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IL Motorsport Front Superlight Brace Bar, MX5 Mk1/2/2.5

SKU: D0021

NEW Super Light IL Motorsport Strut Tower Brace Bar

This new brace from IL has a 'D' section brace that has a honeycombe core with super light alloy ends

A strut brace is the finishing piece to a near perfect body! Mazda did a great job when they created the MX-5 chassis, but as with everything there is room for improvement. A strut brace stiffens and strengthens the upper body structure. This makes your MX-5 feel more solid over sudden impacts and aids in more precise handling. Shock Tower Braces are now standard equipment on Special Edition MX-5's. One of the single biggest improvements you can make to your MX-5's chassis. This Shock Tower Brace is made of polished aluminum with a 'honeycombe' core and lightweight aluminium mountings.

Fits all Mazda MX5 Mk1, Mk2/2.5 models, 1989>2005

Please Note: This is now the latest version that comes with an additional modification that stops the master cylinder moving when braking giving a far more positive feel, which is now available for both right and left hand drive cars. This bar is not suitable for later 1.8 Mk1 models with the "fresh air" duct fitted to the left hand side of the vehicle. Also, it is NOT suitable for left hand drive vehicles with the larger 4 litre washer bottle on the bulkhead. Please also note, although the brace bar itself will still fit, the stopper for the master cylinder will only fit vehicles where there is a clearance of 210-230mm between the bulkhead and the end of the master cylinder. Please see the larger photos for more information.

Fitting Instructions


Based on 13 reviews

Andrew Meldrum
This is an excellent, well-priced piece of kit. It has made more of a difference than I would have thought - definitely noticeable for me. A note on installation though. The stud that screws into a sleeve in the mount to brace the brake cylinder is supposed to screw in easily (by hand) so that it is adjustable once the mount is bolted down. Mine did not. Not even close. In order to 'persuade' it to go in, I fitted a cap nut onto the end of the stud and (with significant force) managed to slowly spanner it in. Once in however it was still absurdly tight and hence obviously not adjustable. I then had to use the '2 nut' technique (a 2nd nut locks the first nut on, allowing you to spanner the stud out using the nut that is locked in place) to remove the stud again. Once I had done this, I was able to slowly work the stud in and out of the sleeve in the mount (with a bunch of WD-40), and eventually the fit loosened up enough for the stud to turn by hand which is what you need. Fitment was then fine. So 5 stars for the item itself, but minus 1 for the stud not fitting the sleeve, which took a bit of figuring out.
03/05/2022 12:17:07
Andrew Simpson
Great bit of kit! Makes front end stiffer now I just need to get the rear brace bar. If you like to DRIVE your 5 like its ment to be driven then this is a must!
13/05/2014 12:16:24
Brian Henriksen
looks good and strong, fits perfect.instructions and bolts included.the bolt for brake master cylinder support is too short, replaced it with a longer one.the brace makes a difference in rreduced vibrations when hitting smal holes in the makes my koni suspension work better.
03/05/2014 12:16:24
Graham Anderson
Excellent 24hour service as always from mx5parts.Easy to fit and looks great.Definitely more bite and urgency on the turn in. Really worth the money in my view.
18/04/2013 12:16:29
Barrie Williams
Just fitted it in half an hour. Road tested and I notice an improvement very rigid. Believe me I gave it a good workout very solid.Easy to fit
02/02/2013 12:16:30
neil page
Having purchased a few items now from these guys i wasn't surprised to take delivery of my brace on the second day after ordering, cracking service! The brace went on in about half an hour & that included the time it took to remove the rounded off strut mount nut. I did have to modify the brake master cylinder brace bolt supplied though as it was too close to the end of the cylinder with the locknut in place ( I suspect my car has had a replacement cylinder at some point). To say I was gobsmacked by the results on my first drive is an understatement, these things should be fitted as standard! The car felt so much more 'planted' & responsive. BUY ONE!I can't wait to fit the lower front & rear braces now....
15/08/2012 12:16:33
David Legg
I purchased a brace bar a few days ago and it arrived very quickly as per usual for MX5parts. I have just found time to fit it and although I had to make a quick call to 'the office' to clarify a minor point on the instructions, I found it easy and quick to fit (I am a novice!). I drove my Eunos Roadster for the first time today with the brace bar in place and was surprised at the positive difference it made to handling (either that or it is a very effective placebo!). I'll continue to monitor the 'feel' of the car with the brace in place but it may just be the best accessory I have yet acquired for my MX.
27/03/2012 12:16:35
Nick Savvas
Fast delivery (less than week for Greece). Good quality product.The instructions were helpful and the installation was quite easy. Although the master cylinder stud included in the package needed some modification to fit my mk2.5 (9/2002, 1.6). Nothing serious tho.This product combined with the IL rear chassis brace has improved cornering behaviour by at least 10%. Looks great too.Anyone with an mx-5 who loves cornering should buy one immediately. I'd say go for the rear brace too while ur at it.
15/12/2011 12:16:38
Alessandro Pettener
Ordered for a MK2 1.6 2000 and delivery was ok: it look awesome in the engine bay. The car is steady and firmer on corners and also on straight line, but the big difference in on bumps and holes on the road (here in Italy we've plenty of those ...) where the car absorbes better the shocks and less feedback on the wheel. Only 2 notes I hope are useful:1) On the MK2 with a original airbox (with the "deep" U snorkel) could be difficult to put in place the snorkel after installing the bar: there is interference between these 2. In my case I pushed a bit and even if the snorkel is not perfectly inserted in the airbox it works. Well, anyway it's a good excuse to buy some Cold Air system :-).2) The bar passes exactly above one of the spark plug, so if in need to change it could be a bit more difficult.Extremely satisfied!
21/01/2011 12:16:44
David Hillier
The usual fast delivery by MX5Parts. Very nice quality and really easy to fit. Looks good in the engine bay.Not sure if I notice very much difference in handling but I do tend to drive like a Vicar..:-)
24/06/2010 12:16:48

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