Originally Posted by MyElise
So Tim, as an engineer, you don't see any material difference between the two toe link braces?
Personally, I don't need polished suspension parts any more than I need polished stainless exhaust systems.
The original brace attached to the chassis in the middle - the new ones leave that attachment off. I would think the original would be ultimately stronger, but if Lotus insists that the new one is sufficient...
As for the polished parts, etc.; I agree, I don't need that on my "hidden" parts. The way that the new brace attaches to the toe links/heim joints should be plenty strong - it would be nice if they had left the chassis bracket in the middle there though...
Originally Posted by FlyLo
Does installing this bar much up the alignment on the rear? If I do this, will I need to get the car re-aligned?
As Randy said, Yes, and yes.
To install the brace, you remove the original toe links from the track rods, and replace them with the new ones. Since these are what you use to adjust the "steering angle" of the rear suspension - the rear toe, you need to re-align the rear (at least)...