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Old 12-29-2004, 07:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm thinking about getting stut braces for the front on my e36, but I want some testimonials. Can you really tell a difference in the handling? Is it worth the price? If they work so well, why don't the manufacturers put them on stock? Thanks
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I'm thinking about getting stut braces for the front on my e36, but I want some testimonials. Can you really tell a difference in the handling? Is it worth the price? If they work so well, why don't the manufacturers put them on stock? Thanks
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Well i have just fitted one to my car after many many suspension mods and WOW what a huge difference it made, the car feels so much tighter now and sits alot flatter on the road in the front with less twist from the body like i was getting before i fitted it.

However if you dont have any suspension mods i suggest you do some then fit one or you might not notice the difference at all.
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It really depends on what you do with your car. Unless you track your car you don't need them, or really have any use for them. You pretty much put them on for your piece of mind. Which is why I have never purchased any. But as far as I know it will only make a difference at the limit. If you have nothing else to do to your car go for it, if not I would recomend something else.
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yeah theycan make a difference dont buy cheap ones though! also lots of people put them on for visual appreciation.. so your call

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The best and cheapest way to do this is to simply have a bar welded accross the shock towers on the sides. If you're not that hardcore, try to at least find an unhinged strut brace like the ones AC Schnitzer use to make. Many of the ones for sale in the market do not work and are for visual appeal only.

BMW does have an original Motor Sport strut brace. I believe it comes standard on the LTW M3. You can buy it from the dealer, it'll just cost you.

BTW, the rear stress bar makes an even bigger difference than the front. It works great if you already have an x-brace.

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I think TMS can order you that original strut brace... for a price though.. a little cheaper than getting it from the factory.. but still... like auto said... welding a bar between the two is by far the best thing.

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