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I thought I would share a project I was working on with the SoCal MKI owners. Since the High & Tight brake brace for the MKI may not be produced for awhile, I started researching for a way to make a brake brace.
I came up with a brace that can be made for less than $5 in parts from Home Depot and no welding required. I don?t have a car to test this brace so if any MKI owner wants to give it a try, please do so and let me
know if it works.

High & Tight Brace versus my PMB (PoorMansBrace):
http://www.pbase.com/aw11mr2/image/39130373

http://www.pbase.com/aw11mr2/image/39129721
Components:
Threaded rod 5/8?-11 x 12?
Coupling nut 5/8?-11 x 2-1/8?
Nut 5/8?-11

http://www.pbase.com/aw11mr2/image/39129838
I used the nut on one end to spread the force of the end of the rod against the forward trunk bulkhead. Worse case scenario would be that the force is too concentrated against the bulkhead. In that case, I would have made a 6-inch long L-shaped or U-shaped bracket and bolt it to the bulkhead to spread the force. Unscrewing the coupling on the other end puts force against the brake master cylinder.

http://www.pbase.com/aw11mr2/image/39130144
This is another way to angle the rod so that it puts the force of the rod against the bulkhead next to the chassis frame. You have to remove or modify the plastic part that covers the wiring. I was planning to use a strip of metal to pull the rod towards the left fender similar to the Cusco brace:
http://www.pbase.com/aw11mr2/image/39125748
The strip would circle the rod and bolt to the fender using the existing 10mm bolts (see arrows).

If this design looks too flimsy, I think I have provided enough info that someone with welding skills could take the parts and make a brace similar to the H&T and Cusco ones. :smile:
 

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Cusco make one. Do you have pics of that? I'm curious to see what that looks like.


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I went back to the Japanese website where I found the other photograph and found a picture of the cusco brake brace with the part number (136 561 A).
http://www.pbase.com/aw11mr2/image/39144258
Last time I looked in a cusco catalog I did not see a brake brace listed. I wonder if it is still available and how much it costs? Oh darn, It's for a RHD car.
 
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