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      02-11-2013, 09:34 PM   #1
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M3 Strut Brace Install Problem

I currently have a problem installing the M3 strut brace. The rubber inserts in the plastic piece where the V brace goes through does not unclip. It looks like its one piece. A picture of it is posted below. Btw, this is going on a 2011 335is so maybe the newer 335's are different? Anybody else run into the same problem?

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      02-12-2013, 06:43 AM   #2
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Steven I assume you've seen this..?

http://www.billswebspace.com/335M3St...stallation.htm

Seems like he had similar issues.
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      02-12-2013, 09:22 AM   #3
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I have a pre lci e90 and that cowling or whatever it's called doesn't have those. Might have to do a little cutting, but obviously don't do that unless you have no other option, haha.
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      02-13-2013, 12:27 AM   #4
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Steven I assume you've seen this..?

http://www.billswebspace.com/335M3St...stallation.htm

Seems like he had similar issues.
I have seen that. I did not have a similar issue since his rubber pieces is clearly held on by clips.

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I have a pre lci e90 and that cowling or whatever it's called doesn't have those. Might have to do a little cutting, but obviously don't do that unless you have no other option, haha.
So yours rubber pieces looks like it cannot be removed either?
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      02-13-2013, 03:26 AM   #5
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mine didnt fit.. but i made it fit with some grease LOL it was a pita.. keep trying
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      09-06-2013, 06:01 PM   #6
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dealing with this now. I am considering slitting the rubber boots. they are no longer detachable
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Why u try to remove that rubber piece?
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Pre-LCI here. No issues whatsoever installing the M3 strut brace.
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just about to order this. just a small alteration needed I guess or is this just a 335is issue
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I ended up slicing the rubber pieces on one end in order to fit the V-brace.
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Had the same problem with my '13 335is. Luckily the member I bought my M3 brace from included the correct heater closing panel and grommets.
http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...28&hg=64&fg=10
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I ended up slicing the rubber pieces on one end in order to fit the V-brace.
ditto.

My alternations also include: using a dremel to take a little length off the bolts in the image below, so the ends didn't protrude in to the cowl so much.
. I saw another member actually drilling wholes in the plastic cowl. Taking a little off the bolts seems like a better option.

also, I pulled out one clip for the washer fuild line mount(had enough fighting to push triangle brace in).
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Here's a look at how mine ended up with the M3 cowl conversion as well.
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