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Originally Posted by hyperion
exactly my thoughts. Fifty bucks for a piece of powder coated brace would be ok if your imagination makes you feel you are getting better handling but $160? You really have to be reaching! A flat thick piece of Aluminum or steel would probably cost Toyota less than the machined piece they have installed. And you are correct the Prius was never made to be any type of a performance car and I am planning on replacing my Integrities with a new set at about 45 thousand miles.
Originally Posted by KTPhil
I am just not clear on what flexing the stiffer brace prevents. How this would affect handling is also not clear. The ability of non-professional drivers to detect the changes, given changing road conditions, temperatures, tire pressures, surface condition, etc, is to me a stretch.
Toyota lightweighted this car to increase mileage. With their professional and extensive solid modeling and stress analysis capabilities, it seems unlikely they would have overlooked something that is purported by some to magically transform the Prius into a bimmer for what would cost them just a few dollars.
I am not saying it isn't true, I am awaiting more than wishful anecdotal evidence that it works.
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