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Old 02-18-2013, 01:43 PM   #1
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Bilstein Struts instead of OE...issues?

Yes, I've searched...and I'm a little lazy.

My Sachs Struts--3 years old--are blown. One badly as evidenced by quite the oil leak.

Anyway, I've ordered Bilsteins, I hope touring, but think they make sport and HD too. I'd read one post of someone whose car was higher going to Bilsteins...I don't know which Bilstein though.

Thoughts on which would be closest in ride height for stock, non-sport? I thought Touring, but now I'm second guessing myself.

I'd really appreciate any help you can offer.
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Old 02-18-2013, 01:47 PM   #2
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Springs should be the only things that affect ride height, unless you got the wrong dampers.
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Old 02-18-2013, 02:00 PM   #3
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Yes, I've searched...and I'm a little lazy.
Don't worry, I think you've earned the right to ask a question. You've answered the questions of thousands of other people who don't bother to search and don't contribute to the forum.
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Old 02-18-2013, 02:06 PM   #4
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touring is the non sport, and from what I've noticed, people do experience a slight raise done to two reasons.
1) their old strut were warn out and sagging lower then spec. &
2) the bilstein struts are firm and tend to carry the car a little higher because of this.. it will eventually settle slightly with time.

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Old 02-18-2013, 02:32 PM   #5
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I replaced my blown oem struts at 85000 with Bilstein HDs. I think it did raise a little. Get the Bilstein HDs
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Old 02-18-2013, 02:44 PM   #6
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There are of course OE equivalents of Bilstein B4 Touring - models for standard, sport & m-tech2 suspensions. At least according to: http://www.schmiedmann.com/

Could be wise to really look into to what B4s you are buying as there are some possible options.
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Old 02-18-2013, 03:57 PM   #7
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There are of course OE equivalents of Bilstein B4 Touring - models for standard, sport & m-tech2 suspensions. At least according to: http://www.schmiedmann.com/

Could be wise to really look into to what B4s you are buying as there are some possible options.
That's why I made this thread...as I said, I'm too lazy...I'm letting you guys decide for me!

I trust my shop that got the Bilsteins, and since I'm stock 100%, I'm sure the equivalent would be fine...which is the 'touring' not the HD, afaik.

Evidently the pressure in the strut is higher, and thus it takes some little weight off the springs.

...and while I'm here...is it unusual, you think, for a strut to fail in 3 years? Sachs/OE. I know I could have hit something, but I don't think anything that substantial. Kind of disappointing considering the miles I got off so many other bmw parts. I know conditions make a difference, but you guys know me? How hard am I going to be on a strut?
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im surprised Sachs would fail so early.. but like with everything out there, a small % will fail prematurely.

i guess you got one of the small %.

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As I understand it, the sign of oil leaking from them is pretty much it...although we haven't taken them apart yet. Could grease from the strut mount just have leaked down? Has that happened to anyone.

I've got a significant vibration...much less worse since new bushings, but still. I don't think it's just wheel balance...I'm getting new axle hubs too.
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What's this? DMAX not going with stock parts that were designed by BMW engineers? What is the world coming too!
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What's this? DMAX not going with stock parts that were designed by BMW engineers? What is the world coming too!
Shut up...keep quiet! If $300 didn't buy 3 years on OE struts, I'll check out what everyone here says all the time...get better parts for less $$$. Could you all be wrong all the time?

We'll see pretty soon. Of course, Bilstein is well known, so I'm not terribly worried.

Oh, also, will these shocks work okay with bags? I've ordered me some of them too.

And, btw, mod who moved my thread over here...I object. Shocks are appropriate in this forum, but they're certainly of general interest, and this thread is certainly like many others in General. I feel like I did something wrong!
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Old 02-18-2013, 07:10 PM   #13
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I have the Bilstein Touring on my car and initially they did sit a bit higher but only because I didn't have the one strut mounted all the way in the knuckle - oops. Fixed that and they have since settled in to a more normal height. Ride quality is good; stiffer than OEM but not insanely so. Handling is impressive as well, though you won't be tearing up the canyons with this set.

I paid $320 for all 4 from eShocks.com. Great deal if you ask me.
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I have the Bilstein Touring on my car and initially they did sit a bit higher but only because I didn't have the one strut mounted all the way in the knuckle - oops. Fixed that and they have since settled in to a more normal height. Ride quality is good; stiffer than OEM but not insanely so. Handling is impressive as well, though you won't be tearing up the canyons with this set.

I paid $320 for all 4 from eShocks.com. Great deal if you ask me.
Thank you...that's good to hear and quite a relief too. Stiffer in front is fine for me, and although I don't tear up canyons, sounds like it'd be easier with these than OE struts, but we'll see.

Anyway, thanks...just what I needed to hear!
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On a serious note my buddy has the bilstein touring setup on his 325i and has no complaints. I have Koni fsd on mine but that's out if your budget I think.
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