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I have been looking for a strut tower brace for my 2001 S60 T5 and have not had much luck. I have tried ViVA PERFORMANCE and they do not make one for that model, EVOLVE does not make one either. VST has one, through IPD, but it is pricey ($395) <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"><p>If anyone knows any other options and can point me in the right direction that would be greatly appreciated.
 

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Re: strut tower brace (afterimage)

VST are the only ones with a production product right now. Evolve only has a prototype so far.
 

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Re: strut tower brace (ss60)

thanks, I'll give it some thought... not sure I want to spend that much for it. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/confused.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: strut tower brace (afterimage)

Some Swedespeed members in the R forum have reported handling/steering improvement by using stiffer bushings on the ends of the upper engine mount cross bar. These bushings are being sold by IPD.
 

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Re: strut tower brace (Think Fast)

hmmm, yeah I just got Evolves upper engine mount bushing, maybe I should get the end ones from ipd as well. Thanks.
 

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Brian,<p>As I had mentioned in the email, we carry the Powerflex polyurethane bushings for your S60 as well:<p><A HREF="http://www.vivaperformance.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=87_89&products_id=389" TARGET="_blank">http://www.vivaperformance.com...d=389</A>
 

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Re: (George @ ViVA)

I tried to install those bushes in my T5, and they don't fit. The ViVA page says they are for AWD. Apparently the AWD has different mount points for the engine mount bar than the T5. The gap between is too small to get really anything in there. I only know about my car, maybe there are differences in T5s too.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>liquidforce1887</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">i believe eibach makes strut tower braces</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Only VST makes "strut braces" for the car. Note, that the brace is not a strut brace as they do not connect the strut towers together. IMO, it's more cosmetic than anything else.
 

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The VST/IPD strut brace (misnamed) actually mounts to the two bolts that mount the top engine brace. Since these two bolts anchor the brace to the strut tower, they could be said to connect the strut towers. Personally, having seen the VST bar, I don't like it. There is a thread on the forum, probably on the R forum, where someone complained about the brace blocking the cap to the brake fluid resevoir. <p>Unfortunately, there is limited room to put in the brace, because the standard place to put it is directly between the strut tops. On the S60, the engine brace actually interferes with this placement, and theVST bar is the worst of what I consider to be the three options:<p>1 - connect the engine brace brackets - VST bar<br>2 - have a brace connect to the strut towers, but run directly in front of the engine brace. Tought to do, there is only the thickness of a finger on the driver's side for this. The fuse box is in the way, and unless you cut it up, you probably don't have roon to make a brace that has any strength.<br>3 - Dismount the engine brace. Cut off the bracket for the top engine mount, and reweld it on so that it points towards the front of the car, instead of the firewall. Thus, the mount for the top engine mount would be on the front side of the engine brace. Then, fabricate the strut tower brace you really want, because then it would have a straight shot across the engine. If anyone uses my idea, I get a brace at reduced price. I am actuly trying to find an engine brace of a wreck to find out how hard this would be to accomplish.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>George @ ViVA</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">As I had mentioned in the email, we carry the Powerflex polyurethane bushings for your S60 as well:</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Thanks, I plan on ordering them.<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>mike_c70</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">...the brace is not a strut brace as they do not connect the strut towers together. IMO, it's more cosmetic than anything else.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Wow, that sucks. Thanks for all of the info too <B>wizzard_al</B>, I may look into fabricating one that may work, and that goes as straight over the engine as possible. It may be just be that it's impossible to put a proper/functional strut tower bar in this car. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>afterimage</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Thanks, I plan on ordering them.<p> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Let us know if you they fit in your T5, as they did not in mine.
 
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