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Same as front (m) (archive)

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Posted by TechnoViolent on February 04, 2001 at 16:19:36:

In Reply to: Rear shock brace why???? posted by M3 Lux OR on February 03, 2001 at 03:43:19:

They are BOTH cosmetic in nature, at least on an e36 with an X brace. Steve Dinan admits that his tower braces are mere jewelry, albeit lovely jewelry. Although, I think the Motorsport strut brace actually does something, the rest of the stuff out there is cosmetic. I'm not hatin' because I don't have braces, hopefully my Dinan frt and rear braces should be here by tuesday, ; ) (got'em used for $400). I think they look cool and might reduce the stress on your chasis and rear shock mounts over the long haul.

If you consider how the rear shock brace would work it seems itís a gimmick & a waste of money. In hard lateral corning the force is transferred from the tires to the wheel into the control arms. Since the shock act as a dampening device in a vertical motion a brace installed between the tops of the shock towers would be worthless. I guess it could be justified if you wanted to reduce body flex, but that would mean the shock brace would need to be a solid mounted piece to truly hard mount & top of the shock towers together. Am I missing something or are all those people who buy rear shock tower braces just suckers for clever marketing?

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