You do not have to brace the VW header, It is made from very thick material that does not need to be braced. All of VW headers are made from thicker material than most other headers and have never had to be braced to support there turbo'scowboy bebop said:Awesome Ryan! I had gotten mine from Larry back this time last year before you guys had made these. One thing though is because of the size and weight of the turbo, people should know tht they will need to add a brace to the block. Eventually the turbo will start to sag that manifold downwards.