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Old 06-28-2004, 10:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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strut tower bars go across the top of the strut towers (when you open the hood and sometime trunki)
sway bars go under the car. they are trying to prevent the car from rolling over and swaying all over the place when cornering. usually found in front and back on e36's they are located in the general direction and vicinity of the axles.
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Thanks for the pics, I understand the functionality of sway bars, but whats the purpose of a strut bar. Generally do people use both of them.
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strut bars help keep the struts in line w/eachother for better handling.

if people check the FAQ's they will save alot of time waiting for replies. i have seen the same questions every day for a few days now, not just this one. does anyone read the threads anymore???

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Thanks for the pics, I understand the functionality of sway bars, but whats the purpose of a strut bar. Generally do people use both of them.
the strut reduces the amount that the towers twist, reducing body roll. same with the sway bars, same idea.it stiffens up the frame/body
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which give you better handling, after-market strut bar or a m3 front and rear sway-bars on 318i.
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Sway bars. But the M3 sway bar is actually smaller than your 318s is

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