View Full Version : Woodsport Mk1 2011 rear strut brace

11th June 2011, 01:19 PM
Hi folks, i used to produce a crude but functional rear strut brace about 10 years ago for the Mk1, and a few of them have recently surfaced again after all this time, so i got thinking it was time to produce an all new 2011 version, much lighter, very strong, laser cut brackets, rose jointed, fully adjustable preload and highly polished with new cap head bolts etc.

Anyway here it is... this fits all NA Mk1a and b models.





Price is 75 posted within the UK, Paypal is Paul@woodsport.org

I am also designing a front brace shortly for sunroof models.

13th June 2011, 10:40 AM
Paul, does the coolant bottle not clash with the brace?

13th June 2011, 12:13 PM
Very nice! :)

Does it clash with a K&N when installed directly on to the throttle body?

14th June 2011, 06:05 AM
Paul, does the coolant bottle not clash with the brace?

No, not at all, i just forgot to refit it when i took the pics, i always make sure my products don't foul anything and fit properly.

14th June 2011, 06:07 AM
Very nice! :)

Does it clash with a K&N when installed directly on to the throttle body?

It shouldn't do Jimbo, it all depends on the diameter of your K&N but my induction filter is quite large and it clears that, it would clear my filter if it was right on the TB.

14th June 2011, 05:51 PM
I wasnt saying you hadnt already checked paul, just when I had a quick look at making my own I thought the collar of the bottle would clash is all

15th June 2011, 06:46 AM
No it clears fine mate

15th June 2011, 09:11 AM
Hello there Paul,
In no way consider this a dig, but it does look a bit familiar to the ones on my car i made a good few years back. I like em :)

The only issue I have with mine is getting at the dipstick. You can get it alright, but its a bit of a fiddle.

Looking good though, mate.

16th June 2011, 06:37 AM
Hi mate, i had forgot all about yours to be honest, some owners on Imoc egged me on to make a new strut brace and this was the result, now that you mention it it does look a lot like yours!

29th June 2011, 08:31 PM
Hi Paul,
are these ready to go or is there a bit of a wait for them to be made?

30th June 2011, 06:52 AM
Hi Dan, i have been waiting for a new batch of laser cut parts arriving which will be coming on the 1/7/11 , so they will be listed as a fully available product on my website after this weekend, you can use my shop checkout system to buy one at this link from Monday.


There will be a 2 day production time and posted within 3 days of ordering, many thanks Paul.

5th July 2011, 04:47 PM
Hi Paul, Looks pretty damn good to me, did you notice any increase in chassi rigidity (less flex)?

5th July 2011, 05:41 PM
Nice looking bit of kit similar to one fitted on my mk1,but better looking
but why use a rose joint ? I wouldn't question that it's a quality product and looks right, and when things look right they usually are right in my experience, but when would you expect movement in the rose joint isn't the brace there to stop movement and make the whole thing as rigid as possible, not that the rose joint would make it any less stiff, just wondered at the thinking behind it as opposed to a solid welded bar or bolted.

6th July 2011, 06:24 AM
Simply it looks so much better, why not use a rose joint? The brace is there to help prevent the strut tops moving on the horizontal plane, no brace solid or jointed, will prevent any vertical movement, the nut and bolt on solid brace ends will just pivot no matter how tight it is with the weight of the car bearing down on it under cornering.

All braces work along their axis, so it doesn't matter how they are attached at the ends, in the case of a Mk1 engine bay brace it is helping prevent the strut towers moving closer together or further apart.

Hi Steve, yes i have noticed a difference with the brace fitted, the rear feels tighter to me.

6th July 2011, 09:53 AM
yes your right it does look much more motor sport and less bolt on extra

old petrolhead
30th October 2012, 03:39 PM
Will this fit my 3vz fe conversion please Paul.

31st October 2012, 06:59 AM
Hi Richard, no this is for the stock 4age only i'm afraid mate.

old petrolhead
2nd November 2012, 03:10 PM
Thanks Paul.

8th August 2013, 12:10 PM
Hi Paul. I know this is an old thread but are these still being produced by yourself/available for purchase??

8th August 2013, 07:45 PM
Yes i can still make one on request, i'm a little busy at the moment with JAE fast approaching though, it's my really hectic time of year, what timescale are we talking?

12th August 2013, 02:44 PM
No rush, just wondering for the future if they were still available for manufacture and purchase. Will keep in mind for a fture purchase paul!!

29th October 2016, 08:57 PM
Thread resurrection, Paul did you ever make one for a 3VZ'd engine car?

31st October 2016, 07:00 AM
No we stopped doing 3vz installs many years ago so it never happened, I can make bespoke one off braces in the workshop though but I need the car.

31st October 2016, 07:44 AM
No we stopped doing 3vz installs many years ago so it never happened, I can make bespoke one off braces in the workshop though but I need the car.

I'll see how i goes Paul, I have JB's white MK1, need to sort out the driveshaft issue, but I think it would benefit from a brace on the back, even though the rear firewall does go back