B14 SR20DE back of the engine brace

Eric Waterman eric.waterman at gmail.com
Mon Aug 28 09:29:01 EDT 2017

I removed that brace years ago, and it didn't make a difference.  I have a
VE in the car now, and I don't remember it having one either, so you will
be okay. The only problem I can see is if you remove the engine at some
point and use the intake manifold as a lift point.

Eric Waterman

On Mon, Aug 28, 2017 at 8:14 AM mike stedman <ravuya at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi all,
> Have to do a starter on my wife's '98 200SX SE-R (only 116k km) and have
> pulled the large black Y-brace that covers the starter off its studs
> (beneath the intake manifold).
> Is this brace really important? I would prefer to get rid of it because it
> will complicate later access to the knock sensor, which I also need to do.
> It looks like its only real purpose is to provide something for a bunch of
> harnesses to clip onto and also frustrate me to no end when trying to get
> at the starter. The B13 SE-R doesn't seem to have it, and I can improvise a
> splash pan or skidplate to keep salt water from getting up into the starter
> wiring during winter driving.
> I don't think I can get the brace out of the engine bay completely without
> dropping the header, otherwise I would have already done so.
> It looks like I can replace the starter and put the brace back in, worst
> case, but it will be annoying, and "forum knowledge" seems to indicate that
> this car has at least another starter replacement in its future.
> Any advice from someone who's been here before would be appreciated. This
> is probably the worst job I've done on this car, and I just did the water
> pump last summer.
> Cheers
> Mike
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