noddaz Dork
Oct. 26, 2013 1:42 p.m.

So I buy some used parts for my Jetta. Specifically some strut and stress bars. Before I install the rear stress bar I take a close look at it. Wow. It really looks like two muffler clamps welded to a section of tubing and painted black. Just maybe I can make one for the other VW...

fasted58 PowerDork
Oct. 26, 2013 2:09 p.m.

They look super easy to fab. Always thought that would be a good side business to start, haven't built one yet tho. Was going to fab a strut tower brace for the S197 but found a new powder coated CM, twin tube, 4-hole flange mount for a buck twenny nine. Hard to duplicate that for the money.

Post build pics when you fab yours... interesting.

DeadSkunk SuperDork
Oct. 26, 2013 2:40 p.m.

I made one for the rear of mt A2 GTI years ago and all I used were two muffler clamps and some scrap square tube. Easy peasy.

noddaz Dork
Oct. 27, 2013 8:24 a.m.
DeadSkunk wrote: I made one for the rear of mt A2 GTI years ago and all I used were two muffler clamps and some scrap square tube. Easy peasy.

That is what I was thinking... I need an excuse to run my welder anyway...

fornetti14 HalfDork
Oct. 27, 2013 8:58 a.m.

I've bought a few $5 units from the salvage yards over the years. Its good to start with decent looking hardware and ends (and make your own mounting points).

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