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Old 04-08-2005, 07:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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AA Tuning Brace

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My buddy Ballzack snapped his bolt that holds the differential... It caused him hella drama and the risk of dropping his differential which is a $1000+ job. This brace is only 200 bux and there was a group buy on bimmerforums for 180 but i think its done. Anyway he bought the brace and told me about it and i bought one myself and i recommend anyone with a 5 spd to pick it up. I know if ur here u dont drive carefully lol...but thats just my 2 cents..
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Old 04-08-2005, 07:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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AA Tuning Brace\

above is the link.

My buddy Ballzack snapped his bolt that holds the differential... It caused him hella drama and the risk of dropping his differential which is a $1000+ job. This brace is only 200 bux and there was a group buy on bimmerforums for 180 but i think its done. Anyway he bought the brace and told me about it and i bought one myself and i recommend anyone with a 5 spd to pick it up. I know if ur here u dont drive carefully lol...but thats just my 2 cents..
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Looks well thought out - do you think it is as big of an issue for a 318 (5sp)?
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Old 04-08-2005, 07:47 PM   #3 (permalink)
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if u drive hard, yea, i think this thing has been and issue for a long time, its just that this brace came out 6 months ago... dude, dropping ur differential, no matter wat car u drive, is gona cost u loads more than 200 bux...better to be safe with 200 than out of 1000+!

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if u drive hard, yea, i think this thing has been and issue for a long time, its just that this brace came out 6 months ago... dude, dropping ur differential, no matter wat car u drive, is gona cost u loads more than 200 bux...better to be safe with 200 than out of 1000+!

btw, welcome to the forums...
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Thanks - great to be here. I have been asked already to the track, so after tires (the ones that came on the car should not even be on a taurus) I'll invest.
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Old 04-08-2005, 07:53 PM   #5 (permalink)
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dude where are u from? u know Bimmerfest is coming up if ur in Southern California..
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dude where are u from? u know Bimmerfest is coming up if ur in Southern California..
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Middle of nowhere Kansas - if you can believe it. The track I want to check out is in northern Oklahoma.
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are you talking about the bolts that are welded into the subframe? i haven't clicked on the link, but i have an auto, and i recommend the braces as well.

edit:: different problem, but still recommend it!
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Old 04-09-2005, 12:16 AM   #8 (permalink)
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are you talking about the bolts that are welded into the subframe? i haven't clicked on the link, but i have an auto, and i recommend the braces as well.

edit:: different problem, but still recommend it!
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i think ur talking about the subframe issue, thats a whole nother ballpark...
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Old 04-09-2005, 12:48 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I feel like I'm a salesperson for the AA brace, ghead But having your front diff bolt break 75 miles from your house at 10:00 pm on a wednesday(work in the morning and stuff) sucks in a big way. I have triple AAA not the plus membership though and they wanted $9 per mile after the frist 7. About $600 to tow, i ended up catching a ride home a friend and leaving my car there. Missed work the next day and spent the whole day in palmdale with cheech or chong as my only mechanic looking for a G' damn bolt that noone in that desert had ever seen. I swear I had been to every car, motorcycle and home hardware store in palmdale. Anyways cheech figures out that he can use a bolt thats not same grade as original and it will temporary hold. Had no other choice it was 5 pm, he asked for $200, I gave him $160 and left....... worst day and waste of time ever...... anyhow the FDB usually breaks cause of 2 reasons Hard launches and dumping clutch in frist and second gear and I belevie only the 318ti is immune, not sure.....


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hmmm so would an auto 325 need it, with no addons just stock?
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hmmm so would an auto 325 need it, with no addons just stock?
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I wouldn't think that an auto would need this, maybe if you swap your LSD for shorter one. But if your tracking your you might as well...

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dude where are u from? u know Bimmerfest is coming up if ur in Southern California..
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When???????????????
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Old 04-09-2005, 09:36 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Originally posted by chr328is+Apr 9 2005, 02:04 AM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(chr328is @ Apr 9 2005, 02:04 AM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-SpeedInfusion@Apr 8 2005, 05:53 PM
dude where are u from? u know Bimmerfest is coming up if ur in Southern California..
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When???????????????
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anyone know about how hard this brace is to install? it says it has a DIY guide to install it, but i was wondering if it was something that just the common person could do easily or if you have to have quiet a bit of mechanics know how
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Old 04-10-2005, 10:59 AM   #15 (permalink)
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well my buddy just got it, were goin to attempt to install it today...
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