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Old 07-05-2013, 04:00 PM   #1
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Strut tower brace installation

This easy install went super smooth on my previous vig, this time around was a different story. No matter how much I raised/lowered the car, applied pressure, etc. below was as close as I could to get the brace to fit. Anyone experience this or have any tricks that I'm missing? Next option is to drill larger holes....
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This easy install went super smooth on my previous vig, this time around was a different story. No matter how much I raised/lowered the car, applied pressure, etc. below was as close as I could to get the brace to fit. Anyone experience this or have any tricks that I'm missing? Next option is to drill larger holes....
I had this happen on my Viggen.

Nick T indicated it can sometimes mean an prior accident or maybe just car to car variation. But he had also said it was made from a different batch or different vendor than others, so I was hoping that was the case.

I think I wound up sending it back and the next one they sent fit fine.

If that is not an option, I would not drill more anything, I would strategically apply heat to the bar and gain the space you need by bending/tweaking a bit.
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Try a different order and leave all the bolts as loose as possible, and if that doesn't work, manipulate the order of installation and jack up only one side of the car
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Did that bar come from another 9-3? Or an NG900?

The pitch between the bolts on one strut mount should always be the same. With it all unbolted from the middle and struts can you get the two mounting points on either side to line up at all?

if not, measure the pitch between the two studs on the strut mount then check the pitch between the mount holes on the bar. It is possible that you have a strut bar designed for an NG900 since the strut mount bolt pattern is slightly different.
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Success, Thanks to Drew for his suggestion. Jacking the car from the center did nothing. Jacking the car from the driver's side did nothing. With my jack maxed from the passenger side, I was able to get it close enough to force on with a solid swing from a rubber mallet. Another 20 minutes tinkering with the 4 nuts to get the bar to settle flat and in full contact and she's on....and never coming off again. Haven't had time to drive around yet, but judging how tight of a fit it was, I expect to feel something.

Also, removed the yellow film on the fogs. Risking rock chips, but personal preference. Final project is hardwire the Passport 8500, off to it.
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Glad you got it all together, looking forward to installing one myself soon. I'd agree with removing the yellow film, just get the clear 40 mil film and you wont have to worry about the lens cracking.
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Success, Thanks to Drew for his suggestion. Jacking the car from the center did nothing. Jacking the car from the driver's side did nothing. With my jack maxed from the passenger side, I was able to get it close enough to force on with a solid swing from a rubber mallet. Another 20 minutes tinkering with the 4 nuts to get the bar to settle flat and in full contact and she's on....and never coming off again. Haven't had time to drive around yet, but judging how tight of a fit it was, I expect to feel something.

Also, removed the yellow film on the fogs. Risking rock chips, but personal preference. Final project is hardwire the Passport 8500, off to it.
My .02, perhaps worth less... if you jacked up the car on one side and then jammed it on there, I don't think there's any option except that you just changed your camber. Might want to get the alignment checked and see if it's out enough to matter.

Personally, I'd drill (or elongate) the holes until it fits without difficulty.
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