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Hello, I purchased a 1999 grand vitara recently... When I got it the strut brace was in the back seat. I now go to reinstall it and it almost seems to long (about a 1/2 inch) how do I compress it enough to fit back on?
 

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It appears that this vehicle has been subjected to front end damage. :(

A frame alignment shop can pull in and evaluate the degree of damage affecting the brace mounting issue.

Hopefully it is easily correctable.
 

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Not if the brace was under strain, force removed and the mounting points spread / relaxed to their current location. :(

I assume that the brace appears unharmed?
 

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Jack the front of the car off the ground and put it on stands (underneath the frame rails near the front jack points) - anyone who has taken that brace off will know, from experience, that the front end sags when the brace is removed - take the weight off the front wheels and the frame will "relax" enough for you to bolt the brace back into place.
 

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You're welcome - I suspect your vehicle may have had a little of a "more permanent sag" from being driven with the brace removed - they usually go back on fairly easily.
 

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Hey Dudley - does your 05 have the brace? I seem to recall the 1.6 GVs we got didn't come with them.
 

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Jack the front of the car off the ground and put it on stands (underneath the frame rails near the front jack points) - anyone who has taken that brace off will know, from experience, that the front end sags when the brace is removed - take the weight off the front wheels and the frame will "relax" enough for you to bolt the brace back into place.
Thanks for the tip! Just worked for me.
 
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