hey guys, remember about a month or two ago when a topic got posted about removing a rubber damper/brace that was located on the bumper, no one was exactly sure what it was or what it did. well i talked to someone who is an automotive engineer and he filled me in. that piece is a harmonic damper and not any type of brace. specifically it is used to get rid of low frequency resonance that the engine sometimes causes in the chasis of the car. he went on to say that it doesn't serve much of a purpose anymore as manufacturers are better at getting rid of harmonics in other ways but they are still used as preventive maintenance on occassion. i asked him if it would be alright to take it off...he said sure, no problems there, there will be no short term effects from it and any long term effect that will be caused by it will be things like loosened bolts, and it will take a long long time for this to happen....well, just thought i'd update that.