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Re: BigT, Simeon, Anybody -Help? Bilstein Shocks t (archive)

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Posted by Matthew E. Mar on April 19, 2002 at 08:49:57:

In Reply to: BigT, Simeon, Anybody -Help? Bilstein Shocks to posted by Newbie on April 18, 2002 at 20:21:22:

go with HR Springs. What gives? Cannot find them at Zygmunt(says they are under development)and Turner Motorsports told me that the Bilstein HD only go on stock springs (what is that all about)and Tirerack only carries the springs. Anyone know who has them in stock that will work with the 1.3/.60 HR Springs for my 97 740il. I figured if I was going to have it jacked up to do my brakes I could tackle the struts as well in my friends garage. All set with the spring compression tool. Say it aint so, I was gonna have Steven Spielberg do a film "Raiders of the Lost Shock". Any help would be greatly appreciated!

I did some homework on this with my car. She is a 99 had some difficulty finding the springs/struts. Some of the applications I looked up grouped the 97 and 99 together so you may be in the same boat. I do not have the self leveling nor did I have EDC. Not sure if you do so that may be part of the problem.

The HD's are for a car at stock height. The concern I had was if I lowered the car would the Bilstein strut/shock bottom out and blow out the seals. In a "perfect" world you would go with a Sport designed to sit on a lowered chasis. Sports would stiffen the ride over an HD so this must also be taken into consideration. Several of the dealers I spoke with indicated that the HD would not work on a lowered car and warranty would be voided. BUT from what I understand Bilstein was not worried about me dropping my car as long as I did not go beyond 1.5" (I went with the Eibach 1.3")The fact that the guys here (Big T, Mike D, Simeon etc- and they know their stuff) on the message board recommend HD indicated to me that this was very real. Save yourself a lot of headache and go with the Bilstein HD. Call Chris (your first contact there may have looked it up wrong) at Zygmunt 215.348-3121. He is the largerst Bilstein Dealer in the country, he claims and since he had the one strut I needed while everyone else was out, I tend to believe him. If he told me he was God I would belive him........wait......that was Simeon or was it Mike D or Big T or.........

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