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Old 01-24-2011, 10:42 PM
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is this safe?

is it safe to take off the metal piece that runs behind the back seats?
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Old 01-24-2011, 10:46 PM
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Re: is this safe?

yep, why wouldnt it be? if your worried about the flex of the body or anything just get a rear strut bar. but other than that you should be fine
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Re: is this safe?

ok cool. thats what i thought. i was thinking of getting an EM racing c-pillar bar. would that work? cause i wanna take it out for my sound system and idk if there will be room for a rear strut bar
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Re: is this safe?

any kind of extra brace would work, and im not 100% sure that you would even need one or the other. hell with the system it sounds like your putting in there that could be your extra support lol!!
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Re: is this safe?

haha oh yea. i think i'll go with the EM brace just to play it safe. haha
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Re: is this safe?

I would definitely replace that with a bar or just leave it. That is important lateral rigidity of the car being a uni-body. You will probably have better luck keeping the panel that a strut bar as far as a stereo room goes.
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Re: is this safe?

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any kind of extra brace would work, and im not 100% sure that you would even need one or the other.
Structurally, I disagree. A rear strut bar won't provide the same resistance to twisting forces as the full bulkhead behind the seats. If you're not flinging the car around, you may not notice any difference, but you're more likely to develop stress cracks in the center chassis, since the area around the door frame is picking up more stress.

If you absolutely must take it out, you'll need something that stiffens more of the floor pan, like the triangulated side rails made for some pony cars, a full-pan butterfly brace, or a full roll cage (which doubles very nicely as an internal frame).
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Re: is this safe?

a roll cage was another option cause i know a friend who is currently learning how to make them. do you think that would be the best bet?
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Re: is this safe?

For a street car, no...roll cages are a PIA to live with on a day-to-day basis, and unless you're wearing a helmet, actually a hazard in an accident, since it's right there next to your head.

For a street car, go with an underbody brace -- subframe connectors or a butterfly. I don't know of any made for Preludes, though, because the chassis isn't naturally floppy in stock form.
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