Write-Up: Modifying Front Core Support Brace (behind grill)

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  1. Tapp

    Tapp New Member

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    hey guys, i have received a few pm's on how i did this and after getting one from 06XR-SW, i finally got off my lazy arse and took some more pics for this write up!!

    This core support brace is for the TRD S/C owners.. i havent looked at a N/A one yet to see how much of a difference it is..

    BEFORE:
    (viewing VabchXrunner's Core Support)
    [​IMG]

    AFTER:
    (viewing mine)
    [​IMG]

    TOOLS NEEDED:

    - phillips head screw driver
    -10mm rachet
    -hacksaw
    -8mm rachet
    -duplicolor anti-rust flat black
    -50 grit sandpaper/or metal file

    (going by memory, its quite easy)

    STEP A:

    - remove your grille
    -now remove your latch cover, the latch itself, and the core support (all use 10mm)

    STEP B:
    -now look at the bottom of your core support there are 3 (10mm) bolts holding your water pump...remove them
    -there should be 2 more bolts remaing (8MM) if i'm correct that lead out to the bumper (you cant miss it)
    one is visible and the other is tucked under the bumper...remove them as well

    Now that you have the core support off the truck! you will see 2 welds..Look at the pics below to know where to cut..

    STEP C:

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    now cut, using your hacksaw just below the weld on the upper portion of the core support, and just above the weld on the lower portion...

    [​IMG][​IMG]

    STEP D:

    -once you are satisfied with your cuts, you 50 grit sandpaper, or a metal file. Just to make it smooth
    - and to prevent rust! Spray some Duplicolor anti-rust on..let dry..

    The end result should look like this...


    [​IMG]


    I have had no issues with lack of support at the latch or with the water pump..have had this done for a few months now!!!:rockon:
     
  2. Stevenredx

    Stevenredx New Member

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    Looks good, nice work bro :top:
     
  3. T0LLPHR33

    T0LLPHR33 "Catwoman"

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    Tapp: nice write up and pics to help follow along...:top:where did you get the TRD radiator from?
     
  4. trd_sport

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    I dont get it:dontknow::questionmark:
     
  5. Tapp

    Tapp New Member

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    the TRD on the heat exchanger, is something i did myself...

    all your doing is removing that vertical bar...too me it was an eye sore, so i removed it...
    you cant really see it with the stock grille..but since im recessed...it had to go!!!

    to me it just runs smooth without it..
    [​IMG]
     
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    Last edited: Sep 2, 2008
  6. trd_sport

    trd_sport Active Member

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    ^ Ok now I get it!!!!! lol.
     
  7. Tapp

    Tapp New Member

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    :rolleyez: There ya go buddy!!!
     
  8. T0LLPHR33

    T0LLPHR33 "Catwoman"

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    that heat exchanger with the TRD(in Red) is sick bro...:top: when I get the fundage for a T/T setup I might have to copy you...LOL:top:
     
  9. Tapp

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    its all good!! I saw SHOOK have it and i wanted to do that as well...
     
  10. brokenvendetta

    brokenvendetta New Member

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    nooooob :laugh:
     
  11. T0LLPHR33

    T0LLPHR33 "Catwoman"

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    I like how you were able to fit the heat exchanger with the recessed mod grille. very clean :biggrin: I'm trying to save money for my T/T setup...so hard when all these awesome parts and deals keep coming out...:laugh: I was thinking of doing a air/air intercooler like the WRX/STI have...make use of that hood scoop:

    Top-Mounted Intercooler:
    [​IMG]

    Tapp: if it fits i will do this type of setup...if so I will paint the radiator black and do the TRD (in red like you did) hopefully with everything black w/recessed grill and red TRD letter hopefully the TRD pops out nicely...just an idea for now
     
  12. 06XR-SW

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    Thanks TAPP looking GOOD!!! nice write up now i all i need is a s/c!!!
     
  13. AirborneXR07

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    does the trd supercharger come with the heat exchanger??
     
  14. KETCHUP

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    nice WU bro!!!

    looks good.
     
  15. X'ED

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    hey tapp, im na but i did this (it all looks the same by the way) and was just wondering if you had any problems with the hood not latching right and when you drive down the road does the hood look like its moving up and down, cause mine does and its driving me crazy
     
  16. blastap

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    yes my hood moves so i made some different mounting brackets to fix all that
     
  17. lamecargo

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    i did this and my hood moved like crazy too so i installed hood pins
     
  18. X'ED

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    im not to worried about the hood moving , its just try'n to close the dang thing,

    what kind of brackets did you use blastap? just like some L brackets or somthing, cause i just got done with the RGM and it looks awesome w/o that brace and id hate to go and have to get a new one.

    Thanks
     
  19. NixXR462

    NixXR462 New Member

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    Thats cool do all that modding and not take pics. You should be banned
     
  20. X'ED

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    i took pics my stupid computer has been retarted and wouldnt let me upload pics ...
     

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