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Upgrade Your Prius Handling and Suspension

Suspension Upgrades with Strut Tower Brace

The Prius strut tower bar is arguably one of the least expensive upgrades that can provide a very high degree of benefit that is felt immediately after installing. Often one of the first modifications performed on a vehicle, the strut tower brace improves handling and stability of a Prius.

By connecting specific points of the undercarriage of your Toyota Prius, this under brace reinforces the strength and stability of the chassis. This under brace is also very lightweight, so it will not add much surplus weight to that of your overall vehicle.

The strut tower bar has been very popular due to its low price and high functionality. By connecting the strut towers, and creating a balance, the shocks are prevented from independently moving and causing small changes in suspension geometry.

Under Brace for Chassis Flex Reduction

Sometimes you might notice your car feeling a little unstable on the freeway under certain conditions such as high winds or being passed by another car. The Prius Uni-Body tends to flex under many driving conditions. You can improve the overall ride quality and handling of your Prius with a chassis stiffener.

A chassis stiffener provides a rigid framework under the Prius to eliminate chassis flex, ensuring correct suspension geometry at all time. It bolts directly to the sub frame to further stiffen the uni-body. This item is often overlooked; especially on Prius were it is extremely important to reinforce the chassis. The Prius experiences flexing and twisting of the chassis is very common in the 2004-2009 Toyota Prius.

The under brace prevents this unwanted behavior by connecting specific points of the undercarriage to reinforce the chassis. Your car will feel more stable and solid, turn in more accurately and corner more quickly

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