E46 BMW Social Directory E46 FAQ 3-Series Discussion Forums BMW Photo Gallery BMW 3-Series Technical Information E46 Fanatics - The Ultimate BMW Resource BMW Vendors General E46 Forum The Tire Rack's Tire Wheel Forum Forced Induction Forum The Off-Topic The E46 BMW Showroom For Sale, For Trade or Wanting to Buy

Welcome to the E46Fanatics forums. E46Fanatics is the premiere website for BMW 3 series owners around the world with interactive forums, a geographical enthusiast directory, photo galleries, and technical information for BMW enthusiasts.

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact contact us.

Go Back   E46Fanatics > Tuning & Tech > Motorsports & Track Forum

Motorsports & Track Forum
From Auto-X to Trackday to Racing and Professional Motorsports – this is the place to discuss making BMWs fast

Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 10-06-2004, 09:45 PM   #1
Registered User
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Michigan
Posts: 1,765
My Ride: rolls only Michelins
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.

Troy J.
2006 Corvette Z06 Red/black
2006 BMW M5 Sepang/Sepang SMG III
2006 BMW M6 White/Black 6-speed
Jeuprx-8 is offline   Reply With Quote
Ads by Google

Guests, get your FREE E46Fanatics.com membership to remove this ad.
Old 10-06-2004, 11:39 PM   #2
Der Meisterstück
MrMotorwerk's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Posts: 2,412
My Ride: '02 330Ci,'01 M3,M4
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.
MrMotorwerk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2004, 11:57 PM   #3
Commander FAT
Network Analyst
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Chicago
Posts: 3,483
My Ride: 2002 330Ci
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.
Because the B isn't for bling.
Commander FAT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2004, 01:28 AM   #4
Edison@JleviSW's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Santa Clara
Posts: 28,328
My Ride: BMW Duh
Send a message via AIM to Edison@JleviSW
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
Edison@JleviSW is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2004, 08:22 AM   #5
Slow in, slower out
Join Date: Jan 1970
Location: Awesome, NJ
Posts: 4,646
My Ride: 325it
Best bang for the buck: UUC w/ aluminum end plates
Cheapest: factory M3 but they have been known to break

Mod the driver. Participate in your local BMWCCA autocross or driving school. Have you joined BMWCCA yet?

teamdfl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2004, 08:44 AM   #6
Registered User
JCz04Bimmer's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Boston
Posts: 3,369
My Ride: 2004 330Ci & 06 Z4MC
Send a message via AIM to JCz04Bimmer
Originally Posted by teamdfl
Best bang for the buck: UUC w/ aluminum end plates
Cheapest: factory M3 but they have been known to break

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:


JCz04Bimmer is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Censor is ON

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:04 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
(c) 1999 - 2016 performanceIX Inc - privacy policy - terms of use