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DIY: TSX Carbing Truck Floor Brace Install Tutorial: 2004-08 Acura TSX

  • Posted: 08-27-2007 11:52 AM
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Heeltoe Automotive has recently started offering the Carbing link of products for the 04-07 CL9 TSX! One of the most interesting offerings in this lineup is the Trunk Floor Brace Bar. Heeltoe recently acquired a shipment of these bars and installed one on a customer's car. Check out how it went!
--The virgin TSX trunk (if yours is not this clean, make it so! Dirty boy).
--I first loosened the carpeting to get the lay of the land. You will need to remove the side bolsters in the rear seat area as well. the rear seat does not need to be removed for this install.
--The Carbing bar will fit over the hump at the base of the seat. The vertical braces behind the seat will sandwich the Carbing bar onto the chassis. Remove the 3 bolts that hold the vertical braces to the chassis.
--Inside the trunk you can see where the Carbing bar will bolt to the trunk floor. This grommet will need to be removed so when the brace sits on top of the hump it will line up with preexisting holes.
--You can see how the brace fits over the hump and the vertical brace sandwiches the Carbing brace. I was concerned about fitment here but I was pleasantly surprised to see how all the parts fit and holes lined up!
--Reinstall the bolts loosely to locate the bar. You'll tighten later..
--With the grommets removed I confirmed that the rear mounts lined up with the oem holes (it did quite well!). We opted not to remove the stock carpet from the trunk, but rather decided to carefully trim it to accommodate the brace for a clean OEM look. Put
--With the carpet reinstalled and the brace resting on top (with the front bolts installed to ensure proper placement) I marked the carpet where the hole would need to be cut. The cut is tricky because it is felt on top of plastic. After drilling a pilot hole I used Lexan scissors (from my old RC days cutting Lexan bodies- go to the hobby stock and pick some up! You'll thank me) to cut the round hole. Start small and make the hole bigger as needed. A snug fit will ensure the best possible look!
--Bolting the brace to the trunk floor was the most difficult part of installation, and will take some dexterity. The Funny looking stud is designed to fit in the grommet hole and resist spinning when you tighten down the Carbing brace. The problem is, the stud will fall into the hole if you let go of it, and the washer (which is designed to thread onto the stud to keep it from falling) is too big to hold the stud in the chassis.  
--But, look closely at the washer...I used a chisel and hammer to dimple the ID hole of the washer to allow it to bite into the stud. With the stud suspended in the hole by the washer, you can carefully drop the Carbing brace over it to install the nut.
--Aw crap, we're not out of the woods yet...for some unknown reason, the company that is capable of designing such a well-fitting brace failed to supply nuts that match the studs!!! Test the nuts on the studs before installing. If they are wrong, get the correct hardware before beginning (any decent hardware store should have the correct fasteners).
--Here is the Carbing bar loosely installed. Carbing recommends cutting the foam tool holder to allow easy removal. The instructions tell you where to cut along the horizontal bar. YES, WE WERE ABLE TO EASILY REMOVE THE SPAR WITH THE BAR INSTALLED.
--With a little more carpet trimming at the back of the trunk, the center carpet fit quite well.
--View from inside the car with seats folded.
--Final fitment
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Marcus di Sabella Marcus is the founder of Heeltoe Automotive. He's been working with cars (mostly Honda cars) since 1996, and has been providing enthusiasts with excellent products, services, and web experiences since 2002. He's been published in Honda Tuning, and holds a degree in Engineering Technology.
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