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Old 02-22-2014, 05:41 PM   #1
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Technician telling me Bilstein Sports are not compatible with H&R race springs

So I just received new rear shocks and front struts. (Bilstein Sports to replace my worn Bilstein HD's). I replaced the rears and everything went fine, onto the fronts.... took the strut units out and took them to a local shop to transfer the good H&R race springs from the old ones to the new ones (I dont have a spring compressor and cant be bothered).

Get to the shop and they attempt to put the H&R race springs onto the Bilstein sports, he comes back into the waiting area and says "these springs are not compatible with the sport struts". Im confused here?? not looking for an argument i simply said ok and left. This was canadian tire by the way (basically a walmart style big box garage) yes it was 4pm on a saturday so I had no choice.

I hear of tons of people running these struts on the sports without any issue so just asking for any advice.... he said basically im trying to lower the car two ways and i should just use factory springs because of the perch being higher yada yada
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Old 02-22-2014, 07:39 PM   #2
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Old 02-22-2014, 08:01 PM   #3
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I tend to believe that, some combination struts and springs will work but basically if a strut/shock operates at a low part of it's range, it may wear out faster.
In other words, the Bilstein sports are for normal height, or slightly lowered set up and the H&R race springs must be quite big drop.
I had a similar situation with another car and the struts wore out real quick.

The best you can do is contact either Bilstein, or H&R to find out.
Also post in the suspension subforum.
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Old 02-22-2014, 08:12 PM   #4
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http://www.bilsteincanada.com/produc...oducts_id=2370

says in the first few sentences that it is "an excellent match for vehicles with lowering springs or anti-roll bars".

my bad about the wrong section
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Old 02-22-2014, 08:15 PM   #5
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it is the bilstein heavy duty shocks that are designed for normal ride height. had them on a slammed car for 80k miles till they were shot. bought these sport shocks because it says its meant for lowering springs
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Old 02-22-2014, 08:25 PM   #6
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They should work OK then. Why don't you order a spring compressor from Harborfreight. Last time I checked it costed only like $15.
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Old 02-22-2014, 08:31 PM   #7
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ya i might just do it myself.... always get nervous around spring compressors after seeing some gone wrong videos on youtube lol. reassuring to see it should work though. if anyone has this setup please chime in!
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Old 02-22-2014, 09:26 PM   #8
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been checking around the web, people have this setup on e46... maybe the techs just didnt want to bother 4pm on a saturday?
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Old 02-24-2014, 04:44 PM   #9
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installed yesterday no problem by myself. canadian tire is a joke
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Old 02-28-2014, 05:10 PM   #10
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Highly reccomend bilstein sport shocks and struts. A bit sportier so bumps are a tad bit harsh but the handling is awesome and love has been restored.

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Old 03-06-2014, 01:57 PM   #11
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installed yesterday no problem by myself. canadian tire is a joke
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Old 03-06-2014, 02:09 PM   #12
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H&R race springs are probably the second most popular springs to run with bilstein sports (1st being h&r sports). As you've already proven, big box store mechanics are not the best out brightest...
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Old 03-06-2014, 07:07 PM   #13
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Your very first mistake was taking your car to crappytire. lol
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Your very first mistake was taking your car to crappytire. lol
Never had an issue with crappy tire, just tell them exactly what you want done and watch them do it. They are all Filipino at the one by my house and do a great job if you give them proper direction.
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