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Old 06-04-2012, 10:46 AM   #1
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http://www.grimmspeed.com/catalog/pr...roducts_id=213

Got a good deal for bnib on the forums. So I snagged it up.

Unboxing:

I was kinda surprised how beefy the bracket was and felt. Came with colored picture instructions (albeit very small pictures that are not great quality) and hardware bag in a separately.

Installation:

Even though 5 bolts and adjusting a stud sounds easy, it was more of a PITA than I thought prior to.

Removing the stock IC is still easy like the prior years (I had to remove it anyways for ceramic coating I was doing on it).

Now that is out the way, we have to remove the fuel lines and harness from their brackets and then remove the two bolts holding the bracket for those lines.

Everything up to this point was real easy...

Slip the bracket into place. I'm not sure why I had a tough time sliding into place but it took me like 5 minutes . The brake line make it a little more difficult then I originally thought.

Now the bracket is in place we need to put the bolts in place. As per instructions it states to hand thread them... I there is no way my hand was fitting in to hand thread anything. Also the brake line was covering the 3 inner mounting points, this made it even more difficult to thread.

Using one hand to help budge the brake line a few mm's and using a socket with 4" extension I finally got the 3 screws in. The top was most difficult as lining with the socket/extension was not true.

Those 3 screws took me probably 15-20minutes alone. Needless to say I was getting frustrated with something I thought would be simple. Now we screw in the other 2 screws with the harness/fuel line bracket on top of the brace.

Snap the wire harness back on to the bracket and add the fuel lines as well. The fuel lines will be clipped on the opposite side then they were originally mounted. I had to bend my bracket about 5mm for them not to rub on anything.

Now we insert the stud and seat. This was simple and straight forward. Though the seat didn't fit exactly over the master cylinder point. It was about 3/4 to 1/2 way on (I'll get a picture up).


Brake Feel:

Pretty much like everyone stated, it improves the feel to be more solid. I notice it at the half way to end travel of the brake pedal. Light/slow braking didn't seem any different.

I'll be autox end of this month. I'll edit to let you know how much of a difference it is there.

Conclusion:

Great product in terms of quality. It also did what it was advertise and made it the brake firm (only if pressed passed half way point for me). Installation was a bitch. Probably would not have been as bad if I didn't assume the ease of installation.

Would I recommended it? Nah not really there is better things you can do for $100 that would help better overall. I got a good deal on the forum's classifieds if you do as well then sure snatch them up.

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Old 06-12-2012, 07:38 PM   #2
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I also installed the Grimmspeed master cylinder brace and I think it did an exceptional job in pedal firmness. I too also got a great deal on it so I thought I would give it a try. Overall quality is perfect as with any Grimmspeed product, my favorite piece was the red cup that pushes up against the oem master cylinder. Overall installation wasnt too bad if you take your time and dont get frustrated trying to get to the bolts/nuts. I'd definitley recommend it to anyone who wants a firmer brake pedal and anyone who wants a nice addition to their ss brake lines for a great combo!
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Old 07-20-2012, 02:10 PM   #3
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Just installed my Grimmspeed Master Cylinder brace...simply awesome! I can't believe how much better the brake pedal feels now...almost too good!

Took me over an hour, didn't have to take off the TMIC, and I found that by driving the front of the car up on ramps, you can install the lower two bolts that go on the strut tower much easier.

Tip: To make the install go even smoother, screw the supplied bolts into the bolt holes FIRST, so they will go in easier when you're actually installing the brace.


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Old 07-21-2012, 11:57 AM   #4
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Old 09-20-2012, 08:58 PM   #5
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Just installed mine, took under an hour. Watched the YT video for a breezy install.

My brakes are pretty bad so my first impression was:

1. Less squishy, more solid feel definitely
2. A stronger bite/stopping power

Like I said, my brakes are pretty shot, and the brace made it slightly better. I feel confident to hit the track already! (Waiting to upgrade my brakes this weekend)
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Old 03-26-2013, 04:04 PM   #6
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I installed mine too, what a PITA! But worth it. Pedal feels is so much firmer. I could not get one of the long bolts in, attempted several times but was unsuccessful. Now just to get the subaru 4/2 pot caliper setup
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