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Thread: Anyone here running the cheaper strut tower bars?

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    Not to threadjack but question about the M3 strut tower bar. I have that installed with the reinforcement plates and the dealer was concerned that there wasn't enough bit on the special nuts that came with the bar. Should I be concerned and take off the reinforcement plates?

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    Taking off the reinforcement plates is a very bad idea: http://www.zhpmafia.com/forums/showt...tes-are-a-must
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    I thought there was recent discussion somewhere that if you have the proper M3 strut bar nuts, it should have plenty of threading for both the strut bar and the reinforcement plates.

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    Perhaps the dealer didn't see that the nuts extend downwards? How many turns of thread engagement are there? If the stud is short, it could look deceiving while still being okay because of how the nut is designed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JPMo View Post
    Not to threadjack but question about the M3 strut tower bar. I have that installed with the reinforcement plates and the dealer was concerned that there wasn't enough bit on the special nuts that came with the bar. Should I be concerned and take off the reinforcement plates?
    I run both reinforcement plates and M3 strut bar on one of my setups. There is enough thread to hold the bar down with the plates. I wouldn't run the car without the plates.

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