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Post by Attilio » Sun Dec 31, 2017 7:25 pm

Hi,

Since I missed out on the post where Fishy Dave was selling his OEM strut brace, I decided to advertise that I’m looking for an OEM strut brace for my Z4MC.

Anyone has a “spare” one to sell? :wink:

I might settle for non-OEM but the original is by far the preferred option.

Thanks in advance!
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E46 M3 item fits
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Post by Crazy Harry » Sun Dec 31, 2017 7:56 pm

Is that just a fit for the Z4M or will they fit an E85 3.0?

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Post by markplant » Sun Dec 31, 2017 9:58 pm

Have a look at strong strut, or ask machine monkey if has time to make you one, as alternate options
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Post by dannytheduck1985 » Mon Jan 01, 2018 12:13 am

Sorry but the OEM strut brace is absolutely awful. Little bits of tat metal.

If you want a proper bit of engineering and a strut brace that looks good (no generic s**t), speak to machine monkey. I think he may of downed tools but for the right money I’m sure he will make you one.
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Post by Attilio » Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:43 am

Thanks for all the advice guys!

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Post by Truth » Mon Jan 01, 2018 12:30 pm

dannytheduck1985 wrote:
Mon Jan 01, 2018 12:13 am
Sorry but the OEM strut brace is absolutely awful. Little bits of tat metal.

If you want a proper bit of engineering and a strut brace that looks good (no generic s**t), speak to machine monkey. I think he may of downed tools but for the right money I’m sure he will make you one.
Have to disagree mate, The chrome CSL one I have seems good quality and I don’t think BMW would put it on their flagship car at the time if it wasn't.
If you want extra strength the Mason Engineering and Rogue Engineering ones are great.
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Crazy Harry wrote:
Sun Dec 31, 2017 7:56 pm
Is that just a fit for the Z4M or will they fit an E85 3.0?
Anyone?

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Post by VRSteve » Mon Jan 01, 2018 1:22 pm

Crazy Harry wrote:
Mon Jan 01, 2018 1:13 pm
Crazy Harry wrote:
Sun Dec 31, 2017 7:56 pm
Is that just a fit for the Z4M or will they fit an E85 3.0?
Anyone?
Same shell so no reason why it shouldn't fit.

Only issue you might have is the positioning of the brace might block the oil cap so you'd have to remove the cap to top up the oil.
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Post by Crazy Harry » Mon Jan 01, 2018 1:41 pm

VRSteve wrote:
Mon Jan 01, 2018 1:22 pm
Crazy Harry wrote:
Mon Jan 01, 2018 1:13 pm
Crazy Harry wrote:
Sun Dec 31, 2017 7:56 pm
Is that just a fit for the Z4M or will they fit an E85 3.0?
Anyone?
Same shell so no reason why it shouldn't fit.

Only issue you might have is the positioning of the brace might block the oil cap so you'd have to remove the cap to top up the oil.
Only that Fishy Dave listed his ///M brace as not fitting 3.0si

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Post by srhutch » Mon Jan 01, 2018 2:06 pm

Crazy Harry wrote:
Mon Jan 01, 2018 1:41 pm
VRSteve wrote:
Mon Jan 01, 2018 1:22 pm
Crazy Harry wrote:
Mon Jan 01, 2018 1:13 pm
Anyone?
Same shell so no reason why it shouldn't fit.

Only issue you might have is the positioning of the brace might block the oil cap so you'd have to remove the cap to top up the oil.
Only that Fishy Dave listed his ///M brace as not fitting 3.0si
That’s because of the oil filler. Some seem to fit the brace the wrong way round to get round this issue though.
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Post by VRSteve » Mon Jan 01, 2018 2:22 pm

Crazy Harry wrote:
Mon Jan 01, 2018 1:41 pm
VRSteve wrote:
Mon Jan 01, 2018 1:22 pm
Crazy Harry wrote:
Mon Jan 01, 2018 1:13 pm
Anyone?
Same shell so no reason why it shouldn't fit.

Only issue you might have is the positioning of the brace might block the oil cap so you'd have to remove the cap to top up the oil.
Only that Fishy Dave listed his ///M brace as not fitting 3.0si
As I said, the oil filler clearance might be an issue.

If you already know the answer why ask the question???
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Post by Crazy Harry » Mon Jan 01, 2018 2:47 pm

Because you suggested using these
VRSteve wrote:
Sun Dec 31, 2017 7:33 pm
E46 M3 item fits
So what your saying is that these are an ideal fit for a Z4M - which was where I came in with my first question.

I now assume that they are a direct fit for an M but not the 3.0si because of the position of the oil filler. In which case I would fit an aftermarket one. Thanks all.

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Post by Attilio » Mon Jan 01, 2018 8:25 pm

Truth wrote:
Mon Jan 01, 2018 12:30 pm
dannytheduck1985 wrote:
Mon Jan 01, 2018 12:13 am
Sorry but the OEM strut brace is absolutely awful. Little bits of tat metal.

If you want a proper bit of engineering and a strut brace that looks good (no generic s**t), speak to machine monkey. I think he may of downed tools but for the right money I’m sure he will make you one.
Have to disagree mate, The chrome CSL one I have seems good quality and I don’t think BMW would put it on their flagship car at the time if it wasn't.
If you want extra strength the Mason Engineering and Rogue Engineering ones are great.

Hi Truth,

thanks for the additional information, I was looking at some of the search results and came across these two options from Wiechers - very reasonably priced:

steel version: http://www.wiechers-sport.de/en/shop/do ... ben-detail

alluminium version: http://www.wiechers-sport.de/en/shop/do ... ben-detail

I wonder if anyone on the forum has had experience with these products...
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Post by Truth » Mon Jan 01, 2018 8:56 pm

I have a weichers aluminium one on my work horse and it performs well, looks well made and is lightweight. Though the mason engineering ones match the black cross braces that are already on the zed. Vanne has one. If I hadn’t got my chrome CSL one I’d of got one of these
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