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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 Wed, Dec-03-2014, 11:02:55 PM   #11
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Default Re: Cross brace not fitting on E36 sedan?

The X-brace is pretty robust steel, so unless a 500lb boat motor or something Hail Maryed itself onto the distorted spot as pictured, that's accident damage.
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The X-brace is pretty robust steel, so unless a 500lb boat motor or something Hail Maryed itself onto the distorted spot as pictured, that's accident damage.

The guy had 3 of them! Lol. My guess is from the junk yard. Either way, the one he gave me the second time around is i much better condition than the first...and straight


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Good to know it wasn't a problem with the car itself. I'm planning on buying one of these soon and this thread's got me a bit nervous.
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Good to know it wasn't a problem with the car itself. I'm planning on buying one of these soon and this thread's got me a bit nervous.

Yeah, my first thought was the car frame was bent. Scared the crap out of me! Thankfully it wasn't that


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Good to know it wasn't a problem with the car itself. I'm planning on buying one of these soon and this thread's got me a bit nervous.
Are you driving without the stock crossbrace?

I'm curious if anyone has actually seen a car's frame move after being driven without the brace.. that would suuuck lol
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Are you driving without the stock crossbrace?

I'm curious if anyone has actually seen a car's frame move after being driven without the brace.. that would suuuck lol
No way! I put the stock one back on for the night. It's two bolts and takes about 3 minutes to put back on. Got the X on the next morning. And I agree, having the actual frame move would REALLY suck. I don't know how you would get it back short of letting it sit in the air and hoping gravity would help it.

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Nice! I love having the x-brace on. The car is so much quieter/ stiffer over uneven surfaces, in addition to the handling of course =))
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Nice! I love having the x-brace on. The car is so much quieter/ stiffer over uneven surfaces, in addition to the handling of course =))
I'm honestly shocked that this didn't come on every car with how big of a difference it makes. I'm looking for a balanced car, nothing extreme, but I figured I would have to get sway bars to get it to even out like I wanted…I mean how would this little brace make a big differece. Well it did! Skipping the sway bars and just picking up another set of rear contours and calling it a day. Understeer problem solved.
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I'm honestly shocked that this didn't come on every car with how big of a difference it makes. I'm looking for a balanced car, nothing extreme, but I figured I would have to get sway bars to get it to even out like I wanted…I mean how would this little brace make a big differece. Well it did! Skipping the sway bars and just picking up another set of rear contours and calling it a day. Understeer problem solved.


It's the way the car should have been from the factory. I drove mine for years without the x-brace and thought it felt pretty solid. Then I put the x-brace on and was amazed at how much better it felt. Pretty cool.
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It's the way the car should have been from the factory. I drove mine for years without the x-brace and thought it felt pretty solid. Then I put the x-brace on and was amazed at how much better it felt. Pretty cool.
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