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Old 04-14-2006, 08:13 PM   #1
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Exclamation Bilstein Help

So I finally brought my car off the jacks and I got a HUGE suprise....

After installing H&R Sport Springs and Bilstein Sport Shocks, my car is 4x4!

Now I know they will take a while to settle, but look at the front wheel gap - you can fit 5 Fingers!

After further investigation, there is 0 play in the front suspension. Push as hard as you want on the front of the car and the suspension doesn't give. It's like it has shipping blocks from the factory...

Did I forget to do something to my front suspension before installation?
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Old 04-14-2006, 08:25 PM   #2
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Ouch! Monster mudder Bimmer ...I'm sure you will get it back to earth soon! Maybe drive it a bit to get things settled in???
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Old 04-14-2006, 08:51 PM   #3
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Did you put the Ebrake down? Sometimes that holds the car up a bit
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Old 04-14-2006, 09:49 PM   #4
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...like shipping blocks in the front end? That does not sound right...I get 1/4"+ movement on mine with blue H&R and Bilstein struts...sorry don't know exact set up as I bought my E36 with them already installed by PO.
A million years ago with my 1st car (VW super beetle) I installed new struts and I remember some kind of lock in the fully extended position...I think??? hmmm or may have been the chemicals at the time?
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Old 04-14-2006, 11:39 PM   #5
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ohh god. i just got a set of the same shocks and springs i hope mine is not like that.
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Old 04-15-2006, 12:15 AM   #6
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hahahaha...what size drop did u get ?...sorry but that pritty funny ..thats some mad gap
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Old 04-15-2006, 01:15 AM   #7
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ouch. mine are fine.
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Old 04-15-2006, 01:20 AM   #8
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Have you moved the car since you dropped it? Once it rolls a few feet the suspension 'should' settle. My car does the same thing, just not to that extent.
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Old 04-15-2006, 01:43 AM   #9
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Yeah, it'll take time to settle.. but something definiately looks wrong there, especially with no play at all? With the springs extended like that, there should be SOME play at the front of the car. I'm assuming you tested the shocks when you picked them up, there was no clamp or anything keeping them extended, nor any spacers in the springs?
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Old 04-15-2006, 08:27 AM   #10
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Bilsteins have internal bump stops so the external bump stops are not required. I'm wondering.... did you install the external bump stops? It might be preventing the shock from compressing further.
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Old 04-15-2006, 10:19 AM   #11
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Thanks guys!

1. I haven't moved the car since it came off the jack stands, so I'll see if pulling it out of the garage will change the angle of the wheels/struts and thus release it.

2. I did not insall the external bump stops.

Here's a pic of them installed:

(I know I'm missing a bolt - I took the pic before I finished)

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uhm... what is that blue piece on the shock, inside the spring? why is it there?
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uhm... what is that blue piece on the shock, inside the spring? why is it there?
Dust boot, my PSS's have the same boot.
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Old 04-15-2006, 02:40 PM   #14
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Just drive it it'll settle. In my experience, it should drop a fair bit in the first couple of potholes you hit! It does takes a couple weeks for it to drop the last little bit.
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Old 04-15-2006, 02:42 PM   #15
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good job on the finish Geoff, yes the car will settle, you need to drive it around for a bit it will take a bit longer to get the whole system to settle
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