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HeelToe's Avatar Strut Bar DIY
HeelToe
03-31-2006
Attached are detailed instructions on installing the BMW Strut Brace part number 51 71 0 406 937. The entire process takes approximately 10 minutes once you have collected the tools below and have unwrapped all of the parts.

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  #88  
By cm3rc on 02-10-2007, 04:27 AM
hmm strut bar.. its not that hard to install. great product btw
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  #89  
By alpine330 on 03-01-2007, 07:37 PM
any 330xi try this yet? want to pick up one tom.

also how much does dealer charge for this part.
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  #90  
By alpine330 on 03-01-2007, 11:48 PM
BUMP
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  #91  
By Ninjaneer on 03-02-2007, 09:00 AM
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any 330xi try this yet? want to pick up one tom.

also how much does dealer charge for this part.
Circle BMW has it for $225, Crown has it for $235.04.
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  #92  
By zamboni on 03-05-2007, 12:24 PM
You can get it from Morristown for $199 plus $20 for freight, at this price I'm thinking about geeting it from Morristown.
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  #93  
By AM335 on 03-20-2007, 08:04 PM
I have read the other thread, but has anyone installed the STB on a E90 335 without the 'noises'? Thanks.
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By aznshrek88 on 03-21-2007, 12:13 PM
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I looked at my 328i, and I believe it came with this strut bar installed, is it a reinforced part or something?
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By flipmde786 on 03-26-2007, 03:07 PM
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any 330xi try this yet? want to pick up one tom.

also how much does dealer charge for this part.
I'm waiting on a strut bar...some of my friends actually bought it for me. Should be coming soon
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  #96  
By Biemdreamer on 03-26-2007, 08:39 PM
Incorrect

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but I looked at my 328i, and I believe it came with this strut bar installed, is it a reinforced part or something?
Does not come with strut bar installed from factory - maybe you were gifted this by your dealer (LOL) but it is pure aftermarket. I installed on in my 325 and my 328.
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  #97  
By aznshrek88 on 03-26-2007, 08:57 PM
I'm sorry I'm new to all this so don't flame me, but when I look in my engine bay, there is definitely something there similar to the picture in the DIY. It looks almost exactly the same, if it isn't the strut bar, then what is it? A pretty bar?
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  #98  
By Heidelberg328i on 03-31-2007, 01:03 PM
Cool thread,
I just ordered mine today from Kreuth AutoJunker in Walldorf, Germany and it will be here in 4 days. Got a friend with a 325i and an aftermarket BMW strut bar on it and I can feel a definite difference when cornering hairpin turns while taking them at 50mph. The car feels and handles so much tighter and with such less "slip and give".

Sorry though thread members...someone earlier in this thread made a comment about "oh yeah?...so when do you go 100mph on a daily basis???"

Well, whoever that was...we live in Germany....we do it SEVERAL times a day when work and home are joined by THE AUTOBAHN!

Sorry, whoever you were...we got it like that, DAWG!:rocks: :rocks:
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  #99  
By flipmde786 on 04-02-2007, 06:32 PM
So I installed it today...noticeably tightens up the front end, which I found taking a bunch of tight curves fast. The steering is also minimally heavier.

It's nothing major, but it's not just eye candy either.

Not bad for ~$200
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  #100  
By ATG on 04-02-2007, 06:36 PM
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I have read the other thread, but has anyone installed the STB on a E90 335 without the 'noises'? Thanks.
I'm very interested in that info too. is there a 335i-specific strut bar?
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  #101  
By BMW_drei on 04-03-2007, 06:46 AM
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Cool thread,
...
Sorry though thread members...someone earlier in this thread made a comment about "oh yeah?...so when do you go 100mph on a daily basis???"

Well, whoever that was...we live in Germany....we do it SEVERAL times a day when work and home are joined by THE AUTOBAHN!

Sorry, whoever you were...we got it like that, DAWG!:rocks: :rocks:
Lucky...

One of my scarier rides was in a coworker's stock Mini >100mph on the Autobahn... (yes they go that fast stock, and no, they don't handle like a BMW...)
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  #102  
By AM335 on 06-13-2007, 04:23 PM
Has anyone installed this bar on a 335 without the 'noise?' Thanks.
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  #103  
By fizzle on 06-20-2007, 09:39 AM
planning on doing this tonight. question: do i need a torque wrench?? i would rather do it right....
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  #104  
By AM335 on 06-20-2007, 10:15 AM
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planning on doing this tonight. question: do i need a torque wrench?? i would rather do it right....
Torque wrench would be the best way to fasten the STB. Post pics when finished. Thanks.
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  #105  
By AM335 on 06-20-2007, 10:16 AM
Anyone install this STB on a 335i? Thanks.
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  #106  
By canucklion on 06-20-2007, 10:17 AM
yes, I used a TQ wrench for my install

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planning on doing this tonight. question: do i need a torque wrench?? i would rather do it right....
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  #107  
By droptop335 on 06-20-2007, 10:50 AM
I wonder if this mod would actually provide even greater benefit on an E93, given that car's inherently "flexier" chassis.
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  #108  
By fizzle on 06-20-2007, 10:51 AM
pics will be posted and torque wrench will be used. thanks guys!
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  #109  
By canucklion on 06-20-2007, 11:05 AM
it wouldn't hurt to try it!

honestly speaking though, I think it probably offers just a tad more ridigity. Personally, I didn't feel any major difference, but then again, maybe I'm not taking corners hard enough to notice a difference.
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I wonder if this mod would actually provide even greater benefit on an E93, given that car's inherently "flexier" chassis.
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