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Old 10-11-2012, 09:25 PM   #1
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Quick question on Bilstein rear shock top nut

Okay, so I just installed a set of rear Bilsteins. Before I take her out for a spin, I want to ensure I've got the top nut done properly.

My concern is that on the OEM suspension, the top nut is tightened down 6 threads. On the Bilsteins, it comes with a rubber-type nut, where it *seems* that you can't tighten it down as far as it needs to go. This seems WRONG though-- shoudn't it be tighter? I've attached two photos to show the difference between OEM and the Bilsteins.

Bilstein's instructions say this should be 16 lb-ft---but how can I get it on properly? Banging down with a mallet while tightening? The rubber prevents it from going down farther and tighter.

Bilstein's instructions also say they are "self-locking nuts"--but I don't think this means they can't be fully tightened...

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Old 10-11-2012, 09:58 PM   #2
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i believe it needs to be tighter - you need to either use an impact gun or hold the shaft - is there a hole for an allen key in the top of the tube/threads
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^ yeah you're right. Allen wrench was the key. I didn't notice the shaft was spinning bc the shock was already installed. Thanks Stu!
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