In Reply to: This was discussed in Roundel 1 year ago (more) posted by ulrich on March 01, 2001 at 14:25:57:
I was recently discussing the poss. of installing a strut brace. A MB member said that, while she likes it, she wishes she had known the drawback:
To wit: you are connecting the sides of the car together. So, a minor hit on one fender can really cause serious damage to the rest of the car. Opinions?
Yes, with a strut brace, impact forces from even a minor shunt can transfer throughout the entire front structure of the car causing more damage. Also the addition of a brace can interfere with the front crash crumple zones, as designed by the manufacturer.
If you are racing or autocrossing seriously, go for it, but for the street it's mostly underhood jewelry.
Made a big difference in my car IMO. The crash issue is non-sense.
Before you call something nonsense, get some more info. This info is from a discussion in the back of Roundel (Techtalk I think) about a year ago. Car structures are CAD designed to absorb and crumple in a certain way. You bolt a hunk of steel across the structure it will interfere with the way it was designed to collapse.
You like yours, so what else matters.
Last October my 98 ///M Roadster went into the face of a granite mountain. The "hit" was about 3/4 ing from the left front. Estimated speed 55 mph. Yes, the air bag deployed, yes, I walked away. Yes the crumple zones worked perfectly and were totally unaffected by the Strong-Strut that was installed. The car sacrificed itself to keep my butt safe, just like the BMW boys designed it. Yes, the Strong-Strut survived with only a bent "eye" bolt shaft. Just because an article appeared in Roundel or any other publication doesn't mean it's fact. Nor does my one accident prove my point either but a real life example is worth many printed pages of speculation. Yes, the car was a total loss.