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Thread: WTB: E46 M3 OEM strut tower brace

  1. #11
    Quote Originally Posted by E46Fan View Post
    Actually also have my eye on this one from ECS;

    https://www.ecstuning.com/b-ecs-part...4aAnpgEALw_wcB
    That strut bar is okay if you don't plan to use adjustable coilovers.

  2. #12
    Quote Originally Posted by cakM3 View Post
    That strut bar is okay if you don't plan to use adjustable coilovers.
    I actually just took mine off because I have adjustable camber plates. I donít think Iíll put it back on if OP is interested and Iíll buy something that allows access to camber plates.






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  3. #13
    Quote Originally Posted by d-rod View Post
    I actually just took mine off because I have adjustable camber plates. I don’t think I’ll put it back on if OP is interested and I’ll buy something that allows access to camber plates.



    Part of the reason I made the comment above... if there is any adjustability required whether they are adjustable camber plates or adjusting the stiffness of the shocks you need access and these won't allow access when you need them but if you're only planning to use a suspension setup that does not require adjustable camber plates or adjusting stiffness of your shocks then these will work perfectly.

    That strut brace you have is a nice strut brace

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    If you need to access the top of the struts then the garagistic strut bar looks like a very good option for relatively cheap.

    There's also this ultra racing strut bar. Some guy had one for sale for $100 CAD locally but it unfortunately sold by the time I asked.
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    @ELCID86 what strut bar did you have besides the bmw performance?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vas View Post
    @ELCID86 what strut bar did you have besides the bmw performance?

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    He had an aluminum Mason bar and I bought it from him a while back. Sold it like a dumb dumb tho

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    @d-rod: That is a nice looking bar. I don't have camber plates and they are not in the future plans, so both the ECS bar and your bar could work nicely. One concern I do have is it appears in the picture that your very round bar is touching/pushing down on the plastic cover on the engine. Is that so? The flat profile of the ECS bar seems to give clearance.

    Another question I have for you folks running these bars, is it easy to remove just the bar and leave the mounts alone when doing maintenance? Alignments? Seems like it should be very simple, but could see it getting wedged, but also see these bars are adjustable. Looks like they would pop right off.

    Here is a bit of back story on why I am looking at bars with mounting plates completely covering the top of the strut towers, its a bummer:

    A year ago I went away for Christmas and paid a neighborhood teen to take care of a pet. She had a friend over and they raided the liquor cabinet. This led to the brilliant idea to find the key for the BMW and take it for a ride. The car was nose in and apparently they could not find reverse and lunged forward over a RR tie and into a ditch. It was still stuck there when I got home several days later. Damage appeared to be cosmetic, one parent paid me for some front bumper paint work. Later, I did an alignment. I discovered the only way to align the struts was to move them both toward the driver side > 1/2 inch, slotting the mounts etc. This tells me the front support bars to the unibody moved. I'm in the process of finding a shop to put my car on a frame machine to take some measurements and straighten it out. My goal with the strut bar is to cover the strut mount "customization" by the alignment shop.
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