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MR2 Under Braces

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The rear under braces were severely rusted.  When I took them off, and attempted to clean the rust off they almost fell apart.  I could bend them by hand!  Suffice it to say, I don't think they were offering much toward chassis stiffness!  I found some steel pipe at the local hardware store (Lowes) and using a hammer and a vice, was able to get the pipe into the shape of the original stock braces.
Pipe:

The pipe was cut, hammered into shape, and holes drilled in the ends.  By repeatedly fitting them, and re-hammering, new braces were made.  Old braces vs new braces before painting:

Finished:

Installed (passenger and driver's side):

 

Last Updated on Saturday, 01 January 2011 06:03