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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
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Old Mon, Sep-16-2019, 05:49:46 PM   #1
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Default DMG_G_DZN Strut Bar and Rear Reinforcement Braces

It's quite rare to find someone who creates something new for the E46 chassis that's fresh and improved over the commonly circulating brands. @dm_g_dzn has started creating gorgeous and stronger strut bars and rear reinforcement braces for all E46s.

Strut prices start around $350 PAINTED any color and shipped, or $375 shipped for raw and cleared. Rear braces are around $6-700 shipped.

Mention my account pb_e46 to get 10% off your order. He's a very hard worker and will work to make your vision become a reality.





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Default Re: DMG_G_DZN Strut Bar and Rear Reinforcement Braces

Pretty sure I saw that unpainted rear piece in person the other day - Looked top notch. Have you noticed any changes in the way the rear end behaves after install (assuming you didn't have a brace back there before)?
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Old Tue, Sep-17-2019, 01:33:49 PM   #3
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Pretty sure I saw that unpainted rear piece in person the other day - Looked top notch. Have you noticed any changes in the way the rear end behaves after install (assuming you didn't have a brace back there before)?
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Old Tue, Sep-17-2019, 09:52:29 PM   #4
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Default Re: DMG_G_DZN Strut Bar and Rear Reinforcement Braces

Love it
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Default Re: DMG_G_DZN Strut Bar and Rear Reinforcement Braces

I can't believe these braces haven't been talked about more on here.

I've been following this dude's work since he first got into playing with the e46 platform earlier this year. He had already been doing crazy custom fab work for Baja car cages n shit so he just started looking for ways to carry that to his car. The front brace was a no brainer, then the dude found out his rear subframe mount was torn out (the rear points go first in the non-m) so he went about fixing the root cause and out popped the trunk brace.

I was quietly watching all this on Instagram to see how the parts fit for people, but I finally nutted up and ordered both braces today. We'll see how they fit/function, but I'm pretty confident after talking to him a bit.
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Default Re: DMG_G_DZN Strut Bar and Rear Reinforcement Braces

Ehh, so the rear brace looks fantastic...to my eye anyway. But, not being a chassis guy/engineer, does there need to be that amount of adjustability in the rear brace? I mean, I would think that you would want it to be as rigid as possible, w/o all of those heim joints? Someone educate me plz...
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Default Re: DMG_G_DZN Strut Bar and Rear Reinforcement Braces

While it's nice that we have options, I'd like to point out that this is an exact replica of the Mason offerings. The rear brace Mason offers was the first if its kind, has been around for a while and it's also cheaper, while also being available in both steel and aluminum. Have to give credit where it's due.. no offence to anyone.

https://www.masonengineering.net/pro...php?bmw_id=e46
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PS. Mason also offers a one-piece rear brace based on the one found in E46 GTR cars. It's more money and some had issues with fitment but it's a good and 'clean' option...
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Ehh, so the rear brace looks fantastic...to my eye anyway. But, not being a chassis guy/engineer, does there need to be that amount of adjustability in the rear brace? I mean, I would think that you would want it to be as rigid as possible, w/o all of those heim joints? Someone educate me plz...
I'm not a mechanical engineer but I did have to take a statics and mechanics of deformable bodies course in undergrad. All of those connections/joints seem unnecessary and I presume (without knowing the forces/doing calculations, but rather, in theory), that they act as stress raisers that could otherwise be eliminated by using less connections/joints and simply incorporating straight bars.

I've always wondered if the vendors of these structural products utilize FEM or the like to really test out and prove their products too.

To stash1's point, would be nice to have some mechanical/structural engineers chime in too.
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While it's nice that we have options, I'd like to point out that this is an exact replica of the Mason offerings. The rear brace Mason offers was the first if its kind, has been around for a while and it's also cheaper, while also being available in both steel and aluminum. Have to give credit where it's due.. no offence to anyone.

https://www.masonengineering.net/pro...php?bmw_id=e46
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Discussing DMG_G_DZN Strut Bar and Rear Reinforcement Braces in the E46 M3 (2001-2006) Forum - Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
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