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Old 10-03-2019, 11:21 AM
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Has anyone installed the DINAN Strut Brace?

I was lucky enough to get my hands on a really decent one a few months ago (not the broken one on eBay). It is fully assembled, but my question, likely from those who have actually performed the installation themselves, is do I use existing hardware on strut towers to anchor, or do I need to seek out longer bolts? Thanks to anyone with knowledge of this!

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Old 10-03-2019, 11:55 AM
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There are no bolts. The studs up top are part of the the shock/strut tower mounts. Use the existing hardware to mount the Dinan bar. There are recesses on the mounting plate for the OE nuts.
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There are no bolts. The studs up top are part of the the shock/strut tower mounts. Use the existing hardware to mount the Dinan bar. There are recesses on the mounting plate for the OE nuts.
Thanks CW! Sounds like I might be carving some of the wiper fluid bottle to accomodate, but otherwise should be good to go. Did you have to modify anything for fitment?

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Don't have to cut or modify anything. It's a tight fit. There is a trick to it but it's been so long I've forgotten... like most things I've done. Might have to separate one side of the bar or something, last time I had it off was when I had to have it welded because the stud had sheared off the bar. I didn't even know it was broken until servicing the washer tank one day. Had probably been broken since I bought the X.
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Install the Dinan plates and then slide the bar behind the washer fluid tank first and push the bolt in toward the rear of vehicle so you can get a wrench in there. The bar will drop down to connect to the driver's side.
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I was lucky enough to get my hands on a really decent one a few months ago (not the broken one on eBay). It is fully assembled, but my question, likely from those who have actually performed the installation themselves, is do I use existing hardware on strut towers to anchor, or do I need to seek out longer bolts? Thanks to anyone with knowledge of this!

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what was broken on the ebay one?
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what was broken on the ebay one?
It was 3 or 4 months ago...one of the connection points to the foot were broken off. Whole thing looked worthless to me. Tough to introduce stress to anything less than structurally sound right there.
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There are no bolts. The studs up top are part of the the shock/strut tower mounts. Use the existing hardware to mount the Dinan bar. There are recesses on the mounting plate for the OE nuts.
+1 to what Crystalworks said. I have this on my 4.6is and its a sweet upgrade on the X5.
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Thanks CW! Sounds like I might be carving some of the wiper fluid bottle to accomodate, but otherwise should be good to go. Did you have to modify anything for fitment?

Adam
Should not have to cut washer bottle to make it fit/work.
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Has anyone installed the DINAN Strut Brace?

Alright, got her installed. Only trouble was the strut bolt coming up through center of towers needed to be shaved down to clear and let the footing plates sit flush on the shock towers. Feels good and tight, but seems to be a slight clunk when road gets a little bit uneven. Any ideas? Bar feels super-firm.


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