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Old 02-04-2009, 10:01 PM   #1
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X-Brace install problem

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I bought an X-Brace off a member and I ordered new hardware for it and installed them over the past week and this morning I installed the brace but one corner of it doesn't line up with the holes! I think it's because my car has been in an accident before I owned it.

My question is:

1) Should I try to bend the brace at all to make it fit?
2) Should I just spot weld the one corner to the frame?

I've read that people have welded the brace on but the only problem you run into is if you need to change the oil pan gasket. The corner that doesnt line up is the front drivers side (left) where you mount it to the front part of the car's frame.

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Old 02-05-2009, 06:43 AM   #2
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i think that if you bend the brace, it will become inefective.
I wouldn't weld it eitheir because of too much thing that could not be made any more.

The best option is to check the subframe of the car and if it's bend, go where the car was repaired and tell them that you wanted to install a x-brace and you discovered that they did not repair your car properly.
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Old 02-05-2009, 10:26 AM   #3
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don't weld it
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Old 02-05-2009, 12:09 PM   #4
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The previous owner had bought the car very cheap and had his father repair it so bringing it to the shop that repaired it is not an option. I dont see any structural damage but it definately is off by a couple of milimeters.
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Old 02-05-2009, 12:15 PM   #5
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probably the front was pulled with the engine installed - if it is done like that then it will never be 100% perfect
to properly align the body you are looking at $800 plus re & re of the engine
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Old 02-05-2009, 07:11 PM   #6
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Dont weld your frame. How much are you off? Post pictures.
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Old 02-05-2009, 07:28 PM   #7
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Here are two pics. I am able to get one bolt into one of the holds but i found out that i didn't tighten the insert enough and it turnes with the bolt.

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Old 02-05-2009, 07:50 PM   #8
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i dont know just sell the brace man i dont think its worth the problems you might run into if you weld or bend the brace. good luck
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Old 02-05-2009, 08:48 PM   #9
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Clearance the hole and bend the brace a bit, thats what I'd do. I had to bend my X-Brace in a spot because my wastegate was bumping it when the engine would torque, no big deal.

I wouldn't weld it.
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Old 02-05-2009, 10:14 PM   #10
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drill holes in brace to match the holes of car
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Old 02-06-2009, 01:19 AM   #11
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drill holes in brace to match the holes of car

I didn't even think of that. I'll give it a shot and see what happens.

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Old 02-06-2009, 06:45 AM   #12
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i think drilling hole in you brace will be the best idea, you're not off by a lot. But make sure to tight your bolt a lot for it not to move. Try to put some shims to try to fill the part of the hole that will not serve
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Old 02-06-2009, 12:47 PM   #13
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I'd just redrill right throgh the subframe to the other side and run a nut and bolt through the whole thing. Quick easy and never have to be worried of a loose nutsert from falling out.
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Old 02-06-2009, 02:12 PM   #14
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If you just open the holes up, you may find that the brace is not that effective - it will let the front move in the big hole! Why bother installing it!

However, if you drill the holes, then weld a washer in place that should solve the problem.
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Drill the hole in the xbrace would be my suggestion. It's possible that your frame on the car is fine. The mistake might be on the Xbrace manufacturer, they might have drilled holes in the wrong place.
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