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Old 05-02-2010, 03:51 PM   #35
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I tried today to install mine and what a PITA to get that 1 hole drilled on top of the strut bracket rivet! Even after an hours worth of drilling, removing the hood strut tube, and breaking 3 drill bits, I manged to drill the hole and install the rivnut. Only problem it, it was NOT at the correct angle and now the hole does NOT line up with the bolt ;(

Very disappointed with myself with this install. I now have a brace I can not install. :(

Any thoughts? I did not attempt the other 3 holes since I could not fasten the 1st one.
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Old 05-02-2010, 08:40 PM   #36
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I tried today to install mine and what a PITA to get that 1 hole drilled on top of the strut bracket rivet! Even after an hours worth of drilling, removing the hood strut tube, and breaking 3 drill bits, I manged to drill the hole and install the rivnut. Only problem it, it was NOT at the correct angle and now the hole does NOT line up with the bolt ;(

Very disappointed with myself with this install. I now have a brace I can not install. :(

Any thoughts? I did not attempt the other 3 holes since I could not fasten the 1st one.

Installed mine this afternoon, yes one of the holes line up on the hood brace, but I drilled through mine the first time. (its a little tougher than the rest)

If you only drilled one hole so far, how can it not line up.

(I positioned the tower brace where I liked it, then I pre-Drilled one hole with a 3/8 bit, installed the nut thingy and bolted it on. Then i pre-drilled the rest of the holes. The final hole will have to be larger than 3/8, i just used that size to pre drill them.)

Pretty simple install for not coming with any instructions.
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Old 05-03-2010, 12:39 AM   #37
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Installed mine this afternoon, yes one of the holes line up on the hood brace, but I drilled through mine the first time. (its a little tougher than the rest)

If you only drilled one hole so far, how can it not line up.

(I positioned the tower brace where I liked it, then I pre-Drilled one hole with a 3/8 bit, installed the nut thingy and bolted it on. Then i pre-drilled the rest of the holes. The final hole will have to be larger than 3/8, i just used that size to pre drill them.)

Pretty simple install for not coming with any instructions.
Mine came with very good instructions - Also, instructions are here: http://www.pfadtracing.com/blog/?page_id=113 - only problem is they don't tell you to take the angle into account. The holes for the rear one - I only drilled the 1 on the prop up bracket - are at an angle. So I drilled the hole through the first layer (used 1/2" drill bit even though they specified 17/32 which I could not find), then drilled straight down for the 2nd layer. Well, after installing the RivNut, it came out flush & straight. However, the rear holes in the brace are at an angle, so the 1 hole I drilled does not go in.

So, I'm screwed ;( No pun intended. I have to get another RivNut and sell it since it can't mount anywhere else. I also had a Very difficult time drilling that rivet on the prop rod bracket ;(

Oh well...glad yours went in fine.
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Old 05-10-2010, 01:05 PM   #38
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Michael_Js,

We are sorry to hear about the install trouble you are having. We really want to make sure this gets sorted out, and we want you to give us a call directly to discuss. As long as the first hole is drilled in the correct location, it should pull in a normal direction to the surface (perpendicular). If this is the case then this install should be salvageable for sure. Can you send me pics to "blair@pfadtracing.com" so we can get a better idea of what may have gone wrong? We will be happy to help! Please follow up with me/us to get this taken care of.
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Old 05-10-2010, 02:48 PM   #39
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Can this brace fit the v6?
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Old 05-10-2010, 07:17 PM   #40
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Old 05-11-2010, 11:28 AM   #41
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Michael_Js,

We are sorry to hear about the install trouble you are having. We really want to make sure this gets sorted out, and we want you to give us a call directly to discuss. As long as the first hole is drilled in the correct location, it should pull in a normal direction to the surface (perpendicular). If this is the case then this install should be salvageable for sure. Can you send me pics to "blair@pfadtracing.com" so we can get a better idea of what may have gone wrong? We will be happy to help! Please follow up with me/us to get this taken care of.
Thanks, I appreciate any support. I will get pictures to you by the end of the week with comments...

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Can you post pictures up here? Maybe someone here can also help.
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Old 05-11-2010, 12:16 PM   #43
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Can you post pictures up here? Maybe someone here can also help.
This is a good idea as well.
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Old 05-15-2010, 06:23 PM   #44
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Unhappy My Mis-Install

Ok, here are some shots.

The brace, laid in place:
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The 1st (and only) hole drilled. Now, drilling was very tough as the 1/2" bit was long and the drill kept hitting, and scraping, the fiberglass hood. I could NOT get a clean hole directly over the rivet of the hood brace and it slipped over to the side - closest to the fender.

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You can then see how that much off causes the brace not to line up - and therefore, it sits at an angle and cannot be bolted in. I have tried, and it just won't connect...

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If you guys can tell me where I can get another RivNut insert, maybe I can sell the kit to someone else since it hasn't been used.

Thanks,
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Old 05-15-2010, 06:59 PM   #45
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If you guys can tell me where I can get another RivNut insert, maybe I can sell the kit to someone else since it hasn't been used.

Thanks,
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You can try McMaster-Carr to see if you can find another rivnut but it wouldn't hurt to ask Pfadt.

http://www.mcmaster.com/#rivet-nuts/=73sqzd

Out of curiosity, it looks like your PFADT camber plates are positioned for caster adjustment.
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Old 05-17-2010, 01:33 PM   #46
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Michael J,

Can you remove the sealing pad and take those pics again? It is supposed to go on the inside of wheel well anyway. Its hard to tell exactly what happened with that sealing pad blocking what is underneath. Lets take a look at that area and see if we salvage the install. Thanks!
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Old 05-21-2010, 01:01 PM   #47
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Ok, hopefully you can tell better with these pictures. Basically, no matter what I used, I could not get the hoel to start on TOP of the bracket rivet. I broke several small drill bits and used a brand new 1/2" drill bit to make the hole. You can see that the hole is off to the side, which is why it's angled.

The 1 shot from the "other" side is blurry as my camera wouldn't focus that close - sorry.

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Old 05-22-2010, 11:54 PM   #48
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while a I understand the strut tower need, that is an ugly strut bar. How do you get the engine cover off?
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Where would I be able to get Pfadt suspension components installed in PHX? If I have to, I could do the 12 hr drive to SLC.
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Where would I be able to get Pfadt suspension components installed in PHX? If I have to, I could do the 12 hr drive to SLC.
http://www.loudpdl.com/index.php

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Old 05-26-2010, 03:06 AM   #51
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Ok, hopefully you can tell better with these pictures. Basically, no matter what I used, I could not get the hoel to start on TOP of the bracket rivet. I broke several small drill bits and used a brand new 1/2" drill bit to make the hole. You can see that the hole is off to the side, which is why it's angled.

The 1 shot from the "other" side is blurry as my camera wouldn't focus that close - sorry.

Thanks,
Michael J.

Boy you have some paint repair to do under the hood.
I would say get a new insert from Pfadt. I'm sure they will give you one and walk you through a fix.

I would do what I could to salvage the install, because I wouldn't want just a hole there staring at me every time I opened the hood.
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