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post Dec 3 2011, 08:35 AM
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New bits arrived today.





Points to the person who knows what they both are, first is simple and the second less so.
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post Dec 3 2011, 10:04 AM
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QUOTE(350Z @ Dec 3 2011, 11:35 AM) *
New bits arrived today.





Points to the person who knows what they both are, first is simple and the second less so.


First is a strut tower bar...

Second is some type of bypass.... or hose kit.... At first I thought some type of diverter valve, but it isn't that... Not quite sure.
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post Dec 3 2011, 10:27 AM
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looks like a baffled catch can for the PCV system.
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post Dec 3 2011, 01:10 PM
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oil catch can and upper strut brace.
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post Dec 4 2011, 05:04 AM
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They are front upper strut brace and an oil catch tank so you all got it.

Here is the brace sanded down and ready for a respray.



Also had to grind this corner down as the brace is from an Audi S3 and doesn't clear the bonnet lifter.



This is the bay as it stands right at this moment, I was thinking of going a bit 'showcar-ish' and doing everything in black and silver including sanding down the charge pipe and intake manifold so they are silver/chrome.



Also lost part of my badge so I was thinking about taking the letters off completely. Thoughts?

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post Dec 4 2011, 05:12 AM
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Without the "H" how will people know it's a Honda?

On a more serious note . . . I don't see any bolts on your strut towers. Maybe it's just the pic angle, but if not, how do you plan on attaching the brace?
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post Dec 4 2011, 05:28 AM
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"H" for Honda, are you being sarcastic Leif?
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post Dec 4 2011, 06:40 AM
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QUOTE(Bjorn @ Dec 4 2011, 01:12 PM) *
Without the "H" how will people know it's a Honda?

On a more serious note . . . I don't see any bolts on your strut towers. Maybe it's just the pic angle, but if not, how do you plan on attaching the brace?

I plan to drill the struts, I don't really see another option?
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post Dec 4 2011, 07:16 AM
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QUOTE(moe @ Dec 4 2011, 07:28 AM) *
"H" for Honda, are you being sarcastic Leif?


It's a Simpsons reference. The H gets stolen off of principal Skinner's Honda . . .


QUOTE(350Z @ Dec 4 2011, 08:40 AM) *
I plan to drill the struts, I don't really see another option?


You might want to consider welding it. I'm certainly no expert, but wouldn't drilling the towers mess with their integrity (especially if you're then going to be subjecting them to load)?
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post Dec 4 2011, 08:21 AM
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If the Audi S3 has a pretty much identical engine bay and has the brace bolted into the struts I see no reason to think the Leon struts can't have the same set up, also I can't really see how the struts could lose their integrity from having three holes in them.
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post Dec 4 2011, 10:26 AM
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QUOTE(Bjorn @ Dec 4 2011, 10:16 AM) *
It's a Simpsons reference. The H gets stolen off of principal Skinner's Honda . . .




You might want to consider welding it. I'm certainly no expert, but wouldn't drilling the towers mess with their integrity (especially if you're then going to be subjecting them to load)?


It wouldn't affect the strength of the tower, but welding it is a good alternative.
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post Dec 4 2011, 12:52 PM
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Welding is too permenant.
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post Dec 4 2011, 01:32 PM
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QUOTE(350Z @ Dec 4 2011, 03:52 PM) *
Welding is too permenant.


It is no different than drilling holes in the tower in terms of "permanence"

You take it off to sell and another buyer will know you had one installed.
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post Dec 4 2011, 02:07 PM
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You serious? If I want to change anything then bolts are far easier to remove and then put back.
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post Dec 4 2011, 03:45 PM
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QUOTE(350Z @ Dec 4 2011, 05:07 PM) *
You serious? If I want to change anything then bolts are far easier to remove and then put back.


I think we interpreted what was said above differently... I meant it is just as permanent looking when holes are drilled because if it is removed you can still tell a tower bar was there... Of course welding it does not allow ease of removal like a bolted in one.
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post Dec 4 2011, 07:13 PM
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What kind of sway/ anti roll bar are you running on the car? I would look into upgrading that if required before drilling into the strut.
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post Dec 4 2011, 11:33 PM
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26mm front and 25 mm rear non ajustable ARB's from H&R.
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post Dec 5 2011, 07:42 AM
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QUOTE(350Z @ Dec 5 2011, 01:33 AM) *
26mm front and 25 mm rear non ajustable ARB's from H&R.

Do you want the strut tower bar for performance or because it looks nice?
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post Dec 5 2011, 08:19 AM
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Bit of both, strut brace does look good but a stiffer chassis is always nice to have, especially when you're putting alot more power down than the car was initially designed for. It's not going to be a track car if thats what you're alluding towards.
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post Dec 5 2011, 11:28 AM
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QUOTE(350Z @ Dec 5 2011, 10:19 AM) *
Bit of both, strut brace does look good but a stiffer chassis is always nice to have, especially when you're putting alot more power down than the car was initially designed for. It's not going to be a track car if thats what you're alluding towards.


Are you noticing any chassis flex right now? What about a H-brace or chassis bracing of some sorts? In the Subaru world the strut tower brace does very little to add the the rigidity of the chassis. A rear X-brace is much better option. Not sure how things are in the Seat world.
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