^^ thanks for your input.
I did have the brace on properly te first time. I guess my biggest problem was trying to use my steel shifter carrier bracket. I ended up using a later style e30 aluminum carrier and now it lines up perfectly.
I also ended up rethreading the coolant Sender and now I should be getting a reading to the cluster
The whole drivetrain is in and now it's plug and play from here.
I can finally see some light at the end of the tunnel lol!