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Old 05-11-2002, 02:43 AM   #1
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stress bar question

which stress bar (acs$399, rd $249 and dinan $399) or others you will choose

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Old 05-11-2002, 02:50 AM   #2
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Old 05-11-2002, 02:53 AM   #3
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I'm a hamann fanatic, but stress bars is one think i dont like about hamann. they need to come up with a better design like the AC or Dinan.
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Old 05-11-2002, 04:45 AM   #4
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Re: stress bar question

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which stress bar (acs$399, rd $249) or others you will choose
ACS is the sharpest one around (that's what I got). On my trip to Aachen yesterday the ACS consultant said that they are back ordered for a few months on both the front and back stressbars (I still need the rear one). It has been very popular over here in Germany. If you get your hands on one, go for it!
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Old 05-11-2002, 07:02 AM   #5
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i've heard that the stress bars dont do sh*t .. is this true ? heard the sway bars are the ones that do make a difference... then again i dunno
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Old 05-11-2002, 11:08 AM   #6
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Yeah, what are they supposed to do?
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Old 05-11-2002, 11:13 AM   #7
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Old 05-11-2002, 02:10 PM   #8
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Dinan all the way
can i just buy the stress bar and install it by myself,thank(dont wont to pay installation fee)
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Old 05-11-2002, 02:25 PM   #9
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Dinan, cant beat the Carbon Fiber look. Go with Dinan for sure
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Old 05-11-2002, 02:49 PM   #10
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Strut Bars Will improve handling usually, unless the
chassis (frame) is verry solid, the the effects are less
noticible. It's the case of the E46 so it's basically
just for looks. If you look between the strut brace and the
ventillation filter (below wipers) the way the reinforcement
is done, it's basically the same as a strut brace.

If you want to improve handling you should instead go for
sways.
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Old 05-11-2002, 03:46 PM   #11
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Go with the one that looks the best...

Strut Braces are essentially only eye candy for the E46 since the chassis is very stiff to begin with and you will not really notice any improvement unless you really track the car hard.

Consider saving teh $$$ and getting sway bars first...sways will yield considerable handling improvements.
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Old 05-11-2002, 03:47 PM   #12
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I ordered mine, I got Dinan for the front and rear:smile:
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Can someoen post a pic of thje Hamann strut brace?
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Unless you want flash...

Why not the oem M3 strut bar? Looks like it's built pretty solid without a pivot point. Only problem is it's black...
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Cool ACS

I have ACS on my cab and I immediately noticed two things:

1. my wheels/ tires screeched less on turns
2. I felt a lot more understeer

Since I have a cab, the effects are a bit more noticable.. but I think ACS looks great and I am pleased with the results despite the added understeer.. car feels less tame.. but not to an absurd level.
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can i just buy the stress bar and install it by myself,thank(dont wont to pay installation fee)
yeah, and u can get 10% off from a guy who is a dinan dealer from FL, i was thinking to get the stage 2 suspension from him, but i'm out of money and lost his email...
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Old 05-12-2002, 01:28 AM   #18
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I have ACS on my cab and I immediately noticed two things:

1. my wheels/ tires screeched less on turns
2. I felt a lot more understeer

Since I have a cab, the effects are a bit more noticable.. but I think ACS looks great and I am pleased with the results despite the added understeer.. car feels less tame.. but not to an absurd level.
you sure u feel understeer? shouldn't it reduce understeer by tightening up the chassis?
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I have the ACS Bar in my coupe. From the day it went on, the steering felt a tad tighter and more responsive. Not much, but noticable.
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yeah, and u can get 10% off from a guy who is a dinan dealer from FL, i was thinking to get the stage 2 suspension from him, but i'm out of money and lost his email...
if you find that email please e mail me. bmw330ci1@yahoo.com
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