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Just a note as I'd seen some other threads asking about the impact/ benefit of the rear brace. <p>Brace itself is very nicely designed (except the sticker is upside down...) and painted (white). Mine was EXACTLY the right size, not a whisper too big or small. In fact, I thought it might be helpful to put some foam tape on the ends just to protect from any later squeaks. Totally impossible as there was no extra room. Easily installed, but pull the big foam pad out to better access the back side to hold the nuts. Installed it looks sorta cool if you happen to be spending time back there. <p>I have some other suspension mods and so can't speak to what the impact is without these modifications. I can say the impact was immediate and noticible. I didn't really have side hop before but now cornering is more stable, more solid feeling, especially under high power. The back end just tracks and inspires confidence. Is it my imagination or is there less crash over bumps and rough road? The combination of springs, sways, endlinks and now the bar permits sport mode damping (nice unless your roads are like glass) with almost no body roll. Really.<p>I suspect the brace would stiffen the rear twist and thus could enhance understeer opportunties but I couldn't produce it. DTC off and the car slides pretty evenly, though I'll take understeer any day over oversteer. <p>It's a low cost, quick DIY install with immediate results? Hard to beat.
 

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Re: VIVA / Ultra Racing rear chassis brace (Johnr352)

Thanks for the review Johnn!<p>In case anyone is wondering what John is referring to, it's PN VP-077110 on our website<p><A HREF="http://www.vivaperformance.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=81_101&products_id=773" TARGET="_blank">http://www.vivaperformance.com...d=773</A><p><IMG SRC="http://www.vivaperformance.com/catalog/images/s60_rear_strut_tower_brace.jpg" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: VIVA / Ultra Racing rear chassis brace (George @ ViVA)

And with all the trunk lining put back together it looks like this....<p>(Note the upside down sticker as well <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> )<p><IMG SRC="http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p95/madmattferris/Volvo/img185.jpg" BORDER="0">
 

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Thanks for your input John, this looks like something interesting to firm up the car some more; would you say it made more or less of a difference compared to when you installed your Strut conversion.... Also has anyone else installed this yet with not as much suspension modifications?
 

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Hmmm, Good question. I would say that it made more of a difference then the strut coversion, but, not much more. Really, I would do both.
 

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Re: VIVA / Ultra Racing rear chassis brace (mad matt)

How's the brace bolt up to the frame on the ends? pics?<p>Do you lose a little clearance on the top of the backseat passthrough or is it flush with the top of the opening?
 

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Re: VIVA / Ultra Racing rear chassis brace (stealthS60AWD)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>stealthS60AWD</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">How's the brace bolt up to the frame on the ends? pics?<p>Do you lose a little clearance on the top of the backseat passthrough or is it flush with the top of the opening?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>There are two (included) bolts/nuts/washers on each side of the brace that attach to the chassis.<p>You'll only lose about 3" of clearance from the top of the trunk opening, so the backseat passthrough is still usable! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Luciano</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Hey Matt got anymore pic's of that rear brace or of the trunk?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Crap!! Sorry Luciano, I totally forgot to get more pics for you. <br>Here are some of the brace....<br><IMG SRC="http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p95/madmattferris/Volvo/IMG_2373.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p95/madmattferris/Volvo/IMG_2372.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p95/madmattferris/Volvo/IMG_2363.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p95/madmattferris/Volvo/IMG_2364.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p95/madmattferris/Volvo/IMG_2365.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p95/madmattferris/Volvo/IMG_2367.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><br>Liciano,<br>Here's the link to some pics I snapped last night of the trunk horible lighting and a really dirty car...<br><A HREF="http://s126.photobucket.com/albums/p95/madmattferris/PCC" TARGET="_blank">http://s126.photobucket.com/al...s/PCC</A>/<br>
 

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Re: VIVA / Ultra Racing rear chassis brace (George @ ViVA)

<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"><p>There are two (included) bolts/nuts/washers on each side of the brace that attach to the chassis.<p>You'll only lose about 3" of clearance from the top of the trunk opening, so the backseat passthrough is still usable! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Thanks George!<p>That's gotta be one of the easiest mods to bolt on yet <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0"> ...might be one in my future <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>imageomega</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">drilling required? are those holes there?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>The holes are already there.
 

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Ahh man both braces are out of stock <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Now if the LOWER brace...<p> <IMG SRC="http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o108/jrgoffin/S60Rrearlowerbrace.jpg" BORDER="0"> <p>...looked something like this:<p> <IMG SRC="http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o108/jrgoffin/S60Rrearlowerbracemodified.jpg" BORDER="0"> <p>...it might be effective too. A stiffer rear is a real bonus in this car.
 

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A firm rear is important, especially over time.<p><br>
 

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You need sways. While no expert, the application/ intent is somewhat different. The combo of the two is the thing.
 

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Yep, have a 25mm bar on the back (left the stock 23.5mm bar on the front). Has helped with the under-steer (along with good tires), just needs a hair more rear stiffness. The upper bar looks to be a nice add-on, just wish the lower bar(s) was a better set.
 

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There's a few more reviews of the bars and other bits:<p><A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=116839" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=116839</A><p><A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=116240" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=116240</A><p><A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=118792" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=118792</A>
 

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Re: (850arrrsaylikepirate)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>850arrrsaylikepirate</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Ahh man both braces are out of stock <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Both braces are back in stock! <p>For a limited time, we are also offering a 10% discount for either brace. Use discount code "10%SAVINGS" during checking to receive the discount!<p><A HREF="https://www.vivaperformance.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=81_101&products_id=773" TARGET="_blank">https://www.vivaperformance.co...d=773</A>
 
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