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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, Oct-14-2009, 12:25:00 AM   #1
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Want to run front and rear strut brace in my brothers e36 n3

What braces are popular and moderately priced? I like oem but its to much $, would like to go with something solid without a hinge for the front. Not looking to spend over $400 for both.

along with this we will be running h&r/bilstein along with the x-brace and eibach or ground control sways.
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mason engineering bars from Vorshlag

http://www.vorshlag.com/index.php?cPath=1_4_24
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Rouge Engineering's RACEBRACE is tops. I used to run UUC's StrutBarbarian--also a nice bar--but the RACEBRACE provides far more room to make adjustments to camber plates. The RACEBRACE (which I believe is made by Mr. Mason) isn't too pricey either.



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Why do you need a rear brace?

The Mason front bars are supposedly quite good.

PS: I know you said it's too expensive (it definitely is too expensive for your budget), but I can't help myself...

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Picture of my car with the RACEBRACE:

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I'm confused what all the extra scaffolding towards the firewall does. It seems like the straight bar portion in the front accomplishes all that a strut bar needs to...

I'm not an engineer so I don't want to get into the whole debate about hinged and bent bars and all that bull, but I guess I'm just confused about how the racebrace works. Does it press up against the cover above the firewall? Does it bolt in there somewhere (like the 1st gen Z4 M)?
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nope Jeff.. just extra "bling"

just a simple straight bar across is all you need...
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nope Jeff.. just extra "bling"

just a simple straight bar across is all you need...
Interesting. I'd like to see something from the designer explaining why it's there - it seems like a lot of extra cost and difficulty in manufacturing if what you're saying is true, Cal.

I generally tend to side with BMW on things, and their straight-across design is simple (and I'm a Euro wh0re, so I like OE things anyway ).
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think about the structural forces between the strut mounts. If there was an attachment point on the firewall, then I MIGHT be able to see it, being triangulated and creating a 3rd dimension of support.

Without a 3rd attachment point, the extra bracing serves ZERO purpose.

http://www.e30m3project.com/e30m3per...bar_theory.htm
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Why do you need a rear brace?

The Mason front bars are supposedly quite good.

PS: I know you said it's too expensive (it definitely is too expensive for your budget), but I can't help myself...

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