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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, Nov-10-2017, 06:00:07 AM   #1
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Default Xbrace and comfort

Know I’m beating the dead horse here. But for those who have these on and off their cars do you notice a difference in noise, vibration and comfort compared to a stock car?
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Nothing but positives for me. My car is setup a bit harsher than stock which I’m used to but it’s just did a 4000km road trip with my wife down the coast and had no complaints from her FWIW. It’s not a drastic change.
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I have not noticed any difference with the x brace on and off, and don't really see any reason why there would be any.

For a supple ride, I recommend replacing all bushings, ball joints, end links and mounts front and rear. There are about 30 of them and its a big job but the car will be transformed. Most of us bought used and don't even know what a new E36 felt like. I call it suppleness. Worn out suspensions ride poorly in contrast.
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Old Fri, Nov-10-2017, 02:26:51 PM   #4
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I've driven over 120.000km combined in both my E36's. Both have factory x-braces. I wouldn't know how one without would feel.

i only know when I added a (good, read: non hinged) strutbrace. I did feel slightly sharper, but it's hard to tell if this is a placebo effect.

But as with the x-brace, you do stiffen up the chassis, so it should matter, whether you can feel it or not.
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Turn-in sticks. No additional noise or vibration.


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Nothing but positives for me. My car is setup a bit harsher than stock which I’m used to but it’s just did a 4000km road trip with my wife down the coast and had no complaints from her FWIW. It’s not a drastic change.
Lol I think it’s very subjective. I had a friend ride with me on a 150 mile trip in my stripped, loud, harsh E46 with fixed back seats, and not a single complaint from her. She said it was comfortable and even said I exaggerated how bad the ride would be (I actually think it can be pretty harsh and uncomfortable at times). She says she’s “easy to please” though
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I have not noticed any difference with the x brace on and off, and don't really see any reason why there would be any.

For a supple ride, I recommend replacing all bushings, ball joints, end links and mounts front and rear. There are about 30 of them and its a big job but the car will be transformed. Most of us bought used and don't even know what a new E36 felt like. I call it suppleness. Worn out suspensions ride poorly in contrast.
This.

I refreshed the entire front end, put on proper tires (PSS) and added an x-brace. All of these together made the ride far better.

The e36 doesn't ride as well at 35 as it does at 65. It needs a bit of speed before the suspension starts to shine.

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The xbrace stiffens up the chassis but in doing so does that stiffness translate to ride comfort similar like going to stiffer shocks?

Switching back to Oem shocks gave my car the right amount of comfort to handle our crappy roads here in Cali but was wondering if the xbrace also had an effect on this dynamic.

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A stiffer chassis has no correlation with a stiffer ride.
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A stiffer chassis has no correlation with a stiffer ride.
This. The E36 needs every chassis brace it can get.
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