Section 1: Removing the Factory Upper Strut Tower Braces

To perform this install we will be removing the wiper cowl seal, then lifting the front edge of the wiper cowl slightly (but NOT removing the entire cowl) in order to gain access to the two hidden nuts which secure the rear of the strut tower braces to the bulkhead. Now let’s get started!

Step 1:

Remove the two 13mm bolts from the factory upper strut tower braces.

Step 2:

Remove the wiper cowl seal by simply pulling it off as shown.

Step 3:

Gently lift the wiper cowl panel upward just enough to locate the two 13mm mounting nuts on the rear of the braces and remove them.
Remove both of the 13mm mounting nuts from the factory upper strut tower braces.

Step 4:

Lift the braces upward to slide the seals out of the slots in the bulkhead. Remove the braces from the vehicle.

Step 5:

Remove the seals from the braces by simply sliding them off as shown.

You are now ready to install your new ECS Front Upper Strut Tower Brace!

Section 2: Installing the New Billet Aluminum Front Strut Brace

Step 1:

Place the new Billet Aluminum Front Strut Brace UPSIDE DOWN onto a clean, soft work surface.

Loosely install the supplied allen head screws into the brace as shown.

Step 2:

Slide the factory seals onto the new brace as shown.

Step 3:

Install the new brace into the vehicle in the reverse order of removal.
Be sure to align the seals into the slots in the bulkhead during install.
Tighten the factory mounting hardware to 20 Nm (15 Ft-lbs), then tighten the under-mounted allen head screws to 24 Nm (18 Ft-lbs).

Step 4:

Reinstall the wiper cowl seal.

Your installation is now complete!

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