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    shocks or springs?

    My car started to bottom out easier while driving, i looked at front suspension and saw at elast one leaking bilstein shock. In prepping for the job how do i tell if springs need replacement? How about if one bilstein is leaking and the other isn't? lifetime replacement is only going to cover one? How can i have the warranteed replacement on hand when starting the job and get credit back for my expenditure on shock?
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    PS-shocks/springs different on cab?


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    Re: PS-shocks/springs different on cab?

    Anyone deal with Bilstein lately, just read the warranty page and seems they are becoming sticklers for proof.

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    I had to buy new shocks and wait for a credit.

    My local parts supplier sent the bad shocks to Bilstein for evaluation. Once evaluated I would get a credit for the new shocks I just bought. Fair enough.

    But it look a very long time (many months) because the parts store is run by idiots. They lost my old shocks. The sales guy I gave them to left the comopany, and then they said I never brought in the old ones. When I became agitated they "found my old shocks behind a pile of boxes". I did get my credit eventually. I don't blame Bilstein. I would buy Bilsteins again but I will NEVER go back to that parts store. LESSON LEARNED: ALWAYS GET A WRITTEN RECEIPT WHEN LEAVING THE OLD PARTS WITH THE PARTS GUY.

    It's too bad. I was supporting a local store and didn't mind paying a bit more. Now I get most parts online.

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    Front springs usually last. Rears break.

    The front springs seem to last forever. My '95 325 with 255000 miles still has original springs.

    Check the rear springs. They tend to break, usually near the bottom where the spring gets thinner.

    You can measure the ride height too. But I think if the springs aren't broken they're probably okay.

    If the struts or shocks are old you could just replace both and hope Bilstein will warranty both of them. The one that doesn't appear to be leaking may still be weak enough to get warranty.




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    Re: PS-shocks/springs different on cab?

    The springs definitely R different because the cab is about 400 lbs heavier than either the coupe or sedan. Found out the hard way when I converted our 323is to M3 suspension and the used springs I got must have come from a cabrio; The poor thing sits up like we're four-wheelin' now. Sorry for late response.
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