View Full Version : Front and Rear Strut Bars for S14

02-25-2002, 10:28 PM
I'm finally getting around to shopping for certain suspension components. i.e. STB's

I want to get a feel for what people are using and what they find as a better investment.

CUSCO and STILLEN units are beefy but seem rather expensive.

Is anyone disappointed with the Greddy or OBX bars? They seem a little "thinner" and in turn less rigid.

All the help will be much appreciated. Thanks.


02-25-2002, 10:37 PM
to my knowledge cusco and nismo are probably the only companies that make them for the rear, and usually you will want the front and rear to be the same =) i like cusco's but nismo are nice too (too expensive)

The Yak
02-25-2002, 10:43 PM
pilot makes front and rear as well.


02-25-2002, 10:50 PM
You are going to get what you pay for so I'd go w/the CUSCO ones...$165/each aint that bad for quality.

Yours truly,

"Ever see that Z commercial w/the GI Joe guy? That was cool"


02-25-2002, 10:57 PM
yea cusco is the most appealing so far. i just want to get feedback from the ppl that use cusco and how much they feel it improved the handling of the car as compared to without the bars.

02-25-2002, 11:20 PM
i have cusco front and rear. they are excellent.
are you going to be confindent enough to stand on top of the strut bar after you buy the pilot or obx? you think it will bend with about 200lb of body weight standing on top? i know the cusco's won't http://www.freshalloy.com/

02-26-2002, 12:01 AM
Honestly, you get what you paid for. It's true in almost all proformance parts and i know others will back me up on this.
if you don't want to pay the $160 for the cusco one, i'd get the Greddy GREX STB. It's been test and designed by a repitable company and cost about $110. In my opion, it's the next best and is better quality then the $45 pilot bars.
if you like, i have an extra one comming. I accidently ordered two. I'll be posting it up later this week, but if you want it, i'll save it for you.
Other good STB are made by Tanabe and Eibach. But most likely you won't be able to get any of these as they are sold out almost everywhere. -unless you go to Japan.

p.s-The bar is for a S14.

[ 02-26-2002, 12:04 AM: Message edited by: nokuntrol ]

02-26-2002, 12:13 AM
i think cusco seems to be the general recommendation. i guess ive been paying too much attention to ppl who dont want to spend to get the quality parts... http://www.freshalloy.com/

thanks for the input guys.

nokuntrol - i appreciate the offer but im in toronto. thanks though.


02-26-2002, 01:00 AM
also if you want to save a little $$$ the grex(greddy) is made by cusco. a least that is what i have been told


02-26-2002, 03:32 AM
i have cusco front and rear, pretty good stuff! the Grex bar might be made by cusco, but its about the size of the pilot one, pretty thin...i would definitely recommend cusco, their sh!t is no joke.

02-26-2002, 05:57 AM
dont want to start another thread on the same topic about different manufacturers, but I've been seeing JIC magic coming out strong in the US market recently. does anyone have any comments or experience on them? if your getting what you pay for they must be doing something right..


02-26-2002, 08:11 AM
Does anyone have pictures of the bars?
Anyone know what they are made of? Ive got a friends dad that owns a machine shop, so I might just make some, cant be too complex.

02-26-2002, 08:20 AM
Originally posted by Ryan Waiz:

Anyone know what they are made of<font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial[/img]Adamantium...lol http://www.freshalloy.com/

Yours truly,

"Ever see that Z commercial w/the GI Joe guy? That was cool"


03-02-2002, 10:55 PM
Get the apexi carbon one if you can find it, This thing is stiff as hell and is a great "conversation piece".


03-02-2002, 11:02 PM
Here is the JIC Magic Strut Bars


03-02-2002, 11:03 PM
here is the alum.

Let me know if you have any questions

www.autoimaging.com (http://www.autoimaging.com)

03-03-2002, 08:30 AM
Originally posted by The Yak:
pilot makes front and rear as well.
<font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial[/img]By all accounts, Pilot does not make a rear bar for the S14. Only S13.

The Cusco front bar is a race-caliber component; it is somewhat over-engineered for a street car. The oval shaft is huge, and the endplates are very beefy and have no welds. I presume their rear bar would be of the same design.

Most of the "lighter duty" bars seem to be just fine for street driving, and probably some moderate track use.