NTPOG Spoon Sports Strut Tower Bars
Author: John Haley
These things are top notch. The bars are polished aluminum, and
the brackets are made of some of the thickest steel stock I've ever seen.
They make the DC-Sports bars look like a joke by comparison. You
can literally support both sides, then stand on the center of these things
and they don't even deform, whereas the DC bars bend when you touch them.
Plus, these look damned good.
Fairly simple, although not technically a direct bolt on. On
the front, you'll have to bend or break/cut off the small tab on the cruise
control module. It's just a mount for a molex plug, which can be
harmlessly wire-tied out of the way (if you remove the mount completely).
There's another "tree" of molex plugs attached to a bracket just inboard
from the right front strut. You'll have to move some of the plugs around,
because the bracket for the bar goes right through there... again, no
sweat, there's plenty of play in the wires. After that, you just remove
the strut bushing bolts, slide the brackets over the tops of the shocks,
and tighten the bolts back down.
In the rear, there aren't any wires in the way, but you'll have to cut
two small holes in the trunk liner to allow the bar to pass across the
From a purely practical standpoint, I wouldn't recommend these things
as early mods. The Prelude chassis is pretty stiff already.
You won't need (or feel much benefit from) stiffening the chassis any more,
unless you've already got stiffer springs, shocks, swaybars, etc.
In other words, the car won't flex there unless you've taken the flex out
of the other places. I had the Tanabe Super-H springs on when I got
these bars, and they DO make a difference. I put the front bar on
first, and I noticed a slightly sharper turn in... as though the car was
reacting a fraction of a second faster than it did before. About
a month later I got the rear bar, and it didn't really improve handling
much, but it brought the whole car together. That little bit of stiffening
changed the car from a separate front and rear into a single unit.
Instead of feeling the car react to bumps or changes in stages, it started
to react as a whole. It's very subtle, but a nice feeling.
These things are really expensive. I would advise (in hindsight)
to upgrade the rest of the suspension first, then worry about strut bracing.
The Spoon bars are most likely a little overkill, they probably don't need
to be as strong as they are. Another factor to think about is that
they're really hard to get. Spoon Sports consists of like 8 Japanese
guys making these things by hand (along with other performance stuff),
so they're on a constant 6-8 month backorder, which surely contributes
to the cost. On the other hand, to my knowledge, nobody else makes
a rear bar, so I guess you're stuck :)
For comments or questions, e-mail me.
This page last updated 4/3/01.