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      04-13-2017, 12:36 AM   #1
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Cool CPM Lower Reinforcement Brace>>>

CPM Lower Reinforcement Brace

I figured I'd start a thread dedicated to the CPM Lower Reinforcement Brace since I've seen people ask about it multiple times over the past few months. After about a year, I was lucky enough to acquire one through a good friend who has a connection in Japan.

This is the brace in question...

Screen Shot 2016-10-09 at 8.24.37 PM by dj_dub, on Flickr

It replaces the ugly stock center brace shown below, stiffen chassis rigidity and reduce chassis movement...

IMG_8126 by dj_dub, on Flickr

When it's all said and done, it looks like this installed...

IMG_8131 by dj_dub, on Flickr

We'll get back to that later.

An example of a link to where you can try to purchase it from:

http://global.rakuten.com/en/store/p...item/10000650/

From what I know, I'm the only person stateside with this particular part on an E9X M3...and feel free to correct me if I'm wrong (post pics to prove it! lol). My own experiences trying to get this in the past has been difficult...it's either out of stock, you get ignored when asking if they'll ship international, or they'll say they won't ship international.

I hit up a good friend who I knew purchased parts from Japan frequently, and he was able to have his contact acquire the part for me and ship it to the states directly...which I'm super stoked and thankful for!

The part usually goes for around $260...add in shipping costs and it easily reaches over $300. To me it was well worth it! I've wanted it for a long time, whether it is truly functional or not...there's no question it's a quality built piece and it looks great.

Now the fun stuff...unboxing it.

IMG_3612 by dj_dub, on Flickr

Part Number: CLRF-B 008

IMG_3615 by dj_dub, on Flickr

IMG_3617 by dj_dub, on Flickr

Front side...

IMG_3619 by dj_dub, on Flickr

Back side...

IMG_3622 by dj_dub, on Flickr

Compared to the stock piece:

IMG_3629 by dj_dub, on Flickr

IMG_3627 by dj_dub, on Flickr

roastbeef asked me to measure the thickness of this piece to see if it'll benefit those with low cars that frequently scrape this part...it's exactly 8.00mm thick FYI.

IMG_8122 by dj_dub, on Flickr

Installation was a breeze...took around 15mins. You just need to jack up one side to get under the car which is plenty of room. I'm about 6 foot 230lbs...dad-bod in full effect, got under there no problem. lol Make sure to use jackstands for safety (I added another in the back after I took this pic).

IMG_3632 by dj_dub, on Flickr

Tools I used: 3/4" ratchet to break the bolts loose, 3/4 cordless ratchet, small extension, 13mm socket and 3/4" torque wrench:

IMG_3633 by dj_dub, on Flickr

Installed! Torque each bolt and nut to 25 Nm...

IMG_3637 by dj_dub, on Flickr

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Very happy with the outcome...fitment and looks are perfect.

IMG_8135 by dj_dub, on Flickr
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      04-13-2017, 12:44 AM   #2
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Looks nice and something I would consider. Any noticeable difference driving wise?
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      04-13-2017, 01:53 AM   #3
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Looks dope bro!
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      04-13-2017, 03:16 AM   #4
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Looks great!
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      04-13-2017, 03:16 AM   #5
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https://www.bidjdm.com/bidding/aucti.../id/e217949941

I will be ordering mine next ,how does it feel while driving.
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      04-13-2017, 09:52 AM   #6
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      04-13-2017, 11:10 AM   #7
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Looks nice and something I would consider. Any noticeable difference driving wise?
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https://www.bidjdm.com/bidding/aucti.../id/e217949941

I will be ordering mine next ,how does it feel while driving.
After the installation...I did a trackday at Sonoma Raceway and I can't honestly say that I felt a difference although my car feels pretty solid as is. If there's a difference, I assume it's small enough to where it'd be difficult to identify.


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After the installation...I did a trackday at Sonoma Raceway and I can't honestly say that I felt a difference although my car feels pretty solid as is. If there's a difference, I assume it's small enough to where it'd be difficult to identify.






Thanks bros!
Would you purchase the part again, now that you know it doesn't make a noticeable difference? I like the idea of it, just trying to justify picking it up. Thanks
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      04-13-2017, 02:04 PM   #9
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Would you purchase the part again, now that you know it doesn't make a noticeable difference? I like the idea of it, just trying to justify picking it up. Thanks
Yeah, I can honestly say I would. There's no question it's a quality built piece and it looks great. Those 2 reasons are an improvment over the stock part for sure.
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Looks great. How thick is the OEM piece? I have had my eye on this part for added ground clearance. I scrape my bracket every once in awhile and it's the worst.

Maybe if there's enough of us interested, we can put in a bulk order?
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The stock part does its job just fine, so this part is unnecessary. For those with aftermarket midpipes that don't fit very well, though, this part may provide more clearance.

For undercar bling in your case, I would have gotten rid of the heat wrap at the end of the midpipe since heatwrap should be unnecessary in that location. Why is it there?
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Looks great. How thick is the OEM piece? I have had my eye on this part for added ground clearance. I scrape my bracket every once in awhile and it's the worst.

Maybe if there's enough of us interested, we can put in a bulk order?
Thanks bro! ...the OEM piece seems to be slightly thicker, I'll measure it later after I get home from work. I would try contacting them to see if they'll agree to that...might make it worth their while to ship international.

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The stock part does its job just fine, so this part is unnecessary. For those with aftermarket midpipes that don't fit very well, though, this part may provide more clearance.

For undercar bling in your case, I would have gotten rid of the heat wrap at the end of the midpipe since heatwrap should be unnecessary in that location. Why is it there?
This part being unnecessary is subjective and I don't care to convince those that think so otherwise. I posted this because there's obvious interest in it and I wanted to give my firsthand experience with it.

As for the heat wrap, why would I put heat wrap in some random ass location if it didn't do anything?! lol I agree, it does look like shit. I have the MFactory CF Driveshaft...the manufacturer recommends to put heat wrap where the CF shaft is bonded to the flange to reduce the risk of separation. High heat transfer over time might degrade the bond (as seen with other CF driveshafts in the past)...the heat wrap is there to help minimize it.
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Then the heat wrap is a good idea. CF DS will weaken from heat (and disintegrate if it rubs something). The CF DS is a mod I would consider since a lighter one piece DS does improve performance. Is the M Factory DS the one that retains the guibo for vibration absorption? I have used DSS steel ones with no guibo and don't like them.
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Then the heat wrap is a good idea. CF DS will weaken from heat (and disintegrate if it rubs something). The CF DS is a mod I would consider since a lighter one piece DS does improve performance. Is the M Factory DS the one that retains the guibo for vibration absorption? I have used DSS steel ones with no guibo and don't like them.
The MFactory CF DS uses the stock guibo thankfully...so no added vibration. One of my favorite mods, the car seems to respond a lot better IMO.
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