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    Posted: 03-July-2007 at 21:45
Just wondering what strut brace you would recommend if any for my car?
I've bought a cross brace for under the front of the car on ebay but haven't
got it yet. Does anyone have one of these and should I fit a strut brace as
well? Also what about a rear strut brace? Are these a good idea?

I'll be doing a few track days and just want to set the car up as best I can.
And should I buy an Eibach Pro Kit?
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if it was me - i'd get a gt strut brace and kw variant 3 coilovers
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I've got front and rear strut braces on mine.

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No underbonnet shots of my own so here's one of another car on the register :



Front brace is standard so can't really comment on difference. Rear brace didn't appear to do too much... but I don't think you would expect to notice it in normal driving. I reckon it increased road noise a little? Go figure.

Going to get the cross brace in due course.

Uprated anti-roll bars seem to be well liked as an initial track upgrade and they don't cost the earth.

A couple of folk on the Register have KW coilovers in various flavours. Unless you're hardcore into your track work then V1 should be fine.
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How much is a GT Strut Brace? I do have limited budget. Are E-Tech ones
any good? Plenty of them for sale in magazines etc.

Don't want to buy coilovers because they'll lower the car too much. The Pro
Kit is only 25mm front and 15mm rear which I think I could live with. Plus
the coilovers are a bit too pricey at the moment.

EDIT, 1 GT strut brace new on ebay in the US for $600. Ouch! I'm looking at
one on ebay in Germany 2nd hand which I might buy if the guy will post it
over and it doesn't get too expensive.

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Not 100% but a rear brace would have very little or no effect as it only ties the top of the shocks towers together, unless your going to use coilovers on the rear can't see any benefit.

Any rear 'load' is taken by the spring not the shock absorber.

But may be I'm missing something and am way off on this.



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Maybe. Got the rear strut brace cheap so I might not bother fitting it to my
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GT strut braces are VERY rare and always go for way over the odds. There are plenty of aftermarket options to choose from. Main issue is fit/finish and not fouling your bonnet. If you car has ASC then make sure the brace is designed for it.
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Originally posted by Sporty1 Sporty1 wrote:

Not 100% but a rear brace would have very little or no effect as it only ties the top of the shocks towers together, unless your going to use coilovers on the rear can't see any benefit.

Any rear 'load' is taken by the spring not the shock absorber.

But may be I'm missing something and am way off on this.

 

no Sporty, imho i think youre on the button there mate..

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and a k8 2008 busa...faster still

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I fitted a Strong Strut front brace to my Z3 and I have to say it's the best modification I've done to a car - the handling is vastly improved

The Strong Strut website has braces for quite a few different BMW models - they're not cheap, but they are quality. Mine is the CL (Alloy), but they also do a steel version as well.

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Alex,

I think there's a UUC brace in the display cabinet in Al's - I'm sure if you asked nicely you could do a deal on it...

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Cheers John. I'll ask.
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Missed the used M3 GT Strut brace on ebay. It went for €356.55. Bloody
heck.
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