Jump to content

Front Starter Brace

Recommended Posts


Probably a stupid question but I tried a couple of different searches and couldn't find it.

Need to replace the starter in my '02, which is a creative combination of '72, '76 and aftermarket parts. The starter in the car has a big honker front brace and the face of the starter appears to bolt to that brace. My spare motor, from which I'm scavenging the starter, has no provision for a brace and the starter isn't designed to bolt to one.

The brace seems superfluous; it seems like the bell housing bolts should be plenty. Do I need it? The Haynes manual I have only references the configuration with the brace.



Link to comment
Share on other sites


While the bracket is sometimes if not always missing it is important to support the boat anchor starter at the nose to prevent flywheel damage if the bolts should work loose.

The bracket also should have the battery ground nut attached so the starting

circuit is properly grounded.

Serves as ground bonding to engine block/chassis, attachment for factory type ribbon batt ground cable, and supports weight and twist of starter.

Good luck!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

It's been argued in depth in the past (not sure what keywords to use in search).

In short, many of us go without the bracket and haven't had problems, but there are merits for having it (potential long-term stresses on starter, etc.).

With the more compact M3 style starters, it would probably be less of an issue. With the big heavy original style, well that's more weight to support...

Bring a Welder

1974 2002, 1965 Datsun L320 truck, 1981 Yamaha XS400, 1983 Yamaha RX50, 1992 Miata Miata drivetrain waiting on a Locost frame, 1999 Toyota Land Cruiser

Link to comment
Share on other sites

An additional benefit of the brace is it serves to support the factory intake manifold (ever see a cracked / repaired manifold flange and wonder why it happened?) Adding the brace to my race car, plus the addition of an anti-vibration mount under the carb, eliminated issues and improved on-track performance. -KB

Link to comment
Share on other sites

...is the snow all gone up there in Rochester ?

we won't tell anyone if you leave it out.

but it was there for a good reason as

stated above

'86 R65 650cc #6128390 22,000m
'64 R27 250cc #383851 18,000m
'11 FORD Transit #T058971 28,000m "Truckette"
'13 500 ABARTH #DT600282 6,666m "TAZIO"

Link to comment
Share on other sites


This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

  • BMW Neue Klasse - a birth of a Sports Sedan

    BMW Neue Klasse - a birth of a Sports Sedan

    Unveiling of the Neue Klasse Unveiled in 1961, BMW 1500 sedan was a revolutionary concept at the outset of the '60s. No tail fins or chrome fountains. Instead, what you got was understated and elegant, in a modern sense, exciting to drive as nearly any sports car, and yet still comfortable for four.   The elegant little sedan was an instant sensation. In the 1500, BMW not only found the long-term solution to its dire business straits but, more importantly, created an entirely new
    History of the BMW 2002 and the 02 Series

    History of the BMW 2002 and the 02 Series

    In 1966, BMW was practically unknown in the US unless you were a touring motorcycle enthusiast or had seen an Isetta given away on a quiz show.  BMW’s sales in the US that year were just 1253 cars.  Then BMW 1600-2 came to America’s shores, tripling US sales to 4564 the following year, boosted by favorable articles in the Buff Books. Car and Driver called it “the best $2500 sedan anywhere.”  Road & Track’s road test was equally enthusiastic.  Then, BMW took a cue from American manufacturers,
    The BMW 2002 Production Run

    The BMW 2002 Production Run

    BMW 02 series are like the original Volkswagen Beetles in one way (besides both being German classic cars)—throughout their long production, they all essentially look alike—at least to the uninitiated:  small, boxy, rear-wheel drive, two-door sedan.  Aficionados know better.   Not only were there three other body styles—none, unfortunately, exported to the US—but there were some significant visual and mechanical changes over their eleven-year production run.   I’ve extracted t
  • Upcoming Events

  • Create New...