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Old 01-18-2010, 10:05 PM   #15
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You got that right!

Imagine what his car is gonna look like if it's a slow winter at the machine shop


It actually has been pretty slow this year. When oil dropped off so did we. I pray every night for gas to go back up to $5.00/gal.

Hopefully 2010 will be a MUCH better year.
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Old 01-18-2010, 10:49 PM   #16
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Nice Work! I would buy that for sure. I have 3" pipes too and they do not have much clearance.
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Old 01-19-2010, 06:51 AM   #17
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TUNNEL brace. Thats what its called. Not a "cross chassis brace." I'm dumb.

I was also thinking about making some links that would connect to this brace and go all the way over to the each subframe. Was looking under there and there are 2 unused threaded holes on each side and they look lonely.. wanting to be used. Seems like that would really help rigidity.
when you make it yourself, and it looks that good, you can call it any dam thing you want to. Great job.
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Old 01-19-2010, 06:57 AM   #18
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It actually has been pretty slow this year. When oil dropped off so did we. I pray every night for gas to go back up to $5.00/gal.

Hopefully 2010 will be a MUCH better year.
I liked you for a few minutes.....


If you tie it to the subframe it'll be taking a lot more stress, the rear subframe bushings are pretty soft so it moves quite a bit.
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Old 01-19-2010, 07:08 AM   #19
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yeah i would be down to buy one also. start building.
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Old 01-19-2010, 07:47 AM   #20
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very nice work.
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Old 01-19-2010, 08:31 AM   #21
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Beautiful craftsmanship - you have serious talent my friend!
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Old 01-19-2010, 08:39 AM   #22
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Old 01-19-2010, 08:59 AM   #23
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Old 01-19-2010, 09:03 AM   #24
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I find myself wanting something like that and I am in Austin which I believe is Central Texas'ish no?

As others have said start building
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Old 01-19-2010, 09:58 AM   #25
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Excelent work!

I looked in my garage and found nothing like that machine.

I will try it with my cordless drill in a vise tomorrow.
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Old 01-19-2010, 10:02 AM   #26
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That would be ausome if you could design this for my automatic...
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Old 01-19-2010, 11:33 AM   #27
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Honestly trying to help - not to be a wet blanket here...

1) The structural "contribution" of the shield is realized when bolted in place, so while it seems flimsy when removed from the vehicle, it does quite a bit when installed.

2) If greater durability/longevity is needed (because someone is driving their vehicle under aggressive circumstances) then maybe having a stiffer brace would be of benefit as part of an overall structural package. Signs of "more" being needed would be an observation of a buckled brace due to permanent deformation - or elongated attachment holes at the bolts. If anyone has observed this on an OEM brace, it would be good to know what the driving conditions have been and it would justify the need for "more beef".

3) The bolts are receiving higher than normal bending forces when installed using a spacer, as shown. Higher grade bolts may be needed.

4) Aluminum doesn't hold up to fatigue as well as steel does - so the design, as shown, may need some additional features to alleviate stress concentrations. Larger radii in the "cut outs", for one.

5) The design should directly strap the front bolts to the rear bolts on the opposing side as well as straight across to prevent "matchboxing". Think of a frame with an "X" pattern lined up with the bolts.

6) A gasket should be used to isolate the aluminum from the steel underbody (and fasteners) to prevent galvanic corrosion.

The spacers certainly do the trick and this definitely looks better than stock.
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Old 01-19-2010, 12:20 PM   #28
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Thanks for all the positive feedback everyone. Maybe this weekend I'll look at tweeking my design a little bit with an X brace pocket. Considering doing a run of about 30-50 pieces and sell em.
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