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I can't recommend the TEP engine brace... (archive)

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Posted by Dahveed on March 11, 2000 at 18:14:40:

In Reply to: Re: Watch out, It may hit the hood too....... posted by pierre² on March 11, 2000 at 14:18:01:


It would indeed be good to cut and weld on another snorkle to the OE air cleaner. I've thought about that myself.

Usually excessive engine shaking is due to worn engine and tranny mounts, not tired engines. Some people like to use large E12 engine mounts for the intake side mount, but it's recommended that the subframe be reinforced (around the steering box and motor mount arm) prior to doing that.

I don't like the TEP engine brace either. On a friends car it eventually broke off the boss (that the valve cover stud bolts into) it was bolted to on the cylinder head. My friend had to tap new threads and use an extra-long stud to secure his valve cover after that.

I heard that either Phaedrus or Ireland Eng. once fabricated something special for a customer in the past, that used 850csi components like a small strut to dampen the shaking. It bolted to the side of the head (exhaust port studs?), and was fabbed into the engine compartment on the other side. I heard it was prohibitively expensive to reproduce/engineer, but it's the only sound idea I've heard of.


: I also experience the sccrubing of the air filter
: against the hood, My solution, I didn't secure
: the hood.
: Naturally, only when the car was parked,

: I did install the oe filter housing with the
: adapter from weiber, and you have to cut the
: inside bottom of the housing, and there is
: o lot of curves, and I did fix it with 4 longuer
: allen screws from the inside of the housing.
: If you go this way, why not add an other snorkel,
: the tii filter have two!

: As for the rocking of the engine, it was more
: a matter of the motor telling me he was plain
: tired.

: Since the engine was jumping all over the engine
: bay I did try an engine brace with an aluminium
: braket, and it did break, and I then realise that
: all the engine brace are fix to the aluminium
: head, and all the torque of the engine is against
: the head, making me worried at all the added
: stress against the top of the engine.

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