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Old 04-22-2018, 10:29 PM   #1
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Building MK1 rear X brace

G'day mates,

I have a 2004 ST170 and there are no rear braces available for these down under (and I ain't paying $200+ in shipping) so my father in law and I are planning on welding one together from 25mm OD tube steel this upcoming weekend. I'm going to basically be doing a DIY copy of a Eurosport MK4/5/6 VW Golf bar (that they don't make for a MK1 Focus for some reason,) and I'm doing it so it'll stay flush against the back seat while the seat is in the upright position.

What are the best mount points to drill the holes so I do hit anything important and gain the most rigidity?

Thanks a lot!


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Old 04-23-2018, 01:30 AM   #4
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I would really prefer a proper 4-point brace that sits behind the front seat. It will eat up less of my cargo space. That Massive Brace is an interesting way to beef up a two point brace but it's still essentially a two point brace (that costs $250 US in shipping to Australia.) In my previous hatchbacks, X braces always provided significantly more rigidity, so if I'm going through all the hassle of making one from scratch I might as well make an X brace.

This is essentially what I am planning to build (though for my Focus instead of a Golf.) I'm also going to use nutserts so I can take the thing out when I need to put something silly large in the back (I don't know the last time I actually needed to fold the rear seats down, but maybe I'll want to buy a new TV or something.)
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I'm doing it so it'll stay flush against the back seat while the seat is in the upright position.
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I would really prefer a proper 4-point brace that sits behind the front seat.

Just to confirm which, do you want? Sounds like a rear brace, that you want to tie into the rear strut towers. On the rear strut brace i had (the basic one from FocusSport (which is now FSWerks) that tied into here:



Once you remove the carpet around the strut towers, you should be able to see those three dots. These pictures are from the right side of the car (American passenger side.) You will have to look around for a second place to do a proper X though, not sure what else you can tie into without issue.


They do make a harness bar for the focus that does sit behind the front seats, so that would also add a bit of rigidity in addition to a place to do a harness, i would assume.
https://www.andysautosport.com/produ...5025HB-BK.html
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Old 04-25-2018, 05:09 PM   #7
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Sorry, I misspoke there —I’m looking to do a rear X brace.

Most rear x-braces in hatchbacks I’ve driven don’t actually tie into the strut towers. They’re drilled into the body right behind the back seats, but don’t interfere with the back seats in the upright position.

I just want to make sure I’m not going to drill into anything if I drill into the place where the rear seatbacks are attached.
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Not sure if anyone has made an X bar the way you want to. Have any junkyards near you? Grab a reciprocating saw/drill and do some exploring/surgery on a junker to see whats hiding out of sight. Might be a bit safer than drilling into your car blind
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