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Old 04-11-2008, 07:14 PM   #1
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HOW TO: install a steering rack clamp/brace

i installed mine yesterday, but the instructions on dips site are off for a 9-3.

tools needed:
13mm socket (preferably a deep)
possibly a 13mm box wrench
10mm wrench
10mm socket

1. remove the top 13mm bolt on the stock clamp. Then get feel around underneath and get your 13mm deep socket onto the nut (it is a nut on a stud). this is where i needed a 13mm wrench since i didnt have deep sockets.

2. Slide the new back half of the clamp around the rack (the big hole goes on the bottom to fit over the stud).

3. Line up the outer/front half of the clamp. Install the new lower 19mm weird nut onto the lower stud. doing this first makes it much easier, i learned this the hard way

4. Pull the plastic rivet out of the fender, its hard to describe which one without pictures, but if you line up the brace arm with where it bolts to the clamp and then to the fender it is obvious. for further help...when looking from the drivers side at the pass through, it is the rivet in the upper left corner.

5. lightly bolt the brace to the fender BEFORE you begin bolting it to the clamp. i was not able to get in the fender well to do this without lifting the body with the jack, but the car does not need to come off the ground (it may be do able with smaller arms)

6. to get the clamp and brace to bolt together you may have to do some wiggling, by grabbing the end of the steering rack, and pushing it closer and/or farther from the fire wall, until you can get the bolt lined up and threaded.

7. tighten down all bolts, and enjoy.

sorry for the lack of pictures, but this is what it looks like done.

stock bushing


looking from drivers side


top shot


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Old 04-11-2008, 07:16 PM   #2
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also, dont underestimate what this little thing can do.

i have atleast 2 bent wheels, and between 50 and 60mph had a horrible steering wheel shake, and now the wheel barely shakes, and i really only feel a shake under braking. the on ramp control under uh shall we say "hard merging" is much improved also.



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Old 04-11-2008, 07:32 PM   #3
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Old 04-11-2008, 07:35 PM   #4
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Yep, also lessons the tramlining (car following ruts and grooves).
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Old 04-12-2008, 03:27 PM   #5
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Yeah I have wondered about using them on the standard service cars that they complain about vibration..

I also have a picture tutorial here http://genuinesaab.com/gallery/RackBraceKit
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Old 04-12-2008, 03:54 PM   #6
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well thanks for one upping me nick lol



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well thanks for one upping me nick lol
You've get the write up, Nick's got the pictures so it works out.
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Old 04-12-2008, 08:31 PM   #8
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I feel like there are a million writeups for this...
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Does it make much of a difference on the ng900's with the older, larger style steering rack?
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I feel like there are a million writeups for this...
other than dips there was nothing that was close, and no one had the right bolt sizes.

crowley - cooper didnt have on eon that car?!



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Nope. No clamp/brace.
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Old 07-06-2008, 12:27 PM   #12
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Well I'm off to go find the right size nut and washers to be able to install the one I picked up off of Dan. I figured this was a straight foward type job but I like to do my research. Thanks.



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Got mine in the car in a decent amount of time. Got a few burns from being impatient and not letting the manifold cool down after having to run out and get a 6.0mm X 1.0 nut for wheel well bolt. It's definitely an awsome product and worth every penny. I can still feel it pull around but 2nd gear is much more tame and controlable now if I punch it.



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