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Old 21st May 2001, 19:17   #1
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Dinan front strut tower brace?

Is the Dinan front strut tower brace worth the money? It's $500 + labor! I'm planning on getting the stage 3 suspension upgrade + rear shock tower brace for my M5. Dinan doesn't have the front brace listed on their M5 price list; is the part the same as for the regular 5 series? What advantages will it give? Can anyone who has had this upgrade done give me their impressions? Thanks!

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Old 21st May 2001, 19:27   #2
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I'm very curious to see the answers---I find it hard to believe that it does anything.

And, to add insult to injury, they take a perfectly good piece of aluminum and weaken it by milling "DINAN" on the top!

As for the little pieces of carbon fiber, it is evident that they are cosmetic and not structural.

But I will get stage 3 on my M5 when it arrives later this year.
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A guy I know says that he noticed a difference immediately with the strut tower brace. I didn't drive the car, so I can't say from experience.

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Front bar does make a difference. I had been putting off this upgrade, but ended up getting it for my birthday. Very distinct change in the way the front end of the car feels while taking corners. Much tighter.
Don't pay anyone to install it though. It only took me 10 minutes to put it on. Not worth to pay someone else to do it. You'll want them to install the rear though. That one was a PITA. Ended up costing me $140 to have the rear one installed and I had done all the break down of the trunk prior! 2 1/2 hours to drill 4 holes. The service guy was cussing the whole time. Oh well, better him than me!



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And a related question: Do folding rear seats make the car less rigid (under torsion)? I'm guessing that getting the rear shock tower brace on a car with folding seats would be silly!

Does anybody know for sure?
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Actually, it's reccomended for those with the folding seats. It's also (supposedly) easier to install on them. I do not have folding seats hence the difficulty with the install. I can also say I did not notice much difference with the rear installed as I did with the front. Will probably only make a real difference at the track.



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Wouldnt the rear brace get in the way of the folding seats? I've always wondered that...
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Yes it would. But it only takes a few minutes to uninstall the bar portion and you have full use of the area again. Once your done, reinstall it.



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I just checked out the Dinan website again. They seemed to have recently updated the product list for the E39 M5. However, I noticed that the Front Strut Tower brace is no longer on the list.

Anyone know off hand if this an error on their part?

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Still there. Follow the link.
http://www.dinanbmw.com/html/m5_00/m...n Strut Braces

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