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Old 09-08-2005, 10:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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rear strut mounts and stress bars

So I have been warned about the strut mounts ripping apart. Fortunatly I don't have this problem most people have told me to buy a rear strut bar and should prevent the problem. The problem is where should I get one? bavauto has a bavarian autosport and a racing dynamic stress bar
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Old 09-08-2005, 11:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Get some Ground Control shock mounts....

The stock rear shock towers are Ok, but the stock rear shock mounts are too small I think. They don't have a big enough surface area to distribute the load they endure under heavy use. The answer I think is to install some Ground Control rear shock mounts, they have a much broader surface area to distribute the load to the shock tower. They also use polyurethane bushings that will last the life of the car. They can also be removed from underneath the car so you don't have to pull your trunk liner out anytime you want to get at the rear shocks (adjustable Koni's ?).




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Old 09-09-2005, 01:02 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Just get heavier duty shock mounts, either something like Ground Control, JT Designs, etc, etc. And if the shock mount doesn't come with it, get a rear shock mount reinforment plate.

A rear strut brace does nothing on the e36's aside from take up trunk space. The rear shock mounts aren't too small at all, they're not supporting the weight of the car, just the damping loads.
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