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Old 04-16-2011, 02:43 AM   #1
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Received Damaged Bilstein Sport Strut. Is it serious?

Hi,

Just received a set of 4 brand new bilstein sports for a '01 330xi and upon inspection noticed one of the front struts had the collar piece bent and paint flaking off. Is this a major problem/defect? If it is just cosmetic, I may just install them as they are as I don't want to wait another month for replacement.

I've attached some pics of the defective one next to the non-defective one. Hope that made sense.

Any input is appreciated thanks.





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Old 04-16-2011, 08:27 PM   #2
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Hmmm. Can't help I'm afraid. Trying to understand what that clamp/strap is doing? It appears to be split and tack welded in place on each end. My gut tells me not to worry, this is cosmetic. Hopefully someone will offer more concrete advice. GL
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Old 04-17-2011, 10:21 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. My gut also tells me it's not too big a deal.

Anyone else have any thoughts?
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Old 04-18-2011, 02:28 PM   #4
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Ask the vendor.
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Old 04-18-2011, 02:35 PM   #5
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I dont think it will effect your ride. As long as the welding is intact and it looks like it is. Its only a cosmetic defect but since you did pay some good money for these and when it comes to suspension you want to make sure its 110% in good condition, I would just contact the vendor for a replacement.
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Old 04-18-2011, 02:36 PM   #6
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you can get a flat head screw driver and with a hammer tap it back to place. It just a little bent
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Old 04-20-2011, 10:24 PM   #7
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It looks like that ring is crimped and welded, probably to maintain the top seal. This ring is clearly looser in the damaged one. I'd install the rears and ask for a replacement before doing the fronts.
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