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Old 08-11-2006   #31
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Re: OMP MPI Sei Strut Brace Fitment Problems, pics inside :)

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Anyone know how I can get my battery out without taking the strut off though? :-(
Put it in the boot?
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Why would you need to remove it often though? For normal use, I have removed mine onece, when it packed up and needed replacing....as long as i can get the +ve off to do work I never take it out. Maybe for different applications this is more important though??

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as long as i can get the +ve off to do work I never take it out
The orthodox view is to remove the -ve terminal, but I can't remember the logic at the moment.
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The logic is that if you disconnect the +ve first and you ratchet, spanner, whatever touched and grounded cable or panel et. you get a big bang, spark, blow fuses and possibly, if you were dumb enough to walk away with a short, cause the battery to blow.

As long as one or the other is disconnected, it doesn't really matter, the car is at no risk, the -Ve is suggested purely for the problem described.

Saying that, i just find it easier to take the +ve off and am always super vigilant not to cause a short. With the strut brace there the risk increases again. Shame its not to easy to put the -Ve terminal at the front.

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Re: OMP MPI Sei Strut Brace Fitment Problems, pics inside :)

as for removing the strut for battery removal the novitec brace is easier for this as the bar can be unbolted and tilted up without removing the base plate bolts
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Here are my pix -
I did not have to do anything to my ECU mount other than unbolt it so I could re-fit it on top of the strut.

The plastic cover over the fuses is one from a 899 engine (if I remember correctly) that I found in the scrappy :-) Fits perfectly & just needs the click-straps to keep it on.
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I did not have to do anything to my ECU mount other than unbolt it so I could re-fit it on top of the strut.
Odd -- it's different from mine. Mine is a pressing, yours looks as though it's been welded up.
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The plastic cover over the fuses is one from a 899 engine (if I remember correctly) that I found in the scrappy :-) Fits perfectly & just needs the click-straps to keep it on.
Looks good. With that strutbrace you've even cleared the K&N!
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Re: OMP MPI Sei Strut Brace Fitment Problems, pics inside :)

You may notice that I fitted the brace on top of brackets for a couple of months & this caused cracks in the paint due to the strut bending. I would advise that anyone fitting it definately cuts the bracket & files the brace to fit properly over the strut-top lip.
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Cheers smiler121, looks like you had exactly the same probs then..must be just a crap design! I'll get round to hacking and fitting it soon, once my brakes are sorted lol.

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That's cool, one thing I just thought of that I forgot to mention - with the standard airbox I got a bad knocking noise when pulling off, the brace fouled the top of the box as it moved with the engine.
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That's cool, one thing I just thought of that I forgot to mention - with the standard airbox I got a bad knocking noise when pulling off, the brace fouled the top of the box as it moved with the engine.

Yep. Same problem you get with the straight brace and a K&N!
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Re: OMP MPI Sei Strut Brace Fitment Problems, pics inside :)

Well, the supplier said the fitment probs are due to the fact they are designed on LHD models and so fitment can sometimes be a bit harder. I could have returned it, but it took too much damage, so today is fitment day. Even persuaded my gf to give me a helping hand, as she usually just sits inside lol.

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Well, that was a waste of time. The fact that the adjuster nut doesn't do up enough, means i can't put the brace on and tighten it. I think either the thread is not machined properly, or hasn't been instert properly. Either way its no good, and is not resolvable by bodging like all the other problems. It going back for a refund or replacment.

Think I should get another MPI one, or just try a standard older straight one? Hopefully the supplier won't complain about the chips of the paint etc. It should be obvious these things happen when trying to fit.

Fingers crossed the next one is ok, whichever it is.


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If its any help, the spi one does fit (ive got one on my mpi) but as youve got a K&N you might get a bit of tapping as you accelerate. I just wrapped some exhaust lagging stuff around the strut brace where the filter was knocking and its all good.
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If its any help, the spi one does fit (ive got one on my mpi) but as youve got a K&N you might get a bit of tapping as you accelerate. I just wrapped some exhaust lagging stuff around the strut brace where the filter was knocking and its all good.
Was it you who I sugested that to? Was going to say it on here!
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