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The last of the braces

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Righto fellow humans. After a crapload of me being lazy and generally rubbish I decided to whack the remaining braces on my Blue-ish Beast.

They are the front and rear 4pt lower braces. So here we go.

E. Front 4pt

1. Get the car up on a hoist/stands/ramps. I got some axle stands especially for this. Then my rookie as nature couldn't figure out where they were to be placed to safely hold the car up . So I borrowed a couple of ramps and got under it (obviously a second person is needed to guide you on ramps, I hate it sooo much. I'm always afraid of giving it too much gas and ruining everything. It feels unnatural having the front end go up so high)

2. Once under the car locate the 4 points where the brace will be bolted on. I grabbed the brace and moved it around until things lined up quite nicely. Narrow two up front. Wide two just beyond the sway bar.

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3. Undo the four bolts, place the brace on and bolt it up. Will be easier with a second person since holding the brace, bolts and screwing them in is a bit of a challenge. You will now find that in true bolt on fashion it in fact doesn't bolt on perfectly (needless to say, I was shocked).

Back two

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Front two

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4. Unbolt it all and grab a circular file and get down to business extending the holes the bolts go into (everyone will have a different experience when it comes to this but for me only two of the 4pts needed extending)

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Repeat 3 and 4 until it goes on nice and tightly

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F. Rear 4pt

1. It doesn't fit on my car. Where my exhaust divides into two is crosses part of the brace (as it probably will for all Torneo owners, even stock) This section of the exhaust is quite wide and would be forever knocking or at least be putting massive pressure on the brace. That coupled with the exhaust heat is not an ideal situation for your performance bracing to be in. It could deform. Which could compromise it's bracing ability or catch on the ground.

2. Doesn't look like it would fit if you were running a stock exhaust either (I still have mine in the garage and to me it looks like it would be near impossible to fit regardless of your exhaust set up). It's beyond me what they were thinking when they designed this particular brace.

3. I may have a word to Speedfactor in a bit to see what can be done. But I've read in a thread recently the rear 4pts get dangerously low, too low for normal road use so I'm unsure as to whether it's worth the hassle.

That said I'm on the whole quite happy with how this has gone (because it's done).

Which brings me to the end of this part of my blog. I say blog, more like a story. In any case I hope you enjoyed reading and learned something or will refer to this later when it comes to your turn to brace up your cars.

Keep your eyes peeled for more. Future plans include (in no particular order):

Rims (Enkei RPF1, RPF1 type II, RSM-9)
Seats (For weight savings and my drivers is munted)
Brakes (Not Brembo, their prices are craptacular)
Light panels (Carbon, Fibreglass)
Intake, properly (Cold box, Inlet mani, Throttle Body)
Tune with Greddy Emanage Ultimate
Engine (cams,valves,retainers blah blah) <----- VERY OUTSIDE CHANCE

Cambelt,waterpump etc (housekeeping sort of things)

I would appreciate some input or comments.
However I would like to stress that not everything on this list will happen. There is a real chance much of it will be ignored. These are ideas for a situation in which money was readily available (which is never the case)

I will also do a very healthy name drop at the start of each entry to those who have provided their expertise I don't mean it to be a contest in any way, just giving the credit where it's due.


  1. Coupe-R's Avatar
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    Put axel stands on any of the 4 jacking points on the side sills, u can see one of them in your pic

    That coupled with the exhaust heat is not an ideal situation for your performance bracing to be in. It could deform.
    Rear of the exhaust won't get anywhere near hot enough to deform tube steel, otherwise it would deform your exhaust too! (well your exhaust does grow and contract but don't worry it won't affect your brace.
  2. rorymonsta's Avatar
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    Right. I tried that but it wasnt high enough. My my trolley jack would go high enough to get the pins in the stands higher either. Urgh. Oh well. And cool to know that the heat wont affect the brace. Now all I gotta do is figure out how to get it on. Maybe an exhaust chop and change is on the cards. Cheers for the input.
  3. Coupe-R's Avatar
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    About your jack not going high enough, neither does mine. You gotta get creative man! Have a think....

    Ok, try jacking it up, then putting blocks under the front wheels, let the jack down. Then put something like a BIG block of wood under the jack and jack up again. There more height

    Easy, you can keep repeating this as much as you need
  4. rorymonsta's Avatar
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    You have got all the answers man. When I get all my shit sorted and comes time to tune. You will be my go-to guy.
  5. hondapop's Avatar
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    Is that an Ultra Racing brace? How heavy do they feel? Do they weigh a good bit or are they light?
  6. rorymonsta's Avatar
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    All the braces I have are Ultra Racing. So yes. As for their weight it's hard for me to say since they are the only brace I've actually handled. They are fairly light (no more than a couple of kilos) but look and feel well made (in terms of strength, not accuracy of hole placement )
  7. NZCL1R's Avatar
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    Have you got the last brace on yet? header wrap on that rear brace might help if your worried about it getting too hot?
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