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Old 12-29-2012, 12:18 PM   #1
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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.
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Old 12-30-2012, 12:15 PM   #2
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It just a black disc that goes between the top of the strut and body of the car.


Looks like this:










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Old 12-30-2012, 12:19 PM   #3
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looks like you do.


if you didnt, above the strut would be that same grey color.
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Old 12-30-2012, 12:24 PM   #4
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Old 12-30-2012, 12:41 PM   #5
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Hahahah totally read that all as one post
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Old 12-30-2012, 12:49 PM   #6
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Lol

I like the camber in your sig
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Old 12-30-2012, 12:52 PM   #7
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It just a black disc that goes between the top of the strut and body of the car.


Looks like this:










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

I like the camber in your sig
Hah thanks. It's about -4.2 there
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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
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Old 01-29-2013, 09:39 PM   #10
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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Old 02-06-2013, 10:56 PM   #14
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Thanks for the info, I was planning on doing this actually.
No problem, I hope that saves you some trouble
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