mounts on the shock towers. When raised, and the tower bar is placed onto the vehicle, the preload can be adjusted and set. After it is bolted on and the car is lowered, each shock tower will have equal load and will prevent independent movements of each shock. This will provide a noticeable difference after installing. If a tower bar is installed on a car that is not raised, great benefits will be missed.
Tanabe Front Strut Tower Bar Feature Summary:
- Reinforced lip
- Extruded centershaft
- Ultra durable steel end plates
- Adjustable preload