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What is Chassis Bracing and How Does It Work?

As good as your suspension can be, if your chassis is soft as jelly your car won't handle, and in this installment we 're sharing a little more about the basics of how to get a stiffer chassis so you can make the most of everything else on your car that's screwed to it.

If parts of your chassis can be twisted or moved under hard cornering or braking, your suspension geometry will be far from optimal, which in turn means that your tires will be either facing the wrong direction, at the wrong angle, or both, screwing up your handling and braking grip.

Safety is the main advantage of a rigid chassis. A car with a weak soft chassis will buckle and bend with even the lightest hit, while other cars will be built like tanks. Not only does this have an impact on your safety in a crash, but if you do have a bump, a chassis that doesn't crumble like a tin foil means you 're less likely to end up with a minor accident write-off.

A gusset is one of the things that can make your chassis stiff. A gusset adds rigidity and strength to the front of the machine and is going to be a must for people wanting to add a winch to the front of their machine. This is how it works: During pulling forces this transfers energy to the rear upper a arm mounting plate to help spread the load and increase strength.  The single plate over the diff that ties the upper mounting points together will keep the rear upper arm pivot of the chassis from twisting under hard impacts.  The final plate piece is additional reinforcement to the rear lower mounting points of the suspension and finishes the gusset kit.

Stiff is Better than Light

It is mainly because a fast, light car is pointless if it is uncontrollable. If a lighter car accelerates, brakes, and corners, faster, if you noticeably sacrifice chassis rigidity in the quest for lightness you might end up with a dog of a car with terrible handling and grip.

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