Strut Tower Brace Install and Comparison Video - Club Crosstrek | Subaru XV Crosstrek Forums
Club Crosstrek | Subaru XV Crosstrek Forums
 


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 01-31-2015, 07:10 PM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 13
My Vehicle: 14 Crosstrek Limited SWP
Default Strut Tower Brace Install and Comparison Video

I picked up a STI Flexible Strut Tower Brace and recorded the install, only thing missing in the video is torquing the nuts to spec, I did that after. It's tough to tell the effects of the strut tower brace in the video but it's well worth it. I just wouldn't pay retail for it, I bought it used.

__________________
Crosstrek302 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 01-31-2015, 09:25 PM   #2
Full Member
 
The Rog Man's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 168
My Vehicle: 2014 XV Crosstrek Sport Jasmine Green Metallic
Default Re: Strut Tower Brace Install and Comparison Video

what year was the brace from ?
do you have a part number for the brace?
what weight did you torque the 10 mm nuts to ?
__________________
2014 XV Crosstrek
Sport model
Jasmine Green Metallic
The Rog Man is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-2015, 10:18 PM   #3
Full Member
 
The Hulls's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 229
My Vehicle: Sigourney our XV, and Pearl our XT
Default Re: Strut Tower Brace Install and Comparison Video

It's nice to see people use actual hand tools. Job well done and thank you for sharing this toy.

Dan


Remember where you have been because it will help guide where you are going. --DSH
__________________
Remember where you have been because it will help guide where you are going. --DSH

The Hulls is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 01-31-2015, 10:54 PM   #4
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 13
My Vehicle: 14 Crosstrek Limited SWP
Default Re: Strut Tower Brace Install and Comparison Video

Quote:
Originally Posted by The
what year was the brace from ?
do you have a part number for the brace?
what weight did you torque the 10 mm nuts to ?
It came off a 2013. Part number is shown 10 seconds into the vid lol Part # E4010FJ000. Torque them to 14.5 lb ft.
__________________
Crosstrek302 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-2015, 11:54 PM   #5
Hero Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 811
Default Re: Strut Tower Brace Install and Comparison Video

Thank you for this thread. It's convinced me to put one on my XV. You're right about not paying retail for it. If you wouldn't mind posting it, what did you pay for it?
__________________
"The secrecy of my job prevents me from knowing what I'm doing."
Hacksaw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-01-2015, 12:26 AM   #6
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 13
My Vehicle: 14 Crosstrek Limited SWP
Default Re: Strut Tower Brace Install and Comparison Video

Quote:
Originally Posted by Hacksaw
Thank you for this thread. It's convinced me to put one on my XV. You're right about not paying retail for it. If you wouldn't mind posting it, what did you pay for it?
Found one for about $200 with the 6 new locking nuts. More expensive than a solid bar but I'm ok with that.
__________________
Crosstrek302 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-01-2015, 03:06 AM   #7
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 22
My Vehicle: 2014 Crosstrek Hybrid
Default Re: Strut Tower Brace Install and Comparison Video

I've been looking at a welded 1 piece on on ebay for 150. What is better, the solid or the flexible?
applezz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-2015, 10:48 PM   #8
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 13
My Vehicle: 14 Crosstrek Limited SWP
Default Re: Strut Tower Brace Install and Comparison Video

Quote:
Originally Posted by applezz
I've been looking at a welded 1 piece on on ebay for 150. What is better, the solid or the flexible?
I've never ridden in a Crosstrek with a one piece brace so I can't say which is better. I'm pleased with the flexible bar.
__________________
Crosstrek302 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2015, 05:18 PM   #9
Member
 
N6VHF's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Posts: 90
My Vehicle: 2015 XV Crosstrek (Tangerine Orange Pearl)
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Crosstrek302 View Post
I've never ridden in a Crosstrek with a one piece brace so I can't say which is better. I'm pleased with the flexible bar.
So you have had this added now since January (it appears from the date of your post). Can you say that it was worth it to install? Has it made a noticeable difference? Is this the one that you used (photo below). I have a 50% off coupon for Subaru parts. I was thinking of using it for the Strut Tower Brace, but I don't want to waste the money if it isn't worth it. Can I get your thoughts?

N6VHF is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-2015, 03:08 AM   #10
Site Team
 
AWDfreak's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 2,940
My Vehicle: 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek 5MT
Default

It's worth it if you actually push your XV Crosstrek to its limits during cornering, wish for improved chassis response, and still desire good ride quality. Otherwise, if you simply drive like the average American driver, it's just dead weight.

I have a solid bar, a Cusco front strut tower brace. Although I didn't initially feel a big difference, I had my brothers drive my car before and after, and they could definitely feel a difference in the chassis. And through some long-term driving, I've realized that the solid strut tower braces do actually make a tiny little difference in ride quality, as pothole-ridden California interstate freeways have shown me.
Now, I should clarify that all these chassis bracing are not the kind of mods that have the best "bang for your buck".

In short, chassis bracing will not deliver significant enough "feel" in improvement to justify the costs for most drivers. If you drive hard on and off-road, it may be a good idea, but if you never ever take your XV to 100% whether in the twisty mountain roads or rutted off-road trails, you are better off looking for a different kind of modification.

If you do feel that a brace is worth getting, I would actually recommend the STI Flexible Strut Tower Brace over a solid Cusco or SSD brace, which may slightly add harshness to the ride quality, for a daily-driven commute application.
AWDfreak is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT. The time now is 12:02 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.