TRD Rear Member Brace Install

OK. I put the car up on ramps and then on jack stands. Which was a PITA because my cheap ass floor jack doesn’t lift that high. That’s always bothered me and I may get a new jack .. but anyway….

RearMemberBrace_setup[1]

getting the bolts out and back in on the passenger side was pretty easy. The driver’s side was a little tougher, but not too bad. I torqued the front bolds while the car was up on stands, and lowered teh car down onto the ramps to torque the rears which was not easy since I had hardly any clearance to move the torque wrench.

RearMemberBrace[1]

I didn’t weigh down the car when torquing the rear bolts. Is that step absolutely necessary? If so, I can loosten them and re-torque with some assistance.  However, after a long time of use, there have been no ill effects.

I used some left over scraps from drawer liners for my toolbox to create a contact area where the parking brake cable rubs against the bar.

RearMemberBrace_pad[1]

It didn’t take that long. a lot of the time was with dealing with the low height floor jack.

The car seems more neutral now as this is the last piece in the bracing that I could do for under the car. I already have the front member brace and corky’s breast plate. Plus TTE sways. I’ll be able to really test it out tomorrow at the autocross down in Homestead.

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