A friend and I tried installing my UNIbrace yesterday and were shattered after 5 hours of fail. The install took so long because it was a new process to us both including stripping the interior.
Initial pictures before I got fed up and put the camera away :
I ran into some issues I hope you guys can assist with :
1. The first was drilling the upper mounting points , we measured everything over and over again , let alone just twice until we were happy that our fitment template looked as close to possible as the images in the rather vague installation guide. Once we drilled we immediately found a secondary layer of metal below and were unsure as to drilling it because of no mention of said layer in the instructions. Having just read LoyalSage's Unibrace thread I see this is now correct.
2. This is the most concerning issue and I hope the 4 door R32 doesnt differ somewhat to the 2 door , we found the area of installtion to have a "dip" as seen below :
Which leads to this gap when alligning the brace :
Now if you tighten the top it pulls the bottom of the brace away from the body.
We stopped after installing just one nutsert due to this concern. Is this normal or is my 4 door incompatible with the brace?
Also , the first nutsert install went badly and we had to drill it out , leaving it somewhere in my car. When we installed it the nutsert pulled to the side completely throwing off the mounting point of the brace.
I hope you guys can assist as I do want to get this in , even after the first install left me far from impressed