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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Fri, Apr-14-2017, 03:32:58 AM   #11
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Thad a cool bar, I really like it!
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Seems to be somewhat of an old official site:

http://jtdesigns.stores.yahoo.net/higperfronst.html

If that big bolt threads directly into the bar itself, how does that changes its length? Then that bolt itself is basically part of the bar and screwing it out makes the bar longer.

Does save an extra step compared to OEM bar.
Yeah the site is old. The bar is long discontinued and after seeing this it's understandable why. It must've been very hard to make money on this bar and still sell it at an acceptable price point.

The inner allen screw rotates the big bolt independently without actually moving the mount, that action will expand or contract the overall length of the bar (when screwed into the bar of course)

When it's set to the perfect length, then you tighten the allen screw on the top of the mount, which acts as a set screw and locks the big bolt in place.


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The inner allen bolt is visible on that link I posted. I thought that allen bolt was the one threading directly into the bar, making them the pieces that lengthen/shorten the bar.
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I completely disassembled one of the mounts yesterday. (the top allen screw stripped on the other one so I could not get that one apart)

This craftsmanship and design is very impressive. I will update when installed.



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That looks properly designed and made.

So it is like I thought based on the earlier pics. That big bolt threads directly into the bar and makes it longer/shorter.

On the M bar, you also get two bolts to fit the bar to the mount, only difference you don't thread directly into the bar, but the adjuster, which itself is threaded into the bar.
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Just a warning, but the bar is going to rub through the hood insulation and into the hood. It isn't a terribly well thought out product and in my opinion a bit ugly.
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Just a warning, but the bar is going to rub through the hood insulation and into the hood. It isn't a terribly well thought out product and in my opinion a bit ugly.

You are certainly never short on knowledge, or brash, unsolicited opinions on other people's stuff. Good with the bad I suppose. I will take your warning into account and be mindful of clearances. The bar itself is not bent on center (it's about an 1" off) so possibly incorrect installation could've been the cause of the rub? Unless the user knows it's not bent on center, it would be very hard to catch with the naked eye. I believe it is offset to properly clear the intake manifold. I'll know more later in the week.

M_Parellel- yep, the big bolt threads into the bar, but not into the mount. The wide end of the big bolt is a close fit into the hole in the mount, when you get it all fitted correctly, the top screw clamps the mount down and holds it in place.
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You are certainly never short on knowledge, or brash, unsolicited opinions on other people's stuff. Good with the bad I suppose. I will take your warning into account and be mindful of clearances. The bar itself is not bent on center (it's about an 1" off) so possibly incorrect installation could've been the cause of the rub? Unless the user knows it's not bent on center, it would be very hard to catch with the naked eye. I believe it is offset to properly clear the intake manifold. I'll know more later in the week.

M_Parellel- yep, the big bolt threads into the bar, but not into the mount. The wide end of the big bolt is a close fit into the hole in the mount, when you get it all fitted correctly, the top screw clamps the mount down and holds it in place.
It rubs on the strut tower ends, not the bar.

https://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/s...hood-clearance

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It rubs on the strut tower ends, not the bar.

https://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/s...hood-clearance
Ahhhh. Ok. That makes more sense. Thanks
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Hood insulation getting damp when it rains? That should not happen. Same with corroding mounts. Or aren't they alu?
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