Last night, while preparing to change my Uni filter, I disconnected the driver-side end of my JCW strut brace and lifted it (like I always do) so I could get the top off of the air box. When I had lifted it about 8", the other end of the brace broke at the threads. That is the sad part of the story. The good part is, I found one (thanks, MA) at eminiparts.com for less than I paid 7 years ago. Now, the reason for this post is that the old bar had, not so long after I installed it, become rather badly discolored from contact with the insulation on the under side of the bonnet. I would like to avoid this with the new and preserve the "bling-value" as much as I can. does anyone know a solution, or, failing that, have any ideas of things I could try?