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Old 05-18-2012, 01:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Front tower brace/strut bar

Does anyone know of a tower brace/strut bar that will fit a 03 avalon? bodyroll is killing me.
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Old 05-19-2012, 02:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Bump, please Anyone have any insight?


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Old 05-19-2012, 03:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
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A strut tower brace will not do anything for body roll, they are to tie the towers together stiffing the upper mounts to prevent alignment setting changes under hard usage (notorious on unibody chassis). They will also take some of the cowl shake out when encountering rough roads, wash board, rail road crossings, etc.
If you have too much body roll it could be time for new struts, or sway bar mounts and or end links. Maybe even a larger diameter sway bar if everything else checks out and it is still rolling over too much for your liking.
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Cool thanks for the info, but just for my knowledge are there any strut bars out there that will fit the gen 2 Avalon?


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Cool thanks for the info, but just for my knowledge are there any strut bars out there that will fit the gen 2 Avalon?


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I don't know, new to Avalons. I have seen the first gen can use a Solara strut brace, maybe that carries over to the second gen.
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Your question got me curious, so I did a Google search. Found nothing listed for the Avalon. There is an Ebay seller who has a good selection for the Camry, but it's tough to tell if they're for the 4 or the V6. I'd imagine that a brace for the V6 Camry would fit the Avalon, but it's not a sure thing. The Avalon seems to have a pretty rigid body structure, and they're not popluar with tuners, so maybe that's why there seems to be so little availabilty.
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Will this help with body roll?

http://www.whiteline.com.au/product_...t_number=BTR39

My avalon has A LOT of body roll (due to worn struts) @ 140k miles right now.
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Will this help with body roll?

http://www.whiteline.com.au/product_...t_number=BTR39

My avalon has A LOT of body roll (due to worn struts) @ 140k miles right now.
Sure, it can. If your struts are worn out it is best to replace them first, not only does it help with the quality of the ride, it is a safety issue also. If you needed to make an emergency evasive maneuver, the vehicles reaction would be more predictable and easier to control. Braking distances can increase also as struts wear out. Worn struts can also cause the springs to wear out faster and can cause premature tire wear.
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Your question got me curious, so I did a Google search. Found nothing listed for the Avalon. There is an Ebay seller who has a good selection for the Camry, but it's tough to tell if they're for the 4 or the V6. I'd imagine that a brace for the V6 Camry would fit the Avalon, but it's not a sure thing. The Avalon seems to have a pretty rigid body structure, and they're not popluar with tuners, so maybe that's why there seems to be so little availabilty.
I am learning the cross compatibility of the Avalons and Camry, etc. There may be a Camry model that crosses.
You are correct there isn't much interest by the tuner crowd, maybe because of the market the Avalon is targeting.
As far as my first gen Avalon concerning a rigid body structure, It could use some help. When I have the front up on jack stands (in the proper location) the doors bind when opening or closing. A strut brace wouldn't help that but it would make the front structure more rigid.
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Hmmm....Toyota may have address that on the gen 2 Avalon. I've jacked up my car by each corner and I've never had a door binding issue or trunk or hood. I did on one occasion have the hood fail to pop the first time I pulled the lever, but it did so on the second pull. I think the Avalon corners pretty well with a good set of struts like KYB and a beefier sway bar and links, like I did to my car. It handled okay with just new struts and beefier sway bar links, and also new sb frame bushings. I thought about putting a strut bar on my 2000, but after researching decided that it probably wouldn't do much to help and decided not to pursue it. I had read of the intake manifold clearance issues that others had ran into trying to fit one on the gen 2...so the stb had to be bent to address clearance issues. I'd be in favor of just saving up and replacing your worn suspension. Even Sensen struts on RockAuto would be okay and probably way better than the originals on there...and they run only about 120.00 for four. Couple that with some Deeza heavy duty endlinks when you can. It won't be a porsche, but it will be like a whole another car.

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what sway bar did u end up going with? and where did u get it?
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Sure, it can. If your struts are worn out it is best to replace them first, not only does it help with the quality of the ride, it is a safety issue also. If you needed to make an emergency evasive maneuver, the vehicles reaction would be more predictable and easier to control. Braking distances can increase also as struts wear out. Worn struts can also cause the springs to wear out faster and can cause premature tire wear.
So should I replace the springs too?
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Just in case anyone else wanted to know, the Gen 1 (99-03) Solara Suspension support brace / Strut bar does fit a Gen 2 Avalon. The part number is 53681-33010. I found one at a local junk yard for $35. It DOES NOT touch the intake manifold or anything else on the engine. It does touch the hood insulation just a little bit, but it does not bulge up the hood at all. I know that strut bars don't make much difference when compared to new struts/sway bars/end links but I can tell a difference with it on the car. The car is much more predictable and more responsive. Just my two cents

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Old 05-24-2012, 07:35 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Just in case anyone else wanted to know, the Gen 1 (99-03) Solara Suspension support brace / Strut bar does fit a Gen 2 Avalon. The part number is 53681-33010. I found one at a local junk yard for $35. It DOES NOT touch the intake manifold or anything else on the engine. It does touch the hood insulation just a little bit, but it does not bulge up the hood at all. I know that strut bars don't make much difference when compared to new struts/sway bars/end links but I can tell a difference with it on the car. The car is much more predictable and more responsive. Just my two cents

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I can attest to this. I thought these came factory on some of these Avalons?

Also For these cars if you want notably better handling The basic list is
New struts all around
Some form of lowering kit
Whiteline, TRD, Ultraracing Rear sway bar
Toyota Factory, TRD, Ultra Racing Front strut brace.
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i don't know if they came factory with it or not, i know my avalon did not have one, thanks for the list of upgrades. what about endlinks? i hear the endlinks are a weak point also, any thoughts on aftermarket endlinks?
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