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#1 (permalink) Old 02-10-2006, 02:48 PM
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Strut Brace

Ive just bought one...and while im waiting for it to arrive i thought id ask..


1: Does it really improve the road handling of a car???
2: Does it really quieten down the car due to a more rigid front end???
3: Does it really save on tyre wear due to making the suspension do its job correctly??
4: Does it really improve the driving experience???
5: Does it make any other differences???

and finally if all the above is true why dont the manufacturers fit them as standard????

and did i waste my money by getting one??

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The front strut bar I recently installed on my 325xi made a huge difference. I dont know the technical terminology but the hard turns became much more fluid. Havent had it long enough to compare tire wear.

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which strut bar did you get?




oh yea, when you get it and install it, I demand pics

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yes someone please answer his questions... I'd like to know as well.... as if anything, is the DINAN strut bar worth it? or is it just the name?


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The only strut bars that will provide ANY difference are non-hinged ones. Think about it. If it's hinged, it defeats the purpose of purchasing oen in the first place. Sure all strut bars prevent flex in a foward/backward motion, but this doesnt help enough for a noticeable difference in handling.


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The hinges just release the moment at the connection, they still provide the lateral reinforcement between the towers (where the majority of the bearing is taken by the pin connection, not a welded or molded connection). The hinge would only be a problem if, say, your towers could swing in and out... at which point, you probably have bigger problems than a hinged strut tower.
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its not here yet...when it is fitted i will say what it was like and how easy to fit..

and if the ride is good etc etc...

it is a sparco strut brace...big in the UK.....dunno about the US.

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Yes Sparco is plentiful here, just not a brand people put on their BMWs.


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well...............................

i reckon it is NO difference what so ever

having driven around with it on for a while i reckon it is just the same..

the whole point of a strut brace is to stiffen up the top of the towers?? but in reality,,,with average gaps around all the panels of a bmw of 1mm..there is no room for any movement anyway..if the suspension towers were to move so would the wings and the bonnet would stay still...so surely if there was ANY movemnet the bonnet ansd the wings would touch sometimes????

i reckon i have wasted my money...

anyone wanna buy a strut brace??

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actually ive decided that as it wasnt really doing anything...i have taken it off


bit of a waste of time and money,but i reckon a decent bmw strut brace would be ok,,,but mine was cheap and crap...as an engineer i could see straight away how rubbish it was.

so the moral is...if u want a strut brace buy a decent one...

dont get flimsy welded ally and dont get one that is hinged and done get one that is really thin material and dont get one that matches these descriptions as mine was all three!!!!

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i just installed racing dynamics front strut bar, from bavauto.

1: Does it really improve the road handling of a car???

not by much, but DEFINITELY yes. this is most noticeable in fast corners on uneven road. i am taking the same 45 deg corner on the way to work, at about 50 mph. before, the steering inputs were looser, and i had to correct more. now, the road bumps are absorbed better, less shake on the steering, and much more feel thorugh the steering. i am making less corrections now, and can much more easily steer the car on the throttle (occasionally i take this corner with a LOT of power), and not over correct the power slide.

2: Does it really quieten down the car due to a more rigid front end???

it terms of noise?? no.

3: Does it really save on tyre wear due to making the suspension do its job
correctly?? not when i am driving, cos i will increase the speed due to improved handling, and wear out tires that much quicker.


4: Does it really improve the driving experience??? YES.

5: Does it make any other differences??? yes, it lets me impress weak-brained chicks. ooo baby, come see MY STRUT BAR, it is long and stiff.
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Actually


because of what Peter has said...i reviewed my posts...and alto there wasnt much difference,,,i have to agree with him on points 1 and 4.....i will make some modifications to the bar and put back on tomorrow

thx for giving me clarity

i guess i was expecting such greatness and was a little disappointed...

but your post made me view it all again

so the answer to the original post

yes it does make a difference

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the strut brace make me feel slightly oversteer in corner
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the strut brace make me feel slightly oversteer in corner
you probibly had oversteer before anyways just never looked for it until you installed this...

i find that strut bars are simply for looks... after trying many different brands on his race car my cusin also backs my opinion....

but i keep mine, i kinda like it haha
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