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E-Tech Strut Brace Fitted Piccies - 1.9 M43 engine

Post by TitanTim » Sun 30 May, 2010 16:15

Hi all,

Finally got around to fitting the e-tech brace to Basil (sorry the Zed) today. Sorry Kevan (Canman) its taken me so long posting up :roll: The brace fits a treat and doesn't fowl any of the engine ancilliaries and there are no clearance issues with the bonnet :lol: Anyways here are some piccies..................

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Brace arrived from Larkspeed boxed up, fairly substantial and well made, nice and shiny :lol:

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First job was to remove the 6 shock tower nuts using a 13mm socket and wrench, I was amazed how easy they came off, almost only on hand tight :shock: Then to test fit the mounting plate on the drivers side around the earthing nut. Its way out :roll: and don't understand why its out so much. You will need to remove 4 to 5mm off the plate which is easy to do with a hacksaw and then file smooth.


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Mounting plate insitu, snug fit around earthing nut.

I then mounted the passenger plate without the bar attached. I had read Strong Struts fitting instructions off their website which mentions fitting the shock nuts finger tight before attaching the brace bar. Only problem is one of the nuts each side sits under the bar so I did all the nuts finger tight and torqued up the 2 nuts that sit under the bar. This didn't quite go to plan as just doing up the 2 nuts upto 18/20lbs foot was enough the close the gap on each mounting plate which the bar slots into :head: What I thought would be 30 min job turned out to be 90 mins :oops: I slacked off one of the nuts that had been torqued up and with alot of swearing managed to get the brace bar to slot in, then just a case of fitting the long bolts attaching the bar to the shock plates and tightening but not to full torque. The remaining tower nuts were torqued to 18/20lbs foot, the nut hidden under the bar on the drivers side was tightened up using a 13mm spanner. The nut on each end of the bar was tightend up so it was firm using a 17mm socket and wrench, you will need an 8mm hex key to keep the bold insitu as you tighten the nut on the other end. Once all done brace polished up well with some Autosol :lol: Forgot to mention, before I tightened any of the nuts I latched the bonnet and shone a torch through the bonnet grills to check clearance, all was OK.

Finally fitted a couple of plastic nut covers to tidy things up :)

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A drive this afternoon confirms a definite improvement, all but eliminated front end shudder and more planted feel through the steering. Well pleased with the results :drive

Cheers,

Tim.
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Post by Frank.A » Sun 30 May, 2010 17:02

I have an Etech brace on my 2.8.

Tightening the mounting studs tends to bend the plates over the blisters on the turrets,as these are the only contact points.

I put penny washers on the studs to takes out the clearance,so that tightening down does not tend to bend the plates and increases the contact area.
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Re: E-Tech Strut Brace Fitted Piccies - 1.9 M43 engine

Post by Titan » Sun 30 May, 2010 17:19

TitanTim wrote:Then to test fit the mounting plate on the drivers side around the earthing nut. Its way out :roll: and don't understand why its out so much. You will need to remove 4 to 5mm off the plate which is easy to do with a hacksaw and then file smooth.
Nice write up Tim and your pictures may yield an answer.....
If the strut brace was not cranked (some models have a straight bar between turrets), methinks the earth post cut outs would be in the correct place :shock:
Shame the manufacturers have realised this :roll:
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Post by w4tkins » Sun 30 May, 2010 18:16

Looking good Tim 8-)

Glad it fits ok and you finaly managed to get one to fit your zed. Now Canman might have one????
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Post by TitanTim » Sun 30 May, 2010 20:04

Frank.A wrote:I have an Etech brace on my 2.8.

Tightening the mounting studs tends to bend the plates over the blisters on the turrets,as these are the only contact points.

I put penny washers on the studs to takes out the clearance,so that tightening down does not tend to bend the plates and increases the contact area.
Frank, thanks for the tip on the washers, I didn't think of using them :roll: The plate area around the studs is sunken so the bottom of the plate where the stud holes are sits on the tower and the other parts of the plate sits on the blisters. Its a fine line though and as you say the plate can distort slightly.

Tim.
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Re: E-Tech Strut Brace Fitted Piccies - 1.9 M43 engine

Post by TitanTim » Sun 30 May, 2010 20:08

Titan wrote:
TitanTim wrote:Then to test fit the mounting plate on the drivers side around the earthing nut. Its way out :roll: and don't understand why its out so much. You will need to remove 4 to 5mm off the plate which is easy to do with a hacksaw and then file smooth.
Nice write up Tim and your pictures may yield an answer.....
If the strut brace was not cranked (some models have a straight bar between turrets), methinks the earth post cut outs would be in the correct place :shock:
Shame the manufacturers have realised this :roll:
Hi Terry, I think you may be right :lol: I wouldn't be suprised if the manufacturer uses the same mounting plates for the 6 and 4cyl models, they probably did the 6cyl brace first and didn't bother adapting the plates for the 4cyl models :roll: So us 4cyl peasants have to slum it with a hacksaw :lol:

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Post by TitanTim » Sun 30 May, 2010 20:11

w4tkins wrote:Looking good Tim 8-)

Glad it fits ok and you finaly managed to get one to fit your zed. Now Canman might have one????
Hi Rob, hope your doing OK, cheers :wink: yepp I'm waiting for Kevan to post his pics :lol: I knew I would be the guinea pig in the end :dunce:

Cheers,

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Re: E-Tech Strut Brace Fitted Piccies - 1.9 M43 engine

Post by seasurfer » Sun 30 May, 2010 20:23

4cyl peasants have to slum it with a hacksaw




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Post by TitanTim » Sun 30 May, 2010 21:19

seasurfer wrote:4cyl peasants have to slum it with a hacksaw




:roflmao: :roflmao:
:lol: Good job I didn't say 4 cyl pheasants :lol:

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Post by Canman » Mon 31 May, 2010 21:07

TitanTim wrote:
w4tkins wrote:Looking good Tim 8-)

Glad it fits ok and you finaly managed to get one to fit your zed. Now Canman might have one????
Hi Rob, hope your doing OK, cheers :wink: yepp I'm waiting for Kevan to post his pics :lol: I knew I would be the guinea pig in the end :dunce:

Cheers,

Tim.
Brill write up Tim and good call with the washers Frank. All i need now is a spare bit of cash ... my Zed has spent this months spending money on some M mirrors from Poobear :wink: . Cant wait now to get a brace and feel the difference they make.
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Post by w4tkins » Mon 31 May, 2010 21:14

Canman wrote:
TitanTim wrote:
w4tkins wrote:Looking good Tim 8-)

Glad it fits ok and you finaly managed to get one to fit your zed. Now Canman might have one????
Hi Rob, hope your doing OK, cheers :wink: yepp I'm waiting for Kevan to post his pics :lol: I knew I would be the guinea pig in the end :dunce:

Cheers,

Tim.
Brill write up Tim and good call with the washers Frank. All i need now is a spare bit of cash ... my Zed has spent this months spending money on some M mirrors from Poobear :wink: . Cant wait now to get a brace and feel the difference they make.
///M mirros???????????? that aint fair!!!! well as soon as you get some pennies saved up Kev I think you should invest in a brace.

OR

You could let me have your mirrors and al trade you for a brace???? :roll:
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Post by Canman » Mon 31 May, 2010 21:23

im trying to stay one step ahead of you Rob :roflmao:
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Post by w4tkins » Mon 31 May, 2010 21:29

:bow good come back :roflmao:
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Post by TitanTim » Mon 31 May, 2010 21:36

Canman wrote:im trying to stay one step ahead of you Rob :roflmao:
At least you will have the mirrors to see Rob behind you :lol:

Stop talking about M mirrors, really want to do this mod but have spent far too much money on the Zed already and not even halfway through the year :head:

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Post by w4tkins » Mon 31 May, 2010 21:44

TitanTim wrote:
Canman wrote:im trying to stay one step ahead of you Rob :roflmao:
At least you will have the mirrors to see Rob behind you :lol:

Stop talking about M mirrors, really want to do this mod but have spent far too much money on the Zed already and not even halfway through the year :head:

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Canman started it :oops: dont blame me :lol:

go on tim, you know you want to, they would really look good on your zed. go one!!!!
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Post by w4tkins » Mon 31 May, 2010 21:45

TitanTim wrote:
Canman wrote:im trying to stay one step ahead of you Rob :roflmao:
At least you will have the mirrors to see Rob behind you :lol:

Stop talking about M mirrors, really want to do this mod but have spent far too much money on the Zed already and not even halfway through the year :head:

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Canman started it :oops: dont blame me :lol:

go on tim, you know you want to, they would really look good on your zed. go one!!!!
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Post by Canman » Mon 31 May, 2010 21:49

TitanTim wrote:
Canman wrote:im trying to stay one step ahead of you Rob :roflmao:
At least you will have the mirrors to see Rob behind you :lol:

Stop talking about M mirrors, really want to do this mod but have spent far too much money on the Zed already and not even halfway through the year :head:

Tim.
You Zed looks brill Tim and has some great upgrades :thumb: . all you need now are the 2 finishing touches
1. M mirrors
2. nice chrome exhaust tail pipe.

you know you want too
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Post by w4tkins » Mon 31 May, 2010 21:54

Listen to your friends Tim, All the cool zed have them :lol:
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Post by TitanTim » Mon 31 May, 2010 21:57

Canman wrote:
TitanTim wrote:
Canman wrote:im trying to stay one step ahead of you Rob :roflmao:
At least you will have the mirrors to see Rob behind you :lol:

Stop talking about M mirrors, really want to do this mod but have spent far too much money on the Zed already and not even halfway through the year :head:

Tim.
You Zed looks brill Tim and has some great upgrades :thumb: . all you need now are the 2 finishing touches
1. M mirrors
2. nice chrome exhaust tail pipe.

you know you want too
:wave
Cheers Kevan, but the way my Piggy Bank is emtying it would be cheaper to buy an M :shock: :roflmao: but then no fun waiting for you to be the guinea pig :devil:

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Post by Titan » Mon 31 May, 2010 22:29

TitanTim wrote:Hi Terry, I think you may be right :lol: I wouldn't be suprised if the manufacturer uses the same mounting plates for the 6 and 4cyl models, they probably did the 6cyl brace first and didn't bother adapting the plates for the 4cyl models :roll: So us 4cyl peasants have to slum it with a hacksaw :lol:
That's not true Tim
Our 6cyl Sparco brace is also cranked :shock:
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Post by TitanTim » Mon 31 May, 2010 22:38

Titan wrote:
TitanTim wrote:Hi Terry, I think you may be right :lol: I wouldn't be suprised if the manufacturer uses the same mounting plates for the 6 and 4cyl models, they probably did the 6cyl brace first and didn't bother adapting the plates for the 4cyl models :roll: So us 4cyl peasants have to slum it with a hacksaw :lol:
That's not true Tim
Our 6cyl Sparco brace is also cranked :shock:
Edit, 6 and 4 Cylinder peasants, 3 spark plugs, 2 wing mirrors and a shiny knob in a Z3 :lol:

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Post by Titan » Mon 31 May, 2010 22:45

TitanTim wrote: Edit, 6 and 4 Cylinder peasants, 3 spark plugs, 2 wing mirrors and a shiny knob in a Z3 :lol:
Steady on Tim :!:
At this rate there may be a new Christmas Carol in 2010 :oops:
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Post by TitanTim » Mon 31 May, 2010 22:47

Titan wrote:
TitanTim wrote: Edit, 6 and 4 Cylinder peasants, 3 spark plugs, 2 wing mirrors and a shiny knob in a Z3 :lol:
Steady on Tim :!:
At this rate there may be a new Christmas Carol in 2010 :oops:
:roflmao: Think I've found a new vocation :oops:

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Post by Titan » Mon 31 May, 2010 23:06

TitanTim wrote: :roflmao: Think I've found a new vocation :oops:
No Tim - I think you need a vacation
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Post by Daz2626 » Mon 31 May, 2010 23:12

Back on subject gents, I think I ended up with an unidentyfiable mutant strutbrace on my m44 :?

<a href="http://s998.photobucket.com/albums/af10 ... dstrut.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i998.photobucket.com/albums/af10 ... dstrut.jpg" border="0" alt="Strut brace"></a>


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I am wholly convinced it sits too low for the single cam 1.9 now
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Post by TitanTim » Mon 31 May, 2010 23:22

Daz, the actual brace is very similar to the e-tech, the bar looks the same but I like the design of the tower plates over the e-tech as they contour over the blisters better :lol: probably won't distort as much.

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Post by TitanTim » Mon 31 May, 2010 23:23

Titan wrote:
TitanTim wrote: :roflmao: Think I've found a new vocation :oops:
No Tim - I think you need a vacation
A B&B in Blackpool should see me right :shock:

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Post by Titan » Mon 31 May, 2010 23:33

Daz2626 wrote:Back on subject gents, I think I ended up with an unidentyfiable mutant strutbrace on my m44 :?
I am wholly convinced it sits too low for the single cam 1.9 now
Not sure what your problem is with it Daz ?
It looks OK to me :puzzle:
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Post by Daz2626 » Mon 31 May, 2010 23:47

Titan wrote:
Daz2626 wrote:Back on subject gents, I think I ended up with an unidentyfiable mutant strutbrace on my m44 :?
I am wholly convinced it sits too low for the single cam 1.9 now
Not sure what your problem is with it Daz ?
It looks OK to me :puzzle:
No problems with it Terry just curious what breed it might be! no manufactures name or numbers at all on it
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Post by Titan » Tue 01 Jun, 2010 00:12

Daz2626 wrote:No problems with it Terry just curious what breed it might be! no manufactures name or numbers at all on it
Think I've still got a spare Sparco sticker if that will make you happier!
If your handling has improved (which it surely must have) does it really matter about ID numbers etc?
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Post by Daz2626 » Tue 01 Jun, 2010 00:18

Titan wrote:
Daz2626 wrote:No problems with it Terry just curious what breed it might be! no manufactures name or numbers at all on it
Think I've still got a spare Sparco sticker if that will make you happier!
If your handling has improved (which it surely must have) does it really matter about ID numbers etc?
Cheers for the offer but I've allready written OMP on it with a magic marker :D or did I write MPO, better check :dunce:
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Post by Canman » Tue 01 Jun, 2010 09:18

or was it OAP. :D

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Post by amancuso » Wed 02 Jun, 2010 18:03

Brace looks real nice! Never seen an M43 before, what are the specs on those?
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Post by TitanTim » Wed 02 Jun, 2010 20:04

amancuso wrote:Brace looks real nice! Never seen an M43 before, what are the specs on those?
Thanks amancuso,

some interesting reading here

http://users.belgacom.net/bmw_z3/bmw_z3_engines.htm

The M43 engine is basically the detuned version of the M44 that came out on the facelifted 1.9.

Argue with it being lighter than the 6cyl engines it makes the Zed a little more nimble :lol:

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