Dumb question: When upgrading to BOE 1/2 links, should I ditch the OEM toe link brace - LotusTalk - The Lotus Cars Community
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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-08-2018, 12:43 PM Thread Starter
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Dumb question: When upgrading to BOE 1/2 links, should I ditch the OEM toe link brace

I am assuming the toe link brace is no longer necessary once I upgrade to the 1/2 links (upgrading because my OEM studs were showing corrosion)

The studs included with the BOE 1/2 links don't seem long enough to accommodate the OEM toe link brace anyway.

Left a VM at BOE but I am in the middle of the work now and thought I'd post up for quick advice.

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I would install the brace, since you have it already. Get a couple of "SAME GRADE" bolts as supplied, but longer to fit the job.

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True, but these bolts are not cheap iirc. I guess I am asking if it is worth it. Is the toe link brace just redundant and unnecessary with the BOE half links since they seem to address the same problem? Or is it actual added insurance, meaning we assume the BOE links and studs might have the same failure risk as OEM?

I wish BOE had a checkbox option during checkout on these links to ask if we need longer studs to accommodate a toe link brace but they don't either because a) there are too many different toe link brace kits available to stock the variety of lengths required, or b) the toe link brace is no longer necessary.

I am taking a break overnight anyway because my rechargeable drill couldn't finish the job even with two full batteries. LOL It does everything else I ask of it and since I am asking it to be a handheld drill-press for this job I am giving it some slack.

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@Smoky - I would not install the OEM brace: with the BOE product, it is simply extra complexity and weight you don’t need.

The BOE product is designed to be used without any other reinforcement. It is extremely unlikely to fail if installed in accordance with BOE’s directions. You could retain the OEM brace, but it would have to be modified to accept the larger bolts. The larger bolts, by the way, are cheap . . . on the order of less than $2 each for a high-quality bolt.

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Thanks Glen!

I think I will run without, at least for now. That's what I was hoping to hear; that the brace is unnecessary and the BOE 1/2 links are a "cure". I was hoping to add simplicity as well as lightness with this upgrade.

I must have been remembering the cost of the end links, rather than the bolts!

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