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Old 09-24-2012, 07:01 PM   #1
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I was online at bmaparts attempting to price the strut mounts which I found for $33, but I can't find the shock mounts? Are there no shock mounts for the front? Only rear?
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Old 09-24-2012, 07:04 PM   #2
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Strut mounts are equivalent to rear shock mounts. They have bearings in them that allow the mount to twist and such.
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Old 11-15-2012, 11:48 AM   #3
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The parts came in from bma. I ordered Bilstein struts and meyle strut mounts; anything else I need? I don't know if I should buy the rubber boots?
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I'd get a new rubber boot since it's gonna be off anyway.
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Old 11-15-2012, 11:58 AM   #5
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So that's all I need ? What about bump stops?
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Sorry I forgot you were doing struts as well.

Are you getting Bilstein HDs? If so, no bump stop or boot required. Boot is supplied.
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Old 11-15-2012, 12:03 PM   #7
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I would recommend against Meyle mounts. The bolts are too short so you won't be able to mount a brace.
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So that's all I need ? What about bump stops?
Bilstein struts have internal bump stops.
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I bought the Bilstein touring class struts and meyle mounts. I thought that's all I needed but I see I need more things ? Don't wanna' be stuck halfway through the job. Any help is appreciated!
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I bought the Bilstein touring class struts and meyle mounts. I thought that's all I needed but I see I need more things ? Don't wanna' be stuck halfway through the job. Any help is appreciated!
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Dang it, I had in mind to install braces in soon after I fixed this. I already bought the mounts..
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:18 PM   #13
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$30 at Autozoneee, can't beat that. It's even better than the $50 versions.
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Old 11-22-2012, 06:59 AM   #14
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I just replaced the struts and I completely hate them! The ride height is waay too high! They are bilstein Touring's...I officially hate Bimmers; waay too much effing plastic.
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Your ride height should not have changed. You did something wrong
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Old 11-22-2012, 12:43 PM   #16
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The new strut has more travel the the Sachs
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Old 11-22-2012, 12:46 PM   #17
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Anyone here use the same brand ???
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I read in another thread about this happening with the Bilstein Touring's. I was going to put the same set-up on my 323, but I'm going to go with the Koni's instead.

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=916794

It's common with the Bilstein's. I'm gonna have to stick with them because with everything I need, my budget doesn't allow for Koni. I don't mind a little bit of a bigger gap so I'll let you know how my car turns out.
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Old 11-22-2012, 06:46 PM   #19
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They're not bad, It's just that I hate the huge wheel gap. I stayed up all night outside replacing the struts, mounts, end links, front tires, expansion tank and what not. I'm so freaking tired and just having second thoughts about having a Bimmer..it needs too much. Other than that I just found out my lcab's are gone so I just placed an order. I swear this car is nothing but a wallet beheader. To cure the huge wheel gap I'm going to purchase lowering springs. I know it's not the best idea but I don't have 2-3k to spend on a full suspension lowering kit. Bash or flame me if you want.
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