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    hey lads, i need sum help:
    i'm a very enthuiastic driver,
    i have a 1999 e46 320d saloon.
    i need a strut brace to help support the front towers, my cars getting old, and i can feel the body getting a bit saggy, she needs botox or summink.
    i have seen strut braces on Ebay,
    and they are listed for 6cylinder or for 4cylinder

    nothing is listed for diesels, so i dont know what would fit.

    1. Obviously i know i have a 4cylinder, but i dont know what clearance issues i will encounter.. ?

    2. Also does anyone know if the strut dimensions are the same for saloons and coupes.. ?

    3. is there something to stiffen/support the lower part of the suspension towers.. ?

    i dont want to spend a lot of money, i'm not so bothered about the extra weight of a cheaper component, as i am about giving support to the towers.

    Any help would be much appreciated.
     
     

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    You would be far better advised by replacing the tired rubber bushes with Powerflex Polyurethane examples.

    Replace the shocks and springs and consider uprating the anti-roll bars.

    You will notice an amazing difference
     
     

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    as advised to notice a nice feel and drive and have a safer car - replace all lower bushes possible ,IE track rod-Front & Rear lower arm - anti roll barr - once u done that

    then invest in one of these

    http://www.bmwise.com/images/E36-low...ace-on-car.JPG

    then a front & rear strut brace , upgrade suspension and lower car -

    then change your gear lever to a short shifter ..16-17inch alloys

    now your ready for all the bend corners /roundabouts etc , go 4 it

    oh make sure your engines upto it . get a service - possibly replace clutch - engine remap-then step back and unleash the beast
     
     

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    all my bushes are new, except for the Anti-roll bar ones.
    i'm having them replaces for polybushes.

    the Car has already got new Shocks and Schnitzer springs.

    i'm still confused about the Strut brace though. A friend mentioned that the clearance issues may be to do with the size of brake master cylinder installed.? ?
     
     

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    hey P4paco

    there will be no issues in fitting the strut brace as long as u get the correct one for your car,
    I had issues with my strut brace , try to get the company to confirm it will fit 100% ,I would not bother with any strut brace under £50 atlest.
    also have you consirded the under body brace
     
     

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    is the under body brace the thing which is made of 3 bars welded into a "D" shape ?
    i would consider anything as long as it doesnt cost the earth,
    & common sense says it should help the handling.

    Also, my car gets grounded more then i'd like. (schnitzer springs + split humps)
    is there any add on that could help me get around this without changing my springs.
     
     

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    forget about the strutbraces, replace your current suspension with a good set of coilovers, this way you can setup the car properly, set the ride height wich will eliminate the grounding issues and set the damper rate, this means you can corner harder and more aggressive without the feeling like its a bit wobbly, itll be a lot more responsive its its setup right, using decent tyres will also make a massive amount of difference something like toyo's R888, swap the wheels over when you want some fun and then swap back when you want to drive normally

    in my opinion if you need strutbraces your hitting the limit on how fast you should be going on the road, now and then its ok but not that much to require a strutbrace, if thats the case then take it to the track
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    under body is this
    http://www.ca-automotive.co.uk/singl...tcF9pZD04.html

    the more braces on a car the stronger the chassis which means no flexing thus giving the car the ultimate in handling performance, also it makes the car safer than a car without any braces

    oh pics heres of my strut bar
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    you do realise you will never drive the car hard enough to warrant having them on? going fast around a few corners wont put much flex in the car its prolonged stresses that cause the damage, all they are good for on road cars it to make them look pretty
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    Quote Originally Posted by ron View Post
    you do realise you will never drive the car hard enough to warrant having them on? going fast around a few corners wont put much flex in the car its prolonged stresses that cause the damage, all they are good for on road cars it to make them look pretty
    Or Saab convertibles that wobble like jelly on a plate!!!!
     
     

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