Braces

Started by Carolyn, September 24, 2019, 08:46

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Snelbaard

Well I'm planning something similar: I'll be making TRD-like front braces that will work with and without midbraces. Everyting is going to work together a treat!
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Carolyn

Quote from: Beachbum957 on November  4, 2019, 13:09
Quote from: Carolyn on November  2, 2019, 18:15
Quote from: Snelbaard on November  2, 2019, 18:08That looks absolutely spectacular. You'll put me out of my breastplate business, but for all the right reasons!
Can I just request mine not be powder coated/painted? I'll have to adapt it a bit to work with my TRD front brace. Then I'll powder coat it myself.

I have TRD front on my car. It had to be adapted to work with the TTE (Mattbrace in my case). I cut off the end tubes and moved them in slightly. I'm using 2mm steel for the endplate angles (rather than 3mm) so it might work ok.

Have you reserved one?  I ask, 'cos I'm only doing six to start with and they are spoken for.  Although at least one person usually backs out.

Sorry to rain on your parade, but, as I looked at making it compatible, good engineering dictated that it couldn't be done!

You're a good man!!
I am in the US so shipping would not be nice, otherwise I might be interested.

It would seem that people who want a mid brace may already have a TRD or similar front brace that uses the same mounting points, so why not just configure the front cross member to give clearance for a front brace and include spacer plates for those who aren't using a front brace?  Just an idea

Unfortunately that won't work. The clearance is dictated by the chassis, not the brace. 
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Beachbum957

Quote from: Carolyn on November  4, 2019, 13:48Unfortunately that won't work. The clearance is dictated by the chassis, not the brace. 
Yeah, I wasn't thinking!  Really nice brace though.

Carolyn

Quote from: Beachbum957 on November  4, 2019, 17:33
Quote from: Carolyn on November  4, 2019, 13:48Unfortunately that won't work. The clearance is dictated by the chassis, not the brace. 
Yeah, I wasn't thinking!  Really nice brace though.

I've gone with 2mm plate for the mounting angles instead of the 3mm the TTE uses. I reckon grinding a mil of the face to the TRD mounts and a good knock with a hammer, will do the trick...
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igla

Still fine with me. I'm currently still searching for a 2zz motor mount, so swap is not happening yet :)

Can anyone point me in the right direction or maybe know someone that has one for sale, apart from the obvious choices?
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Carolyn

Here's the first fitting to a car.

Now we can sort out the tabs for attaching to the six points in the floor.

Nearly there.

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Snelbaard

looks properly chunky!
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Snelbaard

can't wait to get my hands on it :)
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Carolyn

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shnazzle

That's rather light for the size of it.
I wonder what the TTE weighs. Undoubtedly less, but then it's nowhere near as substantial
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Carolyn

Got to be a couple of kilos lighter.
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Hawkes41

5kg is not bad at all!

Carolyn

Keeping you lot updated. 

I've not been well for a few days, so I've not been in the workshop....

On the mend now, so should make progress shortly.

Aren't you all glad that I only ask for money when they are shipped??

Bear with me!

c
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Sorry to hear you've not been well! Glad you're doing better..
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househead

@Carolyn take all the time you need! Glad you're on the way back to feeling better.
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Chilli Girl

Quote from: Carolyn on November 14, 2019, 09:39Keeping you lot updated. 

I've not been well for a few days, so I've not been in the workshop....

On the mend now, so should make progress shortly.

Aren't you all glad that I only ask for money when they are shipped??

Bear with me!

c

Glad you're feeling better C.
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shnazzle

Get thee  better. 
Doubt many of us are going to be lying under the car in this weather anyway. 
Mine will be spared this winter for sure
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Carolyn

Just to keep folk up to date:

The under braces are now fully welded up and they've all been trial fitted one more tine and been 'fettled'.  (Things tend to move about a bit when there's a lot of welding).

They've now gone to the powder-coaters.

I've had to have them all coated to get the job up to their minimum order requirement.

I won't get them back for about a week.

So I'll be dispatching them after the holidays.

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Carolyn

Pdate:

I just installed a 'Superbrace' on my silver car.  I removed the TTE/Mattbrace and the oem breastplate to do the install.  I had to trim the rear plastic side covers a little but the new brace holds them in place ok.

I've made a first attempt at the replacement for the pipe support clips that attach to the old breastplate.  Needs a bit more development, but the pipes are all secure...

I did have to fettle the holes at the rear corners a little, even though the brace fitted fine on the blue car.  I suspect a little fettling will probably be required as each car will differ slightly.  Accomplished quite quickly with a rat-tail file.  As my local fabricator is find of saying: "You have to fettle to fit".

I've now been for a drive and went looking for lumps, bumps and potholes.  It's a massive improvement over the TTE set-up.  I gave the suspension a damn good workout, the chassis just soaked it up.

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J88TEO

Great!
Looking forward to getting this and ready Mrs2 for the summer mponths.

Carolyn

#74
Sorry - like all our development work, the design is copyright.

Edit:  Three out of the last two batches of strut braces went to the continent.  One went to Slovenia.  So shipping is doable.

However, there would have to be a few more requests to justify making more right now.
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