Test Drive After Install of Racing Dynamics Strut Brace
After installing my strut brace I wanted to see if I could feel any
difference with the steering and feeling of the suspension. I was
immediately impressed by how much the strut brace reduced flexing and
movement between the two strut towers. I don't know why something like this
did not come stock on the E39. In my opinion this is the cheapest/easiest
mod you can do and immediately get something out of it
Strut Bar - Explained
What is a strut bar? How does a strut bar work? What forces act on the
strut bar through the suspension? A strut bar, or tower bar, connects the
top strut towers together, in order to increase the rigidity of a vehicle
by allowing both strut towers to react to compression and tensile forces. A
strut bar plays a larger role for MacPherson strut vehicles, however it can
still be important in vehicles with double wishbones as well for
compensating vertical forces.
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BMW Stress Bar Installation
This tutorial shows the process of installing a Bavarian Autosport aluminum
stress bar for an E46 BMW 3 Series. A stress bar locks the top of your 3
series' strut towers together to improve chassis stiffness and handling.
The result is greater stability in hard cornering and better handling.
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How to Install a Front Strut Bar
In this video I show you how to install a front strut bar in your 96-00
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In Part-2 of this two part series, we will replace the rear shock and
spring. See Part- for the front shock/spring/strut replacement.
The Bentley repair manuals will cover standard shock and spring replacement
for the various BMW and MINI models. This DIY will assume that the DIYer
has the applicable Bentley manual for additional reference as well as
fastener torque values. Note that we will be installing the Bilstein
PSS-10 coil-over kit. However, the procedures would be the same for any
common shock/strut replacement (including installing sport springs, if
• New shocks/struts (Bilstein, Koni, Sachs, etc.)
• New sport or stock replacement springs, if desired (BMW, BavAuto,
• New Shock install kits (compression bumpers, dust shields, spring pads,
• New upper strut and shock mounts
• New strut & shock mount gaskets (as required)
• Rear shock mount reinforcing plates
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• 4mm through 8mm Allen keys or bits (for ratchet use)
• 13mm through 18mm combination wrench set
• Assorted flat and Phillips screwdrivers
REAR (applies directly to the E46 3-series, but the E36 3-series uses the
same steps and procedures):
1) Safely raise the rear of car, with suspension hanging.
2) Remove the wheels.
3) Place a jack under the lower shock mount eye or the wheel hub assembly.
Slightly raise the suspension (just enough to remove the downward tension
on the shock).
4) Remove the lower shock mount bolt.
5) Lower the jack and allow the suspension to hang free.
6) Remove the trunk side trim panel to access the upper shock mount.
7) Remove the two 13mm nuts from the upper shock mount, at the top of the
8) Lower the shock out of the vehicle.
9) Assemble the new shock with new compression bumper, dust tube and upper
mount. Be sure to re-use the large lower and upper washers for the upper
mount. These washers must cup away from the mount. lower washer cups
downward and upper washer cups upward.
10) If the spring is being replaced, it can be removed BEFORE
re-installing the shock. Have a helper pull downward on the wheel hub
assembly and pull the spring out from between the chassis and the upper
11) Using new upper and lower spring pads, install the new spring in the
same manner as the original was removed. Install the new spring pads, then
install the spring.
12) Install the new shock. Place a new shock mount gasket on the shock
mount and insert the assembly up into the shock tower. If installing a
shock mount reinforcement plate, place the plate over the two shock mount
studs, on top of the shock tower, before installing the two nuts. Install
the two nuts. Install the trunk trim panel.
13) Install the lower shock mount bolt. Be sure to install the washer on
the bolt before installing the bolt. Use the jack to raise the suspension
assembly to align the lower shock mount with the hub mounting point, so the
bolt can be inserted and threaded. Tighten the bolt.
14) Repeat for the other side.
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BMW 330i Strut Tower Repair
went over to help my neighbor fix his wife's BMW 330ci this afternoon she
had the tops of her strut towers starting to mushroom out on her and he
found a good solid sounding fix for it. sorry this is so long but it was an
hour and a half before i started cutting on it. if i cut much more it might
not be watchable at all. enjoy.