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Recommendations for Strut Tower Brace

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Anybody have recommendations for a strut tower brace?

 

I have curved velocity stacks and filters and although I don’t see fitment being a major problem, thought I’d ask the forum. 

 

Is a strut tower brace a strut tower brace?

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Yes. A strut tower brace  IS a strut tower brace. 

 

Presumably you want want to avoid squishing your Unipod filters? If you rotate them all forwards, I imagine most designs will fit. 

 

I have one of the RaceTEP super-duper strut braces but it is so super duper it needs some fettling before it will fit, I got bored and have yet to get around to it. 

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1 hour ago, Simeon said:

Yes. A strut tower brace  IS a strut tower brace. 

 

Presumably you want want to avoid squishing your Unipod filters? If you rotate them all forwards, I imagine most designs will fit. 

 

I have one of the RaceTEP super-duper strut braces but it is so super duper it needs some fettling before it will fit, I got bored and have yet to get around to it. 

Simeon, did you do the rear brace as well or just the front?

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I’ve got an IE strut brace up front. I like the simplicity of it and it’s easy to remove if I have to work on something that requires more room.

I only got the rear TEP brace to hold my battery and to look cool. 3adcd5265422c105a4f3f6046c59594b.jpg


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The top end performance front strut Tower brace has a useful added fourth motor mount which attaches to your valve cover. I like this feature so much I modified one for my BMW 1800 TISA, but didn't use then vintageDSCN1359.thumb.JPG.7b0c6ba5e6c9b60b892905fd0d6f3dc2.JPG strut brace. You have a very nice looking motor, and it probably makes good power, so you may want to consider the additional bracing mitigating against significant motor torque. Years ago I used to chain my Motor to the left hand side of the car so that the delicate Driver side motor mount bracket and motor mount would not break. Something to consider. Best regards, Peter

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Peter,

 

I like that motor mount to the valve cover gasket. It was suggested to chain/brace the engine (like you mentioned above) to combat engine torque but this seems like a more elegant fix. 

 

Does anyone have a photo of a Top End front strut brace?  The one on their website is low quality. 

 

https://www.racetep.com/manufacturer/shock-braces/bmw-frt-brace/bmw-2002-front-ultimate-brace-torque-only.html

 

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I prefer Ireland Engineering’s strut brace. As you can still work on the engine and get to things without having to remove or disconnect part of the brace. Also it is stainless steel.
My personal opinion of course.
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http://www.e30sport.net/myths/Strutbar_Theory/strut_bar_theory.htm

 

I find this to be enlightening.  I don't use one on the E30 race car.

 

There are no rear struts on a 2002, ergo there is no rear strut bar.  Unless

you cut away the entire rear bulkhead for a really big subwoofer,

it is ideally positioned to triangulate the loads the back half of the shell experiences.

 

That and a banana might help you catch a monkey...

 

t

 

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Hi,

Interesting article, you dashed my illusions and plans to beautify the trunk and engine compartment. I had not thought about the physics involved and that you can (fairly easily) actually calculate it if you took your car to a skid pad and measure what force it can actually exert. I had thought about strut bars for a car that runs a few rallies and a few track days, but cancelled the idea in favor of better bushings first. Now I know I must reshuffle the order of my investments. Catch tank and things that add value (reinforcing the motor mounts) will come first.

Toby, is there already a list of subtle go fast mods that make a difference?

Regards,

Andrew

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Goodness, no, then they wouldn't be 'unfair advantages!'

 

That entire site is a good resource- it all applies to 2002s, even if we won't be moving suspension

points around.  THIS entire site has a lot of discussions about things like that, but it takes some

searching.

 

The very much unhidden secret is to add front camber.  2 degrees on a street car, 3-5 for a track car.

Depending on your tires and your willingness to put up with tramlining...

 

t

 

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Hi,

So there is a limit to caring and sharing......:)

I don't go to the stance thread for suspension tips, I have HD springs and uprated shocks but still get gouges on my skid plate so I am always looking for ideas to improve control on a car that is on the track but also on gravel stages. Strut braces are out now, but they do look good... Tramlining, hmm, will have to think about what that does when I am not on a track before I set off... 

Thanks,

Andrew

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1 hour ago, Oldtimerfahrer said:

Hi,

So there is a limit to caring and sharing......:)

I don't go to the stance thread for suspension tips

Oh hell ya!  Racers will be racers!

 

And you are wise- Stants are form, grip and handling are function.  The two don't have to disagree, but

they are not intrinsically linked.

 

There are some older handling threads that talk intelligently about the relationship of ride height,

front and rear roll center, spring rate and damping rates.  And travels.  The 2002, stock, doesn't like

to go very low, as the roll centers go where they shouldn't, and the shocks and struts bottom.

 

I don't know much about the effect of camber on gravel. 

There's at least one thread about rally car prep, tho!

 

t

 

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