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i have an e36 m3 and im wanting a front and rear strut brace for it. There are a few out there with prices varying by nearly £100!Just wondering which ones are the best to go for?I am planning on doing a few track days in the summer so want the best really!
 

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The term 'burly' has been used above and that is probably a good quality to look for.

If you baulk at something because it doesn't look pretty enough then acknowledge that what you really want is engine bay jewelery and just go and buy that.

I still can't get my head round people asking good money for a strut brace that doesn't connect to the bulkhead. Then there are things with rose joints and other pivot devices that are just decoration.

Many engineering students do the balsa bridge competition at some stage. Here is an example.
http://www.garrettsbridges.com/videos/balsa-bridge-videos
This teaches them crucial lessons on how best to use material to get the best structural effectiveness.

My judgement would be that very few of the people who designed the strut braces generally offered for sale have done a balsa bridge competition or anything remotely like it. Not impressed.

Mark, it would be interesting to know more about the TUV standard. Standards can be misleading. ISO9000, for instance, can be a way of saying "When we f*ck up, we make a written record of f*cking up and we consider whether its OK to f*ck up and if we decide its OK to f*ck up, we write that down and then we just sell you cr4p anyway." One well-known American standard, often applied to electrical equipment, only tells you if the thing is likely to go on fire and not whether it actually works properly.
 

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i'm not sure TUV is a standard tbh...its the german version of our vosa and they are the definitive body when it comes to the german version of the mot.
they also get involved with german manufacturers of automotive modifications.
TUV approved means we can be pretty sure the bits we fit on our cars do the job they were bought for


edit...found an example of tuv at work
http://www.nurburgring.org.uk/tuv/index.html
:)
 
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