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A strut bar alone will hardly improve your handling. To really feel an improvement, you'll need a whole new suspension, meaning struts/springs or full coilovers. For whipping around corners, you'll want to reduce pitch and lean. Here's a story for you. A member on IS300.net(now my.is.net) threw on all the chassis bars he could get his hands on without upgrading his stock shocks and springs. So his setup consisted of front/rear strut bars, front/rear sway bars, and chassis member braces on stock struts and springs. He decided to take the car hard through a canyon. The chassis didn't flex. However, the car still had pitch and lean. Therefore, his car lost control and flipped over into the canyon. The initial suspension is more important.
 

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There is always the driver component of that equation as well, if he couldn't handle those turns driving on the stock supension (which is almost always more forgiving if you make a steering input error), then canyon roads are definitely not the place to test out new suspension parts. He probably got overconfident and didn't have enough seat time to learn his car's new handling characteristics. Even before hand, just analyzing his setup is realizing that it's no good.... body roll + stiff chassis = recipe for disaster.

But I agree, to get the full effect of improved handling, the rest of the suspension components have to be upgraded as well. But the point of this thread is to compare front strut bars available and the TRD one seems to be the best.
 
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