|Yes, I am a dork
What? Shock Tower Brace? I thought I have already installed one. Yes, and no. Two years ago, I installed the Shock Tower Bar, not Brace. While they essentially do the same thing, there is a difference. The new Shock Tower Brace from Toby Peterson of DeLorean Parts Northwest, is made of stainless steel, much stronger than the aluminum bar. Toby's design also allows the spare to be removed without removing the brace. This also means that the trunk carpet can lay flat, with the brave below the carpet. No more bar exposed in the floor of the trunk. So, I decided to get one after I saw it at DCS2014, last month.
|Note to self: wipe the lens before taking photos
|Threading the bolt down
|Sleeve placed over bolt
|Putting the brace in place
|Adjustment bracket for tension
|Bracket resting on edge of access panel
Also, there should not be any silicone to seal the access panel. There is a foam pad that 'seals' the panel, along with eleven screws. Well, ten for me as one screw is not screwing into anything. Notice the big hole in photo below, there is also a slight crack in the fiberglass. That is another project for another day. Typical DeLorean project, try to deal with one problem and another problem comes up. Yay!
|Under the access panel
|Panel notched to fit bracket
|Bracket now level with brace
|Putting tension on the bar
I took it out for a short test drive, not sure if it is any stiffer than the previous bar. But, either bar or brace is significantly different than stock. My route takes me over some bumpy train tracks. Ugh, trains tracks and DeLoreans do not mix well. Anyway, I can tell that the stock set up is way more 'flimsy' going over bumps. With the added support, there is better control and stiffness.