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Indeed!...seems there is no correlation between age and model...some have a factory strutbrace (with pre-tapped mount) and some don't!....strange why Toyota would do this on the assembly line!...
Or am i missing something obvious here?

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Given that most people wouldnt be looking for it (soccer moms) maybe it was a dealer installed option.
 

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Well, i decided to have a go and correctly fit my OE strut brace (from a '97 3 door) to my '99 5 door GX.

I marked the holes where the two bolts for the brace will be mounting to the bulkhead/firewall...i was kinda hoping there would be a thickening of metal for the captivated thread (as per the 3 door and all other models from the factory that have this strutbrace fitted)...

...But NO, just the thinness of the sheet metal :(
http://www.rav4world.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=17530&stc=1&d=1379193761

Certainly No use for establishing a solid mounting of the brace!

However, on close inspection, i noticed the holes had appeared in the rear of bulkhead and could be got at from underneath the outer air vent panel below the windscreen!
Remove the wiper blades, five screws and four poppet type clips and this is easily removed..
http://www.rav4world.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=17538&stc=1&d=1379194139

This is a good opportunity to lube your wiper arms linkages!

http://www.rav4world.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=17546&stc=1&d=1379194195

Note the holes i have drilled (left of pic') coming through the firewall..

http://www.rav4world.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=17554&stc=1&d=1379194302

I decided to utilise a piece of thick metal plate with two holes that i drilled for the bolts, longer bolts than standard were required and i used locking nuts to secure the Strutbrace & this fixing plate to the rear of the firewall....

http://www.rav4world.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=17562&stc=1&d=1379194685

http://www.rav4world.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=17570&stc=1&d=1379194793

That's it...all bolted up tight, replace the plastic vent below the screen and away you go....on reflection, i am glad there wasn't a factory welded thickening of metal behind the bulkhead, it would of been a pain to drill and tapping a thread in that position would of been awkward !!

Finally, upon driving, the Rav4 does feel a little more responsive at the steering wheel and firmer road holding (less roll) around the bends...Pleased :p


ps..sorry about the pic's, tried to get them in order within the dialogue..guess i'll need a picture host (photobucket etc) to do it right?
Neat DIY. You should've created a separate thread for that to make it sticky :thumbs_up::thumbs_up::thumbs_up:. Its a good has good instruction and pics.
 

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Little on the side note, what is going on with all the vacume lines off your intake manifold fildigger?
 

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It seems to me that a bar like that would be rather easy to fabricate. It also seems that it would do more good if it were triangulated between the strut towers and the firewall like some aftermarket bars.

Might have to break out the welder... :cool:
 

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Relevant part numbers for all those interested:
53607-42010: BRACE SUB-ASSY, FRONT SUSPENSION, UPPER CENTER (the elusive strut brace in question)
53699-42010: PROTECTOR, FRONT SUSPENSION LOWER CENTER BRACE (not sure where that fits in the diagrams or if it's relevant to the installation)
90119-10409: BOLT, W/WASHER (the two required bolts required for the installation)
 
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