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Old 04-18-2019, 09:08 PM
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Originally Posted by jpowersjr2 View Post
Thank you so much for posting this! I have the same brace and I'm installing it here very soon along with my Whiteline diff bushings. My mind was just slightly blown with that little trick you came up with, definitely using that.

I'm glad to hear good things so far and especially that the fitment was on point. I think the brace looks pretty cool up there .
Glad you enjoyed my MacGyver moment.

Want another tip? Like I said, I installed the subframe bolts by inserting the bolt downward, and the nuts on the underside (instead of the other way around.) Either way, you also have some washers to spread the connection. So I used some double-sided indoor/outdoor tape to attach a washer to the underside of the bolt head. That way, the washer was fixed for the install.
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Old 04-18-2019, 11:26 PM
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Took the car out again late night, partly to check out the new headlight bulbs (nice!), but mostly so I can get straight in my head the review I just put down. And I wasn't wrong the first time around, the driving dynamics have certainly changed for the better. I ran a couple of second gear WOT shifts into 3rd, and it was like butter, clicking right into place. First gear crawls around the parking lot are smoother, and first gear launches hook up with authority. It's a collection of things, for sure... including wide rear performance tires and LSD.

Anyway, this brace is a solid mod for the 6MT. I keep seeing the phrase "get rid of the slop in the rear", but honestly I didn't know I had slop in the rear until I got rid of it and had the comparative context to know it's gone.

I wonder how it will hold up over time, like 3 or 4 years from now? On the one hand, this is a lot of real-world changes sitting on two little bolts. But I've got the Whiteline diff bushings back there too, and Z1's transmission mount further up front, so I'm already reinforcing the drive train in a way that should (?) put less stress on the diff brace than otherwise. IDK... not an engineer.

And if I'm digging this so much, will the motor mount swap be that much better, less or more of the same? Still two to four weeks out for that project.

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Old 04-19-2019, 09:16 AM
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great review ...looking forward to getting mine even more now
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Old 04-22-2019, 02:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Rochester View Post
Cold fronts warm up over the lake, and warm fronts pick up the moisture dumping it here as lake effect snow.

Original HID bulbs for over a decade? It's time. Heck, it's past time, Hashim.

Here's a good video on the bulb replacement:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShSW-Vq7T1M
Did the bulbs over the weekend while tending to some other stuff...this video was very helpful-thanks for posting it,.... I don't know how he got the camera angle he did but it was exactly what I needed....so far I'm not sure if I can tell a difference (I haven't driven in the dark yet)...but I did notice that both my bulbs were clouded white in the little round part of the glass in the middle and the new ones were clear so it probably is going to be much brighter.. now I Just gotta wait for my diff brace (shipped today whohoo!)....all your praise for it is making me impatient to get it on my car...
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Originally Posted by Hashim View Post
Did the bulbs over the weekend while tending to some other stuff...this video was very helpful-thanks for posting it,.... I don't know how he got the camera angle he did but it was exactly what I needed....so far I'm not sure if I can tell a difference (I haven't driven in the dark yet)...but I did notice that both my bulbs were clouded white in the little round part of the glass in the middle and the new ones were clear so it probably is going to be much brighter.. now I Just gotta wait for my diff brace (shipped today whohoo!)....all your praise for it is making me impatient to get it on my car...
You're very welcome, Hashim. I'm happy to help.

Pretty sure you'll notice how much stronger your headlights pierce the dark. And I know you'll like the diff brace. Go bump 4DRZ's review thread with pics and comments, and I'll look forward to reading them.

6MT, right? And do you already have the diff bushing upgrades?

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Originally Posted by Rochester View Post
You're very welcome, Hashim. I'm happy to help.

Pretty sure you'll notice how much stronger your headlights pierce the dark. And I know you'll like the diff brace. Go bump 4DRZ's review thread with pics and comments, and I'll look forward to reading them.

6MT, right? And do you already have the diff bushing upgrades?
I wish it was the 6MT...still running the old 5AT...I know someone (maybe you) mentioned somewhere else that the 7AT guys haven't noticed as big of a difference...my expectations are that it will be somewhere in between as I'm running 3.69 gears with an LSD with the 5AT and AWD

funny thing about the collars...bought them last April and they're still sitting on my work bench though, never got a chance to install them s....I'm thinking I will put in just the brace first as I anticipate it to be a relatively quick install and I will drive it around a few weeks and put in the collars on a day when I can set more time aside for the install and see if I notice a difference...I'll definitely add to 4door Z's thread when I get it on....
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Old 04-22-2019, 08:40 PM
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Thanks for sharing- are those 4 bolts the only bolts needed to screw on (and/or off)? edit- im actually confusing it with the other diff mount so where did you buy this one?

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Old 04-22-2019, 10:18 PM
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Originally Posted by AARONHL View Post
Thanks for sharing- are those 4 bolts the only bolts needed to screw on (and/or off)? edit- im actually confusing it with the other diff mount so where did you buy this one?
I set up a Group Buy thread with Bell back in January. That's how I bought the mount, from the manufacturer.

Bell makes two diff braces. A three-point brace intended for aftermarket diff covers (although it also works for the OEM diff cover), and a four-point brace that only works with the OEM diff cover. The one I bought and installed was the 4-point brace, which has four bolts... two large ones on the diff, and two small ones on the bottom of the sub-frame. The 3-point brace has two large bolts on the diff, and one large bolt on the side of the sub-frame.

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As I think about the brace, and having been driving the car for 5 days now, it's becoming the new normal pretty quickly. Getting harder to compare before/after. But I know I like what it's done for the drive-train. It's all good.

Except I keep thinking about how all this because of two little bolts on the underside of the sub-frame. Don't know why that bugs me, but it bugs me.
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Thanks for the nice review of the differential brace. I still have a Nismo finned differential cover to install and am now considering adding this brace at the same time!
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Old 05-10-2019, 06:56 AM
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Motor Mounts

Motor Mounts installed yesterday. Here's the review thread:

http://www.myg37.com/forums/g37-seda...ml#post4241755

...and these are the OEM mounts, buh-bye.


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