6-Point Subframe Brace Install 
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Lift car and secure on jack stands
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Lift car and secure on jack stands
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Match brackets to the correct side
6 short socket head cap screws
1 long bolt w nut (used to install rivets)
2 washers
2 Steel Rivet-Nuts (one Modified)

Due to product enhancements current hardware varies slightly.
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Match brackets to the correct side
6 short socket head cap screws
1 long bolt w nut (used to install rivets)
2 washers
2 Steel Rivet-Nuts (one Modified)

Due to product enhancements current hardware varies slightly.
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This is what the rivets will look like onece installed.
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This is what the rivets will look like onece installed.
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Remove the four 8mm metal screws holding plastic trim that is in the way
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Remove the four 8mm metal screws holding plastic trim that is in the way
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Use the modified rivet on the rear passenger side hole
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Use the modified rivet on the rear passenger side hole
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Rivet may need to be hammered in. The inserts will "rivet" themself in. Alternately  you can enlarge the hole carefully with the proper drill but this is not needed. Use the longer hex bolt and nut as a tool screw the bolt/nut/washer combination into the rivet and hold the bolt while tightening the   nut. This will "rivet" it in place. Then remove the tool.
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Rivet may need to be hammered in. The inserts will "rivet" themself in. Alternately you can enlarge the hole carefully with the proper drill but this is not needed.

Use the longer hex bolt and nut as a tool screw the bolt/nut/washer combination into the rivet and hold the bolt while tightening the nut. This will "rivet" it in place. Then remove the tool.
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Test fit brace to check were you will need to cut the plastic
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Test fit brace to check were you will need to cut the plastic
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Mark plastic were you will need to cut
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Mark plastic were you will need to cut
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Cut plastic with shears or whatever you have handy
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Cut plastic with shears or whatever you have handy
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Insert brackets into frame make sure they are on the correct side since the lengths are different.   It may take a little bending to get them settled in.
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Insert brackets into frame make sure they are on the correct side since the lengths are different. It may take a little bending to get them settled in.
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Align bracket with hole in frame
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Align bracket with hole in frame
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Start bolting brace into place, start the front two first then align the brace with the brackets in the frame
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Start bolting brace into place, start the front two first then align the brace with the brackets in the frame
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Grab bracket and pull down so you can bolt  brace on
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Grab bracket and pull down so you can bolt brace on
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Torque bolts to 44 ft/lb,
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Torque bolts to 44 ft/lb,
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Take a look and enjoy your hard work
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Take a look and enjoy your hard work
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Saab used a similar concept to reinforce the new 9-3 CV from the factory!
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Saab used a similar concept to reinforce the new 9-3 CV from the factory!
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