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Old 08-31-2006, 04:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Is an X-Brace worth the money?

The m3 already has a great suspension. But i would like to make it a bit more responsive. Lots of bmw guys put this part on their car, and i was just wondering if you guys think it's worth the money? Are there different kinds? (OEM, Aftermarket)
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Cool Can't hurt....

I installed one on a 328i and it seemed to beef up the front subframe pretty well. I also moved the existing cross-bar tube back six inches too some other existing holes just for added lateral bracing and to protect the tranny pan a little better. The local euro wholesaler had them in town here for $105 but I had to go to the dealer to get the metric inserts to fasten it to the subframe. They were about $2 apiece :





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What Inserts? Are we talking nuts and bolts?
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What Inserts? Are we talking nuts and bolts?

Yes, if I remember right only the convertible and the M3 have the retaining nuts already inserted in the subframe crossmember holes. All others have to use those press-in and squeeze nut inserts (NutSerts?), and the only place I found them was at the dealer. Also had to drill out the holes a little to fit the inserts in there. There's a few How-To's on the web if you do a search.

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eBay Motors: BMW X Brace E36 318ti M3 323 325 328 318 NEW (item 190025299076 end time Sep-03-06 11:58:11 PDT)






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