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Old 12-07-2016, 12:15 PM
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Depends on how strong you are Jontezan, I am no magnus magnusson but its not as light as you would think it to be and you wouldn't want it falling on your face. Also, I have the diesel so I would be interested to find out if other models like the 4.4, etc did a different one in order to save weight. I mean... really? Its a 2200KG wagon... the odd pound aint going to matter. Like Amy Schumer, a couple of extra pounds isn't going to hurt anyone.
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Correct me if wrong, but there are two types of stiffening plates. One heavy one in steel, and the one that i have in aluminum. The later one doesnt weight much at all, easy to support and get the bolts back in 😄


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Old 12-07-2016, 03:01 PM
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Like Amy Schumer, a couple of extra pounds isn't going to hurt anyone.


My 03 3.0 has the aluminum one.
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So I am going to offer my opinion here on the stiffening plate removal/reinstallation. I have removed this plate and reinstalled it on 4 occasions using the same bolts and nuts. Once when I did the timing chain/guides and seals, another when I did the motor mounts, another when I did the sway bar upgrade and one other occasion that escapes my memory. In all cases there have been no ill effects in the reusing of the bolts and nuts. Just my 2 cents.
Thanks for confirming.

What torquing procedure do you use? Is the plastic deformation on the bolt threads noticeable?
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I had a leak from the PS low-pressure Hose where it meets the PS Pump.

I tightened the clamp a bit: This stopped the leak.

No need to drop the stiffening plate. All I did was:
- Remove the plastic shield. I posted photos in forum as there are 3-4 types of screws. Search for the photo (it is in the partial cooling overhaul thread).
- If you need more space, then drive the front up the wood ramps.
CN90, since this thread is about the stiffening plate, I posted a picture with a question back at a power steering thread...

http://www.xoutpost.com/1095028-post3.html

Would you mind taking a look?
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You aren't going to know if reusing the stiffing plate bolts was a good or bad idea unless the lower suspension is taxed beyond the limits of the design based on a stock suspension.

Suspension modifications increase the stress on the suspension exceeding the stock design capabilities.

However, designs are intended to exceed worst case circumstances without failure. Reusing the bolts reduces that gap. I have no idea how much but since

I have modified the suspension I don't consider reusing the bolts. If I knew why they chose that type of bolt and if a stronger bolt that would take higher torque would be better for a modified suspension I would change them out.
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Depends on how strong you are Jontezan, I am no magnus magnusson but its not as light as you would think it to be and you wouldn't want it falling on your face. Also, I have the diesel so I would be interested to find out if other models like the 4.4, etc did a different one in order to save weight. I mean... really? Its a 2200KG wagon... the odd pound aint going to matter. Like Amy Schumer, a couple of extra pounds isn't going to hurt anyone.


If you have the aluminum one, you can unbolt 5/6 bolts turn it aside and let it hang on the last bolt. I am no Samuelson either, but managed to take the plate down lying under the car. Btw in sweden we dont use any jacks 😜


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Btw in sweden we dont use any jacks 😜
Its all that lovely clean Swedish air that does it for you! BTW, You are driving a BMW in Sweden? I am surprised you have not been run out of town, surely its Volvo and Saab only!? (I joke but I had a Saab and loved it).

So, there are different stiffening plates? I did some research and it seems this is the case, Also the stiffening plates have different designs in terms of the inside. Mine has two access holes and some sound insulation material on the inside which is great for nuts, bolts and washers to get lost in.

Joshdub - hahaha, dude you have to love the Schumer... did I just make you shiver again?

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Its all that lovely clean Swedish air that does it for you! BTW, You are driving a BMW in Sweden? I am surprised you have not been run out of town, surely its Volvo and Saab only!? (I joke but I had a Saab and loved it).

So, there are different stiffening plates? I did some research and it seems this is the case, Also the stiffening plates have different designs in terms of the inside. Mine has two access holes and some sound insulation material on the inside which is great for nuts, bolts and washers to get lost in.

Joshdub - hahaha, dude you have to love the Schumer... did I just make you shiver again?

Happy friday y'all
Insulation is there to quell the diesel clatter.
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