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Mpcoluv
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From: Charlotte NC usa
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posted 09-19-2001 03:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mpcoluv   Click Here to Email Mpcoluv     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Guys,
Are the imported export braces any good?
Have any of you tried the MPG aluminum export brace?

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Fastback68
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posted 09-19-2001 08:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68   Click Here to Email Fastback68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There's an aluminum export brace? Wow! Wouldn't they snap the first time you take a major turn?

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Mpcoluv
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posted 09-20-2001 07:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mpcoluv   Click Here to Email Mpcoluv     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No, it's made from aluminum tubing and Heim joints.
See WWW.mpgheads.com
Look under "Products"

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Tom351
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posted 09-20-2001 09:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tom351   Click Here to Email Tom351     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That looks good, this one is good too, also aluminum.
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mellowyellow
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posted 09-20-2001 10:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The repo braces are strong and not ALL that hard to install. I think that they're probably as strong as originals{which are very rare} They're not that expensive. The tubular ones are good when putting EFI in your car. Windsor-Fox makes them and possible Mustangs Plus. For strength, I like the steel brace.

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Mpcoluv
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posted 09-23-2001 04:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mpcoluv   Click Here to Email Mpcoluv     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have heard that the repro braces are drastically inferior to the originals. Is this true?

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jkilroy
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posted 09-23-2001 06:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jkilroy   Click Here to Email jkilroy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I can't see how these braces with rod ends are in any way better than, or even as good as, the factory style parts. The basic design of the rod end will allow that part to flex in any direction except length. And even then the factory style part, with no threaded joints or rod ends to have slack, would be better. The existence of even the slightest amount of slack, much less than a hundredth of an inch, would introduce shock loads that a solid part would not allow.

For a Monte Carlo bar, with stress in only one direction, a rod end would be great, but even when stamped out of sheet metal I would think the factory style export brace would be superior to these aftermarket 'race' style parts. This is because the two halves of the factory brace act as one unit while These aftermarket braces are actually going to work as two seperate parts, not drawing any support from the other, or speading the loads on the chassis.

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mellowyellow
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posted 09-23-2001 07:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Both the original and repo are made of steel and have a corrugated design for maximum strength. They also have the advantage of being able to flex to a limited degree. To say that the reps is "drastically inferior" is simply not true. It may be a little less in strength, but not much. I see you live in Charlotte. Give Harris Mustang a call and he should be able to discuss it. They're a good company.

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mellowyellow
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posted 09-23-2001 08:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just noticed in their ad that NPD is also in Charlotte.

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Mpcoluv
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posted 09-24-2001 12:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mpcoluv   Click Here to Email Mpcoluv     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have always delt with NPD, but many of the show car 100 point resto crowd like Harris mustang. Maybe I'll give them a call.....

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