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Old 07-16-2017, 09:45 PM   #426
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SpicyPeaNut, What symtoms did you have? I've got the pretty constant squeak, and the occasional crack when going from brake to clutch or vice versa. Ive had the Circuit Motorsport brace for well over a year.
I was thinking of going ahead and solidifying with rivets. Would you consider this brace an equal alternative?

Mine doesn't show any signs of breakage, I was just looking to support the area in the hopes that it never does. I actually just ordered the CM brace, which I'll be installing next week as an extra layer of protection. I was never a fan of the engine bay braces but, their video was fairly convincing (showing the deflection amount).

If I was in your situation, I would drill out the rest & either use high grade rivets, or graded bolts/nuts. And then put the braces in. I don't know too much about strength of rivets or how they are rated. But I'd imagine if they are strong enough to hold an airplane/ship together, they should be strong enough for us. Let us know how it goes.
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Old 07-20-2017, 04:05 PM   #427
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I wish I could add this comment to the first page so everyone can see it.

I have a 2013 STI sedan, and I've been paranoid about my spot welds ever since I saw the first thread about the creaks. Fast forward to last week and I came across this bracket.
https://www.reflectedimagemotorsport...forester-09-13


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http://www.itstransmissions.com/?p=165


I just wrapped up the install and I truly feel that this type of bracket will do much more than any "master cylinder brackets" sold that brace in the engine bay. This one actually secures the pedal box to the steel bar that runs behind the dash. $160 is nothing compared to the piece of mind it provides. I'm confident that with this installed I will not be another statistic with broken welds.

I do not have any affiliation with the company that makes or sells this product but I wanted to share my experience with the community. Please let me know if you have any questions and I'll do my best to answer them.
I had riveted the top two welds a year ago and all was well. A week ago the squeaking returned. I riveted two more, which did not look broken, and could not get the flex/squeaking to go away. Installed the its brace the other night and it's fixed! Pedals are rock solid and no more firewall squeaking. Seems like a great product so far.
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Old 07-25-2017, 01:09 PM   #428
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Glad your car is fixed up now.

I just installed the CM brace on the firewall. It seems extremely solid and the butt dyno tells me it works. I must say, while the install was tough, that hardest part was getting my inter cooler back on (long story, the last time the dealer had the inter cooler off they put the wrong L coupler on after destroying my stock one).

Once I realized that the CM bracket should be slipped underneath everything and then behind the lines, the install went much smoother (rather than trying to force lines out of the way).

Now I think I'm having OCD because I want the Grimm-speed or Perrin brace too...
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Old 07-25-2017, 09:28 PM   #429
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Hello all. This is my first post here although I've been on this forum for about a year. Ever since I purchased my 2013 WRX Premium Hatch with about 21k miles on it, I just passes the 36k mark on it recently, I have had a pronounced click/ pop/ knock sound when engaging my clutch. After reading this thread I am sure that I have the same issue with firewall welds. I plan on taking it to my local dealer for the brake recall upgrade and mentioning that I know this is common issue with the firewall welds.

Either way I need it fixed before it possibly affects/ ruins my clutch.
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Old 09-10-2017, 02:24 AM   #430
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I finally got around to installing the ITS clutch brace. The install was a huge pain and took most of the afternoon but the results were worth it. The clutch pedal feels much more solid than before when I just had the CM clutch master cylinder brace. With both braces in place I better not have any welds failing...
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Old 10-10-2017, 01:29 PM   #431
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Good Morning Everyone. Over the years, I posted on other threads regarding the firewall issue. I'm currently on my 4th firewall repair... all covered by SoA. My last repair was February of 2016, and had a new clutch installed on my 08 WRX shortly after. Well here we are today with ANOTHER firewall failure and a DEAD Clutch.

I really don't know what to do anymore. I reached out to SoA, but no response yet. I purchased my '08 Brand New in 2007, and it's still a GREAT car and less than 100k miles, but I can't continue to do this annually with SoA. If I sell the car, I'm selling a Lemon essentially because the next owner will have to go through the same thing.

Any suggestions?

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Old 10-10-2017, 01:54 PM   #432
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Good Morning Everyone. Over the years, I posted on other threads regarding the firewall issue. I'm currently on my 4th firewall repair... all covered by SoA. My last repair was February of 2016, and had a new clutch installed on my 08 WRX shortly after. Well here we are today with ANOTHER firewall failure and a DEAD Clutch.

I really don't know what to do anymore. I reached out to SoA, but no response yet. I purchased my '08 Brand New in 2007, and it's still a GREAT car and less than 100k miles, but I can't go this annually with SoA. If I sell the car, I'm selling a Lemon essentially because the next owner will have to go through the same thing.

Any suggestions?
Why didn't you purchase a firewall brace after your first spot weld failure? They not only ensure the welds won't fail again in the future but also greatly improve the clutch pedal feedback and feel.
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Old 10-10-2017, 03:36 PM   #433
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EDIT:

I didn't know a firewall/master cylinder brace existed until this week (I bought one). Also, SoA and the dealership were confident the new 'beefier" bracket they installed would do the trick. I just let the dealer and SoA handle the repair per their request and it hasn't cost me anything out of pocket yet... unless you count no car for weeks at a time and major anxiety.

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Old 10-16-2017, 06:22 PM   #434
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Update:

After years (Since Oct 07 when I bought the car new) of complaining about the heavy clutch pedal, the dealer is suggesting replacement of the 1) Slave Cylinder 2)Clutch Fork 3)Pivot Ball and 4)Throwout Bearing. Saying that should remedy my heavy clutch and also the fact that my car won't stay in gear.

I've literally been complaining for years about my clutch, with the dealership trying to accuse me of having a heavy stage 3+ clutch in my nearly stock WRX. Anyways. I'll let you all know where this goes with SoA.

I understand all cars are different, but the feel of the stock clutch should be nearly the same on all 08-13 WRXs. The fact that my clutch was significantly heavier than others for no reason is truly significant, and confirms there is something else at play causing the issues I've had.

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Old 10-16-2017, 06:35 PM   #435
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Just wanted to add that along with my broken firewall welds, I recently had to replace the pedal assembly at 120K.👌 Same symptoms, binding clutch pedal, clicking, squeeking. Unbelievably, along with 3 steering racks, 2 steering pumps among other things I still have the car. Don't if that's testament to the appeal of the car or that I just haven't found a suitable replacement sporty hatch for it.
I've never had to replace so many things even on a 200K beater. Obviously this design is showing its econo box roots...
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Old 10-17-2017, 03:37 PM   #436
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Would you mind giving Dawn a call at Greg Coleman's office? Dawn is his legal assistant and is taking all the calls concerning this. His phone number is 865-247-0080. This is definitely why I'm doing this...
BTW, is this still a thing. I called, but she was out so left her a VM. Never received a call back. Anybody know if this is even being pursued still?

Regarding my fix, SoA offered to split the bill with me so I took the offer. The dealership dropped by trans and replaced the master cylinder, clutch fork, pivot ball, and throwout bearing (claimed my clutch was still good). Clutch now is FEATHERLIGHT for the first time since I purchased the car. I feel like i'm driving an old Civic.

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