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Author: Todd Marcucci
The "Mingster" Brace
What You Need
Once you have the car raised (be sure it is secure), slide under it and remove these four bolts using the 14mm socket and ratchet:
Once these four bolts are removed, you will need to line up the brace and hand-thread the new (longer) bolts in place:
It might be necessary to thread them in a few threads each in order for them to all fit properly. The brace used here was slightly warped, which required some slack in the bolts for the bolt holes to line up right. Once they were, the brace went on and tightened down just fine. Be careful when threading them and starting to tighten the bolts that they are not cross-threaded. If the bolts don't go in fairly easy, back them out and try again. You might need to put them in again with the bar out to make sure they are not crossed and thread fine. You do NOT want to strip the threads on the body!
Unless your install instructions state otherwise, the bolts should each be torqued down to 28 ft-lbs, the Honda factory torque spec. Once you torque them down, you are ready to lower the car and take it for a test spin. Enjoy your new, stiffer chassis!
As always, feel free to email the author with comments, critiques, etc.
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