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Old 08-31-2004, 07:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Gentlemen,

I just purchased a CAI (no name pipe with Dinan filter and water sleeve) and an Eibach front strut tower brace.



Questions:

1. Can I just undo the bolts at the top of the strut tower and install the brace as simply as that?

2. I believe I have to relocate one of the horns in order to have the CAI fit properly. Where do you relocate it to?

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Yes you can just take the nuts off.

BUT, if you don't use an impact wrench it will just spin underneath and the nut will not loosen. The only problem would be if you tried to undo the nuts while the front wheels were in the air, then the struts would fall out.
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Care to explain what an impact wrench does?
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Itstead of making a big twisting force on the nut, the impact wrench basically uses short pulses (impacts) to get the nut off.

See if you can get one of the techs to help you out at the dealer. It won't take but 30 minutes to install it, probably less.
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the strut bar goes on the bolts from the strut hat, not on the actuall rod in the strut. Kevin is talking about a different part. To install the strut brace you bought you will probably need to pick up a few washers, like 3 for each nut, you'll see why when you go to install it. All you do is take like a 12mm socket and a ratchet and take the nuts off, place the washers on the bolts that are pointing through and place the strut brace on, then put the nuts back onto the bolt and tighten them down.
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Are the washers used because the cruise control wire runs overtop of the left strut tower?

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It appears that I have two horns behind my left headlight, do they both need to be moved?
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Only one of the horns needs to be moved, and you will have to cut or bend the piece that held on that horn.

The strut car should have a dent cut out in it for the wires so that they do not cause an interference.
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