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WTB: Rear Strut Brace

Post by Masked Man » Sun Sep 10, 2017 12:16 am

Hey folks!

I know I've seen this item, but was it a custom unit short run or NLA item? It (obviously) went between the rear shock towers and -I believe- attached to the trunk floor? I have checked several online outlets and have come up empty. Since Grace is presently as accessible as an E24 is gonna get, I reckon now is the time. I figure I'll also drop new shocks in the rear. All aid appreciated.

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Re: WTB: Rear Strut Brace

Post by tschultz » Sun Sep 10, 2017 4:10 am

There was one for E28's known as a tow package brace, but now very difficult to find... I have a Mason engineering rear brace and it tucks up under the trunk carpeting which I like...

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Post by bpoliakoff » Sun Sep 10, 2017 5:26 am

+1 on Mason Engineering/ They are in No CA and you can google them. He makes a high quality product
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Re: WTB: Rear Strut Brace

Post by Masked Man » Sun Sep 10, 2017 6:06 am

Thanks guys!

I've found their website. Do you both feel like the unit improves rear-end stiffness commensurate with the investment?

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Post by dlvad » Sun Sep 10, 2017 9:25 am

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Re: WTB: Rear Strut Brace

Post by tschultz » Sun Sep 10, 2017 2:18 pm

Actually I don't know that it does help all that much. I had one in my e28 (but took it out later) and one in the E24 only because I use it at the track. The rear is pretty stiff with the rear bulkhead so I probably wouldn't spend for it on a street car. The front one helps if you get non hinged (like Mason) since the front doesn't have a lot of cross bracing from the factory...

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Re: WTB: Rear Strut Brace

Post by Masked Man » Sun Sep 10, 2017 6:28 pm

Many thanks folks!

Thank you, DV, Bert & Tschultz. Your point regarding need, is a good one, Tschultz, I think I'll pass on the rear for the moment and just go with a rigid front unit. Oh Bert? Mason Engineering is in Simi Valley here in SoCal. And DV, while the Weicher product looks to be good quality? I believe I'll go with one I can drive to and pick up.

Again, my thanks for your valuable insights

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Re: WTB: Rear Strut Brace

Post by bpoliakoff » Sun Sep 10, 2017 10:36 pm

Well, the least you can do is to get the wonderful pictures you used to come up with every Friday, back in the "saloon"
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Re: WTB: Rear Strut Brace

Post by Masked Man » Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:44 am

Bert?

You're trying to get me in trouble. You KNOW the admins put an end to all that. And I'm fine with that.

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Re: WTB: Rear Strut Brace

Post by bpoliakoff » Tue Sep 12, 2017 2:31 am

Can't believe a dirty old man such as Bobbo would do that to us. maybe because of his age he is afraaid of heart attacks happening. Oh well!!

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Re: WTB: Rear Strut Brace

Post by ron » Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:50 am

They are ALWAYS rustier than you thought!!!!!!
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Re: WTB: Rear Strut Brace

Post by Pasocb » Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:57 pm

Didn't I see some sort of sub frame assembly in the rear of Ron's car (while at Legends) that also mounts his battery? For those of us without M cars, this would provide an added weight distribution bonus?
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Re: WTB: Rear Strut Brace

Post by GRNSHRK » Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:16 pm

Hey, I resemble that remark #-o
Can't believe a dirty old man such as Bobbo would do that to us
Actually wasn't my idea, Brian was getting a lot of hits from guys wanting to join the board for that sole purpose [-X

So that won't be happening again, sorry to say :-({|=

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Re: WTB: Rear Strut Brace

Post by dlvad » Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:50 pm

Bobbo installed this set-up some time ago..
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Re: WTB: Rear Strut Brace

Post by Masked Man » Wed Sep 13, 2017 1:50 am

Everything I'm learning points towards no need for a rear strut brace especially since I'm not planning on tracking Grace, AND that a rigid front strut bar is superior to one with swivel points. And of the links posted to this thread so far, only Mason Engineering is rigid.

http://www.masonengineering.net/Subpages/E24.htm

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Re: WTB: Rear Strut Brace

Post by GazM3 » Wed Sep 13, 2017 2:36 am

Hey Phillip.

I got front and rear braces on my e24.

Best thing I ever done for them. The rear one balanced out the car and gives a neutral cornering attitude rather than under steer.

It's kind of like same result as stiffening up the rear anti-roll bar.
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