Serious AutoSport - RATRAC strut tower brace

[10/11/2002] Reviewed by: Howard Cunningham -

Applicable to: '99 + 1.8 liter

Strut tower brace.

The driver's side bracket will NOT fit as shipped due to interference with either the brake cylinder or if you try to install it the other way the airbox. All is not completely lost however, if you are willing to re-drill the 2 holes moving the bracket by 1/2" or so. This unplanned modification extended the install time by 30 minutes.

This ecnomical ($65+S/H) strut tower brace is solidly if not elegantly constructed. The polished bar is attractive, the black bracket welds are a little sloppy, the bar bolts provided require a large hex key (or pliers) which would not be my first choice, but the rest of the hardware is very good. It arrived with directions that did not picture this particular unit and UPS had a party with the box on it trek from California, but this is understandable for the economical price. I would recommend that other strut brace manufacturers consider a dual hole pattern on the driver's side bracket or ship a second brace or at least be very specific with exactly which models are supported.

Under 30 minutes to remove completely

Serious Auto strut tower brace

[2/3/2002] Reviewed by: Anonymous

Applicable to: '90 - '97 '99 + 1.6 liter 1.8 liter

A strut tower brace, connects the tops of the front shock towers to quell vibrations in the front end of the car.

Very pleased. Despite the low price ($65 in 2/02) it performs as well as products costing three times as much. I know -- I have that brace on my other Miata. Installation is a breeze and it leaves room for aftermarket intake widgets if you have an M2. Vibrations felt through the dash, A pillars, and steering column are *significantly* reduced on my '99 LP.

Under 5 minutes to remove

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