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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 02-09-2013, 02:48 PM
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Spent some time with the ZHP today (mods too!)

So I needed some maintenance items, nothing major, belts, a tensioner pulley, and some general cleaning of the oil residue from my leak. Then it got a bath both inside and out, and I tell you that it does NOT show it's age. Interior is VERY nice for 174k miles and the outside still shines nice.

Then, I got to do a MOD! Sure, nothing major, but I haven't done any "performance" stuff since I put Konis on it. So on went the UUC strutbar. I got it for a killer deal, $100 shipped and I couldn't pass on it.

I have said in the past I didn't think these things were worth it. But I gotta eat some crow, it does "feel" better at least. I have no lap times to compare, but here is my analysis:

It feels "tighter" going over bumps and humps. This was actually the main reason I bought it, my car has felt more "rattly" than usual lately. I am pleased to say, the bar made it feel tight as the day I got it.

Turn in is better. I liken it to adding maybe 3/4 turn stiff on my Konis.

It does seem to grip a little harder during hard cornering, though it might be in my mind.

And it looks cool!
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Old 02-09-2013, 04:27 PM
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Old 02-09-2013, 05:37 PM
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And it keeps your shock towers from mushrooming. Consider it preventative maintenance! Looks great.
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Old 02-09-2013, 06:04 PM
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Crap, I meant to stiffen up my front shocks and didn't because I wanted to make sure whatever I felt was from the strut bar. Now I have to take it back off to stiffen them up. Rats!
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It does feel tighter over bumps. I feel that I do have more control. I can really feel the difference in the hard corners.
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Old 02-09-2013, 06:42 PM
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Re: Spent some time with the ZHP today (mods too!)

Crow tastes good, eh?

Did you have to grind or weld anything to make that UUC product fit?

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Old 02-09-2013, 06:50 PM
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Crow tastes good, eh?

Did you have to grind or weld anything to make that UUC product fit?

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Nope. Fit like a sock over my P/S reservoir (provided you pinch the tip )

Now I just need to find a good deal on some sway bars. Nobody has any good deals on used ones right now that I can find.......
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It does feel tighter over bumps. I feel that I do have more control. I can really feel the difference in the hard corners.
I've got that same brace. I definitely felt an improvement when I installed it. Plus, I have some cool carbon fiber in my engine bay. Pretty sure that's an extra 10-15 hp.
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Would you recommend this on an "all stock" 330i? If not, what other mods should be done first?
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Man that was quick. Jae pretty fast about shipping
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Would you recommend this on an "all stock" 330i? If not, what other mods should be done first?
I wouldn't do this first by any means. I would do shocks/struts/springs first. Make sure your control arms and bushings are in good shape or new, then get sway bars.

I bought this because the price was too good to pass up. Even if it did nothing I wasn't out a lot of money. I would never have bought a strut bar "new" and paid the $250-$370 price tag.

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Man that was quick. Jae pretty fast about shipping
Yea, he is a great guy to deal with.
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