View Full Version : Strut braces, this ones for all the 16v'ers out there
Right lads, i got my strut brace fitted today by my mate walter, it took an hour and a half to do because some of the holes were not lining up at all well, some had to be filed open about 5-7 mm to accomodate the threads from the washer reservoir and bonnet sensor on the right side, on the left a couple of upside down taappers had to be cut off to allow the strut to sit flat, each self tapper screw that was used to secure the strut was first dipped in copper grease, the stuff used on brake pads to stop seizures, only i used this to prevent any future rusting of any kind as the turrets had to be pilot drilled before the self tappers went in. also made up a one off stainless steel induction pipe which did away with 50 percent of the crap rubber one, all i kept was the elbow and jubilee clip to secure on the carb,then attached the pipe , about 12 inches in length and exact same diameter as carb, onto the elbow and pushed the pipercross ind cone into the pipe, the cone now sits further away from the engine and closer to an air inlet made up o help it get colder air, took it for a spin, the noise difference is brilliant, the induction noise is even louder and sounds great at 2000 rpm up, never really redlined it though cause it was a built up area, went round a few sharp corners and the steering felt a bit different in a good way , it felt more like you were in control of the front wheels, maybe im wrong but the car didnt seem to lean as much either....anyhow roll on track day in wigan!!!
And your front tyres will last longer.....
erm , tyre wear is a bit of a problem at the moment, im still legal on the majority of my tyres, but the insides of my fronts are a bit buggered, yea, im getting my alignment sorted next week, but since adding the strut brace, going round steep sharp corners fast was a bit of a surprise as i didnt slide at all:sick: , to check , i went back home the same way and pshed a bit harder and still no slippage, me thinks that with the strut on you find a bit more grip too!! cant be a bad purchase at 45 quid inc vat and posting from sjb, though as i said in a different thread, its a bit shite to fit!! new holes and stuff on the rings of the strut!! but hey im happier than ever, :cheers:
btw, anyone wanna send me some semi used tyres for the traack day??????...hmmm thought not!!!:devil:
Where did you get the pipe to make up the induction kit? - i've had a similar idea but can't find anything suitable.
me ol mucker , im not sure exactly where my mate got it but he does some work for a bloke and he gets materials and stuff in exchange, if you want ill see if he has more!!,
sounds brilliant when lit up espesh in first and second gears although they all sound brilliant,
I wonder if ive started something ?? ;):cheers:
If brendy lets u know what size the pipe is, ive got 000's of metres of different sizes of stainless
Let me know and i'll see what i can come up with.
You heard the man Brendy-buddy!
whats the size of your tube (!) ?
Cheers Saul, I'll pay postage of course for anything you can send (as long as its not lead piping!.
Ekee dokee matey,
i gotta get my ruler out to measure,
wish it was 3 inches dead cause i could measure it quickly enuff but would risk 3rd degree burns!!! get my drift???;_:devil:
ill post tonight hopefully!!! if it helps for now, its exactly the same size as the carb housing pipe, and the rubber hose can just about fot on and no more
I'm new to all this, I was wondering if the silicone hose SJB do to fit between your induction kit and the inlet manifold is as good as it sounds, If anybody has had one I'd be gratefull of some advice
apparently it sounds nice and gruffy, mind , ive got a stainless steel pipe made up and it sounds amazing!!:devil:
Cheers I'll give that a try, just got to find some stainless pipe now.
it doesnt have to be stainless steel but certainly looks and probably lasts longer than mild, and you dont have to paint it either!!!:cheers: