Fitting a strutbrace

Summary

A popular modification for many tuning enthusiasts is to fit strutbraces to stop flex between the suspension towers and improve handling.

A wide range of products already exist for the Honda 5th generation accord, and the rear strutbraces should fit the 600 without a problem. However due to the difference in engine position between the Honda and the Rover, the front strutbraces from the accord will not clear the intake manifold of the T series.

Until recently there has been no product for the Ti, but now custom front strutbraces are available from RMS, via an RT community member - here we review and fitting guide.

Requirements

To do this job you will need:

  • An RMS strutbrace
  • Sockets and a ratchet

First Impressions

The strut brace arrived quickly and well packaged

The strutbrace itself is made of high grade stainless steel polished with a choice of either painted red or blue plate ends, or polished as here.

The construction of the brace is quite considerable when compared to cheaper aftermarket items for many of the hondas. The end plates are also quite thick.

Procedure

First remove the bolts securing the fuse box.

The fusebox can now be lifted clear from the bolts securing the top of the suspension mount.

Remove the bolts securing the top mount on both sides - the weight of the car will keep everything located unless you have jacked the front wheels up.

Place the brace on the top of the towers and locate it on the studs.
To do this try and get the back and inside stud through the brace hole simultaneously on both sides. The holes are slightly oversized to allow for easy fitting and should require no alteration.

Loosely screw on the nuts, it may not be possible to start the threads on all the studs until the brace has been tightened slightly.

The nuts should now be tightened evenly on both sides to clamp the brace to the suspension tower.

Due to the thickness of the plate the inboard nut covers a smaller percentage of the stud thread and great care should be taken when tightening as it is possible to strip the thread. RMS are looking into alternative nut designs for future development.

The strut brace should now be clamped firmly by the top mount studs and the fusebox can be reattached.

Conclusion

The strut brace is straightforward to fit, but care should be taken with the inboard studs. The quality of the material is excellent and visually enhances the engine bay.

On the road the front end feels stiffer, turning hard into a corner wallow is considerably reduced and there is a slight increase in responsiveness.

Overall this modification represents excellent value for money when considering the workmanship and material used. It is visually appealing and improves handling. The only possible drawback is slightly reduces access to the rear of the engine, but the strut brace is easy to remove should this ever be a consideration.

Strut braces are available on rovertech from bryan2009