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thecarguy 12-29-2012 12:18 PM

Strut tower reinforcement plates - does mine already have them??
 
I'm not sure if the previous owner installed strut tower reinforcement plates on the 05 330i zhp I purchased about 2 years ago. I bought the plates from a dealer several months back and have just put off installing them. I then started wondering if there is a way of "seeing" the plates from the top?

Last thing I would want to have happen is go to the effort of dropping the strut down to discover it already has them.

ac_2007 12-30-2012 12:15 PM

It just a black disc that goes between the top of the strut and body of the car.


Looks like this:










http://img526.imageshack.us/img526/1609/33650047.jpg

rcsummers 12-30-2012 12:19 PM

looks like you do.


if you didnt, above the strut would be that same grey color.

ac_2007 12-30-2012 12:24 PM

I'm not the OP

rcsummers 12-30-2012 12:41 PM

Hahahah totally read that all as one post

ac_2007 12-30-2012 12:49 PM

Lol

I like the camber in your sig

thecarguy 12-30-2012 12:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ac_2007 (Post 15018000)
It just a black disc that goes between the top of the strut and body of the car.


Looks like this:








http://img526.imageshack.us/img526/1609/33650047.jpg



Perfect, thanks for the pic. I'll check her out!

rcsummers 12-30-2012 04:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ac_2007 (Post 15018058)
Lol

I like the camber in your sig

Hah thanks. It's about -4.2 there

yannis4ny 01-29-2013 04:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by thecarguy (Post 15015817)
I'm not sure if the previous owner installed strut tower reinforcement plates on the 05 330i zhp I purchased about 2 years ago. I bought the plates from a dealer several months back and have just put off installing them. I then started wondering if there is a way of "seeing" the plates from the top?

Last thing I would want to have happen is go to the effort of dropping the strut down to discover it already has them.

would you consider selling them? I need a pair

peytonracer4 01-29-2013 09:39 PM

does anyone know if these raise the car at all?
i'm wanting to raise my front maybe 2 mm and this would be a nice and easy way to get a little lift.
i don't want to take the springs out and put different spring pads on.

yannis4ny 01-29-2013 09:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by peytonracer4 (Post 15109610)
does anyone know if these raise the car at all?
i'm wanting to raise my front maybe 2 mm and this would be a nice and easy way to get a little lift.
i don't want to take the springs out and put different spring pads on.

take a 2mm aluminum sheet, machine it and make holes on it. then install it in the place of this reinforcement. you can get it from:
http://www.mcmaster.com/#standard-al...sheets/=l95ty1

ac_2007 02-01-2013 10:53 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by yannis4ny (Post 15109659)
take a 2mm aluminum sheet, machine it and make holes on it. then install it in the place of this reinforcement. you can get it from:
http://www.mcmaster.com/#standard-al...sheets/=l95ty1

Do not do this.

The reinforcement plates are shaped specifically for the strut towers. Using a flat piece of aluminum creates stress points, and mushrooms your towers even quicker.
If by “machining” you imply that you’ll be shaping them, why go to all that effort?

BMW sells the plates for around $10 each, and yes they’ll add about 2mm to the ride height.

yannis4ny 02-04-2013 11:08 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ac_2007 (Post 15119056)
Do not do this.

The reinforcement plates are shaped specifically for the strut towers. Using a flat piece of aluminum creates stress points, and mushrooms your towers even quicker.
If by “machining” you imply that you’ll be shaping them, why go to all that effort?

BMW sells the plates for around $10 each, and yes they’ll add about 2mm to the ride height.

Thanks for the info, I was planning on doing this actually.

ac_2007 02-06-2013 10:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by yannis4ny (Post 15127694)
Thanks for the info, I was planning on doing this actually.

No problem, I hope that saves you some trouble :hi:


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