Hello, I have just fitted a JCW strut brace on my car with an Alta CAI, thought I would do a quick how to...
Make sure the car is parked on a level surface,
1, Take a 13mm socket and remove the 6 nuts that hold the Strut to the car body (dont jack the car up with these bolts undone ) Place the strut brace in postion and mark on the strut brace the area that needs to be removed.
See photos below
2, Remove CAI heat shield and cut the area marked out (I used a Jr hacksaw and a file)
Once you have done this replace the heat shield and retry the brace (with the rubber seal on the top of the heat shield)
3, Install both the right and left hand brackets, just pinch the nuts up, then attach the central section to the right hand bracket, then adjust the length of the central section by undoing the 17mm nut and turn central section to undo the thread, once the central section is the correct length bolt it to the left hand bracket.
4, Tighten up the 6 nuts (3 on each side) to 81Nm and tighten the 2 allen bolts along with the 2 nuts that adjust the length central section.
Hope this helps any questions just ask
Oh one more thing If you mess it up its not my fault so you do this at your own risk!
Last edited by Pobsey; Jun 25th, 2006 at 09:01 AM.
I installed it today in about 25 minutes or so. Most of that time was spent looking for the right tools. I had to go out and buy a 30 piece hex key set just to get the ONE that I needed. I haven't got to really go out and drive it yet but here are some pics.
For what it's worth, I tightened mine (on my newly-installed JCW strut brace) to 34 NM. According to Bentley's manual, the top strut mount bolts are torqued to 34 NM, and I figured that the new bolts would not be any different, but maybe this was wrong. They sure felt snug enough to me and none stripped. Anyone know for sure?
JCW CAI, JCW exhaust, Webb-installed Alta 15% pulley, JCW strut brace, Whalen...and still modding!
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