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alfaman51
post 30th December 2016 16:11
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I have just bought an OMP front strut brace which is supposed to fit a 2 litre twin spark engined 145/146. I have a phase 2 twin spark ( it started off life as a 1.8 but has been re-engined with a 2 litre unit from a 156 selespeed). I offered up the new strut brace this afternoon to see how it fitted..... mmm. It doesn't look like it will fit at all. Just about every component between the back of the engine and the bulkhead seems to be in the way!

I wondered if anyone out there has tried to fit an OMP strut brace to a twin spark engined 145 ? If so some useful tips and pointers would be greatly appreciated.
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post 30th December 2016 18:04
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You need to relocate the brake & clutch fluid reservoir and IIRC the fuse box that is mounted to the N/S suspension strut.

Alternatively get yourself a Sparco brace instead and it just fits without you needing to move anything.


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post 31st December 2016 13:28
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You need to relocate the brake & clutch fluid reservoir and IIRC the fuse box that is mounted to the N/S suspension strut.

Alternatively get yourself a Sparco brace instead and it just fits without you needing to move anything.



Thank you for the advice! I wish that I had known about the Sparco brace before buying the OMP one. You live and learn. I will think about relocating the reservoir and the fusebox, once I have done the suspension work ( new Koni struts and dampers plus new top mounts and eibach springs).
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post 2nd January 2017 08:35
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Hey alfaman51,

I have an OMP front strut brace fitted to my 2.0 TS 145. Had to relocate the "upper" fuse box as GialloEvo94 mentioned, but managed to keep the brake reservoir in it's place, the strut brace squeezes it just enough to fit.

Also, in my case the strut brace mounting holes didn't quite align with the car's strut bolt holes, so had to do a bit of machining on the strut brace to fit and tighten the bolts properly.

Later on I'll try to upload a picture of the strut brace fitted on my 145.

EDIT: right after posting this, found a nice pic of a OMP brace fitted to a TS, it's romesolution's 145 track car: http://forum.alfa145.com/index.php?showtopic=24164

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post 7th January 2017 22:12
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The ph1 and 2 have different power steering reservoir locations and brake and clutch reservoir position. The ph2. Strut brace will have a kink in it to avoid the brake clutch reservoir whereas the ph1 does not.

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post 15th January 2017 10:56
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http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Alfa-Romeo-145-1...p0AAOSwA3dYdNja

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