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Old 02-16-2013, 10:39 PM   #1
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Strut nut doesn't fit with Vorshlag camber plate?

Got new Vorshlag camber plates For my E46 M3, using them with stock springs and struts for now. I got the struts out and springs compressed, but when I put the new purch and camber plate on, the OEM nut only threads half way!!

Did I miss something? Was it suppose to come with a new nut?? I searched online and I'm almost 100% sure I'm putting it together correctly, there's just no way the OEM nut is going to thread more than half way with the Vorshlag spring purch and camber plate.
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Old 02-16-2013, 11:11 PM   #2
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Did you select the right type of strut when you ordered them? They machine the collars for different types of struts.
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I double-checked the invoice, and I did select OEM style springs and OEM M3 struts. I checked the spring guide here: http://www.vorshlag.com/tech_strut_spring_guide.php and the purches look right. The camber plates are also correct, cause they say E46 M3 on them. Everything seems to fit together ok, just can't tight the nut all the way.
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Old 02-17-2013, 12:13 AM   #4
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I double-checked the invoice, and I did select OEM style springs and OEM M3 struts. I checked the spring guide here: http://www.vorshlag.com/tech_strut_spring_guide.php and the purches look right. The camber plates are also correct, cause they say E46 M3 on them. Everything seems to fit together ok, just can't tight the nut all the way.
And you're positive it's bottoming out on the strut shaft? The bump stop is pushed down out of the way, all the hardware is bottomed down and in place, and the nut won't spin down any farther with you holding the strut shaft in place with a hex bit?

It's been a while since I installed mine. Are the top and bottom collars different? I'm referring to the machined pieces that slide into the mono-ball bearing.
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Old 02-17-2013, 09:29 AM   #5
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So here's a picture of what it looks like. The spring purch rests on the tapered shoulder of the strut. That's what's stopping it from going down any further. The spring purch it tapered to fit the strut, it seems to fit nicely.

I did try and tighten the nut down while holding the strut with the hex bit. It's all metal though, so I could only tighten so far.
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:10 PM   #6
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You need to order and have them send you the "deep reach" (aka long reach) nuts. They should be about $25/pair. Don't use those struts with those nuts, it is unsafe.

It looks like this:

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Old 02-23-2013, 08:41 PM   #7
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You need to order and have them send you the "deep reach" (aka long reach) nuts. They should be about $25/pair. Don't use those struts with those nuts, it is unsafe.
Spot on. I ended up e-mailing Vorshlag and they sent me new nuts. (Thanks to Jason for the prompt help, replied on President's day even!) I've attached a picture of what it looks like installed.
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