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X-Brace for E36 M3?

 
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 11:49 pm    Post subject: X-Brace for E36 M3? Reply with quote

I am considering getting an x-brace for my M3, especially as it is $150 at Tischer right now. However, I do not want to spend money on something that will have no noticeable difference in how the car drives.

My car is street driven only, no track stuff. While I can see it as insurance to protect my oil pan, I am curious as to if it makes a difference you can feel (not on the track). My car has bilsteins, powerflex FCABs--both of which I love.

Anyone have hands on experience with the x-brace who can comment if it has an impact on how the car feels on the street? I've read it is much more helpful and solid than a strut tower brace, and that it is simply a good structural brace that was standard on E46 M3s (along with strut tower iirc)...

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2013 12:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It protects the oil pan.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 16, 2013 10:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wait, shouldn't you have an x-brace already with the m3? Might want to check under the car.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2013 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, no x-brace on the car as is. I'm not positive, but I believe the brace was standard only on convertibles, but an easy bolt on for later model years of the E36, and requires the addition of 'nutserts' for the early E36s.

I'm likely going to hold off unless I hear that it significantly improve things. $150 is still $150...

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2013 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I doubt you would feel much difference on the street, unless you drive fairly aggressively. You'd be better off banking that money for something else. Just my $.02.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2013 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

somebodys selling one for $125 in the classifieds

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