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 Old 05-26-2010, 03:45 PM   #1
 
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I wanted to know if anyone had used any of these chassis bracing products in the link above, and whether or not they were good. I do plan to autoX and open track, and I love backroads, so I do use and will continue to use the suspension mods like they should be used. I'm holding out on some suspension parts because I want to see if some more 2010 specific parts come out in the next year or so. I would like a set of springs that only drops 1" specifically for the 2010 suspension. Any help, info, or stories from experience would be greatly appreciated.
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IMO chassis braces are unnecessary and just add weight. The 2nd gen chassis is stiff enough, spend your money on sway bars and a good set of coilovers (KW v3 if you have the $$).

And some big fat sticky tires of course
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I'm waiting on a F/R sway bar set because I'm not even sure if the FSB fits 2010s. I wish that Cobb would make their stage 2 sway bar and spring set for the gen 2. The Cobb springs are exactly the drop that I'm looking for.

I'm pretty sure that I don't want to spend $1800 on a set of coilovers, springs will be fine.

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i'd save your money. especially since autoexe suspension parts are made for JDM vehicles and are not guaranteed to fit on USDM models - there were reports of the 07-09 braces not fitting at all on the USDM models.

that said - that strut tower brace would be nice engine bling. are the 2010 strut towers different??
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Well, that's all that I need to know then. If they may not fit, I'll just forget about it. I could see some of the suspension having a different setup for the JDM models, but I wouldn't think that there would be any difference in the location of the strut towers. I would say that the STB and the rear floor brace would probably fit the US model exactly like the JDM.
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the old strut tower braces didn't fit, but they were of a different design.

the rear floor brace fits, but with the underbody ones only one fit i think.

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strut tower brace is not necessary because you already have one! look real close, it's black.

for auto x, any one of those braces will bounce you into a class you would mostly likely get demolished in - if that matters to you.

rear sway will most likely fit, front is unknown. but there are (or will be soon) cheaper alternatives from the more well-known sources.
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The stock bracing seems to be doing well for the Gen2. I got the Hotchkis RSB, and it fits just fine.
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^ How do you like it? Noticeable difference when just running around town?
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In daily driving you don't notice it that much even with it on its stiffest settings. But with the stock suspension its to be expected. On the autoX course though it really helps kill understeer. I am able to do lift-off oversteer on demand, which is really nice.
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strut tower brace is not necessary because you already have one! look real close, it's black.

for auto x, any one of those braces will bounce you into a class you would mostly likely get demolished in - if that matters to you.

rear sway will most likely fit, front is unknown. but there are (or will be soon) cheaper alternatives from the more well-known sources.
I have seen the stock STB tucked up under the wiper cowl. I thought that was a pretty good idea to keep the engine bay decluttered. I guess that the factory has a good idea every once in a while. lol
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In daily driving you don't notice it that much even with it on its stiffest settings. But with the stock suspension its to be expected. On the autoX course though it really helps kill understeer. I am able to do lift-off oversteer on demand, which is really nice.
Which setting? I'm looking at a progress rsb right now, and the hotchkis 'soft' setting is stiffer than the progress 'firm' setting. I'd rather save my money and get the hotchkis if the progress won't let me get any oversteer whatsoever.
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I'm running the stiffest setting on the hotchkis bar now. Cornering is very neutral, less front end push. Its only when i'm autoX'ing, and i'm taking hard corners that i get controllable lift-off oversteer. The stock suspension isn't stiff enough to get the back end around. My CivicSi with Tein Coilovers and F/RSB i could easily get the back end to come around but it was much stiffer.
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