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just got today my strut brace from Nick, for my 93 vert...BUT I find it difficult to fit It's like the brace is a couple of mm short and I cannot bolt the f..nuts
Anybody know how to do it properly?
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This seems to be a problem with some of these bars. Makes me wonder just how much the body of these cars flex and stay that way. I had to heat mine some to get it into place. Be carefull as someone posted a pic of a broken stud with one of these bars that 'I think' did not fit right.
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This seems to be a problem with some of these bars. Makes me wonder just how much the body of these cars flex and stay that way. I had to heat mine some to get it into place. Be carefull as someone posted a pic of a broken stud with one of these bars that 'I think' did not fit right.

Yea, some people have had lots of problems with these. Others i think just got lucky. Call nick and see if he can help you.
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The cars are so soft and are easily damaged from potholes to minor crash damage. All those braces are welded in a solid jig so they are all the same dimensions based off factory undamaged cars (actually an average of 4 mint cars for the 9-3). It is the cars that vary quite a bit. Some of the cars that come in to my workshop for fitting are a little bent. If you compare dimensions to the crash book. Sometimes lifting the car with a jack can get them to drop on. Also fit the 4 outer bolts then rock it up under the firewall. The cars are not exactly new anymore..
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sounds like i might have some trouble when i order and fit one then. who knows how far the strut towers in my 900 have moved. i do have a jack, and i've heard these braces do wonders. i certainly hope so.
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i wouldnt think it would be too bad for people with the factory strut brace....
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Thanks Nick, I used a jack under the right front side, and a little patience, together with a couple of long necked 13's and it slid right through.

NOW, WHAT A DIFFERENCE!!

I felt it immediately, the steering is smoother, less prone to wheel torque, straight as an arrow, high speed on a straight line is tight, feels more solid now, and the curves...well, the curves.. Letīs just say I had some real fun!! I recommend this for all convertibles..

This weekend we'll install the other one in the yellow Viggen!! I hope to have similar fun....

Thank you Nick, a sound design, good quality craftmanship, and great results...

Now, for the 300mm vent rear brake kit...this weekend....
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now find a bumpy road and tell us what the cowl shake is like! i'm getting really aware of it and the torque steer. glad to hear yet another good review.
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Sure is crazy how soft the chassis is!? Since statically jacking one corner is not really much load compared to a dynamic event like cornering on race tires or hitting a pothole.

On those rear brakes have tinsnips to make room in the dust shield for the larger calipers is only modification (you can hold them up and see its only a little part alternatively you can just bend them.), the rest bolts directly.
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No cowl shake, almost no wheel torque...

Of course, this is the last of many additions:

6 point subframe bars.
GS bushing suspension kit (w/reinforced bolts)
GS steering clamp & brace
GS strut bar
eibach springs & bilstein shocks

Thank again, Nick...
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With the help of a great friend (who has a lift in his home garage) I got my 6-Point Subframe Brace, 22mm Rear Anti-Roll Bar, and Steering Rack Brace / Clamp Kit on yesterday.

WOW, what a difference!
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will the strut brace keep the chassis from flexing out of shape in the future?

compared to the 6 pt brace how much of a difference is there is there with it road feel wise?
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These strut tower bars are great. i bought one awhile ago about 2 years ago and was very impressed with the results. so much so that i want to make one for my everyday car. Its a 4500lb Maxima. i was wondering what kind of steel its made of and also the wall thickness. i understand if nick doesn't want to give up this info but if anyone has any helpfull hints as to which material i should use i would appreciate it. if all goes well id like to try to make a 6 point brace for my project9-3.
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i want to make one for my everyday car. Its a 4500lb Maxima.
The car will drive better if you remove the extra 1000+ lbs you have in it..
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like i said its my everyday car not a track car. the car weighs what it weighs. im not going to strip down a luxury sedan by 1000 pounds. makes no sence. just trying to improve the handling a little bit and kill some extra time i have.
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I don't think he weighs a thousand pounds....
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you're so clever.
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will the strut brace keep the chassis from flexing out of shape in the future?

compared to the 6 pt brace how much of a difference is there is there with it road feel wise?
6 point: you feel it right away. Squid bar: You kind of feel something, but it's not transforming your car by any means. Out of all suspension mods, it's the least noticable imo.
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you think it's more noticeable on the convertible when the roof isn't there to stabilize the a pillars and strut towers?
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Today I installed the other GS strut bar in the Viggen...No issues installing it (shows a better chassi) and less flex.

Good addition, but not as dramatic than the convertible.

Thanks Nick !!
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