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Seeing as a strut brace would be considered a performance part I doubt there are many around. However they are big in the US so I wouldn't put it past the yanks to come up with something...

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Seeing as a strut brace would be considered a performance part I doubt there are many around. However they are big in the US so I wouldn't put it past the yanks to come up with something...

Thanks for the suggestion. Well there is a "BT Tech" unit offered in US Prius chat sites. However, upon my enquiry they declined to deliver outside the US.

Whether you would consider it a performance part depends how much you like scuttle shake. I personally have never experienced it in a sedan car before, only in convertibles. I actually dislike convertibles because of their obvious lack of rigidity. Many manufacturers that offer convertible versions of sedans or coupés put softer springs in the convertible versions for precisely this reason.

The Prius does not have particularly firm spring rates, so I'd reckon the shake is an unfortunate characteristic of the design.

Mind you, I cannot be sure that a brace would mitigate the shake, but I'd reckon it would be worth a try. If anybody has a better idea I would be delighted to hear about it.

There would be another solution, and that would be to make Sydney roads smoother with fewer potholes! But I'd think I'd be holding my breath for a long time.....

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Ok you are obviously a trader but I think the mods are overlooking it because you're helping out a member...

Have you done any rigidy tests after fitting this brace on a Prius? I notice that due to the positioning of the strut tops etc you cant actually use a perfectly straight bar, hence the bends at either end... Also, is there any actual benefit in using those tension bolts rather than simply welding the ends onto the brackets?

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Yes, I was simply replying to someones inquiry that was having trouble purchasing our products. Sorry if I stepped on anyone's toes!! :)

The issue was clearance when designing the strut brace. If one is in tune with the way their car feels, you can definately feel the difference the brace makes when turning moderately agressive.

On the US spec'd cars the limitations are the size of the tires and the "non" grip that they offer. In the other markets such as EU, AU and JP, Toyota decided to use the 16" wheels and larger grippier tires. This definately raises the bar regarding handling and makes the strut brace even more effective.

Hope this helps..

Brian

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Ok you are obviously a trader but I think the mods are overlooking it because you're helping out a member...

Have you done any rigidy tests after fitting this brace on a Prius? I notice that due to the positioning of the strut tops etc you cant actually use a perfectly straight bar, hence the bends at either end... Also, is there any actual benefit in using those tension bolts rather than simply welding the ends onto the brackets?

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Yes, I was simply replying to someones inquiry that was having trouble purchasing our products. Sorry if I stepped on anyone's toes!! :)

The issue was clearance when designing the strut brace. If one is in tune with the way their car feels, you can definately feel the difference the brace makes when turning moderately agressive.

On the US spec'd cars the limitations are the size of the tires and the "non" grip that they offer. In the other markets such as EU, AU and JP, Toyota decided to use the 16" wheels and larger grippier tires. This definately raises the bar regarding handling and makes the strut brace even more effective.

Hope this helps..

Brian

BT Tech

Ok you are obviously a trader but I think the mods are overlooking it because you're helping out a member...

Have you done any rigidy tests after fitting this brace on a Prius? I notice that due to the positioning of the strut tops etc you cant actually use a perfectly straight bar, hence the bends at either end... Also, is there any actual benefit in using those tension bolts rather than simply welding the ends onto the brackets?

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