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I was just browsing for parts for my Z and came across some front and rear tie bars from Cusco, have you guys heard about the effects of this products? I come from Honda Land and in the Hondas they seemed to do something (not much though). :shiftdrive:
 

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I assume that you are talking about "sway" bars. If that is the case, then yes, I have the front and rear set of Cusco Sway bars and they help to stiffen up the car for better handling. It is a nice mod if you like to autocross or drift your car.
 

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:headshake: No dude, I'm talking about some lower tie braces. I believe that, like in the Hondas, this bars go from one point of the chassis of the car to the other, right where the lower arms are held in place with a bolt. Here is the link to the actual product. It seems like a rare item for this car right?cusco tie bars
 

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Now I see what you are talking about. I have seen this before, I just forgot they are called "tie braces". I don't know about the necessity of having these and if you would notice any difference with them installed. To me, they look like something more for the looks rather than the functionality aspect. Are you really going to see any positivie difference with these installed? Probably not.
 

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Very Nice
 

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Originally posted by fuapiti@Nov 15 2004, 09:57 AM
the first and last images kinda confuse me, is the first one a Z?

Yeah, the differential looks different because its got the NISMO heat soak cover on it.. but look at the rest of the picture. Its got Z written all over it.
 

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still seem strange, why is the bar on the first one in a horizontal position and the third one in a vertical position?
 

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One is a picture of front brace taken from the front of the car. The other is a picture of the front brace, taken from underneath the car.
 

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interesting Zxrage! that must be either a fwd 350z or an Awd one, right?

No man, look closely, both bars are either different ones or installed in different places or maybe one of the cars is an infinity... ...one bar is over the exhaust and the other is underneath.
 

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first picture is the rear brace, the second picture is the front end brace. the third pic i doubt is even a Z
 

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The first pic you can tell that there is not rust on the axle hub next to the lsd. On the third pic there seems to be alot of rust.
 

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Originally posted by fuapiti@Nov 22 2004, 01:27 AM
interesting Zxrage! that must be either a fwd 350z or an Awd one, right?

No man, look closely, both bars are either different ones or installed in different places or maybe one of the cars is an infinity...    ...one bar is over the exhaust and the other is underneath.

No, I wish the Z had a AWD option. LOOK, the second picture is the front of the car!!! I know because I have that exact sway bar installed on my Z. The first and third pictures are of two different types of bars for the rear of the car.

According to the Z1 performance website, the last picture shows the rear Lower Arm Bar installed on their shop car.

And your assumption is right, there are two different types of rear reinforcement bars. The reason people are getting confused is because these are installed on two different 350Zs, and one of them has a finned differential cover.
 

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ZxRage, of course, is correct.

Regarding the need for these two rear tie braces, I doubt they do anything for the car. Look at the first pic. See the gigantic aluminum suspension piece going over the top of the differential? Right, the piece the aftermarket bar is connected to. I doubt a dinky little bar like that will make much difference. I have spent plenty of time under the differential and I can tell you that the rear suspension connecting the two side is built like a brick **** house.

When GTSpec was developing these parts, they posted on my350z. At the time, I questioned the need for these parts. I still do.
 

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I agree... the big freaking bar running across the space in the trunk should do more than enough stiffening.

Chances are tires will brake loose before suspension misaligns. But if you REALLLY love the turns, I am sure every bit helps...
 
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