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October 18, 2017
 
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Hop Not Engine Torque Strut Installation Instructions

Install the Hop Not Engine Torque Strut on the driver’s side as referenced in the detailed instructions below. Your new strut was shipped completely assembled, but remember all fasteners are loose and must be tightened after the strut has been installed and adjusted.

Start by removing the top front 15mm hex head motor mount bolt and the 15mm hex head bolt / 17mm hex head nut from the rack and pinion steering box mount. To aid in the installation, separate the long rod from the motor mount attachment bracket. Now you can attach the angled bracket to the motor mount using the supplied 17mm hex head longer bolt. Torque to 45 ft/lbs.

Next thread the rod back into the motor mount bracket and attach the lower angle bracket onto the steering box frame. Use the OEM 15mm hex head bolt and 17mm hex head nut to secure the bracket. The bracket will lock into the lip of the frame, but, ensure it is parallel to the frame. Torque the bolt / nut to 75 ft/lbs. Torque the 3/8” bolt/nut at the rod end to 35 ft/lbs
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Adjusting the strut; first ensure that all mounting hardware has been properly torque before adjusting the strut. Start by threading the rod into the rod end about ¾” (as shipped) and tighten the 9/16” jam nut. Now, tighten the lower nut until the washer touches the rubber bushing and then go an additional 1 to 2 full turns. Next run the center nut down until the washer touches the rubber bushing and go 1 additional turn. You may adjust the rod itself up or down as needed to achieve the proper amount of threads protruding from the bottom nut. You should have no less than 2 full threads beyond the nut.

Please contact us if you have any install questions or would like additional pictures.

Tool list:
3/8” drive set w/ metric sockets and extensions
15mm combination wrench
17mm combination wrench
Torque wrench
9/16” wrench (two required)

DETAILED INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS: *ENSURE ENGINE HAS COOLED OFF BEFORE BEGINNING*

1. Raise car and place on jack stands. Slide a spare jack stand under the rack and pinion steering body to ensure it does not move when bolt/nut is removed. Remove the driver’s side front wheel.

2. Remove the four 10mm hex head bolts holding the engine under body shield. Slide out of the way.

3. Remove the rack and pinion steering box 15mm hex head bolt and 17mm hex head nut.

4. Remove the upper forward drivers side 15mm hex head motor mount bolt.

5. Using the longer supplied motor mount bolt, install into the upper LH drivers side mount
Torque to 45 ft/lbs.

6. Line up the lower angled bracket with the mounting hole for the steering box. You may have to adjust the rod as necessary to get the holes to line up. Once lined up, install the OEM bolt and nut. Torque to 75 ft/lbs.







7. Adjust the strut: All mounting hardware must be fully torqued.

8. Thread rod into rod end (if previously removed) about ¾” or as shipped and tighten the upper jam nut.

9. Next, tighten the lower nut until the washer touches the rubber bushing and then go 1 to 2 full turns more.

10. Next Run the center nut down until the washer touches the rubber bushing and go 1 additional full turn.
NOTE – You may adjust the rod itself up or down as needed to achieve the proper number of threads protruding from the bottom nut. Minimum of 2 full threads must be exposed beyond the nut.

    Final install. The Engine Torque Strut fully torqued in place with the red bushings preloaded.

 

Install the Hop Not Engine Torque Strut on the driver’s side as referenced in the detailed instructions below. Your new strut was shipped completely assembled, but remember all fasteners are loose and must be tightened after the strut has been installed and adjusted.

Start by removing the top front 15mm hex head motor mount bolt and the 15mm hex head bolt / 17mm hex head nut from the rack and pinion steering box mount. To aid in the installation, separate the long rod from the motor mount attachment bracket. Now you can attach the angled bracket to the motor mount using the supplied 17mm hex head longer bolt. Torque to 45 ft/lbs.

Next thread the rod back into the motor mount bracket and attach the lower angle bracket onto the steering box frame. Use the OEM 15mm hex head bolt and 17mm hex head nut to secure the bracket. The bracket will lock into the lip of the frame, but, ensure it is parallel to the frame. Torque the bolt / nut to 75 ft/lbs. Torque the 3/8” bolt/nut at the rod end to 35 ft/lbs
.
Adjusting the strut; first ensure that all mounting hardware has been properly torque before adjusting the strut. Start by threading the rod into the rod end about ¾” (as shipped) and tighten the 9/16” jam nut. Now, tighten the lower nut until the washer touches the rubber bushing and then go an additional 1 to 2 full turns. Next run the center nut down until the washer touches the rubber bushing and go 1 additional turn. You may adjust the rod itself up or down as needed to achieve the proper amount of threads protruding from the bottom nut. You should have no less than 2 full threads beyond the nut.

Please contact us if you have any install questions or would like additional pictures.

Tool list:
3/8” drive set w/ metric sockets and extensions
15mm combination wrench
17mm combination wrench
Torque wrench
9/16” wrench (two required)

DETAILED INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS: *ENSURE ENGINE HAS COOLED OFF BEFORE BEGINNING*

1. Raise car and place on jack stands. Slide a spare jack stand under the rack and pinion steering body to ensure it does not move when bolt/nut is removed. Remove the driver’s side front wheel.

2. Remove the four 10mm hex head bolts holding the engine under body shield. Slide out of the way.

3. Remove the rack and pinion steering box 15mm hex head bolt and 17mm hex head nut.

4. Remove the upper forward drivers side 15mm hex head motor mount bolt.

5. Using the longer supplied motor mount bolt, install into the upper LH drivers side mount
Torque to 45 ft/lbs.

6. Line up the lower angled bracket with the mounting hole for the steering box. You may have to adjust the rod as necessary to get the holes to line up. Once lined up, install the OEM bolt and nut. Torque to 75 ft/lbs.







7. Adjust the strut: All mounting hardware must be fully torqued.

8. Thread rod into rod end (if previously removed) about ¾” or as shipped and tighten the upper jam nut.

9. Next, tighten the lower nut until the washer touches the rubber bushing and then go 1 to 2 full turns more.

10. Next Run the center nut down until the washer touches the rubber bushing and go 1 additional full turn.
NOTE – You may adjust the rod itself up or down as needed to achieve the proper number of threads protruding from the bottom nut. Minimum of 2 full threads must be exposed beyond the nut.

    Final install. The Engine Torque Strut fully torqued in place with the red bushings preloaded.

 

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