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Old 02-14-2003, 09:59 AM   #1
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I had this bracket sitting on my workbench for several months. Every time I looked at where it had to go I would say to myself, "This stupid thing will NEVER fit!" And you know, I was right.

To install it, you need to remove the washer fluid reservoir and pull the supply line off the fuel filter so it can be set aside. You also need to take the clutch line junction block off the shock tower to access its mounting hole. This is where the fun begins.

The bracket's rear holes will line up with two holes on the shock tower; one for the clutch line junction block and one that was unused. Once these are lined up you can see that the front two holes (the ones for the fuel filter bracket) have absolutely no chance. The bracket is bent wrong and sits off the shock tower by about 1/4". I fabricated a 1/4" aluminum spacer to fill this gap and then found that the bracket's holes are drilled wrong. I ended up removing and reinstalling the bracket 4 different times while drilling bigger and bigger holes to try and get the bolts to start.

I finally got the bolts started (not the ones MRT supplied which were too short) and the bracket installed. I put on the cadmium plated brace that holds the bolt for pre-loading the master cylinder and found that it was angled wrong to have the head of the pre-load bolt correctly contact the master cylinder. The pre-load bolt was also off center and the brace had to be adjusted way up to center the bolt. Unfortunately, the brace was too far up to allow the fuel filter to be reinstalled and I had to drop the brace back down and live with the bolt being off center and crooked. I finally got the fuel filter back in, but had to put a small foam pad between the MRT brace and the bottom of the filter as they still hit each other.

So, though I have it installed and can tell some positive difference in braking I must say that this thing is a disaster. I think MRT should actually use a car to help them design the bracket next time.

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Old 02-17-2003, 05:50 AM   #2
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the whole story behind it was that it fit fine in the GC8 and didn't think it was necessary to change for the GDA. i was actually able to get 2 bolts in after about 30 minutes of trying out different techniques to get more than 1 bolt started. couldn't get any more, the holes are off by a tiny bit. i think it would have been easier for you to make the holes bigger with a dremel or a bigger drillbit and use a washer. even thoguh mine's only held on with 2 bolts, i tested the sturdiness of it and it's not going anywhere. i felt a difference in brake feel, it's kind of odd how they designed it though. if they knew about this in the previous models, i would have thought they could ahve improved the design. one idea off the top of my head would be to have some sort of threaded hole already in the master cylinder to bolt onto the bracket and make it sturdier instead of just sandwiching it between a bolt and the firewall.
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Old 02-21-2003, 07:26 PM   #3
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I've got one. Its a disaster. It took forever to understand the directions because the pictures are 5?th generation photocopies. once installed it looked like a cobbled up mess. I took it off before I even tried it. The idea behind it probably has merit, so maybe some time if I ever get some time (ha) I'll fabricate a proper brake brace.


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Old 03-08-2003, 04:02 PM   #4
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Yeah, you think the bracket's bad... I bought a the Cibie "Driving Light KIT". Kit my A$$...no water seal, no mounting bracket and they said that "It shouldn't leak"... They should take a look at the stock fog lights and see why Subaru spent so much $$ protecting the light in there.

Never again, MRT

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By the way... You can make your own M/C brace by attaching a steel strap around the point and attaching the other end on a bolt directly below. Just look down there and you'll see a logical position to mount the strap in order to keep the M/C from moving upwards.
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Old 03-12-2003, 08:28 AM   #5
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Hmm, you know, while the install was a P.I.T.A., I got it to work just fine. I got all 4 bolts started and then just tightened them down a bit at time to keep it square. Yeah, the design should be modified for easier fitment, and I think the bolt end should have a swivel seat (like on a 'C' clamp) where it contacts the M/C, and it certainly wasn't a 15 minute install. I really think the key is to lift the fuel line & filter as much out of the way as possible while you're working on it - that's really what makes the job a pain. Oh, and I agree, don't attempt to follow MRT's instructions - you will never get it installed.
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Old 03-14-2003, 05:18 PM   #6
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so you saying it will fit like a glove on my 01?
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Old 04-04-2003, 02:48 AM   #7
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Well guys, I spoke too soon. Doesnt work well in my 2001 either. I didnt bother finishing the install once I realized the fuel filter wouldnt fit well with it in there. All the parts are back in the bag.
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Old 04-05-2003, 08:19 PM   #8
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I got mine to fit, finally, by using a thick, 'quarter' sized washer as a shim between the bracket and upper rear bolt hole in the strut tower(use some weather strip adhesive or similar to hold it in place during fitting). I then fabricated a 1"x1 1/2" aluminum shim(.090" for mine...yours may be different), for the front bracket to strut tower 'gap'. I discarded the 'lower' fuel filter bracket piece.
I had to elongate the upper, front, bracket hole, and then the PITA thing fit.

IMHO, if you have an un-installed bracket, assemble it in an interesting fashion and use it as a conversation piece...or sell it to some unsuspecting newbie..LOL.
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Old 04-10-2003, 09:01 PM   #9
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I fitted mine today on a 2001 GT wagon, the trick to make this thing fit properly without any cobbled up spacers is to elongate all the mounting holes, the problem is that none of the holes line up properly.

So if you elongate all the holes you can get it to fit properly on the strut tower, the biggest job was moving stuff out of the way like the windshield washer container and such, but I agree 15 minute install my ASS.

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Old 04-11-2003, 06:25 PM   #10
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I am a victim of the MRT brake bracket too But someone bought that thing from me, so I don't have to see it anymore. What I want to know is, why don't they just make it bolt to the strut tower or somewhere else like the firewall. It has more clearance and probably would fit better too.

That bracket definitely is not recommended for WRX. I sold it to a guy with a Legacy, MRT claim it fits. I hope so, but I never heard back from the guy.
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Old 04-20-2003, 06:43 PM   #11
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Update on my kit. Spent like 23 seconds with the Dremel on those holes, fit like a glove. Go figure. Why dont they just make it right the first time?

Anyway, I noticed a difference in pedal feel, and I LIKE IT!!!

I think I am going to change out my fuel filter for one of those In-Line types. I am not a big fan of the tight space the OEM one has to work with now.
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Old 04-22-2003, 11:34 AM   #12
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If someone here just want to get rid the bracket, I'm searching for trouble so you can PM me and I'll be more than happy to get it out of your way
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Old 04-22-2003, 12:23 PM   #13
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you shouldve called me a week or two ago.

now its on the car, and the improvement was worth it
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