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Old 02-18-2019, 12:08 AM   #1
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Exclamation Chassis bracing necessary for unibody vehicles used off-road

Some users have mocked me or considered the chassis bracing I use as useless or irrelevant for off-road driving.

Well, it seems my concerns regarding the structural integrity of a unibody vehicle under severe, harsh use has some merit.

It turns out the strut towers are vulnerable to damage when one takes a unibody vehicle off-road harshly, often.

link to video with relevant timemarker:
YouTube video code: LRlWuzUe7uo
YouTube video title: Off-road Forester build overview | the ultimate utilitarian Subaru battlewagon
YouTube video user: Power of your brains
YouTube video channel code: UC_UNVFWfjKrQJU1mgzWbn8A

You definitely want to have a strut brace, otherwise you will destroy your strut towers. You can see where they are starting to separate from the body. This is the second one of these that I've done this to. Yeah, that started to happen before I put the strut brace on there. My previous Subaru, I really, destroyed.

Whole video below, relevant information is at 7:11 (7 minutes, 11 seconds)

Thankfully companies such as Cusco manufacture chassis bracing products for our vehicle, which are based on the Subaru Impreza 5-door hatchback.
2nd generation models (MY2012/2013-2017) are identified as the GP chassis, based on the 4th generation Subaru Impreza hatch, while 3rd generation models (MY2018-present) are identified as the GT chassis, based on the 5th generation Subaru Impreza hatch.

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Old 02-18-2019, 04:54 PM   #2
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Thank you for sharing.

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