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Old 02-18-2013, 12:12 PM   #1
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Question about front struts

Hey guys. about a year or so ago after coming home from deployment I had to change my front strut mounts due to alignment issues. I did so, but while I was down there I went ahead and replaced the struts as well. What I didnt realize is that my car had the M sport package and I ordered Bilstein HD (non sport) struts so the car sits slightly higher in the front. Over the past year, I havent driven the car much because I have another vehicle, there's absolutely nothing wrong with the bimmer, I just alternate which one I drive each month but that height is painful to look at.

I still have the original sport strut I removed. Do you think that at 95k miles (removed them at about 91k) I should throw the original ones back in? I mean, it might even be temporary until I unload the HDs and buy new sports anyway (but double the work )

What are your thoughts? (other than the obvious "you should've bought the right ones in the first place" answers would be appreciated)

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Old 02-18-2013, 01:09 PM   #2
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Are you 100% sure the strut is mounted completely in the knuckle? I did the struts on my 323 about 2 months ago and I didn't realize until maybe 2 weeks ago that the strut wasn't completely seated in the knuckle. Once I figured it out the car lowered about a 1/2" or so. I have the Bilstein Touring on mine fwiw.
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Old 02-18-2013, 01:52 PM   #3
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Oh they're completely in and I noticed while i was installing them the new ones are slightly larger than the OEM so I had issues getting them in place.
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Old 02-18-2013, 02:30 PM   #4
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Oh they're completely in and I noticed while i was installing them the new ones are slightly larger than the OEM so I had issues getting them in place.
Just buy h&r sport springs and you'll have a better drop and better handling.
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Old 02-19-2013, 01:13 PM   #5
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See but now if I went with the springs, would I buy the kit for the sport suspension, or without because I already have sport springs installed and they're still about a half inch higher than before changing struts.
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