So I ordered this as part of the "12 days of Xmas" promo and I just installed it last night as well as some other bits I picked up for Xmas as well. I have to say that this along with the other two frame braces really make a huge difference in the handling of the car. No flex, push, or body role at all now, which is what I was looking for.
I did want to offer a bit of a tip whilst doing the install for anyone that hasn't done it yet or maybe plans on doing it. First, I didn't need to unhook the negative battery cable or the cooling fan plug. I was able to feed it in, however it did require a second set of hands, thanks to my wife
, to guide it in from one side while I grabbed it from the other side and guided it through the wiring on the passenger side being mindful of all the wiring and making sure to not cause to much trauma. If doing this alone, then I might recommend unhooking the battery and fan cable however.
The second tip I have, and maybe the most important, has to do with that bottom bolt on the drivers side that is seemingly impossible to get a wrench on with the brace in place, even using a ratcheting wrench. The way to do it seems to enter at a 90 degree angle from the brace on the top side going from the cabin down to the front-end. Slide the wrench in between
the A/C lines, which you will have to do blind, unless you can manage to stand on your head
. This was the only way I could get a wrench on that bolt and I would say it took me an hour plus two beers to figure out how to get a wrench on this damn thing. Also keep in mind that space it is at a premium on this bolt and I could only manage to still get just a slight turn on the wrench at a time but eventually got it tightened down.
All in all I do have to say it was worth the effort and a great performance increase for the money.