So, im always excited when the postman delivers one of these boxes:
Its a Wiechers strut brace and it isnt as straight forward to fit as you might think, so heres a fitting guide with a doh! moment and warning at the end!
In the packet there is a brace, 2 spacers, 2 new bolts and NO instructions.
To start with I jacked the front completely off the ground, but found I couldnt get it to square up like this - so I lowered the car back down so that the tyres were just making contact with the ground, but the suspension was still elevated - this seemed to do the trick!
Its not difficult to line up, but its not quite perfect either.
I found that the smallest spacer needed to go at the front on the left side (as you look at the car) and the larger spacer at the rear. The diameter of the large spacer seemed to be slightly too large for the space available, but it 'squashes' in when its all tightened up.
The kit was supplied with two new bolts, which would suggest that they should be longer than the ones that came off (makes sense with the addition of spacers) however the two bolts in my kit were exactly the same length (30mm I think) as the ones on the car - this was confirmed when they turned out to be too short to tighten on the car
A quick trip to the local DIY store and €0.90 later I was the proud owner of one 8x40mm bolts and one 8x50mm bolt.
With the 40mm bolt in the front and the 50mm in the rear hole it tightened right up and voila - one strut brace
Now here comes the WARNING:
When I closed the bonnet I wasnt quite paying enough attention - it closed OK but felt a little tight.
It now will NOT open - The brace must be fouling the bonnet and the running of the cables and now I am stuck with a closed bonnet - the solution is for another thread I guess
I havent driven the car so cant comment on the braces effectiveness, purely from an ease of fitting point of view I am in two minds at the moment - some instructions and some longer bolts wouldnt have gone amiss.
Hope this helps someone out in the future