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Post  garndi on 04/01/11, 09:02 pm

Strutbrace with 4th engine mount to help out the old sloppy Swift ones.

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These have been a long time in the making. The angles were really hard to get right.

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I have made the brace to the engine really strong. Bolts to the Gear Box top rear bolt, the inlet manifold stud & the top hole of the distributor.

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ATM these have only been tested on my Swift that has been modified, So all going to plan I will get hold of a standard GTi on Wednesday (test them) so that they can go out the door

I have done a small run of these and if they sell well I will make some more.

The one pictured above is painted (teenage mutant ninja turtle green) & will be available for sale.

I will be buying paint soon to do the other 4 so if your interested please let me know the colour of your choice.

As a lot of money and stupid amount of hours went into making these, laser cut flanges and the complete process was done at my friends machine shop, the cost per item is £150 + postage.

If your interested let me know.
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Post  STEVEGTI on 04/01/11, 09:36 pm

nice thats admin green lol

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Post  ADAM on 04/01/11, 11:09 pm

Looking very good. Cool
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Post  garndi on 04/01/11, 11:59 pm

Cheers, remember to bring your car tomorrow Very Happy .
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Post  ADAM on 05/01/11, 12:03 am

Well as long as it starts, and still has an MOT (due early this month at some point i think) it will be there. Very Happy
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Post  garndi on 05/01/11, 12:50 am

Nice one mate!, is your car still nice and clean?, I need to take pic's as well lol.

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Post  ADAM on 05/01/11, 03:58 pm

Yer the car is still pretty clean, just out of the body shop and a fresh coat of polish Very Happy
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Post  hobo on 05/01/11, 04:20 pm

they look shit hot how much they weight?
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Post  garndi on 05/01/11, 09:55 pm

They don't feel too bad. We had to make them really strong as there used for a 4th engine mount, so there is a bit of weight in them.

I made them for my car and I am very fussy when it come to weight, so I am also interested to find out Very Happy.

I will get the total weight when I work out the shipping costs and let you all know.

Did not get the chance to try them on Adam's car today, stuck at work all day and its pissing down outside... Mad .

Will get some more pic's soon + road test them.
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Post  Ryan... on 06/01/11, 12:07 am

that looks like a nice bit of kit compared to the OMP ones...

best sell my mountain bike to buy one haha

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Post  stevieh6 on 06/01/11, 12:37 pm

will the new mount fit the justy gearbox?
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Post  jesseswiftgti on 06/01/11, 01:30 pm

can you tell me the weight of this as i want to compare the weight to my omp brace, im very interested as iv fucked my engine mounts on my old engine
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Post  garndi on 06/01/11, 01:30 pm

Cheers Guys.

Yeah mate it 100% fits the Justy AWD gear box.
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Post  garndi on 06/01/11, 01:31 pm

jesseswiftgti wrote:can you tell me the weight of this as i want to compare the weight to my omp brace, im very interested as iv fucked my engine mounts on my old engine

Will do mate, just have to get them on the scales.
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Post  GTi-ASwift on 08/01/11, 11:46 am

Hey Garndi,

can you tell me if you can fashion one with a catch can in the middle?

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Post  shuja on 08/01/11, 05:15 pm

I'm so getting one when my car is back on road!

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Post  typhoon on 09/01/11, 07:55 am

looks good but what are the advantages of this strut brace as opposed to OMP ones?
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Post  STEVEGTI on 09/01/11, 10:30 am

the advantage is that it has a 4th engine mount/ stabilizer the swifts engine mounts from standard are not very good. this is a cheaper and easier alternative to buying ang changing all your engine mounts and its also not as harsh as race rally mounts. which alot of people will prefer and it will increase the life span of your stock engine mounts


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Post  leachy on 09/01/11, 11:09 am

Engine mounts r pants on the swift i just got a couple of new mounts and tiger sealed the gaps in the mounts and they seam alot more rigid havnt fitted em yet tho

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Post  garndi on 11/01/11, 01:29 am


OK got the chance to test these over the weekend on a few standard GTi's, thanks Jimbo! and also on Adam's car today cheers mate!.

The brace is doing its job very well and stopped the axle tramp on Adam's car.

I have put 2 for sale on ebay and I am taking colour requests atm so if there is interest and you want some special colour.... let me know before I paint these lot.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=180611352400#ht_891wt_1139

They fit extremely well (like a glove) so it was worth the wait, time and effort to get right!

Cheers
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Post  hobo on 11/01/11, 03:19 pm

are you going to carry on making these or just doing a limited run ?
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Post  garndi on 11/01/11, 04:06 pm

Depends on how they sell, if this first lot sell's ok then I will invest and buy more materials.

They seem to have plenty of interest on ebay so should be good and hopefully worth the effort!.

If you guy's want any feedback to see what there like, ask Adam as he is still road testing one Very Happy .
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Post  hobo on 11/01/11, 04:34 pm

we'll put my name down for the future anythings gotta be better than the omp ones
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Post  garndi on 12/01/11, 08:34 pm

Should have the weight tomorrow, when I get one to the post office.

Have a few left, just need painting...

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Post  garndi on 13/01/11, 07:29 pm

Got the weight today at the post office.

With all the bits Strutbrace, bolts, washers, adjustable stabiliser bar & wrapping/packaging the total weight was 3.5kgs.

Cheers
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