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Underbody braces, turbos and more!

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2012 9:36 pm 
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Been slow at work so i decided to do it. So far its just across the frame horns but it made a huge difference. I can actually feel the sloppiness in the tires now. I still have more welding and bracing to do.


I haven't taken pics yet but ill try to get some tomorrow.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 12:22 am 
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I have this in my to-do list... can't wait for the pics :)

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 7:58 am 
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jankoelbola wrote:
I have this in my to-do list... can't wait for the pics :)


Same here :)

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 9:30 am 
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while i'm not opposed to fabricating my own parts when needed, i would highly recommend the fully developed and highly functional turbine tech lower 4 point brace.

i've used that part on every swift variant i've ever put any effort into and i have had super results from using it.
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i've never had a suspension failure on a car that had it mounted while i cannot claim the same for cars that used a 2 point brace, like a calmini custom brace. the turbine tech brace is highly developed and jardamuth is one of the swift community's most respected members and supporters.

vr4, pics or it didn't happen. :-P

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 10:00 am 
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The point of making your own is because you can't afford to buy one :lol:

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 10:44 am 
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Is the brace made out of tublar steel or soilid bar stock?

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 11:50 am 
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Oh i can afford it. I'm just cheap when it comes to this particular car.

so far its made with 1x3 steel tube. When i do the rest it'll probably be 1" hollow tube (or whatever i get my hands on for free). Total cost is $0

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 11:00 pm 
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You cheap sob :lol: my first one was made out of 1in electrical conduit 8)

total cost under $5.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 1:56 am 
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I still need to box in the bracing on the pass side. Also plan on running tubes to the front mount point of the lca and probably weld a plate to the frame rail at the tow hooks, drill and tap it, and run tubes across under the engine to the front.

It is currently at both 14mm (22mm head) bolts that hold the lca mount to the frame horn.


Don't mind the ugly welds. Like i said....scrap metal and a cut off wheel. I did have some gaps to fill in. everything was done by eye. no measuring, no marking.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2012 12:54 am 
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Nice brace, I see why you can get 44mpg out of a big block car. Are those Goodyear Bald Eagles? :huh:

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2012 4:59 pm 
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not really :p

bald yokohamas in a 185/70/13 flavor


first time i got 44 mpg the tires were nearly brand new. car was completely stock. ill have to check the records but iirc its broken 44mpg 4 times.
now it does it on the freeway but averages 38-40 mpg per tank with the 1.6

it probably wont do it again though. itll have 16s with pretty sticky tires after this winter.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 8:34 pm 
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Possum Plow :lol:

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