Front Strut Tower brace

Discussion in 'Gen 3 Prius Accessories and Modifications' started by bobzchemist, Mar 10, 2017.

  1. bobzchemist

    bobzchemist Active Member

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    I know that Tanabe and Cusco make them - are there any other brands that fit, even if they're not specifically for a Prius?
     
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    Beside those , there are custom made solid piece ! I don't know why anyone want to put on a prius?
     
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    DO NOT order one from Ultra Racing. They swore up and down to me that it was designed to fit a left hand drive car so I ordered one (I'm in the US and drive a US model). Long and short, it did not even come close to fitting because of the various fluid reservoirs on the drivers side of the car. Ultra Racing ended up giving me a full refund and allowed me to keep the bar. Since the bar was of superior construction/design, I had used the refunded money to pay a fabricator to modify it to fit the car. It's great now but not worth the hassle and expense for someone else. I will post a thread soon showing the pros and cons.
     
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    Good Question!

    Toms Racing makes a one piece Tower Strut bar that fits your Gen3 Prius. There are a select few members on Prius Chat that are running the bar and have noticed a significant difference on the improved handling of the car.
     
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    I've heard that from a bunch of folks here, that this brace makes a big difference in handling.

    I know that there are parts from other cars - matrix, yaris, scion, lexus ct200h, etc., that fit in various locations on the Prius, and I've seen a wide variety of prices for strut tower braces, so I guess I was hoping that there'd be something out there that was a bit less expensive that the Tanabe Sustec. Sneaking anything for the car that costs more than $100 past my wife is very difficult...and talking her into it is almost impossible.
     
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    dude the tanabe one is super cheap compared to the other options. there are none cheaper then that just go for the tanabe
     
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    Unfortunately with Tanabe, you cannot access your fuse panel without taking the bar off


    iPhone ?
     
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    that's right i forgot how it covers the fuse box. invest the extra coin on cusco or toms
     
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    You can but you you have to cut one of the tabs on the back of the fuse box cover
     
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    Low profile wheels and tires (high profile tires rows promotes lateral lean) will do tons more for handling vs strut tower ( which makes no contact with the road ) ask yourself how offense you slash your prius side to side like a manic on street road! My opinion strut tower are a waste of $$ unless planning to track it! And who tracks a prius! If so the numbers it put up is lol! My be it's for bragging rights! I think for best bang for your bucks is a addition of a rear sway bar on the trailer bar, you find it stiffen up the back end and helps tracking!
     
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