Most of you have probably seen the aftermarket steel braces that bolt to the top of the strut towers on import cars. This is supposed to stiffen the chassis for better cornering. A lot of cars come with them now straight from the factory. I was just curious, how much do they really help on a street vehicle? Also, are there any design guidelines as far as what thickness of materials to use and how to calculate the forces acting on the brace?
It doesn't seem like the cheap stamped steel braces will do much to stiffen the chassis when you dive into a corner and put thousands of pounds of force on it.
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