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Old 10-06-2004, 10:45 PM   #1
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The best strut tower bars for E46 coupe?

I was wondering what everyone's input would be on what the best front and rear strut tower bars for an E46 coupe. On my last car, '04 Mazda RX-8; I put roughly $2,500 into the suspension. $700 for strut tower bars, $1,400 for coilovers, and then of course sway bars. I am first going to tackle the strut tower bars, then go on to the rest. I like the ACSchnitzer brace, but I don't know if they make a rear to match it. DINAN has a matching front and rear, but is their quality good? What is the best quality front and rear strut tower bars or the $? Try to stay away from junk, as I don't put cheap parts on any of my cars.


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Old 10-07-2004, 12:39 AM   #2
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The best Strut tower bar for the E46, is the Factory M3 bar. both light and designed to function. Not at all hood jewelery.

UUC would be the best, except that it is quite pricey. It is designed very simular to that of the stock M3, except that the "bar" is made out of magnesium.

Professional race teams such as TC Klein use the factory M3 bar.

On the E46, the rear bar is not really needed, since the rear already is quite stiff.
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Old 10-07-2004, 12:57 AM   #3
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If you want a fancy looking bar get the Benfer bar. It however, from what I've read, is not as performance minded as the UUC bar.
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Old 10-07-2004, 02:28 AM   #4
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Yes the Benfer bar uses hinged technology which is not so good for performance as it transfers the force into the hinges rather than into the structural part of the bar
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Best bang for the buck: UUC w/ aluminum end plates
Cheapest: factory M3 but they have been known to break


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Best bang for the buck: UUC w/ aluminum end plates
Cheapest: factory M3 but they have been known to break


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Nice thing about the UUC bar is that you can adjust your suspension if you have it because the endplates are open. Plus... its pretty as hell:


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