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Old 09-01-2012, 07:03 PM   #1
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finally got them done!

so, i put in my Rear LCA and boss 302 strut tower brace. here are the pics.
i'll probably powder coat it in the future, but for now, i have a ton of more upgrades to make.
one thing i noticed, my burnouts were A LOT BETTER. the car no longer turned to one side. i could corner much faster, and there was a ton less wheel hop (lovingly refered to by me as skirting)

one thing though, i did manage to snap the bolt :/ but AM and my mechanic said there wouldn't be a problem as long as I replaced the car within the next year.
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Re: finally got them done!

Nice. Sorry to hear about the bolt. Same deal with over tightening? Glad to hear those LCAs work for ya.
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Old 09-01-2012, 07:10 PM   #3
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yea. but apparently, that's not too bad of a problem. I think i'm just gonna wing it for a year and a half untill i get new struts and shocks (and a 2 in drop > )
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Idk man. I did the same thing and got it fixed the next day. I can't see it being good and just wouldn't trust it, especially for a year. Even if it's not that big of a deal, I'd do it solely for piece of mind.
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Old 09-01-2012, 08:38 PM   #5
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How much did it cost?
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Old 09-01-2012, 08:40 PM   #6
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See you resurrected that old thread lol. My bro paid since he broke it but if I remember right it was around $200ish through ford, including labor and all. I wanted to get Steeda strut mounts but I just didn't have the money then. :/
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Old 09-01-2012, 08:55 PM   #7
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I've had two reliable sources tell me it'll be good fr like a year- 1.5 yrs
So I'm going to wait an upgrade then
Eibach sport system plus
I'm probably going to put that in with the help of a friend
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Well, I wish your car luck then lol. Idk it would just kill me thinking about it even if it wasn't a big problem :/
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I try not to think about it, but honestly it does bother me.
But after being reassured it was fine I relaxed a bit

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Old 09-01-2012, 09:27 PM   #10
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Re: finally got them done!

Whats the point of the stb if it has made a weak point in the rigidity of the car! Fix it! Dont be like alot of civic guys, they rock out "mods" and ignore the important things. And whats with everyone not using a torque wrench! Not many people have the skilled hand to judge proper torque, it should be in everyones toolbox.

This f up reminds me of this guy from an old article on jalopnik, no offence to allrefire, anybody could make his mistake, this will make you feel better lol

http://jalopnik.com/5886063/how-not-to-lower-your-car
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Haha after I effed it up I went and bought the torque wrench!
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Haha after I effed it up I went and bought the torque wrench!
Haha! Thats good then, always nice to have more tools it makes a good weapon too
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You don't think of me like that guy D:
Do you?

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Haha! Thats good then, always nice to have more tools it makes a good weapon too
Yea I hazed my friend with it!
Not really :p
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You don't think of me like that guy D:
Do you?

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Yea I hazed my friend with it!
Not really :p
No i posted that to make you feel better, cuz that guy was just dumb. Everyone has stripped a bolt or two in their lives, it happens.
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so, i put in my Rear LCA and boss 302 strut tower brace. here are the pics.
i'll probably powder coat it in the future, but for now, i have a ton of more upgrades to make.
one thing i noticed, my burnouts were A LOT BETTER. the car no longer turned to one side. i could corner much faster, and there was a ton less wheel hop (lovingly refered to by me as skirting)

one thing though, i did manage to snap the bolt :/ but AM and my mechanic said there wouldn't be a problem as long as I replaced the car within the next year.
Which mod do you think most contributed to improving cornering ability?
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Old 09-02-2012, 07:38 AM   #16
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I'd say the rear lca
I could go a lot faster on turns
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Re: finally got them done!

A good point to remember

When you see a Locking nut- If removed it should be replaced with a new never used one. If you do not have a "TORQUE WRENCH" just snug the new locking nut down until it stops. NO FURTHER

When I bought my genuine Ford Boss 302 strut brace it came in a sealed box and there were no instructions in the box at all so even if I had a Torque wrench it would not have helped without the torque specifications. I'm glad I remembered this little bit of wisdom from the old time real mechanics while hanging around the pit's watching them work on race cars.

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IIRC, the torque is something like 26 ft-lbs. I'll have to check the instructions with my BMR brace.
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