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E82 / E88 1 Series (2008 - 2013)
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Old 12-16-2013, 01:29 PM
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Install Front Strut Brace?

I'm getting a handle on what mods I want to perform and was thinking of installing the OEM front strut brace. Is it worth the cost and did you notice any difference? I had one on my M3 and M5 and although small I did feel it made the front-end a little more rigid.
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Old 12-17-2013, 10:02 PM
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I had mine installed and noticed the front end is much more rigid, not so sure if the BMW front strut will fits 135i.
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Old 12-18-2013, 04:49 AM
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I was wrong, BMW makes an OEM front strut brace for the 128 not the 135. What's the difference? Thanks for your response.
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Old 12-18-2013, 02:49 PM
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If you are looking for a strut brace for your 135i, you can look into the Cusco Front Strut Brace for the 135i chassis:





A car's chassis naturally flexes from inputs from the road - corners, uneven pavement, etc. Adding a strut brace will help strengthen the chassis rigidity translating into better handling and stability.

Cusco has a really information article on the benefits of the strut brace:

http://www.jdm-option.com/eng/pr_CUSCO/towerbar.html
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Old 12-18-2013, 05:11 PM
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I put a Turner front strut brace in my 2004 330ci a couple of months ago. I haven't really noticed a difference (or sometimes I think there's a slight difference, and then I wonder if that's my imagination).

However, my car is merely a daily driver, and I drive pretty conservatively. If you drive more aggressively than I do, perhaps it makes a difference.
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Old 12-31-2013, 05:28 PM
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OEM strutbar fits also on a 135i N54. I got one. The only thing that is a bit in the way, is an airco cap. But you can click it out of its holder and lower it abit.


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Old 01-01-2014, 05:07 PM
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Thanks for getting back to me. I still can't figure why an OEM brace would fit a 128 and not a 135. However, I'm still going to purchase one and find out. I've decided to slowly turn my 135 into a street/track car and this is one of the track items I need.
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Old 01-01-2014, 10:50 PM
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Yeah, it will fit alright. Just need to do 2 things:

1: Unclip airco hose and strap down with a tie-rap:



2: put a rubber ring or something simular between the strut and the top of the oem filterbox. When I put the strut on, it had some clearance.
But later on, when the engine was warm, it sometimes just touched the strutbar, resulting in a vibration heard throughout the car, that was pretty annoying

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Old 01-25-2014, 10:02 AM
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Installed Cusco Strut Brace

I installed my Cusco strut brace yesterday but due to the VERY COLD weather here in VA I haven't had the opportunity to see if it makes a (any) difference. But, it does look good and fits very well. Installation was relatively easy once I figured out I had to remove all the nuts on all sides as well as the nuts that secure the OEM brace (to lift it) so I could access the nuts underneath. I also had to loosen (Allen wrench) the brace on both sides to ensure it lay flat on the strut. Once I accomplished these tasks the brace slid right in and I was able to secure it to the strut towers without any problems. BTW, the protective wrap is a pain to remove!

Next, ECU re-flash and maybe a LSD.
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Old 02-06-2014, 06:17 AM
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The horrible weather in Northern VA finally moderated and I was able to get my 135i on the road to determine if my recently installed Cusco strut brace made a/any noticeable handling difference. IMO, it does, although not a great difference due I think in part to my OEM M-Sport suspension. Although front end handling seems flatter, stiffer and with less lean than before (in normal DD conditions) I can see where it would make a noticeable difference on the track. So, if you're going to occasionally track your car like I plan to you should install a strut brace. If you have no tracking plans it's a nice addition, worth the money, but not a necessity - JMO.
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