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Old 02-22-2011, 09:49 PM   #1
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My BMR strut brace does not fit!!!

I ordered a BMR struttower brace and it wont fit!!!

Anyone else have this issue?
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Old 02-22-2011, 09:56 PM   #2
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I know they dont fit V6s...
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Old 02-23-2011, 12:29 AM   #3
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lol, he's an SS though.

OP, can you elaborate how it doesnt fit? Can't close the hood? Doesn't reach both struts? Are you 100% sure if you haven't drilled and mounted it?
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Old 02-23-2011, 12:35 AM   #4
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I ordered a BMR struttower brace and it wont fit!!!

Anyone else have this issue?
Here's a thought, did you try calling BMR?
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Old 02-23-2011, 12:48 AM   #5
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i had the same issue... its not a perfect fit... there's around a 3mm difference between the car and the brace. I aligned them in the middle and drilled it in... works fine.
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Old 02-23-2011, 01:22 AM   #6
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i had the same issue... its not a perfect fit... there's around a 3mm difference between the car and the brace. I aligned them in the middle and drilled it in... works fine.
Well, that's not a very good design. Good thing our cars don't need strut braces.
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Old 02-23-2011, 11:38 AM   #7
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Give us a call at the shop and we can get you all squared away. Also some details would definitely help with diagnosing your issue you are having.

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Old 02-23-2011, 11:41 AM   #8
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Well, that's not a very good design. Good thing our cars don't need strut braces.
Tell that to GM, they accidentally put one on the convertible and the ZL1.
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Old 02-23-2011, 11:45 AM   #9
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Tell that to GM, they accidentally put one on the convertible and the ZL1.
It is funny how all that works out! There are a few out there they say they aren't needed but GM obviously felt like the new cars needed one. I would let people make their own judgements.
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They do make the car look faster.
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Old 02-23-2011, 12:10 PM   #11
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I will say the car DOES NOT NEED ONE. If you jack up the car from one side, BOTH sides lift up. The structural rigidity on these cars is AMAZING but under EXTREME cornering, maybe they would help a hair.

With that said... I want one! No, i dont extreme race but damn they look cool!!!

Second... the convertible has one because ITS MISSING THE ROOF SUPPORT.

The ZL1 likely doesn't "NEED" one but damn it looks cool!

Lets not get caught up in need -vs- want. I bet the car doesnt "need" a spoiler either but it looks better with...
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Old 02-23-2011, 01:07 PM   #12
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PFADT did a video on it i think... they actually showed that the Strut brace does something. Sold me on it... they were just in the skidpad, i wouldn't consider that EXTREME cornering either.
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Old 02-23-2011, 05:14 PM   #13
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Tell that to GM, they accidentally put one on the convertible and the ZL1.
It was no accident. Chevrolet removed the roof on the vert intentionally Without the roof the 5th Gen needs extra structure under the skin and under the hood.
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I will say the car DOES NOT NEED ONE. If you jack up the car from one side, BOTH sides lift up. The structural rigidity on these cars is AMAZING but under EXTREME cornering, maybe they would help a hair.

With that said... I want one! No, i dont extreme race but damn they look cool!!!

Second... the convertible has one because ITS MISSING THE ROOF SUPPORT.

The ZL1 likely doesn't "NEED" one but damn it looks cool!

Lets not get caught up in need -vs- want. I bet the car doesnt "need" a spoiler either but it looks better with...
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Old 02-23-2011, 05:28 PM   #15
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I will say the car DOES NOT NEED ONE. If you jack up the car from one side, BOTH sides lift up. The structural rigidity on these cars is AMAZING but under EXTREME cornering, maybe they would help a hair.

With that said... I want one! No, i dont extreme race but damn they look cool!!!

Second... the convertible has one because ITS MISSING THE ROOF SUPPORT.

The ZL1 likely doesn't "NEED" one but damn it looks cool!

Lets not get caught up in need -vs- want. I bet the car doesnt "need" a spoiler either but it looks better with...
Nicely said
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Old 02-23-2011, 05:50 PM   #16
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Tell that to GM, they accidentally put one on the convertible and the ZL1.
They also put on heavy ass 20in wheels, spongey springs, WAY too small sways, thin endlinks, weak TA's, heat trapping engine cover, and fake front cold air inlet.

What's your point?
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Old 02-23-2011, 05:56 PM   #17
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They also put on heavy ass 20in wheels, spongey springs, WAY too small sways, thin endlinks, weak TA's, heat trapping engine cover, and fake front cold air inlet.

What's your point?
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Old 02-23-2011, 06:18 PM   #18
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Though probably difficult if not impossible to do without a lot of surgery, I'd like to see a strut brace that triangulates and mounts to the firewall as well as the strut towers. Now that would make the front clip very, very resistant to torsional forces.
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Old 02-23-2011, 11:04 PM   #19
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Well guys I am chalking this one upto the garage/shop that tried the install. I will be taking my car to the dealer tomorrow to see if they can do the job. If not, i will send it back for a replacement.

Glad to see BMR step up on this thread. I have heard nothing but good things about them and seeing how they respond confirms what I have heard.

BTW, it is a two point brace and I have a 2011 2SS.

I may have to take a look at picking up the heritage grill while I am at the dealer tomorrow!!!

I will keep you all posted and appreciate the feedback!
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Old 02-23-2011, 11:09 PM   #20
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good luck camaro-2 and may i ask you what exactly did you get from BMR
and pete im sure that ill buy those coil overs in the near future good jop
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Old 02-24-2011, 05:38 PM   #21
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good luck camaro-2 and may i ask you what exactly did you get from BMR
and pete im sure that ill buy those coil overs in the near future good jop
I am thinking I should deliver them
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Old 02-24-2011, 08:13 PM   #22
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My BMR brace also doesn't fully line up. One side is near spot on, but the other is a few MM off, like it's just a hair too narrow. No biggie for me, still bolts up tight, and I'm the only one thats gonna really notice.
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Old 02-24-2011, 10:02 PM   #23
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Camaro-2,

Your profile says that you have a 2011 Camaro. If it was built starting in January 2011, it's possible that you got the new designed front strut towers.

I talked with my contact at GM today about this and it may apply. The Convertible required newly designed front strut towers and the 2011I (Interum - started production in January) Coupe is now getting the same towers. The convertibles will all come with the strut tower brace.





On the subject of strut tower braces, the coupes can definitely benefit from the strut tower brace if you're going to drive the car hard...like most of you here will. If you're going to drive like an old lady, don't worry about getting a brace.

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Old 02-25-2011, 01:19 PM   #25
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I will need to double check my build date...
BTW, my dealer wants to charge me 500.00 to install the BMR brace...WTF!!

Anyone mind letting me know what they paid?
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