Customer Reviews: RoadstersSport PPF Brace 2006-2015
In an effort to make my baby girl a better driving machine, I opted to look into under chassis bracing. While searching, I came upon the RoadsterSport PPF brace. I read about it; did my research on it and decided it would be a great addition and improvement to my driving experience. I compared it to other braces with the same function but they didn't seem to compare to the RS PPF brace (maybe beatrush). I took the dive and gave this brace a chance. Honestly, I can say that the ride quality and driveability of my baby girl has improved vastly . Acceleration is on point; tires feel planted and ready to go on a dime. Braking is precise; my baby girl brakes almost instantly as a unit. Turning is phenomenal, feels swift and effortless. The cornering is heck of fun - going 40 plus miles an hour and staying planted without the flex that it used to have. This brace is a great addition and a must for any Mx 5.
I installed the brace two weeks ago. In that time, I haven't put the top up once. I haven't noticed any increase in offensive gear noise which is the one thing even Brian cautioned could be a problem. Maybe it'll be more noticeable with the top up, but I rarely drive the car that way for long! The installation was straightforward, but I did have one bolt that was a bit difficult getting started with the brace in place. The kit didn't include any instructions, which is the one suggestion I'd make for improvement. I didn't have any torque spec's, which I would have followed if they had been provided. As for the driving experience, I haven't notice any differences on the street, even with some aggressive off-ramp carving. But I bought this brace to hold the transmission in place during track driving (DE's), so I won't be able to report back on that until I get back out next season. For the price, it's kind of a no-brainer even if it only makes a 25% improvement. Without the brace on the track, I feel like the gearbox is moving around slightly when going into corners, resulting in an occasional missed shift. I bought this brace just to minimize the chance of that occurring. I'll report back next year how well it works. I suppose it could also be the engine mounts that are allowing the transmission movement, but the car only has 25K miles on it so I'd hope they still have a good amount of life left in them.
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