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post #1 of 22 Old 17th June 2004, 05:57 AM Thread Starter
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Opinions Needed: Front Strut Brace and Rear Shock Tower Brace

I was looking into getting a front strut and rear shock tower brace. In my Cab that made a world of difference, but don't know if that may be overkill on the M5. Not only that, I think Dinan is the only one out there that I have found.

I would like to hear what everyone's thoughts are, especially those who do have them. My only reservation with the Dinan one is that they have hinges on them. Doesn't that somewhat defeat the purpose?

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Re: Opinions Needed: Front Strut Brace and Rear Shock Tower Brace

I would like to know peoples' thoughts too.

Also, any comments on if the front brace impacts BMW's understeer would be appreciated. It seems like it could enhance understeer (but I have no actual clue ).

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Re: Opinions Needed: Front Strut Brace and Rear Shock Tower Brace

the front is worth it.

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Re: Opinions Needed: Front Strut Brace and Rear Shock Tower Brace

Please expand. Any feedback is appreciated. I am probably going to do the front real soon, but am not sure about the back. What is your experience after you got the front?

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Re: Opinions Needed: Front Strut Brace and Rear Shock Tower Brace

well i'm going peice by peice on everything so i can feel the difference of each peice to be sure of it's worth.

With that said I think all M5 parts are over priced. With that aside, the strut bar is a nice peice, most feel it's only looks and in part it is.


It does look great, it's solid it's a great build.

Performance wise. I noticed a "tighter" feel in turning. As far as the understear thing goes, I can't say I really notice any...IVe also done the eibach f+r sways and feel the car is fairly neutral with them and the strut bar.

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Re: Opinions Needed: Front Strut Brace and Rear Shock Tower Brace

To all potential front strut brace buyers,

I can't say too much at this time, but I highly recommend that anyone looking for a front strut brace for the M5 (e39), wait a couple of weeks. If you buy now, you may regret not waiting, but like I said at the start of this post, I can't say more at this time .

An announcement will be made on this board and you will find it on www.beastpower.com.

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Re: Opinions Needed: Front Strut Brace and Rear Shock Tower Brace

That is not nice to keep us in the dark.

Such a tease . . .

I guess I will wait. I am probably going to do dinan's rear sway bar soon and a SS kit to keep me for these 2 weeks. I need my toys to balance these late nights working (and posting).


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To all potential front strut brace buyers,

I can't say too much at this time, but I highly recommend that anyone looking for a front strut brace for the M5 (e39), wait a couple of weeks. If you buy now, you may regret not waiting, but like I said at the start of this post, I can't say more at this time .

An announcement will be made on this board and you will find it on www.beastpower.com.

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Re: Opinions Needed: Front Strut Brace and Rear Shock Tower Brace

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To all potential front strut brace buyers,

I can't say too much at this time, but I highly recommend that anyone looking for a front strut brace for the M5 (e39), wait a couple of weeks. If you buy now, you may regret not waiting, but like I said at the start of this post, I can't say more at this time .

An announcement will be made on this board and you will find it on www.beastpower.com.

Cheers.
oooo, youre a tease. any clues. Whats the manufacturers name begin with? hahah, go on.

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Re: Opinions Needed: Front Strut Brace and Rear Shock Tower Brace

If it's anything like I expect it to be I'm in for one.

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Re: Opinions Needed: Front Strut Brace and Rear Shock Tower Brace

It would be very easy to instrument (strain gauges) a sturt brace and actually measure what loads it takes; however, NOBODY who sells these braces has ever published such data.

The E39 is already an extremely stiff chassis. The rear brace is almost useless I would imagine given the structure of the car in that region. Other than eye candy, the odds would favor it a waste of money. The front brace may be of small benefit, but here again, we're not dealing with an E12 chassis. If any vendor would provide real data, we could all make an informed decision. Perhaps some vendors have done such tests, and that is why we haven't seen the data .

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