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Old 05-31-2008, 01:57 PM   #21
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I wasn't thinking rattle noise I was thinking transferring vibrations Kind of a tuning fork effect. Even with the carpeting as a small buffer there was a noticable increase in hatch noise after my install ><
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Old 05-31-2008, 03:35 PM   #22
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^^^if you didn't cut the carpet, aren't you comprimising the whole idea of adding a brace then?
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Old 06-01-2008, 01:19 PM   #23
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Sorry for the stupid question but i'm new to owning decent make of cars. Can I ask what a stress bar actually does for the car and if it makes any diference to the feel/handling?
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^^^if you didn't cut the carpet, aren't you comprimising the whole idea of adding a brace then?
I highly doubt the little bit of compressed carpet would make the brace useless. If anything, it would prevent noise from transferring from the bar to the body and vice-versa.

The plug looks like it's for the Audiophile sub.

My only concern is drilling out the welds to bolt the brace on. Is there no room anywhere else? I know there are 6 other welds there and the shock towers aren't load-bearing, but it just seems unnecessary if there's room to drill above or next to the welds.
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Old 06-01-2008, 02:47 PM   #25
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Can I ask what a stress bar actually does for the car and if it makes any diference to the feel/handling?
its supposed to take the flex out of the body, kinda like a sway bar i guess. i have all 4 installed (front/rear sways + front/rear stress's) and the handling is amazing. after installing the rear stress bar handling made the car roll a lot less in the corners, and i really cranked it around some of them lol. i'd say its worth the money, probably more so than the front strut bar. however the front one does do something, whether or not its worth the cost is a matter of opinion.
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I highly doubt the little bit of compressed carpet would make the brace useless. If anything, it would prevent noise from transferring from the bar to the body and vice-versa.

The plug looks like it's for the Audiophile sub.

My only concern is drilling out the welds to bolt the brace on. Is there no room anywhere else? I know there are 6 other welds there and the shock towers aren't load-bearing, but it just seems unnecessary if there's room to drill above or next to the welds.
i haven't had any noticeable noise increase since adding the bar, so if there is one its gotta be really quiet lol.

so its confirmed the plug is for the sub/amp, kewl!

the instructions focussport give say to drill the holes in those locations because where they mount is curved like if you make your hand into a c shape. the washer fits into that C. the one falls dead on the spot weld (driver side) the other one is closer to the edge of it) so they're not symmetrical. from what i've read thats the best place to have the bar installed because its infront of the shocks not behind them. im not exactly sure what that does but i guess its better, maybe reduced load on the shock tower area?
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if you want to reduce the raddle noise just take a peice of dynamat and put in ont he ends, then shove it through =)
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im going to do that myself, you made it look so much easier lol
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Can anyone measure the washer for me? I just purchased a used bar and it didn't come with the washers, just the bolts. I went to home depot and bought some 3/8" x 1 1/2" washers, but I don't feel like they are big enough (someone correct me if I'm wrong though). I think I need something more like 3/8" x 2".
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Are you talking about the one that is used with the bolts or for making the hole where the spot weld is? The washer for spot weld marking is 1.506'' i have one of those digital sliding calipers lol. I'll have to check up on the other ones...
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