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    Thread: my UNIbrace woes :(

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      04-29-2012 08:27 AM #1
      Hi guys

      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

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      04-29-2012 08:36 AM #2
      I cannot comment on the compatibility, but I am sure a small spacer, like a thick washer, wont do any harm.

      I'd like this brace, but I also like transporting my bike in the car when I go mountain biking.
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      04-29-2012 08:40 AM #3
      Quote Originally Posted by SKYdude View Post
      I cannot comment on the compatibility, but I am sure a small spacer, like a think washer, wont do any harm.

      I'd like this brace, but I also like transporting my bike in the car when I go mountain biking.
      I agree , we would have also gone with the washer , however we thought it safer to check first

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      04-29-2012 01:34 PM #4
      watching. i hope to learn a thing or two from this thread before i install my unibrace... hope you figure it out.

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      04-29-2012 01:56 PM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by LoyalSage View Post
      watching. i hope to learn a thing or two from this thread before i install my unibrace... hope you figure it out.
      Thanks mate , hopefully some of the guys here can help out. BetaOp9 said he had the same issues , hopefully Bruce will chime in

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      04-29-2012 02:37 PM #6
      Don't get discouraged. This went better then the first time Shawn and I went at it.
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      04-29-2012 04:57 PM #7
      Hey Grant,

      I do my best to follow forums, but sometimes I miss posts. If you were having so much trouble with your UNIbrace XB why didn't you simply email me? I am always available to answer questions, but it's better to do so before getting into trouble.

      My first question, did you use the installation instructions? They are pretty comprehensive and have been honed by user comments through over a thousand installs.

      Regarding the "dip" you can use a washer, but I don't think this is essential as the rest of the brace is bearing directly onto a flat surface. As long as the nutserts are sufficiently torqued there will not be a problem with that gap.

      Regarding your comment about the brace lifting when one nutsert is installed, this is normal and will be rectified when all four nutserts are correctly installed and torqued equally.

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      04-29-2012 10:15 PM #8
      I don't know if this will help, but here is my 4-door A3 install vortex write-up:

      http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...e-XB-3-install
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      04-29-2012 10:17 PM #9
      JRutter: Thanks for posting

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      04-30-2012 02:35 AM #10
      Hi Guys

      Thanks to Bruce Levin for giving me a call this morning and just chatting me through my concerns. It appears that for the most part we are on track and the install seems to be on the right track.

      We'll get back at this on the weekend and finish it up , one nutsert at a time

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      04-30-2012 05:01 AM #11
      Just before we finish this , can anyone else confirm they also have that "dip/indentation" just to put my mind at ease?

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      04-30-2012 12:39 PM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by SKYdude View Post
      I'd like this brace, but I also like transporting my bike in the car when I go mountain biking.
      It's simply four bolts.

      Easy to remove.

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      04-30-2012 04:38 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by sixteen10 View Post
      Just before we finish this , can anyone else confirm they also have that "dip/indentation" just to put my mind at ease?
      Good luck with the install..... may the force be with you

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      04-30-2012 04:44 PM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by HOWIE-WP View Post
      Good luck with the install..... may the force be with you
      Thanks Howie


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