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Old 03-17-2017, 10:06 PM   #1
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330i Suspension - bushing and shocks

Hello!

I recently installed new polyurethane bushings on my car and uncovered a different problem!

Front shocks are completely shot. I will eventually be needing rear shocks but they are not as bad. Mechanic said that front shocks/struts are 1st priority.

I received an estimate from an indy shop for about $700-800 for parts and labor (just the front)..luckily I found the same bill stein shocks online for half the price.

1) Should I have all my shocks (front and rear) replaced at once? Or am I ok to just replace the front for now ? (running on a budget here)

2) What is the average cost of labor for new front shocks? I believe the estimate I received was too high. (remember i'll provide the parts)


Appreciate thoughts/comments!!

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Old 03-17-2017, 10:46 PM   #2
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It's ok to replace the struts only then the rear shocks. Or vice versa. It's not ok to replace just one of them at a time.
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Old 03-17-2017, 11:20 PM   #3
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Old 03-17-2017, 11:55 PM   #4
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Though you can replace just the front pair of struts or rear pair of shocks at different times, i'd recommend doing them all at once. If the front are that torn up, the rear must be close.

what's your budget for all four not including labor?
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Old 03-18-2017, 08:22 AM   #5
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For $800 you can get new struts/shocks all around with mounts/hardware. You can rent the spring compressor tool for free and they job is not difficult.
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Old 03-20-2017, 03:04 PM   #6
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Found my parts (Bill Stein B4 front struts, left and right, bump stop, rear boot) for about $200 and found a specialized mechanic who can install them for $300. Does this sound about right?
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Found my parts (Bill Stein B4 front struts, left and right, bump stop, rear boot) for about $200 and found a specialized mechanic who can install them for $300. Does this sound about right?
Yes, the labor sounds about right.

Most shops will charge 2-3hrs to install front struts.

$200 for 2 front Bilstein struts sounds cheap though....sounds like rear shock pricing and still cheap.

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OP do you mind sharing the link to struts? Wife's E46 needs new shocks/struts.
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Yes, the labor sounds about right.

Most shops will charge 2-3hrs to install front struts.

$200 for 2 front Bilstein struts sounds cheap though....sounds like rear shock pricing and still cheap.

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OP do you mind sharing the link to struts? Wife's E46 needs new shocks/struts.
FCPeuro has bilstien B4 touring for ~$100 strut
https://www.fcpeuro.com/BMW-parts/33...80&m=20&page=1
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FCPeuro has bilstien B4 touring for ~$100 strut
https://www.fcpeuro.com/BMW-parts/33...80&m=20&page=1
That's a good deal.

The Bilstein B4's are supposed to be a good "OEM" replacement type shock.
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FCPeuro has bilstien B4 touring for ~$100 strut
https://www.fcpeuro.com/BMW-parts/33...80&m=20&page=1
Ohh yeah, I looked at those but "Touring" kind of threw me off. Thought that it was for touring models only.
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Ohh yeah, I looked at those but "Touring" kind of threw me off. Thought that it was for touring models only.
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B4 - Touring Class (TC) Shocks & Struts
Bilstein B4 Touring Class gas pressure shocks and struts are designed to be the economical choice for maintaining the original equipment ride performance while incorporating Bilstein's world-famous durability and precise construction. (black paint, steel body)
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faq Which shock absorbers do I need for my vehicle?
Repairs that reflect the current vehicle value:
BILSTEIN B2 Oil: For a worn or faulty original shock absorber - the same driving stability as on a new car.
BILSTEIN B4 Gas: For a worn or faulty original shock absorber - the same driving stability as on a new car. The BILSTEIN B4 Gas is a replacement part in Original Equipment quality and is available for almost any car.

Optimised suspension:
BILSTEIN B6 Sport: For a wider range of applications - with full payload and also at extreme temperatures - for consistent driving performance in town, on country roads and motorways, on short and long distances. The BILSTEIN B6 Sport is a high-performance shock absorber for normal and off-road vehicles.
BILSTEIN B8 Sprint: The BILSTEIN B8 Sprint was designed for lowered vehicles. This shortened high-performance shock absorber is the complement to suspension optimisation.
BILSTEIN B12 BTK: For optimum driving dynamics - the ideal blend of lowered springs and shock absorbers for first-rate fun at the wheel.
BILSTEIN B16 PSS9/10: Threaded chassis (shock absorbers and springs) with individual lowering and an additional nine/ten times damping force adjustment - can also be re-set with the units in situ for compression and rebound phases.
BILSTEIN motor sports/customised suspension units: Single units made to the driver's specifications and to meet motor sports demands.
edit if you want to save a few $$ you could have FCP price match autoplicity. FCP provides a lifetime warranty on the parts as well. Finally make sure you get the right strut for your application by checking the bilstien catalog and searching for those part numbers
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edit if you want to save a few $$ you could have FCP price match autoplicity. FCP provides a lifetime warranty on the parts as well. Finally make sure you get the right strut for your application by checking the bilstien catalog and searching for those part numbers
Sweeet, thank you

I was trying to put old shocks and springs together with new mounts, just so that the car can rest on its wheels, but the shock doesn't want to extend all the way and there is not way to compress springs into 4-5"
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