11-15-2012, 08:27 PM
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: East Bay Area
My Ride: 2000 323it
FS: Racing Dynamics Strut Brace [bay area] SOLD!!!
Looking to sell my RD front strut brace in great condition.
The reason I am selling is that it doesn't fit my 323it like I assumed it would. I believe it is due to the raised "bumps" on the strut towers of the early e46. After taking the hood liner off, the brace still bumped into my hood. I ran it for a week like this, but then promptly took it off after noticing the contact with the hood.
Here is the email I received back from RD after inquiring:
Being the part is used, it's possible it might have been damaged during it's
It's not unusual for the bar to contact the hood liner due to the extremely
tight tolerances in most engine bays, however that should not cause a 'hood
bulge'. We've not experienced prior fit issues with the E46 bars.
We've never actually test-fitted one on the 'it touring' as that model was
not available when the brace was engineered, so there might be a slight
difference than the sedan/coupe model.
The brace in no way looks damaged or tweaked as RD suggests. My thought is that it is either the bumps on the strut towers, my hood is tweaked, or my 2000 touring has a compatibility problem with this model of strut brace.
There are two small blemishes from contact with the hood that are purely cosmetic. Structurally, it is is excellent condition with all parts present.
I'm a big fan of full disclosure, so I have tried to represent brace to the best of my knowledge so the future owner is aware.
Note: Will add pics of blemishes later this week.
Last edited by drumsauce; 12-12-2012 at 02:38 PM.
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