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Old 05-29-2012, 09:41 AM   #11
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I have a co-worker who is an ASE certified mechanic in Garner who would probably have a good suggestion for welding shops in that area. I'll check with him and let him know if you want it done right away, otherwise Clint's offer is a good one (especially since Raleigh is a bit out of his way). I have an electric impact gun if it is needed, let me know and I can meet you all down there.
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Old 05-29-2012, 04:59 PM   #12
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I have a co-worker who is an ASE certified mechanic in Garner who would probably have a good suggestion for welding shops in that area. I'll check with him and let him know if you want it done right away, otherwise Clint's offer is a good one (especially since Raleigh is a bit out of his way). I have an electric impact gun if it is needed, let me know and I can meet you all down there.
dude, you guys are too cool. i appreciate all the help. check with your buddy because i do prefer a tig weld after learning the differences and talking to a few more people. i would prefer to use someone based on a reference though. Would love it if they had experience doing work on cars. i want it done clean.

if it doesnt work out this way i will wait until clowe can help. but let me know if your friend can refer anyone.
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An impact gun makes it easier if you are dissembling the strut for drop springs, and is almost necessary for putting them back together but not for the strut brace. Keep us posted on the situation and try to make it to some of the events, we've got a great group of people with a lot of advice and a lot of fun to hang out with. There's a cruise going on this weekend to the Diamondback if you haven't already seen the thread.
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Problem is my weekends are busier than my week due to my job.

If I weld this on, then down the road I upgrade or change my suspension, does this brace impact it at all? Will I be screwed?
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I wonder if the brace adds much in the way of NVH. It seems everything I add does.
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It might interfere with a roll cage but that is about it. That might be an argument to not do a full around weld of it, less grinding to get it off if you want to. A 1" weld strip on the top and bottom of each bracket should be sufficient, 1/8" fillet. I agree with alan on the NVH, though any vibrations from the shock towers is probably already transferred due to the structure. In that portion of the vehicle there isn't much reason for a strut brace. The trunk area is pretty well framed up already, but if you already have it might as well....just my opinion.
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i decided to send it back. no need to spend $175 on that right now. i have the front brace, and i might just save up for a Boss intake manifold or better exhaust.

thanks very much for the offer to help! it was very cool of you! good karma coming your way..
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A little late, but I checked with Steve and he told me about a shop just south of the inner beltline on 401/Capitol Blvd just before you get downtown, he couldn't remember the name of the shop but it's a fairly new hot rod place. I'll see if I can find it later on just in case anyone else needs to know.
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i decided to send it back. no need to spend $175 on that right now. i have the front brace, and i might just save up for a Boss intake manifold or better exhaust.

thanks very much for the offer to help! it was very cool of you! good karma coming your way..
Definitely need a new exhaust, stock is waaaaay too quiet.
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