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Old 08-08-2005, 11:27 AM   #1
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Finished installing the bilstein shocks

but I was wondering if the plastic absorber and the protection tube/dust cover as well as the small washer and absorber hat are needed? I just installed the bilstein sport shocks only with rsms. And the one on the oem shock was stuck down by the rusted nut so i just threw the entire thing away. Thanks
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Old 08-09-2005, 02:53 AM   #2
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but I was wondering if the plastic absorber and the protection tube/dust cover as well as the small washer and absorber hat are needed? I just installed the bilstein sport shocks only with rsms. And the one on the oem shock was stuck down by the rusted nut so i just threw the entire thing away. Thanks
How's the ride?I got 328CI and lowered planning to buy sport bilstein shocks
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Old 08-09-2005, 12:08 PM   #3
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the ride is nice as hell. alot of people say it's stiff, but i live and drive in Mass, known for one of the poorest roads in america and the ride quality is still smooth with a tiny bit of roughness. Handling improve alot, the car is more stable at higher speeds, and the car gets more grip now so you can take faster/sharper turns. Still wondering about those parts though. I would like to order them today, but not sure if they are even necessary at all
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Old 08-09-2005, 06:23 PM   #4
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Dont know what you mean by "absorber hat", but any washers, etc.....are critical hardware to get the correct spacing/depth, and to prevent any binding. And the dust cover might not look as good as without, but it is protecting the surface of the shock from scoring.
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Old 08-10-2005, 09:39 AM   #5
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the absorber hat looks like like a top, and it's right on top of the absorber itself. thanks for letting me know, i've been riding without any of the original parts for almost a week now.
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