Titanium Strut tower Brace effects?

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    #1 Biggsy, Feb 14, 2019
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    I am having a titanium brace done for me by my co worker and was wondering if there would be any negative effects.

    CAD uploaded for preview 13D08AAB-FA45-4E19-9578-878180710D04.jpeg
     
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    That would depend on the design of the brace more than the material used.
     
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    You’re right. Forgot to add CAD image. Updated now but same dimensions as stock brace
     
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    Kind of a stretch, but I suppose there could be some potential for weak galvanic corrosion. Not nearly as much as steel with aluminum, and I think you could use a sacrificial fender washer between the brace and the strut tower at each bolt location if you were truly concerned.


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    Sounds expensive.
     
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    I think the biggest benefit is going to be much less weight in the driver seat.
     
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    Seems fine.
     
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    Sounds awesome man
     
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    Thanks for the feedback!

    When looking at the design there was an intent to make the bar into a helix but that sounded expensive and I feel as though I would lose the benefit of a strut tower brace. Decided to keep it simple and have the aesthetics be improved by the burning pattern.
     
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    Please post specs when you can. I'm really curious to know how much this weighs vs the stock pp one. Would the titanium be stronger or provide a ridigity benefit over the factory unit, or would weight savings be the primary benefit?
     
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    Since you designed it, get rid of all those right angles... Jesus.
    Use triangulation.
     
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    I doubt that this kind of brace sees much loading in the direction that would call for triangulating between the two main transverse elements.

    I'm thinking along the lines of a simple Ti sheet between the two rails with a few lightening holes and maybe a "builder's logo" or even a customer's own personalized design cut out. Wouldn't have to be all that thick - guessing at dimensions, you could probably meet a width to thickness ratio of 100 with metal thinner than 16 gauge. Might well end up lighter overall, and it'd have to be simpler to fabricate than welding around all those small-circle 90° joints.


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