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Hallo from Erin's Isle

I recently bought a 96 900se turbo vert and must say I really love the car, but was very surprised by its lack of handling, luckily I discovered this site and quickly learned why! I bought a rear sway bar from mp immediately and was very pleased with their speedy service. For the steering rack clamp and brace and a 6 pt sub frame brace postage to sunny Ireland is prohibitive so I asked a neighbour who is a farmer/mechanic/whatever what he could do. He has fitted a brace from the original clamp (top bolt) to the top sway bar (1 inch bar connecting tp shock points) with a clamp attaching the bar to the strut. This has made a big difference to the steering, much less shudder and generally more solid feel. My question is if this is an ok modifiation as all the brace's I see are fitted to the inside wing to the eft of the clamp? Has anybody tried this before. I am a bit concerned about tire wear on my left front tire which seems to be wearing at the edge before the others. Also I have read about lateral movement in the steering rack and wonder if this brace will improve this as it from a different alignment. He also intends to construct a 6 point subframe brace based on the photos I have shown him. Again if anyone has any advice on this I would appreciate it.
Great forum and what I hope will be a great car soon.
 

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shamrock said:
He has fitted a brace from the original clamp (top bolt) to the top sway bar (1 inch bar connecting tp shock points) with a clamp attaching the bar to the strut.
I am a little confused on this. So there is a bar connecting a clamp to the strut brace (I think what you meant by top sway bar). Then what is the clamp attatching the bar to the strut? Did you mean a bar connecting the clamp to the strut?
 

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Hi Stromer

The brace goes from the steering rack clamp to the strut brace. It is attached to the strut brace by a clamp as opposed to nut and bolt. Hope this clears up the confusion. Thanks
 

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You have any pictures of this shamrock? It sounds like it could give some good effect. But I'm not sure how much more is needed over the standard clamp and braces available from the suppliers. But for you, this seemed like a good option.
 

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If it works, go with it, but here is a bit more info: part of the problem is the size of the rubber piece inside the stock steering rack clamp at the firewall. The older ng900 had a larger diameter rack and a smaller piece of rubber holding it, and less of a problem. The brace to the side pushes against the firewall in a different axis than something from the top, so each may be doing something else, not sure.
 
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