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Underbody braces, turbos and more!

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2012 8:07 am 
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Hi All,

Today, a most wonderful package arrived on my doorstep from a friend; being an exceptionally good condition pair of front and rear (genuine) lightweight aluminium Suzuki Sport strut braces in almost mint condition!

It amazes me that after all this time, pristine items like this still pop up occasionally... 8)

Anyways; here come the questions...

What torque settings should I realistically use? Because they are in such great condition, I'm thinking I should also utilise an aluminium washer as well to help preserve them. Good idea or bad?

My factory manual suggests 21-33 N-m for front strut support nuts and 40-60 N-m for rears. Should I just go for the maximum setting or find a 'happy place' midway?

My car is a Cultus GTi that is used on a street basis with occasionally a little spirited driving in the hills. A track day would be nice sometime. Significant suspension work has already been undertaken.

Any meaningful advice would be most welcome.

Cheers,

Drew

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 10, 2013 3:26 am 
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Well, I ended up deciding to use the maximum factory recommended torque settings of 33 and 60 N-m respectively plus some titanium washers that I had sitting around as I couldn't easily find aluminium ones.

The strut braces work great!
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Pity about the rest of the engine bay though... :oops:

Cheers,

Drew

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