One last trick we’re going to employ is a set of fender braces from Nagisa. These should significantly help stiffen up the front end preventing flex between the front chassis spars and the main central chassis. It mounts to the solid location of the door hinges, connects to the spars near the shock towers, and has an intermediate joint location.
|Nagisa front fender braces are usually the most effective braces you can put in your car!|
These braces should greatly reinforce the front of the chassis. We chose the Nagisa braces over others on the market because of the beefy design of their mounting points which should result in a stiffer brace. There are some minor modifications and drilling required when installing these braces. On the driver’s side, there is some electrical box that is in the way along with the hood release cable. The brace makes use of the two holes that mount the electrical box.
|The front mounting point of the brace has two holes. One hole is existing and the other needs to be drilled. Why did Nagisa go through the trouble of the second hole? Using two holes makes for a much stronger mechanical joint than a single hole. Plus, the second hole helps to prevent rotation that would be possible when only using one hole.|
On the passenger side, the stock washer fluid reservoir has to be ditched. Nagisa provides a washer fluid bag with integrated motor, wiring, and lines for the washer fluid. All you have to do is wire it in and mount the bag. The passenger’s side was trickier than the driver’s side because of the washer fluid reservoir. The instructions were in Japanese and it consisted of a bunch of photos; basically, the instructions sucked so we didn’t even really bother looking at them before starting the install. This is probably the reason we had to do the passenger side twice…
|Before removing the fenders, you’ll want to tape up the edges of the doors, headlights, and front bumper where the fender interfaces with them. This is to prevent scratching the paint. Ask me how I found out….. Also, don’t forget to unplug the side marker lights!|