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I just finished installing an OMP strut tower brace on my 850. Whie I was filing the holes out to fit it (easy but very tedious), I started thinking about the effect that the brace might have on the "crashworthiness" of the front end. I almost don't want to ask this, but here goes-has anyone had any experience with a strut braced car with respect to a frontal or front offset crash? It occurs to me that putting this brace on the towers probably changes the way the front end moves/crushes/etc during a frontal or front offset crash, and I am wondering if those changes are better or worse than without a brace. Since Volvo makes their own strut brace for the 850/70 series cars, they may have actually crash tested a car with one of the braces on it. Anyone know?<P>
 

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I have an omp too...<P>I think that if you get into, even a small frontal crash..the front may twist up......I remember someone saying it happened to them.....<P>
 

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I have no experience with this, but...<P>The bolts should shear off if the strut tower moves in a way that would stress the brace.<P>The 240 series has upper chassis braces that tie the strut tower to the firewall. On the bolt connecting the brace to the firewall, there is a spacer that is supposedly used to deflect the brace away from the firewall in the case of an accident.<P>
 

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Because a strut tower brace is designed to stiffen a car in the lateral dimension, and more specifically, in the engine compartment, I wouldn't imagine it would be cause for alarm. You might end up with more damage for a given accident (i.e. if you get T-boned in the front, the brace could transfer crash energy to the other side of the car that would otherwise be dissipated as chassis flex), but you're talking a very small chance. I don't see any chance that the brace would compromise passenger safety.<P>
 

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I'll let you know after the body shop finds a way to open to hood. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/frown.gif"> I'll take pics.
 

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its actully better too have the brace there. for the car that is..it stiffens the front end and it keeps everything in position.if the car is hit at a high speed the brace will either bend or the bolts will sheer..<BR>the ocupents will be fine but rember that a car is ment to crumpal to reduse the severty of the collision. if the car was solid you would have severe wip lash..summary--the opposite tower holds the ajacent tower in place at low speed crashes and at high speed ,it would move the hole front end across or bend the brace.. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif"><BR>
 
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