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The air chisel comes into play once again to separate the eight spot welds securing the stiffening brace. Those of you worried by the thought of removing a stiffening brace have to realize that it's really only there to support and keep the large central area of sheetmetal from fluttering at speed. The Glassback's laminated layers of safety glass are much more rigid than sheetmetal and do not need any bracing for stiffness. In fact, the Glassback has been tested and passes the government FMVSS 216 roof-crush test and, because of its increased thickness, is in all likelihood even quieter than the factory roof.