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      03-14-2021, 09:34 PM   #265
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I'm a bit grated right now because the general input from everyone here and from Megan was that this would fit on a B58 F32.

And it kinda does but not really. It comes into contact with that fuse box-esque looking thing. If I remove the cover, I would be able to install the strut bar but then it looks like there's a potential to expose all the wiring to moisture? I frankly don't know what the wiring/plugs are for. It looks like it's pinching the wires but there is clearance underneath.

Wondering if anybody has gone through this? I haven't tightened the assembly together yet because I'm debating if I should just return the bar, or it would be OK to leave that cover off. The cover exists for a reason..

EDIT: Did a little digging, that is apparently the ECU.
We're you not able to reinstall the ecu cover with a little maneuvering? Maybe give it another shot? When I bought the Megan bar, it said the same thing for the n55/335i- ecu cover must be trimmed or removed to install. But I am able to get the cover back in place under the strut bar mount without it causing any pressure on the plastic. I've taken both off 2 or 3 times for maintenance purposes and put back ok. Now, your engine might be a different, story, I don't know, just saying that it said the same thing for mine in the instructions and I was able to get around it.
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I'm a bit grated right now because the general input from everyone here and from Megan was that this would fit on a B58 F32.

And it kinda does but not really. It comes into contact with that fuse box-esque looking thing. If I remove the cover, I would be able to install the strut bar but then it looks like there's a potential to expose all the wiring to moisture? I frankly don't know what the wiring/plugs are for. It looks like it's pinching the wires but there is clearance underneath.

Wondering if anybody has gone through this? I haven't tightened the assembly together yet because I'm debating if I should just return the bar, or it would be OK to leave that cover off. The cover exists for a reason..

EDIT: Did a little digging, that is apparently the ECU.
I actually just went through the same thing last weekend. I gave the housing a nice trim. Its still very covered. The housing plastic is pretty strong so I used metal cutters to ease the process. Not too big of a deal, if I was less excited after waiting a month to receive it I probably would have returned it and got one that fit perfectly.
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      03-14-2021, 11:02 PM   #267
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I actually just went through the same thing last weekend. I gave the housing a nice trim. Its still very covered. The housing plastic is pretty strong so I used metal cutters to ease the process. Not too big a deal but if I was less excited about receiving it after waiting a month I probably would have returned and got one that fit perfectly.
Oooh can you please share a few zoomed-in photos of how you trimmed it? Were you able to retain the stud-thing that holds it in place, closest where it interferes w/ the bar? It looked very close when I was eyeballing it.
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      03-15-2021, 02:16 AM   #268
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I actually just went through the same thing last weekend. I gave the housing a nice trim. Its still very covered. The housing plastic is pretty strong so I used metal cutters to ease the process. Not too big a deal but if I was less excited about receiving it after waiting a month I probably would have returned and got one that fit perfectly.
Oooh can you please share a few zoomed-in photos of how you trimmed it? Were you able to retain the stud-thing that holds it in place, closest where it interferes w/ the bar? It looked very close when I was eyeballing it.
Yessir. It's extremely close fit haha. Sorry it's not easy to get the enclosure off without taking the strut bar off but here's some zoomed in shots. I needed to cut a small bit of that clip to get it to fit. Still works perfectly fine, just be careful not to accidentally crack off too much of it. Probably should have sanded the edges to get rid of the jaggedness of the cuts but that's for another day haha
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      03-15-2021, 08:41 AM   #269
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Yessir. It's extremely close fit haha. Sorry it's not easy to get the enclosure off without taking the strut bar off but here's some zoomed in shots. I needed to cut a small bit of that clip to get it to fit. Still works perfectly fine, just be careful not to accidentally crack off too much of it. Probably should have sanded the edges to get rid of the jaggedness of the cuts but that's for another day haha
Glad to see it done! Obviously this isn't and was never intended to be a watertight design but more so a dust cover; as long as most of it is covered, I'll be content.

Will have to fuck around with it later, appreciate it.
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This wasn't preferred but I trimmed it as much as I thought was appropriate for the interference. I think I carved it a bit further than mgeller cuz the bar was still pushing and causing the whole cover to flex. Taking it off in the future will not be fun but doable.


As for drive feel, I've purposely have left it in comfort and my experience is still limited but there seems to be a noticeable difference at low speeds in the steering. Stationary, the steering wheel is still stupid light but at low speeds there seems to be noticeable improved feedback, especially around that usually dead slightly off-centre feel.

Honestly could be all a placebo and it will never be the steering feel of the E90 or G20 but I'm decently happy with it. I will be driving a few hundred miles this weekend so will try to push it hard.
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This wasn't preferred but I trimmed it as much as I thought was appropriate for the interference. I think I carved it a bit further than mgeller cuz the bar was still pushing and causing the whole cover to flex. Taking it off in the future will not be fun but doable.


As for drive feel, I've purposely have left it in comfort and my experience is still limited but there seems to be a noticeable difference at low speeds in the steering. Stationary, the steering wheel is still stupid light but at low speeds there seems to be noticeable improved feedback, especially around that usually dead slightly off-centre feel.

Honestly could be all a placebo and it will never be the steering feel of the E90 or G20 but I'm decently happy with it. I will be driving a few hundred miles this weekend so will try to push it hard.
Sorry bro, but that carved up cover looks pretty sketchy. I'd buy a used cover and start over.
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Sorry bro, but that carved up cover looks pretty sketchy. I'd buy a used cover and start over.
Hahah now that at least most of the ECU is covered back up, this is out of sight out of mind until like, the dealer calls me out or some shit.

I welcome you to come down to the tri-state and do this for me. The bar does hover really low and cuts into it so I either had to choose a bit material interference either way or just cut it further in. But again, the reason I trimmed it more was because the bar was still causing the rest of the cover to flex and not align properly.
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Hahah now that at least most of the ECU is covered back up, this is out of sight out of mind until like, the dealer calls me out or some shit.

I welcome you to come down to the tri-state and do this for me. The bar does hover really low and cuts into it so I either had to choose a bit material interference either way or just cut it further in. But again, the reason I trimmed it more was because the bar was still causing the rest of the cover to flex and not align properly.
Nah, you come up to MA and I'll break out my bandsaw and dremel and make it nice-nice . Or you could sell that bar as it's obviously not made for the B58 F32. Notice where other bars on this tread have their bar attachment brakets located. Most are prior to the inner most strut mount bolt. The bar you purchased has these brackets located past this bolt and hence the clearance issues. In any case, if you're happy all is good!
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Nah, you come up to MA and I'll break out my bandsaw and dremel and make it nice-nice . Or you could sell that bar as it's obviously not made for the B58 F32. Notice where other bars on this tread have their bar attachment brakets located. Most are prior to the inner most strut mount bolt. The bar you purchased has these brackets located past this bolt and hence the clearance issues. In any case, if you're happy all is good!
You're totally right, the other bars (Ultra Racing & weichers come to mind) where it doesn't bend right away but rises straight up from the edge of the strut tower first, presumably to clear the misc. items in between.

however, I think the others go for $200+ depending on where you look and I'm not convinced that they will yield better results than my $90 option. So yes, it's a bit ghetto-rigged but when the need comes in the future, i'll just remove and order a replacement cover so it looks normal.
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