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Old 10-31-2012, 03:30 PM   #1
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Question Suspension Sachs or Bilstein

I have a 2001 325i SPORT Package European Delivery. I just reached 105,xxxmi and want to replace my struts and bump stops.


My question is did my car come with Bilstein or Sachs? I want OEM quality/ Sport package drive. Sachs are much more afforable. Which ones come stock?

Is is necessary to replace springs aswell ? (I really dont want to spend more than I have to) If I buy only strut assemblies, what else do I need? (Bump stops, dust covers, what else?)
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Old 10-31-2012, 03:32 PM   #2
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I'm pretty sure it's Sachs.
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Old 10-31-2012, 03:43 PM   #3
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Old 10-31-2012, 03:49 PM   #4
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whatever you are planning
+ front/rear shock mounts
+ front/rear Upper shock Mount Reinforcement Plate
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whatever you are planning
+ front/rear shock mounts
+ front/rear Upper shock Mount Reinforcement Plate
I agree completely. I have OEM front strut mount reinf plates and Rogue Engineering rear shock mount reinf plates. The front ones are practically a necessity - I had a bent strut mount with just 70k miles. Not sure how much the rear reinf actually do, but they'll make future shock replacement easier.

Don't forget the rear shock mount gaskets btw.

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Old 10-31-2012, 04:39 PM   #6
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You buy a Sachs shock at the Stealer, you get a max two year warranty, but if you buy the Bilsteins, you get a lifetime warranty, and the Bilstein HD dampers are smooooooth.
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Thanks guys! Huge help. I think Ill go with the Sachs (reinforement plates/shock mounts/gasket mounts) when i get the $$$
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If you want a bit of an upgrade, go with the ZHP spec Sachs suspension. The front struts were actually cheaper than the sport struts by a few dollars when I did mine.
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Old 11-01-2012, 02:20 PM   #9
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You buy a Sachs shock at the Stealer, you get a max two year warranty, but if you buy the Bilsteins, you get a lifetime warranty, and the Bilstein HD dampers are smooooooth.
Actually, if you buy a "Sachs" shock/strut from an aftermarket vendor you're getting a lifetime warranty and it's virtually the same part as the OE from the dealership. If you buy from a dealer you'd be correct. Just wanted you to be aware that there are 2 different lines of Sachs products, as there are with Bilsteins. The Bilstein shock from the Chevy dealer for your Z71 truck is not covered by the same lifetime warranty as the aftermarket Bilstein you'd buy online.
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