Date Added: Monday 21 January, 2008
I always change one thing at a time in order to gauge each change's impact on the car.
The Brace has noticably strengthened the front end. No creaks and groans of the hard top over humps, much less shaking and rattling from pot holes, overall just much more solid.
I've not tested its effect on handling too much, as it seems to have been raining solidly for at least 2 years, but down my regular country lane the front does seem at lot more controlled. If anything it now makes the back end feel loose and in need of some bracing! Ho hum, suppose I'd better get some then!
Fitted this in 10 mins with a 14mm socket and an Allen key(available from poundstretcher, the pound shop etc for guess what, a pound each. I suppose a torque wrench is at least a fiver though!).
Downside is that I received my brace with some deep scratches in the Chrome in spite of extensive bubblewrap. I'm not going for any concourse comps though, so won't be returning it, but I'll knock off a star as a result. Other than that, well worth the expense.
Rating: [4 of 5 Stars!]