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Old 07-28-2009, 10:02 AM   #1
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Will a Strut Brace void warranty?

I have an '06 9-5 that is Saab Certified. So the warranty should last for another two years at least. I was looking to improve the handling characteristics some, and was thought a strut brace would be a logical step in the process. However, would a modification such as this void the existing warranty on the vehicle, or would it be a modification within the rules, so to speak. Any insight on this would be great. Thanks.
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Magnuson Moss Act.

It will not void it unless a failure of a component covered by your warranty can have its failure directly contributed by the strut brace.



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It will not void it unless a failure of a component covered by your warranty can have its failure directly contributed by the strut brace.
And to expound on that, a strut brace should not contribute to any sort of failure that I could possibly think of.
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Very Good! Thanks so much. I had a friend with a vehicle from another brand, and there were small clauses in the warranty that mention various things involving modification, and automatic voiding of warranties, so I figured this would be a good place to double check. Thanks again to both responders.
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even if you install the brace, just remove it before you bring it in for service
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Smile I have a 2006 9-5 - don't think a strut brace would do much

Apart from engine bay bling and eye candy.
My 350 hp 99 9-5 does not have a strut brace and goes arould corners like a go kart

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Very Good! Thanks so much. I had a friend with a vehicle from another brand, and there were small clauses in the warranty that mention various things involving modification, and automatic voiding of warranties, so I figured this would be a good place to double check. Thanks again to both responders.
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Where is said strut brace coming from?
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Where is said strut brace coming from?
Said strut brace is not coming from anywhere at the moment. It was more a of a question for future reference. If I do end up getting one in the near future, I will relay the information onto you via PM and post it here.
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Very Good! Thanks so much. I had a friend with a vehicle from another brand, and there were small clauses in the warranty that mention various things involving modification, and automatic voiding of warranties, so I figured this would be a good place to double check. Thanks again to both responders.
your friend has a subaru huh? probably a WRX or some such animal?
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I think the question you should be asking yourself next is: "will I notice any effects from a strut bar on a 9-5 at all", or "do I really need a strut brace on a car that's otherwise stock and has other shortcomings that need to be addressed first" ;]
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Your money would be better spent on good purpose specific tires. Get a summer set of of wheels and tires and a winter set of wheels and tires. This won't void your warranty and it is the absolute best place to start handling wise. This is the very foundation of making a car handle better.

Another good place to start is a good alignment geared towards the type of driving you do. If needed here are some parts to get that done for you. Below are some parts if needed to address that.

Camber bolts for front adjustment: http://www.genuinesaab.com/catalog/p...roducts_id=415

Rear camber shims: http://www.genuinesaab.com/catalog/p...roducts_id=439

If you insist on a chassis upgrades first the strut tower brace is one of the last things you would want to do as it does very little to improve the handling character of the car. I recommend upgrading springs/struts or the front and rear anti-roll bars.

As for the car sounds like a great ride! I must have missed you 1st post w/ pics...
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Your money would be better spent on good purpose specific tires. Get a summer set of of wheels and tires and a winter set of wheels and tires. This won't void your warranty and it is the absolute best place to start handling wise. This is the very foundation of making a car handle better.

Another good place to start is a good alignment geared towards the type of driving you do. If needed here are some parts to get that done for you. Below are some parts if needed to address that.

Camber bolts for front adjustment: http://www.genuinesaab.com/catalog/p...roducts_id=415

Rear camber shims: http://www.genuinesaab.com/catalog/p...roducts_id=439

If you insist on a chassis upgrades first the strut tower brace is one of the last things you would want to do as it does very little to improve the handling character of the car. I recommend upgrading springs/struts or the front and rear anti-roll bars.

As for the car sounds like a great ride! I must have missed you 1st post w/ pics...
I actually have two specific sets of tires, Nokian Hakkapolita RSi's for winter and a set of Dunlop Direzza DZ101's for the summer, on 16 and 17 inch rims respectively. Living in New England and driving to Buffalo, NY 3-4 times a year, make the two seasonal tires essential.

I will definitely look into the camber bolts and shims. At the moment, modifications are really in the formulation stages, and kinda of seeing what is out there and what people suggest, so I'm trying to keep an open mind. I wasn't sure about the front and rear anti-roll bars, because there are stock ones, and I wasn't sure how much of an upgrade a stronger one would be. Spring and struts are on my to do list eventually. My dad and I threw some Bilstiens on the family's old '99 9-5 several years ago and it made a great difference.

Oh, and here is the link to my original post with pics: https://saablink.net/forum/showthread.php?t=41808

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I think the question you should be asking yourself next is: "will I notice any effects from a strut bar on a 9-5 at all", or "do I really need a strut brace on a car that's otherwise stock and has other shortcomings that need to be addressed first" ;]
Perhaps, its all part of the learning process on my end...

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your friend has a subaru huh? probably a WRX or some such animal?
Subaru, yes, WRX, no. It was actually a Legacy Sedan (he wanted something larger than a WRX and slightly different). Asked a Subaru technician he knew and they said certain mods void the warranty for one reason or another. Whether the same rule is in effect is beyond me as this was a couple years ago.
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