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Old 05-28-2013, 10:41 PM   #1
fastasleep
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Bilstein coilover install help

I think my rear coilovers were installed unsidown. Shouldn't the adjustment rings be on top?

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Old 06-05-2013, 01:19 PM   #2
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Not sure why no one answered you on that because it's a common setup.

It's the way Bilstein intended it to be - I got the same setup (PSS). It's a stupid lazy design as you can't adjust the ride height on the fly because the adjuster is sunken in the control arm so the spanner wrenches cannot reach.

So, to adjust you need to:

- take the wheels off
- undo the shock bottom
- take the spring out
- Remove the giant bolt to free up the spring perch assembly (good luck with that)
- Attempt to "unlock" the rings while the perch is no longer bolted on (you're lucky if they are not seized up forever)
- adjust the proper height and hope it's what you need because you'll have to do this again.


You could flip the adjuster to the top (not bolted on) but you could have some spring seating stability issue as the top of the bilstein custom spring is very narrow and that's the end that would bit on the control arm.

What I did is I ordered a set of adjusters from Vorshlag and a set of linear springs.
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Old 06-07-2013, 08:40 PM   #3
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Seems straight forward enough. Just to be sure, do I need spring a compressor?
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Old 06-07-2013, 11:55 PM   #4
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No need for a spring compressor. While the car is jacked and after you remove the (18mm) shock bolt, the whole suspension will drop and the spring will come out. It it's still slightly wedged, push the whole suspension downward with your foot to create more clearance and you'll be able to yank the spring out - not too hard though so you dont damage the half shafts.
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Old 06-08-2013, 12:11 AM   #5
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Thanks! I'll be doing this tomorrow.
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Old 06-08-2013, 08:54 PM   #6
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Any advice on getting the bolt out?? (the one on top of the spring perch assembly) everything else wasn't that hard but that bolt won't frickin budge

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