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Albertae30
06-19-2003, 06:24 AM
i had a thought i don't want to pay big bucks for a strut brace so i was thinking there is a aluminum welding place down the road from me and i was thinkin hell why don't i just make my own?? is this possible and has any one ever heard of someone who did do this??? or am i just being crazy thinker me again.

BMW BMXer
06-19-2003, 01:08 PM
I know a guy who did out of box tubing.

WASABI
06-19-2003, 01:11 PM
The ACS strut bars for e36s looks like it's made out of aluminum, I don't think they are welded though.

T-spec
06-19-2003, 02:56 PM
I'm gonna be making an ACS style one down the road but you need to have machining equiptment: Lathe & Milling machine.

msifashion
06-19-2003, 03:18 PM
Yeah, it's possible, but if you're doing it yourself, don't use aluminum. Aluminum is such a bitch to weld you might end up beating your car up with it.

Albertae30
06-19-2003, 07:22 PM
i posted in my thread that there is a place down the road that welds aluminum so i won't be doing it myself. all i would simply do is get the measurements get them to cut it and weld it and bammm new strut bar seems simple to me

Autotechnica
06-20-2003, 01:37 PM
Some exhaust shops do this. A shop I know in Ajax does this, they charge $150 for a custom made one. It's not too bad considering there are no hinges and it's completely welded which is always stronger.

Bry

Albertae30
06-20-2003, 07:53 PM
yeah but thats steel right i don't like steel its too heavy

Autotechnica
06-21-2003, 12:47 AM
Originally posted by Albertae30
yeah but thats steel right i don't like steel its too heavy

Yeah T-304 stainless steel.

Bry

Furious
06-21-2003, 01:09 AM
hey bry, where is this shop?

moregothanshow
06-21-2003, 11:10 PM
so wait, they weld the bar to your chassis? that sounds pretty good if this is true.

Albertae30
06-22-2003, 12:52 AM
i just want one for the front is that not called a strut brace or are we all talking about different stuff any way i want aluminum and i want to be able to take it on and off.

Bliss
06-22-2003, 04:43 PM
Randy(empowerd) fabricated his own and looks amazing.*th-up*

Lil'Smoothie
06-22-2003, 05:26 PM
Furious 325is is that game actually coming out?

The guys at my dads work in the aircraft shop at Air Canada fabricate shit for their cars out of aircraft materials, shit like front and rear strut braces, I want to get some shit done like that for my M3 this winter when I park her. right now I've got an OMP front strut bace

EMPOWERD
06-22-2003, 07:02 PM
Like BLISS said... i made my own from Mild Steel. Here's a pic.

Soldo
06-22-2003, 07:13 PM
randy can you make me one, PM me with some DETAILS!!
Thanks!

EMPOWERD
06-22-2003, 08:53 PM
sorry Kev... you can get an Eibach strut bar (around $340) for less than it costs me to make you one (and they look a lot better in all honesty).

Furious
06-22-2003, 08:59 PM
Originally posted by Lil'Smoothie
Furious 325is is that game actually coming out?



no its just a funny signature. ive gotten lots of PM's about it though.


Randy. that strut bar looks great.

EMPOWERD
06-22-2003, 09:15 PM
Originally posted by Furious325is


Randy. that strut bar looks great.


Thanks, LOL.... I'm on dialup this month (damn Rogers) and didn't realize that BLISS already posted a pic of my engine bay... sorry guys. Pics take so damn long to load!

Albertae30
06-23-2003, 02:03 AM
man i think making one would be pretty easy the only hard part would be to get all the dimensions of the pieces right like how much bend in the bar and where other than that all you would really need to do is find a good welder. See there is a place down the road from me that make aluminum boats. So all i really would need to do is find some high grade aluminum and get the dimensions and then get them to cut it out and weld it. sounds like a good plan to me but thats cause its mine what do you guys think.

EMPOWERD
06-23-2003, 02:52 AM
Originally posted by Albertae30
man i think making one would be pretty easy the only hard part would be to get all the dimensions of the pieces right like how much bend in the bar and where other than that all you would really need to do is find a good welder. See there is a place down the road from me that make aluminum boats. So all i really would need to do is find some high grade aluminum and get the dimensions and then get them to cut it out and weld it. sounds like a good plan to me but thats cause its mine what do you guys think.



The actual bar with the bends is the easy part... so is the weld. The hard part is making the round plates that go on the strut tower, then the support peices that you weld the bar to... look closely at the pic I posted, you'll see what I mean.

Steve7792
06-24-2003, 01:50 AM
For a second I thought it was actually A Sparco Strut Bar, This May Sond Stupid But Does Sparco Actually Make Strut Bars?
BTW Great Job Randy *th-up* .

EMPOWERD
06-24-2003, 02:08 AM
Originally posted by Steve7792
For a second I thought it was actually A Sparco Strut Bar, This May Sond Stupid But Does Sparco Actually Make Strut Bars?
BTW Great Job Randy *th-up* .

Thanks for the props man! Sparco does actually make sturt bars (don't know about white ones:confused: )... here's a pic of one on an E30 M3.

http://e30sport.net/images/articles/project/shahe_2.jpg