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Old 08-22-2004, 12:31 PM   #1
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RR PSS9 Popped Out....Pics Included

I was driving on Friday when I heard a loud pop and after that my car felt pretty unstable over bumps. Needless to say, my right rear PSS9 popped out (Pic#1 as opposed to left rear shock Pic#2.) THe bolt and the sleeve were still attached as you see in Pic#1 and Pic#3. I had to take the bushing out of the shock's lower end, then press the sleeve in all back together (Pic#4 & 5) I'm not sure if its because of the 19x10 that I have in the back is putting a lot of pressure but that's a first for me. I will attach a pic of the OEM sleeve that comes in the OEM shock, and it is T-shaped to prevent such thing. So I guess they've thought of that for a reason. Please let me know if you had this happen to you. Thanks
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Old 08-22-2004, 12:36 PM   #2
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Pic of the OEM shock's lower end with T-Shape Sleeve

Here's the OEM one, and it is design to prevent the shoch from popping out.
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Old 08-22-2004, 06:42 PM   #3
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Here's the OEM one, and it is design to prevent the shoch from popping out.



This was discused a long time ago. Anyways what you need to do is get a heavy duty WASHER from Home Depot or Lowes and then bolt the bolt over it. Make sure the washer is slightly larger than the bolt/rubber thing on the shock. Oh and paint the washer black or whatever color you like so it wont rust as easily.
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Old 08-26-2004, 07:46 AM   #4
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Bilstein is including big washers for more than 1.5 years now. Take a look at my post about this
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Old 08-26-2004, 01:02 PM   #5
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Yes this happened with my Bilstein sport shocks also. There's supposed to be a washer included with the kit to prevent this from happening. If you look at the install instructions, you'll see where they tell you to install the washer.
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Old 08-26-2004, 06:28 PM   #6
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Bilstein is including big washers for more than 1.5 years now. Take a look at my post about this
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=56755

Mine must have been the first generation. Do you think I can buy these washers seperately? Any idea? If Bilstein or their distributors don't sell these seperate, then I will check with Home depot. Thanks guys for the feedback. Much appreciated.
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Old 08-27-2004, 05:31 AM   #7
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There is nothing special with these washers, just go buy them where you are able.
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Old 08-27-2004, 12:59 PM   #8
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Mine must have been the first generation. Do you think I can buy these washers seperately? Any idea? If Bilstein or their distributors don't sell these seperate, then I will check with Home depot. Thanks guys for the feedback. Much appreciated.

Like SHD said they are nothing special. I bought mine at Home Depot and they work just as good if not better because of the thickness of the washers I bought. Dude your wasting your time if you have to wait for Bilstien to send them to you.
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Old 08-27-2004, 01:53 PM   #9
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Does this only affect bilsteins?

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Old 08-27-2004, 10:22 PM   #10
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My PSS9 kit did not come with washers but I had to go to Home Depot to buy some...
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Old 08-28-2004, 12:07 AM   #11
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same EXACT thing happened to me. one of my shocks popped out the other one was sliding off half way. the shock that completely came off, i had to take off and send to bilstien to install new bushings and a sleeve. the other side (pic attached) i used some wd-40 and a vice grip to put it back into place. bilstein sent me 2 washers for free, and i asked for spanner wrenches and they sent those for free too. all i had to pay for was shipping and for the bushing and the metal sleeve, a total of 9 dollars. the whole process took around 4 days
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Old 03-17-2006, 10:21 PM   #13
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Old 03-19-2006, 02:19 PM   #14
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Just get the washers from Home Depot. They are a buck each. I have no issues anymore. It takes 20 minutes to add the washer (when it's not popped) and about 2 hours if it is (since I had to make my own designed tool to push it back in.) Good luck.
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I used my old RSM top washers inverted towards shock body
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Old 05-04-2006, 12:23 AM   #16
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What tool or rig do you guys use to press the bushing into the shock.. my OEM one popped off and I just want to press it and add a washer....
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Old 08-13-2006, 01:04 AM   #17
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Old 04-29-2010, 02:43 PM   #18
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I've had Bilstein PSS's in my 325 for a year and a half. A few days ago... heard a loud pop from the rear passenger side and I noticed my shock popped out of place as well... Any better solutions than the ones already discussed?
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Old 04-29-2010, 03:47 PM   #19
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Common sense would have kept these things from popping out in the first place.
Use of washers is the only fix you need.
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Old 05-02-2010, 06:34 PM   #20
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Any idea how to take out the rear shocks? Like I said, same thing happened to me. I took the bolt off to install a washer between it and the shock ring, but the sleeve came out so now I have to press that back in. I didn't do the installation myself so I'm not really sure how to pull the shock out. I got to the nut in the trunk, but I seem to turn it with the socket, yet it doesn't appear to loosen up. Any help? Sorry, I'm a noob when it comes to all this. I've had my car at school, so I haven't really driven/worked on it much in a long time.
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