Originally Posted by suprtran
I've read hinged strut bars defeats the purpose of a strut bar needing to be solid because it introduces weak points. Is this true?
nah, both my last cars had hinged ones
they do NOT pivot unless you undo the hinge - the point of them is so you simply undo it and flip it up when you want to do work on the engine, instead of 100% removing the bar... when you do it up, it is NOT moving. period. i've even had cameras in there to record any flex/pivoting, none at all.
i mean, sure, if you put it on a full pressure test, the hinged bars would fail first
... at several thousand psi more than the car will ever EVER normally experience.
and they will be less rigid, but in the same context as above, only machines will be able to tell the difference.