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The rear torsional braces I've made up for our MN-12's.

Interested in one? I have four ready to go with mounting hardware and pieces ready to build another three. They are $25.00 plus shipping. Pics below.

We are also developing an H type k member braces and a rear shock mount/trunk/fender well brace.

We have tested these on our cars long before I offered them for sale.

I include grade eight bolts and washers and use nylon lock nuts.

They are built using 1/4" x 3" x 4 1/2" steel plate and 1" I.D. tubing/pipe.

I use stainless steel 309 welding rod as well.

I bore a hole in the plates and weld the tubing/pipe in so it is not in shear.

I ship them out via the local U.P.S. store.

Here are the pictures:





 

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Links432 has one of the early designs on his car. We can post pics of the brace on my Super Coupe. I can e-mail you pics as well.

Thanks, Ron

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Hello,
This is one of the prototypes, on my 94 LX.


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It does look good. (rust be damned, its not my car! :D ) I bet it quite effective when combined with the rear shock tower brace.

Question, why the different sizes?
 

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Two of them in the pics are 1/4"x 3"x 4 1/2" the silver one was built for a friend.

His car has a stock 3.8 car (not an S.C.) it uses a 1/4"x 2"x 4 1/2" plate.

The painted brace in the middle of the pics is on my Super Coupe.

I made the mounting holes off set to test another idea.

The early design on Links432's car used a 1"x 1" stainless steel piece.

The new design uses larger/stronger 1" I.D. tubing/pipe.

I paint them all burgundy/maroon now.

The brace does make a difference in the way the cars handle/corner and reduces the stress on the rear axle assembly.

I got a p.m. asking if holes need to be drilled or welding required.

No drilling or welding is needed.

The braces use the two 1/2" holes the rear suspension member already has.

I include the mounting hardware to install them.
 

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keep making them I'm interested but can't afford it until probably next month :( stupid workers comp..... I'm also interested in the trunk shock braces
 

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It's going to seriously cold this week end......................but...............I have the pieces ready and plan to build another three rear braces.

I'll be setting up pieces to build another two or three.

(my hole saw finally gave up, so I'll be buying a new one and more drill bits)

We're still working out the best design ideas for the trunk/shock area brace.

We're still working out the best ideas for the "H" type front brace as well.

Thanks, Ron

I have three early design braces I'll modify to later design specs.

These should work well with larger exhaust systems.

Weather here is well below zero lately, development projects are on hold a day or two.

I'll be building another three new ones and one test model as well.
 

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can you give me specs on how low the top of the bar is from the mounting holes? I need to make sure it will fit.
 

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The distance from the TOP of the tube/pipe and the centerline of the mounting hole is 2".

I can make one up for you with a deeper side plate if needed.

I do have one here now with a 2 3/8" distance.

Development on the trunk/shock braces continues as does the "H" brace.

I want to make installation as easy as possible, meaning no welding or excessive holes to drill.

IF you are in Illinois and are planning to attend the February meeting...........I will donate a rear brace as a door prize.

Also a set of the towels I gave out at the April 2007 Orland Park meeting I hosted.

I currently have nine completed rear braces and four more to be assembled.

Also...........if you would like, I can paint a brace to your color choice.

Currently................I have two choices to sort out onthe trunk/shock brace.

I may either use two 1/2" mounting bolts.............or four 3/8" mounting bolts.

I want to minimize the holes required to be drilled.

I may also primer them in gray and then use trunk spackle paint on them.

They could be placed under the trunk mat or above it.

They will be made from 1" I.D. tubing/pipe as well.

The front "H" braces may have to be made from3/4" I.D. tubing/pipe for proper clearance.

These would mount at six locations to gain additional strength.
 

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I would be a fan of a trunk shock brace with two 3/8" mounting bolts on both sides making four total, it would keep the bar from twisting, how much are you selling these for? Also how much for a rear torsional brace shipped to 89129? what payment methods do you accept?
 

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Braces

Hi Chris................E-mail through the site has just been sent.



I would expect the final cost for the trunk/shock brace to be about $55.00 +/- so far.

Testing continues to see which design (2 or 4 bolt) yeilds the best results.
 

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e-mail received, I'll take measurements and let you know which will clear.
 

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Any chance for front shock tower braces?
 

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The rear braces are $75.00 plus shipping and include the grade eight mounting hardware.

Once the trunk/shock brace design is final and tested............I'll begin to build them for sale.

The front "H" brace is still going through ideas/changes until I'm happy with it.

A front type shock brace is down the road as well.

I have been looking into the best way to accomplish this with a minimum of drilling holes/clearance issues/etc.

My idea is to build these with the least amount of work required for the owner/installer.

This means NO welding or excessive holes to be drilled.

Once these hurdles have been cleared and tested, we'll post pics-information and then I will begin to build them.

I may begin to buy the aluminum axle covers and set them up with magnetic drain plugs.

I'll have to get busy finishing off the rear braces.

I'm down to three assembled at the moment not counting the one I'll donate as a Door Prize for the February Chicagoland meeting.

I may weld up another truck/shock brace as I weld up four more rear braces.

I may decide to go with the trunk/shock brace with four 3/8" bolts to secure it.

The "H" brace maybe changed to a braces that runs from the K - member back to the uni-body rails about 16" to 20" back.
 

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The first design of the shock area/trunk braces is about to change.

I am now looking to mount the brace level with the top of the shock mounting area.

I will compare using 1/4" flat stock versus 1/4" angle stock.

I will test using both 1" I.D. and 3/4" I.D. tubing/pipe as well.

I will stay with using two 3/8" bolts per side to secure it in place.

It will no longer be able to be hidden under the trunk mat.

These braces will include 3/8" bolts, washers and nuts to mount it.

I currently have three rear braces assembled and will build more soon.

So far everyone is happy with them and have encountered no installation problems.

My design is simple and effective..........period.

I can custom make one to fit the depth of your exhaust system at NO extra charge.

They do not interfere with the lower arm movement and do not require holding multiple pieces in place to secure them.

Wheel hop............I may try to make changes to the rear brace and see if we can address this.

This will involve additional pieces and more welding and testing.

Everyone seems to be building some type of brace now.

I have an idea to expand the use of my rear braces to strengthen the axle and rear sub frame.

My first few rear shock/trunk braces are built from stainless steel.

If I continue to build them, I will use 1" I.D. tubing/pipe for them.

I will use ONLY grade eight bolts to fasten them.

I am using pieces that allow the maximum surface area to mount them as well.

The difficulty is getting a standard drill motor and bit in that tight space.

I may include a template to drill the holes from the wheel well.

(wonder if anyone else will "use" that idea?)
 

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Hello,
Mine was just a prototype, I was just given one of the final design braces but since it is cold and snowing, I have not put it on yet to take pictures.

Nick
 
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