You’ve probably read somewhere on the internet that a strut tower brace never does anything but look pretty. You’re about to read otherwise. Armed with a strong background in vehicle dynamics and chassis design, we’ve spent months understanding the BRZ/FR-S chassis, testing different designs, collecting data and measuring performance. With the help of the FT86Club community, we’ve developed a strut tower brace that works.
One key design decision was to utilize a rigid, welded construction. The reasons for this are three-fold, but what it boils down to is the old standby, ‘Keep It Simple, Stupid’. When the goal is to reduce compliance in the system, it’s not hard to understand why a solid form design is best.
- A rigid bar will function with maximum stiffness, providing the best possible performance
- A multi-piece bar adds unnecessary cost and complexity to a fundamentally simple mechanism
- A multi-piece bar adds additional welding and hardware, stacking tolerances and creating many possible failure modes
- Laser cut, CNC bent brackets ensure perfect fit
- Mild steel construction provides maximum stiffness
- Rigid design prevents unnecessary slop and tolerance stacking
- Durable DuPont powdercoat
- Legal in autocross classes that allow a strut tower bar but no other modification
- Installation in minutes with only a single tool
- 2013 Subaru BRZ
- 2013 Scion FR-S