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Old 07-11-2004, 02:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just wondering would this fit on my `1996 318i,

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I would not recommend the Dinan Strut Bar. You see how thin it is in width and how it tapers down even thinner towards the mounts....this doesn't offer much support. You want something like in the pictures below, something that is a straight bar all the way across. This will offer you more stability than the Dinan. Don't get me wrong, Dinan makes great parts....just not when it comes to strut bars.

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the 4cyl needs a different bar than the 6.
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Old 07-11-2004, 09:05 PM   #5 (permalink)
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You are correct sir.

318's need the "U" shaped strut bars to clear the intake manifold. The bars going straight across will not fit.

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Thanks alot,

I probably get the Racing dynamics bar or a cosmo racing bar.
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I know I've seen somewhere a different Dinan Strut bar that looks a hell of a lot better than that one.
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Everytime I see one of these strut tower bars it is for e36's w/o ASC? Does anyone sell these for cars w/ ASC?
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What I have heard is the location of the asc makes installation impossible.
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looks like a good deal. (the racing dynamics one) but how does the rear one attach? ive seen pictures with it installed in the trunk (i think) but when i check the trunk of my 325is it has no strut tower hook-ups that i can see...i guess you have to rip up the carpet and replace it...?



i plan first on getting a chip, cross drilled rear rotors and then strut bars. (1994 e36)
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the rear bars attach to thr RSMs behind the carpeting. So you have to cut an opening in the carpet.
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Yeah, you can just cut small holes to accomodate the size of the strut bar in the carpet. You'd be amazed at all the things behind and under carpets
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