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Broken weltmeister strut brace

Anyone ever broken the strut brace mount from a weltmeister (i think, po installed) kit? Mine busted at a bend in the mount and then the weld gave away. Very little weld penetration.

Anyone have a spare drivers side mount? Thinking of taking to weld shop and seeing if they could fix...any thoughts?

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You have to open up the hole to allow the strut to move. Otherwise the only way the wheel can move up or down is by flexing the strut brace mount.

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Wow, this is great, thanks for the info. Of to the welder than time to grind!

Thank you
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Good grief - did Weltmeister not realize when they designed that brace that the top shock mount needs to move?
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I do not know what they were thinking. It sure will make the car feel stiffer, so the customers should feel like they got their money's worth until it breaks and they need to buy another.
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I do not know what they were thinking. It sure will make the car feel stiffer, so the customers should feel like they got their money's worth until it breaks and they need to buy another.
So now that I have to buy a new top washer I'd assume it would be prudent to replace the rubber on the mount? How much does this affect my alignment?

Also when removing felt like the PO installed the bar with the car up in the air, no wonder the two last alignment shops that worked only car said they had some trouble with fine tuning. Both know their stuff about porsches, I'm surprised they didn't mention the strut bar issue... Then again, they may have never popped the front hood...
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I would do a full alignment after replacing the bushing.

The strut brace isn't really going to make much difference with the rubber bushings still in there. They deflect more than the strut towers.

I have Rennline monoballs on the strut tops so the strut brace might actually be doing something.

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