This part is sold by Club
Elan in Korea
High performance suspension components, combined with spirited driving, place
extra loads on your car's structure. Flexing of the body structure can in turn
lead to suspension geometry changes which may affect handling. The JUNTOS strut
tower brace features quality design and construction details which both enhance
performance and appearance.
Final pictures of fitting and the installed product attached, I will be out
for a drive tomorrow, if the weather stays dry, but here is a review of fitting.
Install involves lifting boot carpet. Locating two big bolts inside boot, just
forward of suspension tower fittings. One each side of the car. If the car is
50k + miles it's worth getting some WD40 on the underside nuts, they are inside
the box section of the suspension tower. You should not have to remove the wheels,
unless the nuts are really rusty. As you loosen the bolt from above, use your
spare hand to catch the nut underneath the wheel arch - in the suspension tower
box section. Once off, you will note ( and see from attached pictures ) that its
the triangular metal section attached to it that keeps it from spinning - as its
trapped in the square box section. I had trouble on one side where the triangular
metal just got all chewed up, as the nut was rusted onto the bolt. A fair bit
of WD40 and then applying some heat ( just my luck it was on the petrol tank side
of the car - hence extreme care with blow torch ) got the nut off in the end.
Now make your own choice on how to get the strut to "live" with the
boot carpet. You could just have one bolt hole each side of carpet, and bolt down
on top. But I choose a slit in the carpet, so bolts are under carpet and the strut
passes through the carpet. You may have been supplied two long bolts with the
strut. Some people I hear did not receive the bolts. I did, however, even though
they were longer and the correct diameter. The thread was spaced different to
the originals. Hence they would not fit the original nuts. So a quick trip to
a local store with one of the original nuts/bolts and you will easily find a match
( the ones I got were labeled 10mm - 1.5 x 50mm, but
not sure the labeling was correct on shelves ). Mine cost 48 pence each and I
got some spare nuts at the same time.
Now using the new longer bolts, pass these through from inside the boot, with
a washer, through the strut and hole in boot floor. Pop the original nut on the
underside and tighten up. I used one of the new nuts as a lock nut on the underside.
Sort out your carpet and check its tightened down. IF the original
nuts come off easy, then its a 60 minute job, real easy--just a socket set and
a craft knife required.
Write-up by Rod Little