I am so used to detailed focus work that I see this things sold and people buying them because there is nothing else in the market. Nothing like slapping 2 cups and welding a chopped bar to it and calling it a day... I think the ECS seems like the ticket in this case, maybe fabricate it with a notch on the area that the exhaust crosses over. I will have to get under the car to see if there is a viable way to use the same points the TB uses while still running above or at least higher than theirs with either CrMo tubing or thin wall DOM. I don't think the torsion in that area is so extreme that it will deflect round tubing... should be about the same if not less than a strut tower.
I agree the ECS brace could’ve just been notched, they simply didn’t account for how tightly tucked to the chassis my exhaust parts are (no droopy boi systems here).
Here’s a wide angle under the wife’s GLI for mid day brainstorming fuel.