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Issue Nine
Table of Contents

Past Issues Index
Roadfly Magazine
Issue Nine
October 29, 2003
Fernandez Racing
Fernandez Interview
Hot Lap: Strong Strut
CPO Nightmares
Lotus Elise Preview
Coming Next Issue
Bimmer Roundup Coverage
Hot Lap: The Wheel Exchange
Review PowerBook G4 17 inch
Want Clean Glass?

Hot Lap: Strong Strut, continued.

Paul's M Roadster sits low - very low, so we ask him about ground clearance. "I've been driving with these for about 2,000 miles now - how do they look?" We take a look at them again, and they're completely unscathed. While we're admiring the Body Brace system, we notice the "Butt Strut" that Paul has on the back of his M Roadster.

The Butt Strut is a solid, 2-1/2 inch piece of cold rolled, CNC machined steel and it's mounted to the brackets that support the rear sub-frame assembly, which appears to offer a ton of reinforcement to the rear assembly. Again, the brackets, the components and the brace itself are absolutely impressive; the quality is more than top-notch.

Paul explains that the placement of the Butt Strut results in a direct reinforcement of the chassis as the Butt Strut is effectively bolted to the body and chassis. "Ground clearance on this can be a problem for people with very low cars, but as you can see, my car is pretty low and I've been OK with it."

People seem to really be reacting well to the Butt Strut. "I've noticed a marked improvement with turn-in, but my favorite story comes from a gentleman who swears that his car feels like it has four-wheel steering [after the Butt Strut was installed]," says Paul. "It seems to cure the infamous 'hula dance' that so many Z drivers complain about, and for what it's worth, when you traverse railroad tracks or other 'chops' in the road, the car moves over it as a unit rather than flexing and shaking."

We were convinced of Strong Strut's benefits just from looking at the products, but a quick ride confirmed our beliefs. The car felt much more solid - like it was machined from a single piece of billet; cowl shake, chassis flex and imprecise feedback were completely eliminated. The Strong Strut products undoubtedly improved the character of the Roadster.

Paul also shared with us a new product, his "Competition Light" strut tower brace. "The Strong Strut is probably stronger than it needs to be, but that's what I wanted," says Paul as he shows us his latest product, the CL Strong Strut. "The CL isn't intended to replace the Strong Strut, but rather to offer an alternative for guys who are racing their car and are willing to sacrifice a little strength in the name of weight savings."

The CL Strong Strut is CNC machined from solid aircraft grade alloy, heat treated to T-6 specifications and features the same pivotless design of the original Strong Strut. The pivotless design is critical to offering robust, flex-free performance, and is what has set the Strong Strut products apart from the competition.

The CL weighs just four pounds, despite measuring 2-inches wide by 1/2-inch thick, and features eleven cross-drilled holes. Paul tells us it's available for all Z3 models, and all E46 and E36 3-series BMWs. Color choices are limited to "galaxy," powder coated flat black or titanium.

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