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 Strong-Strut competitive product comparison
 
Information as of Jan 1, 1015

 

Since this is our own web page we can feel free to express our thoughts on the competitive products without pulling any punches. In our opinion, the use of soft alloy components, with hollow tubes as strut braces, result in a product that is mostly decorative. Without  exception, we feel the competitors' designs appear to be obvious aftermarket add-ons rather than blending in with their under hood surroundings. Our customers tell us the Strong-Strut. looks like original factory equipment and that the design blends perfectly with the engine compartment. When compared to the materials and workmanship in the Strong-Strut, no competitive product even comes close to matching its strength, appearance or value. 

Comparisons:  Please scroll below for product of interest

 

UUC "barbarian". This is an all aluminum unit. The tower plates are built on three levels incorporating the cross strut attachment system. The three levels are held together by screws that are at a 90 degree angle to the force applied to the strut. The cross strut itself is a HOLLOW tube that is approximately 3/4" in diameter. The manufacturer claims some advantage to having a straight cross bar as opposed to a bent one. Our engineers say that might be true if comparing to a dimensionally similar bent bar. However, compared to the massive Strong-Strut cross bar, the claim has no credibility. Notice how high on the tower plate the strut attachment is located. This creates an adverse leverage effect and multiplies any movement of the tower dome. The strut should attach down low - as close as possible to the dome itself. This unit is offered in only the natural aluminum finish. We don't mean to be unkind, but we feel many shoppers will not find this design attractive and complementary to their beloved BMW. Price $400 See picture below. This product will not fit the Z3.

UUC "barbarian"

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JTD This unit is all aluminum except for the HOLLOW steel cross bar that is 1" in diameter. As you can see in the photographs below, they have gone to great lengths to do something "different" with the shock tower plates and attachment system to give it the "enclosed" look. In our view, it simply doesn't seem to blend well in its environment.  They say "the coupler is pinched in the housing by an alloy cap screw that engages the cut in the bar ends" (see close up picture).  Our design team says this channel and pin system cannot possibly lock up tight enough to prevent movement where the alloy pin engages the bar ends. In addition, the threaded cap screw will, in time, wear the cut groove in the shaft ends. We see no evidence in the photos that the underside of the tower plates is recessed for the ribs in the tower dome. In the installed photos, the tower plate appears to rest on top of the ribs but we're not sure about this. In summary, they have accomplished a different and unique design but not a stronger or more effective one. In the opinion of our design team, the tried and true method of two stainless steel bolts as used in the Strong-Strut, cannot be improved upon. There may be some customers who find the round cross strut attractive. We feel it lacks visual excitement. See pictures of JTD strut below. Offered in anodized black only. We have seen prices ranging from $420 to $499.

JTD

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DINAN The Dinan has 1/4" thick, black anodized aluminum tower plates and an aluminum cross strut that is 1-1/2 " wide and 7/16ths "thick. The cross strut has carbon fiber inserts for decoration and is an attractive unit overall. One end of the cross strut is fixed and the other end uses an inexpensive, light weight heim joint to connect to the tower plate. We feel the welding of the gussets on the tower plates and the way the gussets zig-zag and come off the tower plates at weird angles is not attractive. Due to the use of thinner gauge aluminum rather than heavy gauge steel, a larger welding contact area is required for strength. Unfortunately, this does not result in a "clean and trim" design. The polished aluminum cross strut is not the most durable of finishes and is subject to scratches. Other than the choice of aluminum (which we feel is inferior to steel in this application), the Dinan strut bears some resemblance to the Strong-Strut and is "the best of the rest" in our opinion. Price is $399. The photo below shows the BMW black plastic tower caps installed. They are not part of the Dinan strut.

Dinan (Click on the thumbnail to see full-sized picture)

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HMS Strut brace has thin stamped steel tower plates without the benefit of machined ridges to engage the tower dome. The cross strut is a polished, HOLLOW aluminum oval tube. The welding of the retaining gussets is rather crude and unattractive. In our opinion this is "minimal" equipment and suitable mostly for decoration of the engine compartment. $300.

HMS 4 and six cylinder struts (Click on the thumbnail to see full-sized picture)

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BMP These braces have nickel plated tower plates and a polished HOLLOW aluminum cross strut. This unit is very similar to the HMS in materials and workmanship. Similarly, in our opinion, this is minimal equipment to dress up the engine compartment and little more. $179.95 This seems like a fair price for this quality level.

BMP strut brace (Click on the thumbnails to see full-sized pictures)

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BAVARIAN AUTOSPORT This strut has a round hollow aluminum cross strut and stamped steel tower plates that do not form complete circles. Price $179 approximately. In our opinion, this is another "decorative" engine compartment accessory.

Bavarian (Click on the thumbnail to see full-sized picture)

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RACING DYNAMICS This company manufactures a strut brace identical to the BMP and HMS strut braces and similarly priced. Photo and details not available at this time. $300. No longer available under this name.

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Strong-Strut sets the standard; you be the judge and compare our specifications, materials, workmanship and price with any of the competition.

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The illustrated strut brace below is the "Bavarian."  It is the only E38 strut brace available that we know of. It has a hollow aluminum cross bar that is bent forward on both ends in order to clear the under hood air circulation systems. The tower rings are 3/16 inch thick stamped steel. There are no machining operations involved in producing this product. The Cross bar attaches to the rings by means of a through bolt and cleats on the rings. There is no finish on the cross bar. Priced at approximately $200, it is probably OK at that price but in our opinion, it does little to  support the shock towers. This unit fits the 740i but not the 740iL models


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