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    Default Rear Strut tower Brace...Do They Work?

    Just wondering since I will be replacing my rear Shock mounts do I install a rear brace ( I have a front one)

    does it really make that much more of difference as my car handles pretty damn good and if it really does what brnad do you have

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    If you use it for racing, then it will help probably, but not for the usual drive on the street with max speed limits everywhere.
    I have a front strut on my E36 M3, but to be honest, more for looks than performance, I never drive on a race course. Probably I will remove it again, as it disturbs when servicing in the engine bay
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    Quote Originally Posted by califblue View Post

    does it really make that much more of difference
    I once considered this question and The answer is NO. The shock absorber towers already have mutual rigid connection as the rear seat wall. Pop the covering off in the trunk and see for yourself.
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    Thanks I will just replace the rear Shock Mounts...
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    Damn that's clean! You even drive this?
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    Sure I drive it... that was right after I detailed it ( I do it twice a year to keep the engine bay nice and clean)

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    Almost makes me want to go back to an M30B35...

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    I think it just wastes your money. You need to consider carefully if you dont want to destroy your car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DidierAubin87 View Post
    I think it just wastes your money. You need to consider carefully if you dont want to destroy your car.
    Very true.

    Also add weight to brace a chassis that is already stiffened with a large panel of sheet metal? E34 engineers did not have to provide 'through cabin' loading capability because marketing did not require the feature. The ski-pass thru was all they got :-) There have been times this pains me, but when you consider how stiff the rear firewall makes the rear (remember fuel tank is behind rear seat, not under the floor pan), as it is on later models. Now if you cut open the rear firewall, you'd need a brace, certainly. But then you'd reduce protection from fuel tank explosion, too.

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