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Old 11-12-2009, 11:30 AM   #1
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Question subframe brace install question

So I got my brace in the mail today, looks great!

Anyway, there is an 'extra' 5" long metal piece with a nut welded on one end. What's it for? There is no mention of it on the gs site.

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Old 11-12-2009, 11:35 AM   #2
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I dont recall exactly, but my brother and I ran into the same thing.

I actually kinda forget what we did with it. I forget if its used in another spot that the pop bolt rivets are.
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Oh oh yeah now I remember.

On the rear most mount, drivers side, you slide it into the sub-frame to bolt the brace to it.

Its basically like the two that run front to back for the front brace bolt holes, but this one is for the rear drivers side one. There is only one Steel Rivet-Nut used on the rear most passenger side mounting hole.

I'm fairly sure.
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Oh oh yeah now I remember.

On the rear most mount, drivers side, you slide it into the sub-frame to bolt the brace to it.

Its basically like the two that run front to back for the front brace bolt holes, but this one is for the rear drivers side one. There is only one Steel Rivet-Nut used on the rear most passenger side mounting hole.

I'm fairly sure.
Correct.

It goes in from the middle of the car sideways, instead of forward on the car like the front 2.

Just saves you from having to do one of those awful rivet nuts.
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Old 11-12-2009, 12:00 PM   #6
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As a side note the GS install guide (or the link you posted) make no mention of this bar at all.
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As a side note the GS install guide (or the link you posted) make no mention of this bar at all.
I didn't have the heart to say it.
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Ok. So the 2nd rivet I got can be a spare if I botch the 1st one. Cool, thanks guys.
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Ok. So the 2nd rivet I got can be a spare if I botch the 1st one. Cool, thanks guys.
That's what I used mine for!
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Old 11-13-2009, 06:54 AM   #10
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Put it on last night. The second rivet just started spinning so I ended up using that extra piece in the subframe.

What a difference! The car is SO much more solid and stable over rough roads. Also the turn in much better, less understeer. I feel STUPID for not getting this 3 years ago!
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Put it on last night. The second rivet just started spinning so I ended up using that extra piece in the subframe.

What a difference! The car is SO much more solid and stable over rough roads. Also the turn in much better, less understeer. I feel STUPID for not getting this 3 years ago!
i know that feeling. it's the same when i put mine on. =)
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i know that feeling. it's the same when i put mine on. =)
Ditto

Just finished installing the rear hatch brace and wow is it good! The car is suddenly VERY quiet (not that it was loud before) and stiff as a rod. Definitely should be on everyone's Christmas list....
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I was lucky because my first mods were the steering rack clamp and brace, the 22mm arb, and this 6pt brace. It probably spoiled me though since it was back when the car was stock all the way till now so I don't know what its like without it haha. Glad you are happy with it.
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