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S13 bolt in tension arm brace

Postby Jonnie Fraz » Mon Jul 23, 2007 4:55 pm

Ok boys and girls...I have been working on this for a while, and I have had some great success with this bolt in kit. Basicly I designed this as an alternative to the Nismo Power Brace. Nismo makes a great product, but I thought there was room for improvement. With my kit it is not nessasary to to take out all front end to install the brace. It bolts in using existing holes in the brackets, this allows for quick install, and not having the need to realign your car...although it is probilly a good Idea. The kit includes a cross brace, anti crush spacers, sandwich plates, all grade 8 hardware, and a vial of red loctite to keep it all together. Here is a pic of the parts and the tools required to install. I sell the whole kit for $90.00 plus shippingBeing that I am one guy fabbing these please contact me for availbility.I take Paypal for payment.

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Any questions feel free to ask away.Thanks Jonnie


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Postby mestizo » Mon Jul 23, 2007 5:12 pm

Jon is LEGIT! I got one of only two welded versions of this brace and what difference it made. The bolt on version is just as good! Quality and customer service are top notch with Jon!

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Postby Dano » Mon Jul 23, 2007 9:32 pm

Are the pieces just painted or are they powdercoated?

S14 piece in the future?

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Postby Repo Man » Tue Jul 24, 2007 3:50 am

mestizo wrote:Jon is LEGIT! I got one of only two welded versions of this brace and what difference it made. The bolt on version is just as good! Quality and customer service are top notch with Jon!
Did it help to stiffen the front end of your 'vert mestizo?

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Postby mestizo » Tue Jul 24, 2007 8:29 am

Dano wrote:Are the pieces just painted or are they powdercoated?

S14 piece in the future?

-Dan
At the moment they are just painted, but I believe that powder coating may be offered later. That just depends on getting a good powder coating place and deal on the price. As for an S14 brace, Jon has made some prototypes but the people he has sent them to for test fitment have yet to install them. So until they install the braces we will not know for sure.
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Did it help to stiffen the front end of your 'vert mestizo?
I don't have a vert, mine is a coupe. But to answer your question it stiffened the front end of my car considerably. I had to relearn my car after I put it on. Funny thing is the whole car feels more stable and even got quieter while driving or going over bumps/railroad tracks.

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Postby Dano » Tue Jul 24, 2007 9:00 am

Awesome, well keep me updated on S14 version!

-Dan

PS, your NSX is bbbbbbbeautiful

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Postby Repo Man » Tue Jul 24, 2007 9:49 am

mestizo wrote:I don't have a vert, mine is a coupe. But to answer your question it stiffened the front end of my car considerably. I had to relearn my car after I put it on. Funny thing is the whole car feels more stable and even got quieter while driving or going over bumps/railroad tracks.
Oh hell, I guess it would help if I looked a little closer to your pic. With the darkness and my blindness it looked like a 'vert with the top up. I may have to order two when the ol' checking account gets reloaded.

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Postby mestizo » Tue Jul 24, 2007 10:58 am

Dano wrote:Awesome, well keep me updated on S14 version!

-Dan

PS, your NSX is bbbbbbbeautiful
Yes as soon as we get word that fitment is good then I am sure Jon will start selling them. Thanks for the compliment on my NSX, not many people understand what look I was going for, basically I wanted it to look like a JGTC NSX rolling on the streets.
repo man wrote:Oh hell, I guess it would help if I looked a little closer to your pic. With the darkness and my blindness it looked like a 'vert with the top up. I may have to order two when the ol' checking account gets reloaded.
LOL no problem, and when you get some spare cash just give Jon an email he will be more than happy to get back to you. Great thing is Jon is like most of us are, and that is hard working people who want to pay decent prices on good quality parts. Hence why these bars are priced the way they are. Not to mention they are awesome quality.

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Postby Jonnie Fraz » Thu Jul 26, 2007 6:09 pm

Ok a quick update...Since I am a bit of an unknown here on Nico I am sending a couple of braces out to some of your most respected members to get some feedback from them. I believe there will be a write up comming soon also.

Thanks allTake careJonnie

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Postby Repo Man » Fri Jul 27, 2007 2:07 pm

Who are you sending them to?

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Postby mestizo » Sat Jul 28, 2007 8:12 am

repo man wrote:Who are you sending them to?
Jon is out of town this weekend. He is sending one brace to Greg and the other I am not sure of.

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Postby 240z4u » Mon Jul 30, 2007 2:24 am

I am definitely in when the S14 ones become available. I wanted a power brace but dont have the time to install it. Price is a touch high for me to justify right now too.

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Postby AZhitman » Fri Aug 03, 2007 7:45 am

I just received one here at NICO HQ - It's pretty impressive, the welds are top-notch and the finish is really nice.

When someone takes the time to do a good job on something that's never going to be seen, and is gonna spend its life UNDER the front of a car, it tells me they've done their homework.

I think this is gonna be a nice alternative to the (overpriced) NISMO power brace.

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Postby mestizo » Fri Aug 03, 2007 8:46 am

Yup you hit the nail right on the head Greg! Jon does great work and for the price it can't be beat!

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Postby DJButton » Mon Aug 06, 2007 7:11 am

I am immpressed with the looks of it, I want one!

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Postby Jonnie Fraz » Mon Aug 06, 2007 1:29 pm

Thanks for the kind words. I sent you an e-mail reguarding special priceing for mods and admins.

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Postby a_ahmed » Tue Aug 07, 2007 2:14 am

That looks awesome, but I just bought nismo power brace and yashio factory tension rod brace, i wonder if there are any further ways to improve chassis/front end rigidity... Awesome work, looks really nice

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Postby Jonnie Fraz » Tue Aug 07, 2007 12:24 pm

Sounds like you have a nice set up i wou
a_ahmed wrote:That looks awesome, but I just bought nismo power brace and yashio factory tension rod brace, i wonder if there are any further ways to improve chassis/front end rigidity... Awesome work, looks really nice
ld look into fender braces...Nagisa, or Ultra racing....I am looking into these, but i am a ways off. I hear they make a ton of difference.

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Postby AZhitman » Tue Aug 07, 2007 12:29 pm

a_ahmed wrote: i wonder if there are any further ways to improve chassis/front end rigidity... Awesome work, looks really nice
Check out the other item here ni the Fabricators' Marketplace!

Between Jason and Jonnie, you can really stiffen up the front of an S13!!!

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Postby DJButton » Tue Aug 07, 2007 8:28 pm

Man, I wish I has some money to play with, hopefully have some more work coming in soon. I will be ordering one from you at some point though!

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Postby AZhitman » Fri Aug 10, 2007 6:20 pm

OK, I just installed mine - Took 15 minutes!!!!

That thing is STOUT, and it looks kickass.... Once you get it in there, you can see how floppy and flexible the front braces are without this piece.

Add a set of Suspension Techniques tension rod bushings (or some SPL tension rods) and you're SET!

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Postby mestizo » Fri Aug 10, 2007 7:36 pm

AZhitman wrote:OK, I just installed mine - Took 15 minutes!!!!

That thing is STOUT, and it looks kickass.... Once you get it in there, you can see how floppy and flexible the front braces are without this piece.

Add a set of Suspension Techniques tension rod bushings (or some SPL tension rods) and you're SET!
Have you had a chance to drive on it yet Greg? I know the first time I backed out of my driveway i could feel a difference. Turn in is way better and there is a lot less chassis flex/wieght transfer now.

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Postby Dano » Sat Aug 11, 2007 1:05 pm

Yeah, I'm looking for better turn in, the front of the S14 feels pretty tight, but yet still feels sloppy, this is one of the missing pieces i'm sure.

I got to see Greg's bar this week unistalled and the quality is great, I can't wait to get one of my own! Looking forward to an S14 piece!

-Dan

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Postby NI5MO240 » Mon Aug 13, 2007 9:12 pm

I just installed mine yesterday, what a difference from the cusco tension rod brace I had, top notch quality!

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Postby Fenvy » Mon Aug 13, 2007 9:42 pm

I question whether if you can really call nismo's power brace being overpriced considering they can be had for about 120$ used

it's a 1 piece rigid design, more to my liking but I guess this is a nice economical alternative as well. Good job.

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Postby mestizo » Tue Aug 14, 2007 1:39 pm

Trust me this thing is stiffer than the Nismo version and it's not even welded together.

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Postby Jonnie Fraz » Tue Aug 14, 2007 3:56 pm

Thanks for the kind words guys! Greg you are right this would be a great time to replace those worn out TC bushings, or the whole rod for that matter. Mestizo is right about the turn in also. Some minor adjustments might be in order.

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Postby Fenvy » Tue Aug 14, 2007 5:54 pm

mestizo wrote:Trust me this thing is stiffer than the Nismo version and it's not even welded together.
it's these kind of unreliable claims that makes me wary

like I said, it is better than stock and cheaper than a nismo powerbrace but you can't make these irresponsible claims

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Postby DJButton » Tue Aug 14, 2007 6:07 pm

Well I think he's just excited about the quality of it, I wouldn't be that concerned if I were you. If he has driven cars with both and this one feels firmer, then his claims are neither false nor irresponsible.

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Postby mestizo » Tue Aug 14, 2007 6:29 pm

DJButton wrote:Well I think he's just excited about the quality of it, I wouldn't be that concerned if I were you. If he has driven cars with both and this one feels firmer, then his claims are neither false nor irresponsible.
Thank you DJ, that is what I was trying to convey.

Irresponsible ehh? LOL! You can believe or think what you want about Jon's brace, I have personal experince with it. As well as several others who also can vouch for the quality and the fact that it does exactly what it was designed for. In my "opinion" it is stiffer than a Nismo and as a matter of "fact" it is cheaper. So I am sorry but in my world stiffer and cheaper is the winner.


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