I think the al dc5-r floor car does the most, it prevents flex across the floor pan.Installed the front lower brace and rear gussets + tie bar this weekend. Still not sure if I'm going to do the floor bar or not. Does anyone have any feed back on the floor bar? Any noticeable improvement or is it just a lighter bar?
Any way a few notes on the install for anyone who hasn't done it yet.
Front Lower Brace
- Remove the 4 bolts that attache the bar (2 @ both ends) first. This gives you better access to the 2 bolts that attach the heat shield.
- If you have an after market intake you can get to the heat shield bolt near the transmission from top with a 1/4" ratchet and 10mm socket. If you have a ratcheting 10mm wrench that would be the best to use.
- For the heat shield bolt on the other side you can access it from the passenger side wheel well. You'll just need a socket extension to reach it.
- Same for the install, install the heat shield bolts first, then the main bolts to hold it on. Torque the 4 end bolts to 22 ft/lbs.
- The holes for the wire clips don't line up perfectly. Once you have the strut bolts and the child restraint bolt out you can place the gussets. Clip the orange connector back in first before installing the restraint bolt or strut nuts. For the wire clip on the other side you will need to open up the hole for the clip to fit back in. Your other option is to just not clip it in or secure it another way or not at all.
- Tighten down the child restraint bolt hand tight. Then tighten down the strut bolts and torque to 43 ft/lbs. Now tighten down the child safety tie down and tighten to 16 ft/lbs. Make sure they are still allowed to rotate.
- I'll look at the receipt for the bolts I bought for the bar install later and post the size here. You also need a flat washer and a lock washer.
- I'll take some pics of the trimmed interior pieces too so people can see where to trim to have them fit over the gussets and bar.
The heat shield will rattle noisily. Cut it then secure it to the brace by other means. The heatshield is made of thin, flimsy steel. Cutting it will not effect chasis rigidity.Sorry to bring this back from the dead but I ran into an issue installing the front sub-frame brace. I managed to get all the bolts loose except for the one under the heat shield on the driver side....that is one fucked-up place to put a bolt :firemad:. Right on top of the tranny mount :face:. I stripped the bolt trying to get it off so my question is would it be bad news if I just cut that small piece of the heat shield off? I assume most of the bracing is done at the 2 bolts on each end :dontknow:
Hi mustclime, what is the part number of the bar that goes underneath the seat? I found the p/n for the rear gaussets and the bar that goes to the front sub frame.lookie what came in today....
here are the 05 type-s strut gussets and the type-r cross bar and the under rear seat al brace....
this pic shows how thick the gusset is
and this shot shows the end of the seat brace...