Safety loop(s) arrived
As I anounced in this post
, I bought the safety loops from BMR. It is the "Driveshaft safety loop, Front" (DSL017)
and the "Rear tunnel brace with rear driveshaft safety loop" (DSL011)
- in red, of course :bigthumbsup
Both are designed for the GT.
I installed both of them yesterday on my 2011 V6 and had quite a few issues.
But first here are some pics and a short installation review:
I lifted the front of my car and put both loops over the front joint. It isn't necessary to unmount the DS. I pushed the loop for the rear safety loop to the back for later use - it's not possilbe to pull one of the loops (both are the same) over the rear joint!
Than I had to support the automatic transmission and unmount the brace, after that I put the safety loop bracket, the little spacer plate and the brace together and mounted it with the new (longer) screws under my car.
After placing the loop and secure the bolts the front part was done.
Now I focused on the rear safety loop:
I didn't unmount the exhaust as described, I pulled the brace between DS and exhaust and placed it where it has to be. Then I had to remove two plastic covers, because the bolts wwill be used by the brace.
Securing the bolts for the loop was a little bit tricky, there is not that much space between the DS and the brace - two 14mm (or 9/16") wrenches were working well.
Now the issues were starting:
The DS hangs down when you lift the car - I wasn't able to mount the brace with the hanging DS (or better: rear axle), So I lifted the left wheel:
Than I had to secure the bolts, remove the jack stand and lowered the car, everything was done:
I talked about issues, not one issue.
Everytime you lift the car on both sides (or complete) you have to unmount the brace (and let it hang on the DS) - OK, only 10-15minutes.
But - is it possible that the DS will hit the brace while driving? It is! I have stock suspension, when I braked sharp I had "a little bit" of nose-diving - which means: "Butt lifting" - and the DS hit the brace - Not a nice sound!
So i put some spacers between brace and the base plate - roughly 5-6mm - but only at the four "rear" bolts, so that the brace "hangs" a little bit down at the rear side. Until now I couldn't here the hit of the DS on the brace. I thin I will file a few mm off from the brace.
So far so good - Oh - Wait!
One more thing (No, nothing from Apple):
After driving a few miles, I heard a rattling sind from the tunnel - I thougt something hit the DS - It was baaaaaad :angry
I drove right turns, left turns, braked, accelerated - I wasn't able to specify when the rattling occurs - but it became worse. I looked under the car, pulled here, pushed there - hmmmm......
Finally I figured out what it was. As I mentioned at the top - the Safety loops are for the GT - and it seems, that the rear transmission mount is a little bit different. There is a rubber-metal joint which holds the transmission on the aluminum brace - and the metal part of it was hitting the safety loop, making the terrible noise. (I marked it with a pen, you can also see the part, where the color went of because of that:
Now I removed the marked parts of the Safety loop with a file, painted it and tomorrow I will mount it the second time - we will seee......., pics will follow!