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Old 03-17-2009, 10:15 PM   #1
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LF: strut insert ring (as per RealOEM) for Bilstein

Looking for number 6 on the diagram for a Blistein Sport strut insert. Anyone?

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Old 03-18-2009, 05:06 PM   #2
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whats the matter with picking some up from the dealer?
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Old 03-18-2009, 10:57 PM   #3
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sort of on a budget here ... dealership is last resort
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Old 03-19-2009, 12:12 AM   #4
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if its the same peice as OEM I am sure I can toss one in when you pick up the motor this weekend.
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Old 04-08-2009, 10:00 PM   #5
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Anyone??? Trying to save some money by not going with the dealer ...
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Old 04-09-2009, 09:37 AM   #6
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Most of those components are under 12$.... at the dealer.
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Old 04-16-2009, 07:47 PM   #7
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Most of those components are under 12$.... at the dealer.
Try $75 a pop!
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Old 04-16-2009, 07:55 PM   #8
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if i remember right the stock once from the dealer wont fit the bilstein shocks i was having the same problem
but i solved the problem by buying the shocks taken the part out i needed and returning them with the oem once

cheap fast and you search has a end soon
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Old 04-16-2009, 08:02 PM   #9
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I think that's the reason why I got these Billy's so cheap! Because the seller couldn't find the rings
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did you talk to bilstein direct yet ?they have a real good customer service !

and ship very fast also
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Old 04-17-2009, 08:59 AM   #11
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Haha 75$ well sometimes things are priced insane.

Looks like a fancy spacer to me, treat it as such; I'm sure for 30 or 40 you could get someone to make these for you.

Stack a bunch of washers and weld them together, could be one of those things where you either spend the $$$ or get creative.
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Lemme get this straight. We're talking about the external threaded ring that holds the strut inside the housing? You have to heat the thing up and crank it off with a pipe wrench, which pretty much ruins the part, but they're not $75! Try $20 at the most. If you really want, you can buy the BMW special tool to remove them properly. I bought these 2 years ago from the dealer when I lowered my cab, and they weren't exspensive. It doesn't matter if they're bilsteins or oem stock struts going into the housing, the ring is just an oem part.
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Old 04-17-2009, 09:46 PM   #13
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Lemme get this straight. We're talking about the external threaded ring that holds the strut inside the housing? You have to heat the thing up and crank it off with a pipe wrench, which pretty much ruins the part, but they're not $75! Try $20 at the most. If you really want, you can buy the BMW special tool to remove them properly. I bought these 2 years ago from the dealer when I lowered my cab, and they weren't exspensive. It doesn't matter if they're bilsteins or oem stock struts going into the housing, the ring is just an oem part.
Bilsteins are inverted strut therefore the stock collar ring does not fit, requiring a bilstein-specific part.
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Bilsteins are inverted strut therefore the stock collar ring does not fit, requiring a bilstein-specific part.
Correcto. And there are different diameter Bilstein nuts too, depending how big the shock cartridge is. So be mindful which shock nuts you will order for.

FYI I do believe Koni shocks use the stock OEM nuts however.
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Old 04-18-2009, 08:25 AM   #15
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It's called a gland nut. They're hard to get. Bilstein suppliers have to order them from Bilstein. They come with new shocks, so sometimes you can get them cheap from a supplier who has replaced some bilsteins for a customer who had some already, so there are spare gland nuts. Also, the special tool used to come with every set of shocks, but not anymore, so unless you are lucky and your supplier has a few spare ones kicking around (unlikely as they used to throw them out as they got a new one with each set of shocks), then you need to use the pipe wrench trick, or use a drift on the notch in the top and tap with a hammer. Although I have never needed to heat them, and never destroyed one removing it.

The seals inside go, but they are about $10 or less for new seals and take about 1min to change.

To whoever suggested they are a glorified spacer, you don't have a clue what you are talking about. They hold the insert into the strut and have an internal seal that goes around the shock piston. You would spend more than the cost of buying real ones having one machined to a fine enough tolerance.

There are 2 part numbers that fit the e30 facelift struts and more for pre f/l. Some have an internal thread and others external depending on the strut they are going into.

I have two brand new ones spare from my new bilsteins, but I'm afraid freight from NZ might make them rather expensive.
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