Speaking about traction and control chassis twisting is yet another aspect to think about. When a car chassis becomes older it often becomes significant weaker than a chassis fresh from the shelve. Unfortunately most of our beloved cars like skylines, supras, evos, civics and so on are not build anymore. At least not the versions we learned to love. That leaves you with certain ways of facing the problem of an old weak chassis. First of all you can ignore it, which is for a daily driver always a good solution, deal with it. Building a race car gives you the opportunity to spot weld the whole chassis and weld in a safety cell, which most of the time makes a car as stiff as a brick. But what to do if you don’t have a daily driver, nor a race car, but something in between? That’s were strut braces come in handy. The market offers a variety of different versions. Mounted from one strut to the opposing one the are sometimes made of aluminum, sometimes steel and sometimes even titan. Most of the time aluminum strut braces are just show and shine without any real performance value. Especially those with countless screws and bolts to adjust them. A good example for a really good aluminum strut brace is the famous HKS Kansai Service strut brace for R34 Skylines. However, unless you plan to spend a lot of money on a strut brace, aluminum is out of question. Speaking about money titan and carbon fiber is the best you can get, in addition to that unfortunately the most expensive you can get too. That leaves us with steel. Although you might think steel is pretty heavy compared to titan, carbon and aluminum it has only roughly 25-30% additional weight compared to aluminum if you want the same stiffening. So, if you have a small budget like most of us steel is the way to go. Regrettably a lot of companies have high prices for low-tech. Let’s be honest – it is a tube welded to two laser cut brackets. Saying that we have to be fair enough to admit that it still needs some development, manufacturing time and materials to be made.
And that’s – finally – were a company called HPM comes into play. Those guys have a combined metalworking experience of over 30 years. They recently decided to reply to the markets demand for good, affordable, reliable and fully functioning strut braces. At the moment they are available for Civic ED/EE/EF only. But development for additional cars is done right now. The costs are 150 USD excluding shipping (Prices may vary slightly due to exchange rates). That includes your RAL color of choice and the warm feeling in your belly that your old treasure will get back some of its youth strength.